With their 31-17 home victory over the Panthers last Sunday, the Buccaneers evened their 2020 record at 1-1. Now, they hit the road again, this time heading west to take on the 0-2 Denver Broncos. This continues a short run of games for Tampa Bay that should be favorable, despite the fact that it has had struggles on the West Coast throughout its history. If the Bucs can come through with a victory, it will mark their third 2-1 start in the last four seasons.
While Bruce Arians’ team will look to continue eliminating its mistakes while continuing its winning ways on Sunday at Mile High, there are some individuals who can continue working their way toward franchise and league history. Let’s check in and see where things are heading into Week 3.
**All statistics and records come from Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted.**
Career Rushing Yards
Ronald Jones II has 857 receiving yards, leaving him 23 yards away from passing Doug Williams (879) for 24th-most in Bucs history.
Career Rushing Touchdowns
With a rushing touchdown last week, Jones brought his career total to eight. He needs two more to tie Michael Pittman and Jameis Winston (10) for 14th in team history.
Career Receiving Yards
Chris Godwin’s career receiving yardage total is at 2,779, which ranks him 14th in franchise history. He needs 64 more to pass Lawrence Dawsey (2,842) for 13th.
With 2,156 career receiving yards, Cameron Brate is 23rd in Bucs history. He needs 61 more to pass Jacquez Green (2,217) for 22nd and 129 to pass Mike Alstott (2,284) for 21st.
Career Receiving Touchdowns
Brate’s 27 receiving touchdowns have him tied with Mark Carrier for fifth-most in franchise history. One more would tie him with Joey Galloway (28) for fourth.
Godwin has 17 receiving touchdowns in his career, tying him for 11th-most with Keyshawn Johnson and Gerald Carter. He needs three more to tie Vincent Jackson (20) for 10th.
O.J. Howard has 13 receiving touchdowns, tying him with Courtney Hawkins and Mike Alstott for 17th. One more ties him for 14th with Morris Owens and Keenan McCardell (14).
With 195 receptions in his career, Brate has the 20th-most in team history. He needs 11 more to tie Courtney Hawkins and Lawrence Dawsey (206) for 18th.
Career Touchdowns (Total)
Mike Evans’ touchdown catch in last Sunday’s win was the 51st total touchdown of his career. He is 21 away from possessing the franchise record, which is currently held by Mike Alstott (71).
Per Buccaneers Communications, Lavonte David has 1,026 tackles in his career, which means he only needs three more to pass Hardy Nickerson (1,028) for third-most in team history.
Career Solo Tackles*
David’s 738 career solo tackles rank him third in Bucs history and leave him 307 away from passing Ronde Barber (1,044) for second.
*Before 1994, solo tackles were unofficial and inconsistently recorded. Since then, they have been consistently recorded but are still unofficial.
Last week, Jason Pierre-Paul picked up his 23rd sack as a Buc. He now needs just 3.5 more to pass Greg Spires (26) for 10th-most in team history. Three more would also tie him with Broderick Thomas (26.5) for ninth.
David has 22.5 career sacks, which means he is 3.5 away from tying Spires for 10th and four away from tying Thomas for ninth.
Shaquil Barrett’s 19.5 sacks have 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
Lee Roy Selmon and Simeon Rice both tallied 24 sacks in their first 27 games with the Bucs, tying them for the team record. Pierre-Paul’s 22 through 27 games rank him third. Barrett is currently fourth with 19.5, though he’s only played 18 games with the team. Five more in the next nine games would give him the record.
Most Consecutive Games With a Sack
Dating back to last season, Pierre-Paul has sacks in four consecutive games. The longest streak in franchise history is six games, which he did himself in 2018. Simeon Rice also did it in 2002.
Career Passes Defended*
David has 45 career passes defended, which is good for sixth-most in Bucs history. He needs 10 more to pass Aqib Talib (54) for fifth.
*Passes defended did not become an official stat until 1999.
With 11 career interceptions, David is tied for 15th-most in team history. One more would tie him with Dwight Smith, Mark Robinson and Jeris White (12) for 12th.
Career Forced Fumbles
With a forced fumble last week, David upped his career total to 22. He needs three more to take the franchise record from Derrick Brooks (24).
Sunday will be David’s 124th career start, which will give him sole possession of eighth in team history.
Career Games Played
With his 124th career game played on Sunday, David will inch one game closer to tying Steve Wilson (125) for 13th-most in Bucs history.
**Courtesy of Buccaneers Communications**
All-Time Passing Touchdowns (Regular Season)
Tom Brady continues to be locked in a battle with Drew Brees for the regular season passing touchdown record. The GOAT has 544, leaving him six away from Brees (550).
300-Yard Passing Games (Regular Season)
Brady has 92 career 300-yard passing games in the regular season, and with one more, he’ll tie Peyton Manning (93) for second-most in NFL history.
Regular Season Wins
Brady is one win away from tying Adam Vinatieri (221) for the most by a player in league history.
Touchdown Connections (Regular Season)
Brady and Rob Gronkowski have connected for 78 regular season touchdowns over the years. One more would tie them with Dan Marino and Mark Clayton (79) for fourth-most in NFL history.
Regular Season Receiving Yards by a Tight End
Gronkowski has 7,872 receiving yards in his regular season career, leaving him 37 away from passing Jimmy Graham (7,908) for fifth-most by a tight end in NFL history. However, Graham is still active as well.
Receiving Yards by a Tight End (Including Postseason)
If you include the playoffs, Gronkowski has 9,035 career receiving yards. He is 65 away from passing Greg Olsen for fourth-most by a tight end in league history. Olsen, though, is also still active.
Receiving Touchdowns (Including Postseason)
Gronk’s 91 career receiving touchdowns (including the playoffs) tie him with Reggie Wayne for 14th-most in league history. With one more, he’ll take sole possession of 14th.
Receptions by a Tight End (Including Postseason)
Including the playoffs, Gronkowski has 604 career catches. He needs seven more to pass Vernon Davis (610) for seventh-most by a tight end in NFL history.