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2021 Buccaneers Record Watch: Week 4

History is sure to be made on Sunday night when the Bucs take on the Patriots inside Gillette Stadium. Let’s see what’s at stake.

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For the first time since late 2020, the Buccaneers are coming off of a loss. With their 10-game winning streak snapped last Sunday at the hands of the Rams, they’ll head into Foxborough for a Sunday Night Football matchup with the Patriots at 2-1 on the year.

There’s no doubt that this week’s game between Tampa Bay and New England has been circled on calendars by everyone across the football world since the 2021 schedule was released. In fact, when Tom Brady signed with the Bucs in March 2020, it was quickly pointed out that he and his new team were set to face Bill Belichick and his old team in 2021. Now, the time for this meeting has finally arrived.

The return of Brady, Rob Gronkowski and—to a smaller extent—Antonio Brown will be the story on Sunday night. But all three guys will have a chance to make some history under the lights at Gillette Stadium (though Gronkowski is listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report). And those guys aren’t the only ones with a chance to move their names closer to franchise and NFL records in Week 4. Let’s see where things stand in the record books heading into this weekend’s clash.

Buccaneers History

**All statistics and records come from Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted.**

Career Passing Yards

Tom Brady has thrown for 5,720 yards in his Buccaneer career, and with 375 more, he’ll pass Craig Erickson (6,094) for the eighth-most in franchise history.

Career Passing Touchdowns

Brady has totaled 50 passing touchdowns as a Buc, placing him eighth on the team’s all-time leaderboard. He needs 12 more to pass Steve DeBerg (61) for seventh.

Career Passing Attempts

Brady’s 751 passing attempts in a Tampa Bay uniform are the ninth-most by a Bucs quarterback in team history. He takes eighth from Craig Erickson (882) with 132 more attempts.

Career Completions

At 498 completions in his Buccaneer career, Brady is 316 away from passing Steve DeBerg (813) for seventh-most in franchise history.

Career Rushing Yards

Ronald Jones II has yet to really take off in 2021, so he’s stuck at 14th on the Bucs’ all-time rushing yards list. With 1,798, he needs 48 more yards to pass Jerry Eckwood (1,845) for 13th.

Career Rushing Touchdowns

Jones has yet to find the end zone this season, leaving him at 14 rushing touchdowns in his Tampa Bay career. He needs one more to tie Earnest Graham, Lars Tate and Peyton Barber (15) for ninth-most in Buccaneer history.

Career Rushing Attempts

With 402 rushing attempts as a Buc, Jones is 25 away from passing LeGarrette Blount (426) for 13th-most in team history.

Career Receiving Yards

Chris Godwin is up to 3,781 yards in his career, which has him eighth on the Bucs’ all-time receiving yards list. He needs 48 more yards to pass Keyshawn Johnson (3,828) for seventh, while 132 more will move him ahead of Joey Galloway (3,912) for sixth.

With 2,481 receiving yards, Cameron Brate is 17th in franchise history. The veteran tight end is 224 away from passing Warrick Dunn (2,704) for 16th.

Career Receiving Touchdowns

Brate is stuck on 29 receiving touchdowns in his career, leaving him with the fourth-most in Buccaneer history. He needs two more to tie Kevin House (31) for third.

Godwin has 26 receiving scores in his career, which is good for seventh-most in team history. One more will tie him with Mark Carrier (27) for sixth, while two more will tie him with Joey Galloway (28) for fifth. Three more ties him with Brate, his current teammate, for fourth.

O.J. Howard is awaiting a big breakout game in the 2021 season, and he may get his shot if Rob Gronkowski is forced to miss Sunday’s game with his rib injury. Howard has 14 career receiving touchdowns as a Buc, tying him with Keenan McCardell and Morris Owens for 15th-most in franchise history. He needs one more to take sole possession of 15th and two more to tie Reidel Anthony (16) for 14th.

Career Receptions

Godwin has caught 263 passes in his career, placing him 11th on the team’s all-time leaderboard. He needs six more to pass the late great Vincent Jackson (268) for 10th, while 17 more will move him ahead of Jimmie Giles (279) for eighth.

Brate is up to 228 catches as a Buc, bringing him within 12 of passing Gerald Carter (239) for 13th-most in team history.

Career Touchdowns (Total)

Mike Evans has totaled 64 touchdowns in his career. He needs eight more to own the franchise record for total touchdowns, which currently belongs to Mike Alstott (71).

Career Sacks*

Jason Pierre-Paul is a game-time decision for Sunday, but if he plays, he’ll have a chance to inch closer to seventh on the franchise’s all-time sack leaderboard. He currently has 30.5, meaning he needs three more to pass Brad Culpepper (33) for seventh.

Shaquil Barrett isn’t far behind Pierre-Paul, sitting in ninth at 28.5 sacks as a Buc. He needs 2.5 more to pass his teammate for eighth-most in team history.

Lavonte David’s 24 career sacks have him 2.5 away from passing Greg Spires (26) for 12th and tying Broderick Thomas (26.5) for 11th.

*Sacks did not become an official stat until 1982.

Career Passes Defended*

With 52 passes defended in his career, David is three away from passing Aqib Talib (54) for fifth-most in franchise history.

*Passes defended did not become an official stat until 1999.

Career Interceptions

David has 12 interceptions in his career, tying him with Mark Robinson, Jeris White and Dwight Smith for 12th-most in team history. He needs one more to take sole possession of 12th for himself.

Career Forced Fumbles

With 24 forced fumbles in his career, David is tied with Derrick Brooks for the most in Bucs history. He will own the record for himself with one more.

Career Punts Downed Inside the 20-Yard Line

Bradley Pinion had another punt downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line last Sunday, giving him 44 in his Bucs career. He needs five more to pass Dave Green (48) for ninth-most in team history.

Career Games Played

Lavonte David will play in his 141st game as a Buc on Sunday night, which will move him ahead of Warren Sapp (140) for ninth-most games played in team history. He will then be chasing Shelton Quarles (148) for eighth.

Sunday’s game will be William Gholston’s 123rd with Tampa Bay, which will tie him with Gerald McCoy for 15th-most in Bucs history.

Career Starts

With his 141st career start on Sunday, David will be four away from tying Tony Mayberry (145) for fourth-most starts in Buccaneer history.

NFL History

**All statistics and records come from Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted.**

Touchdown Connections (Regular Season)

In their regular season careers, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have connected for 88 touchdowns. They need one more to tie Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (89) for the second-most touchdown connections in NFL history. (Bucs Communications)

Touchdown Connections (Regular Season + Postseason)

Including the playoffs, Brady and Gronkowski have linked up for 102 touchdowns. They need 13 more to pass Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (114) for most in league history. (Bucs Communications)

Most Passing Yards in a Single Stadium

Drew Brees currently owns the NFL record for most passing yards in a single stadium, having thrown for 35,506 yards in the Superdome in his career. With 350 yards on Sunday night in Gillette Stadium, Brady will surpass Brees and own the record for himself. (Bucs Communications)

Quarterbacks to Defeat All 32 NFL Teams

Currently, three quarterbacks in league history—Brett Favre, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning—have beaten all 32 NFL teams. If Brady can beat his former team on Sunday night, he’ll join that elite company. (Bucs Communications)

Career Games With 3+ Passing Touchdowns

Brady has 95 career games with three-plus passing touchdowns. With three more such games, he passes Drew Brees (97) for the most in NFL history. (Bucs Communications)

Career Passing Yards

With 80,291 passing yards in his career, Brady needs 68 passing yards on Sunday night to surpass Drew Brees (80,358) for the most in NFL history.

Career Receiving Yards

Antonio Brown’s 11,884 career receiving yards are the 29th-most in league history. He needs 21 more yards to pass Michael Irvin (11,904) for 28th, while 178 more will move him ahead of Derrick Mason (12,061) for 27th.

Career Receiving Yards By a Tight End

Rob Gronkowski is up to 8,668 receiving yards in his career, meaning he needs 16 more yards to pass Greg Olsen (8,683) for fifth-most by a tight end in league history.

Career Receiving Touchdowns

Gronkowski’s 90 career receiving touchdowns are good for 13th-most in NFL history. With one more, he ties Isaac Bruce (91) for 12th.

Antonio Brown has hauled in 80 touchdowns in his career, which leaves him 30th on the league’s all time leaderboard. He needs one more to tie Steve Smith and Art Powell (81) for 28th, while two more will tie him with Anquan Boldin, Reggie Wayne and Jimmy Graham (82) for 25th.

Fastest to 900 Career Receptions

Brown has 892 career receptions in 141 career games. If he catches eight more passes within the next seven games, he’ll become the fastest player in NFL history to reach 900. Marvin Harrison is the current holder of the record, having reached 900 catches in 149 games.