The Buccaneers failed to start the 2020 season on the right foot last Sunday, losing 34-23 to the Saints. The offense didn’t click all that consistently, plus the team made a lot of the same mistakes it has been making for years. So, there’s no doubt that Tom Brady and his teammates will be looking to rebound in a big way on Sunday when they return to Raymond James Stadium to host the Carolina Panthers.
There’s plenty on the line this Sunday, as Tampa Bay and Carolina will both look to avoid starting the season 0-2. But beyond the final score and team goals, there is more at stake for some individuals on the Buccaneer roster both in terms of franchise history as well as NFL history. So, let’s find out where things stand heading into Week 2.
**All statistics and records come from Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted.**
Career Rushing Yards
With 66 rushing yards against the Saints last week, Ronald Jones II now has 834 in his career. That places him 25th in Bucs history, and he needs 46 more to pass Doug Williams (879) for 24th.
Career Rushing Touchdowns
Jones has seven rushing touchdowns in his career, leaving him two away from passing James Owens (8) for 16th-most in franchise history. With three more, he ties Michael Pittman and Jameis Winston (10) for 14th-most.
Career Receiving Yards
At the time of publishing, Chris Godwin is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. But if he does play, he’ll have a chance to move up on Tampa Bay’s all-time receiving yards list. He currently has 2,779, placing him 14th. With 64 more, he passes Lawrence Dawsey (2,842) for 13th.
Cameron Brate has 2,156 receiving yards in his career, which is 23rd-most in team history. He needs 62 more to pass Jacquez Green (2,217) for 22nd and 129 more to pass Mike Alstott (2,284) for 21st.
Career Receiving Touchdowns
Brate’s 27 touchdown catches ties him with Mark Carrier for fifth-most in Bucs history. One more ties him with Joey Galloway (28) for fourth.
Godwin has 17 receiving touchdowns, tying him for 11th with Keyshawn Johnson and Gerald Carter. Three more would tie him with Vincent Jackson (20) for 10th.
With a touchdown catch last week, O.J. Howard tied Courtney Hawkins and Mike Alstott (13) for 17th in franchise history.
Brate has 195 catches in his career, leaving him 12 away from passing Courtney Hawkins and Lawrence Dawsey (206) for 18th.
Career Touchdowns (Total)
Mike Evans’ lone catch of last Sunday’s game went for the 50th total touchdown of his career. He needs 22 more to pass Mike Alstott (71) for the team record.
Career Tackles (Courtesy of Buccaneers Communications)
Lavonte David’s 1,017 career tackles leave him 12 away from passing Hardy Nickerson (1,028) for third-most in franchise history.
Career Solo Tackles*
David’s 731 career solo tackles rank him third in franchise history. He needs 314 more to pass Ronde Barber (1,044) for second.
*Before 1994, solo tackles were inconsistently recorded and unofficial. Since, they have been consistently recorded but are still unofficial (per Pro Football Reference).
Career Sacks* (Courtesy of Buccaneers Communications)
With 22.5 sacks, David is four away from passing Greg Spires (26) for 10th-most in franchise history and tying Broderick Thomas (26.5) for ninth.
Jason Pierre-Paul’s 22 sacks with Tampa Bay have him four away from tying Spires for 10th. With 4.5 more, he ties Thomas for ninth.
Shaquil Barrett’s 19.5 sacks leave him 6.5 away from tying Spires for 10th and seven away from tying Thomas for ninth.
*Sacks did not become an official stat until 1982.
Sacks Through 27 Games With Tampa Bay (Courtesy of Buccaneers Communications)
Pierre-Paul’s sack last week was his 22nd as a Buc. That is the third-most in the first 27 games of a Tampa Bay career.
Barrett has 19.5 sacks through 17 games as a Buccaneer. If he picks up five more over the next 10 games, he will own the franchise record for most sacks through 27 games with the team. Lee Roy Selmon and Simeon Rice (24) currently co-own the record.
Career Passes Defended*
David has 45 passes defended in his career. With 10 more, he passes Aqib Talib (54) for fifth-most in team history.
*Passes defended did not become an official stat until 1999.
David’s 11 interceptions tie him for 15th-most in franchise history. One more will tie him with Dwight Smith, Mark Robinson and Jeris White (12) for 12th-most in Bucs history.
Career Forced Fumbles
With 21 forced fumbles in his career, David is second in the franchise’s record book. He needs four more to take the record from Derrick Brooks (24).
Career Games Played
Sunday will be David’s 123rd game with the Bucs, tying him with Gerald McCoy for 14th-most in team history.
Career Starts (Courtesy of Buccaneers Communications)
Sunday will also be David’s 123rd career start, which also ties him with Gerald McCoy. The two longtime teammates ill be tied for the eighth-most starts in franchise history after Sunday.
**Courtesy of Buccaneers Communications**
All-Time Regular Season Passing Touchdowns
Tom Brady threw two touchdowns last week, but he’s still battling it out with Drew Brees for the most in regular season league history. He now has 543, while Brees is up to 549.
Regular Season Wins by a Player
Brady has won 219 regular season games in his career. He needs three more victories to pass Adam Vinatieri (221) for the NFL record.
Brady and Rob Gronkowski have linked up for 78 touchdowns over the years. With one more, they tie the duo of Dan Marino and Mark Clayton (79) for fourth-most in league history.
Career Regular Season Receiving Yards by a Tight End
With 7,872 regular season receiving yards in his career, Gronkowski needs just 37 more to pass Jimmy Graham (7,908) for fifth-most by a tight end in NFL history.
Career Receiving Yards by a Tight End (Including Postseason)
Gronkowski has 9,035 receiving yards in his career (regular season and postseason combined). That leaves him 65 away from passing Greg Olsen (9,099) for fourth all-time among tight ends.
Career Receiving Touchdowns (Including Postseason)
With regular season and postseason touchdown catches combined, Gronkowski has 91 in his career. That ties him with Reggie Wayne for 14th-most in NFL history. His next one will give him sole possession of 14th.
Career Receptions by a Tight End
Gronkowski’s 604 career receptions leave him just seven away from passing Vernon Davis (610) for seventh-most among tight ends in league history.