This Week 14 matchup has serious playoff implications, as Tampa Bay currently holds the No. 6 seed in the NFC with a 7-5 record while Minnesota has the No. 7 seed at 6-6. Not only would a win give the Bucs some separation from the Vikings but it would also help their conference record, which is a key tiebreaker that may come into play some time down the line. Plus, heading into the bye, Bruce Arians’ team lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, so the group will certainly be looking to right the ship as it starts the season’s final quarter.
This game’s impact on the NFC playoff picture as well as the Bucs’ need to get back on track will obviously take precedence come Sunday. But at the same time, there are some individuals on Tampa Bay’s roster who can keep working their way toward franchise and league history when they take the field against the Vikings. With that in mind, let’s see where things stand heading into Week 14.
**All statistics and records come from Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted.**
Career Rushing Yards
Heading into Sunday’s game, Ronald Jones II has 1,588 rushing yards in his career. He needs 258 more to pass Jerry Eckwood (1,845) for 13th-most in franchise history.
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 team history.
Career Receiving Yards
Chris Godwin’s 3,262 receiving yards have him 10th all-time, and he needs 182 more to pass Gerald Carter for ninth.
Cameron Brate has 2,337 receiving yards in his career, leaving him 20th in Bucs history. He needs 25 more to pass Michael Pittman (2,361) for 19th and 41 more to take 18th.
Career Receiving Touchdowns
With 29 career receiving touchdowns, Brate is two away from tying Kevin House (31) for third-most in Bucs history.
Godwin tied Vincent Jackson (20) for 10th-most receiving touchdowns with his score against the Rams three weeks ago. He needs one more to take sole possession of 10th, while three more will tie him with Bruce Hill for ninth.
Godwin is 13th in franchise history with 228 career receptions. With 12 more, he passes Gerald Carter for 12th.
Brate has 215 catches in his Bucs career, meaning he needs four more to take 16th in team history. Five more would move him past Adam Humphries (219) for 15th and seven more puts him ahead of Michael Clayton (221) for 14th.
Career Total Touchdowns
With his two touchdowns against the Chiefs in Week 12, Mike Evans brought his career touchdown total to 60. He needs 12 more to own the franchise record for total touchdowns in a career, which currently belongs to Mike Alstott (71).
Consecutive Field Goals Made
Ryan Succop has connected on 18 consecutive field goal, which is the second-longest streak in Bucs history. He is seven away from tying the longest streak, which is held by Connor Barth. (Bucs Communications)
Succop has 102 points this season, and with four more, he passes Connor Barth (105 in 2010) for eighth while tying Martin Gramatica (106 in 1999) for seventh. With five more, he takes sole possession of seventh. (Bucs Communications)
Single-Season Passing Touchdowns
Tom Brady has 28 passing touchdowns this season, which ties him with Jameis Winston (28 in 2016) for the second-most by a Buc in a single season. He needs six more to take the franchise record, which Winston set at 33 just last season. (Bucs Communications)
Single-Season Receiving Touchdowns
Evans has 11 receiving touchdowns this season, leaving him one away from tying his own franchise record (12 in 2014 and 2016) for touchdown catches in a single season. (Bucs Communications)
With 29.5 career sacks in his Tampa Bay career, Jason Pierre-Paul is eighth on the team’s all-time leaderboard. He needs four more to pass Brad Culpepper (33) for seventh.
Shaquil Barrett has 25.5 sacks as a Buc, leaving him one away from passing Greg Spires (26) for 11th-most while tying Broderick Thomas (26.5) for 10th-most. Three more will move him past Ronde Barber (28) for ninth.
Lavonte David is still stuck on 24 career sacks, which means he is two away from tying Spires for 11th, 2.5 away from tying Thomas for 10th and four away from tying Barber for ninth. (Bucs Communications)
*Sacks did not become an official stat until 1982.
Career Passes Defended*
David has 50 career passes defended, which is good enough for sixth-most in franchise history. He needs five more to pass Aqib Talib (54) for fifth.
*Passes defended did not become an official stat until 1999.
Career Forced Fumbles
With 22 career forced fumbles, David is three away from owning the franchise record that is currently held by Derrick Brooks (24).
Sunday will be David’s 134th career start, which will pull him within three of tying Mike Alstott (137) for fifth-most in team history. (Bucs Communications)
Career Games Played
This contest against the Vikings will also be David’s 134th career game played, which will leave him six away from tying Warren Sapp (140) for ninth-most in Bucs history.
**Courtesy of Buccaneers Communications**
Career Touchdown Connections (Regular Season)
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have connected for 82 touchdowns in their regular season careers. They need three more to tie Steve Young and Jerry Rice (85) for third-most in NFL history.
Career Passing Touchdowns (Regular Season)
Brady has 569 passing touchdowns in his regular season career, which is the most in NFL history. Drew Brees is currently No. 2 (565), but is still sidelined. Brady has a chance to build on his lead in Sunday’s game against the Vikings.
Career Receiving Touchdowns (Regular Season)
Rob Gronkowski has 83 receiving touchdowns in his regular season career, meaning he is one away from passing Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall while tying Mark Clayton, Irving Fryar, Tommy McDonald and Andre Rison (84) for 18th-most in league history.
Career Receiving Touchdowns (Including Postseason)
Including the playoffs, Gronkowski has 95 career touchdown catches. He is tied with Isaac Bruce and Hines Ward for 13th-most all-time, and one more will tie him with Andre Reed (96) for 12th.
Consecutive 1,000-Yard Receiving Seasons to Start a Career
As it stands, Mike Evans and Randy Moss are the only two receivers in NFL history to start their careers with six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Evans has a chance to be the first player to ever start their career with seven such seasons, but he needs 387 yards over the next four games to do so.