The Buccaneers came through with a big bounce-back victory last Sunday, beating the Panthers on the road by a score of 46-23. Fresh off of that win, the team is set to return to Raymond James Stadium in hopes of exorcising its primetime demons on Monday Night Football against the Rams.
With the season barreling toward its final stretch, Tampa Bay sits at 7-3, one-half game behind New Orleans for the NFC South lead. And with Drew Brees sidelined for a few weeks at the very least, the Bucs may have a chance to wiggle their way back into the division’s top spot. It will be difficult, though, as the upcoming schedule includes this game against the Rams and next Sunday’s game against the Chiefs before a Week 13 bye.
Despite the defending Super Bowl champions looming and the potential to move past the Saints should they slip up, the Bucs have to keep their eyes on this Monday night. The Rams are battling at the top of a very tough NFC West and will be looking to avenge their 55-40 loss to the Bucs last year.
But while the final score will be the focus, there are some on the Tampa Bay roster hoping to continue working their way toward franchise and league history. With that in mind, let’s see where things stand heading into Week 11.
**All statistics and records come from Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted.**
Career Rushing Yards
After a huge 192-yard rushing game last Sunday, Ronald Jones II is up to 1,498 rushing yards in his career. He needs 348 more to pass Jerry Eckwood (1,845) for 13th-most in Bucs history.
Career Rushing Touchdowns
With a rushing score last week, Jones is up to 12 in his career. He needs one more to tie LeGarrette Blount and Doug Williams (13) for 12th-most in franchise history.
Career Receiving Yards
Chris Godwin has 3,112 receiving yards to this point in his career, which is good enough for 10th-most in team history. He is 332 away from passing Gerald Carter (3,443) for ninth.
Cameron Brate has 2,280 receiving yards in his career, meaning he is just five away from passing Mike Alstott (2,284) for 21st in franchise history.
Career Receiving Touchdowns
With his first-quarter touchdown catch against the Panthers last Sunday, Brate took sole possession of fourth on the team’s all-time receiving touchdowns leaderboard with 29. He needs two more to tie Kevin House (31) for third.
Godwin is stuck on 19 receiving touchdowns, which means he still needs just one more to tie Vincent Jackson (20) for 10th in team history.
Godwin has 213 career receptions, landing him 17th in Bucs history. He needs three more to pass Mike Williams (215) for 16th, six more to take 15th, seven more to pass Adam Humphries (219) for 14th and nine more to take 13th from Michael Clayton (221).
Brate has 208 career receptions, leaving him two away from passing Ron Hall (209) for 18th in team history. From there, he’ll be chasing Godwin and the rest of the aforementioned receivers.
Career Receptions by a Tight End
When Brate (208) does pick up two more catches to pass Ron Hall (209) for 18th-most in team history, he will also be passing him for third-most by a tight end in franchise history. (Bucs Communications)
Career Touchdowns (Total)
Last week, Mike Evans picked up the 57th total touchdown of his career. He is still second all-time, but moved one closer to taking the franchise record. He needs 15 more to pass Mike Alstott (71) for the top spot.
Consecutive Field Goal Attempts Made
Ryan Succop has connected on 16 consecutive field goal attempts. That ties him for the second-longest streak in team history. The Bucs record is held by Connor Barth (25). (Bucs Communications)
Jason Pierre-Paul is sitting at 27.5 sacks in his Bucs career, which leaves him one away from passing Ronde Barber (28) for eighth-most in franchise history.
Shaquil Barrett took his Bucs sack total up to 24.5 last Sunday, moving him into 12th all-time. He needs two more to pass Greg Spires (26) for 11th and 2.5 more to pass Broderick Thomas (26.5) for 10th.
Lavonte David still has 24 career sacks, which means he is now 0.5 behind Barrett, two behind Spires and 2.5 behind Thomas.
*Sacks did not become an official stat until 1982.
Sacks Through 27 Games With Tampa Bay
With his sack last Sunday, Barrett took the franchise record for most sacks through 27 games with the team. It was previously held by Lee Roy Selmon and Simeon Rice at 24 in 27 games, but Barrett is now at 24.5 in 26 games. (Bucs Communications)
Career Passes Defended*
David has 49 career passes defended, leaving him six away from passing Aqib Talib (54) for fifth in franchise history.
*Passes defended did not become an official stat until 1999.
Career Forced Fumbles
David’s 22 career forced fumbles leave him three away from owning the franchise record, which is currently held by Derrick Brooks (24).
Sunday will be David’s 132nd career start, which will tie him with John Lynch for sixth-most in Bucs history. (Bucs Communications)
Career Games Played
Sunday will also be David’s 132nd career game, which will tie him for 10th in franchise history with Richard “Batman” Wood.
**Courtesy of Buccaneers Communications**
Career Touchdown Connections (Regular Season)
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have linked up for 82 regular season touchdowns in their careers, which is the fourth-most in NFL history. They need three more to tie Steve Young and Jerry Rice (85) for third.
Career Passing Touchdowns (Regular Season)
Brady has 564 regulars season passing touchdowns in his career, leaving him one behind Drew Brees (565) for the NFL record. With Brees sidelined for the next few games, Brady has a chance to build up a bit of a lead if he can continue to play like he has for most of the season.
Career Receiving Touchdowns (Regular Season)
Gronkowski has 83 regular season touchdown catches in his career, tying him with Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall (83) for 22nd-most in NFL history. With one more, he’ll pass those two and tie Mark Clayton, Irving Fryar, Tommy McDonald and Andre Rison (84) for 18th.
Career Receiving Touchdowns (Including Postseason)
Including the playoffs, Gronkowski has 95 career touchdown catches. That ties him for 13th in league history with Isaac Bruce and Hines Ward. With one more, he’ll tie Andre Reed (96) for 12th.