The Buccaneers head into Sunday’s home matchup against the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs needing yet another bounce-back win, as an 8-4 record heading into the bye week would feel much different than a 7-5 mark.
Tampa Bay is coming off of a disappointing Monday Night Football performance against Los Angeles and after a shorter week than usual, it has a monumental hurdle standing in the way of its Week 13 bye. Kansas City, at 9-1, has the league’s most prolific offense. Behind Patrick Mahomes, this team puts up points (32.1 per game), and there’s a reason why the idea of another Mahomes vs. Tom Brady matchup has football fans across the country feeling excited.
But aside from the Mahomes-Brady meeting and the fact that this is a game between two teams headed for the playoffs, there are some individuals on the Bucs’ sideline who will be looking to keep working their way toward franchise and league history during Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium. With that in mind, let’s see where things stand heading into Week 12:
**All statistics and records come from Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted.**
Career Rushing Yards
Ronald Jones II has 1,522 rushing yards in his career, leaving him 14th on the team’s all-time rushing list. He needs 324 more yards to pass Jerry Eckwood (1,845) for 13th.
Career Rushing Touchdowns
Jones has 12 rushing touchdowns in his career, leaving him two away from passing LeGarrette Blount and Doug Williams (13) for 12th-most in franchise history.
Career Receiving Yards
With 3,165 receiving yards, Chris Godwin needs 279 more to pass Gerald Carter (3,443) for ninth-most in Bucs history.
Cameron Brate has 2,303 receiving yards as a Buc, which means he needs 27 more to pass Adam Humphries (2,329) for 20th in franchise history and 59 more to pass Michael Pittman (2,361) for 19th.
Career Receiving Touchdowns
Brate’s 29 receiving touchdowns are good for fourth-most in team history. With two more, he ties Kevin House (31) for third.
Godwin’s 20th career receiving score last week tied Vincent Jackson for 10th-most in Bucs history. He needs one more to take sole possession of 10th and three more to tie Bruce Hill (23) for ninth.
Godwin has 220 career catches. With two more on Sunday, he passes Michael Clayton (221) for 13th on the franchise’s all-time leaderboard for receptions.
Brate has 211 career receptions, leaving him five from passing Mike Williams (215) for 17th and eight from taking 16th. Nine more would also move him past Adam Humphries (219) for 15th while tying him with Godwin for 14th.
Career Total Touchdowns
With his touchdown last week, Mike Evans has 58 total for his career. He needs 14 more to pass Mike Alstott (71) for most touchdowns in Bucs history.
Consecutive Field Goals Made
Ryan Succop has made 17 consecutive field goals, which is the second-longest streak in team history. He is nine away from the franchise record of 25, which is held by Connor Barth. (Bucs Communications)
Succop has been responsible for 96 points this season. Four more ties him with Rian Lindell (100 in 2013) for 10th-most by a Bucs kicker in a single season, while five more will tie him with Connor Barth (101 in 2011) for ninth. With nine more, he ties Barth (105 in 2010) for eighth, and with 10 more, he ties Martin Gramatica (106 in 1999) for seventh. (Bucs Communications)
Single-Season Passing Touchdowns
Tom Brady has 25 passing touchdowns this year, tying him with Josh Freeman (25 in 2010) for fifth-most in a single season by a Tampa Bay quarterback. With one more, Brady officially passes Freeman for fifth and ties Brad Johnson (26 in 2003) for fourth, while two more will tie him with Freeman (27 in 2012) for third. He needs three more to tie Jameis Winston (28 in 2016) for second, and nine more will give him the franchise record (33), which Winston earned last season.
Jason Pierre-Paul is stuck on 27.5 sacks as a Buc. He is still one away from passing Ronde Barber (28) for eighth-most in franchise history.
Shaquil Barrett has 24.5 sacks with Tampa Bay, leaving him 1.5 away from tying Greg Spires (26) for 11th and two away from tying Broderick Thomas (26.5) for 10th. He can tie Pierre-Paul for ninth with three more.
Lavonte David’s 24 sacks have him 0.5 away from tying Barrett for 12th, two from tying Spires for 11th and 2.5 from tying Thomas for 10th.
*Sacks did not become an official stat until 1982.
Career Passes Defended*
David picked up the 50th pass defended of his career last Monday, so he now needs just five more to pass Aqib Talib (54) for fifth-most in franchise history.
*Passes defended did not become an official stat until 1999.
Career Forced Fumbles
With 22 career forced fumbles, David needs just three more to take the franchise record from Derrick Brooks (24).
Sunday will be David’s 133rd career start, which will officially move him past John Lynch (132) for sixth-most in franchise history. After Sunday, he will be four away from tying Mike Alstott (137) for fifth. (Bucs Communications)
Career Games Played
Sunday afternoon will also mark the 133rd game played for David in his career, getting him into 10th all-time. He will pass Richard “Batman” Wood (132) and move within seven of Warren Sapp (140) for ninth.
**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. With three more, they tie Steve Young and Jerry Rice (85) for third-most in NFL history.
Career Passing Touchdowns (Regular Season)
With Drew Brees sidelined last week, Brady jumped into the lead for career regular season passing touchdowns with two against the Rams on Monday. He now has 566, while Brees has 565. The Saints’ signal-caller will remain out this week, giving Brady a chance to build on his lead.
Career Receiving Touchdowns (Regular Season)
Gronkowski’s 83 career regular season touchdown catches have him tied with Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall for 22nd in NFL history. He’ll tie Mark Clayton, Irving Fryar, Tommy McDonald and Andre Rison (84) for 18th with one more.
Career Receiving Touchdowns (Including Postseason)
Including the playoffs, Gronkowski has 95 receiving touchdowns in his career. That ties him with Isaac Bruce and Hines Ward for 13th-most in league history, so one more will put him ahead of those two and tie him with Andre Reed (96) for 12th.