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2021 Buccaneers Record Watch: Week 5

After a history-making Week 4, there’s some more history to be made for some Buccaneer players on Sunday against the Dolphins. Let’s see what’s at stake in Week 5.

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Last Sunday night, Tom Brady made some history as he and the Buccaneers faced off against his former Patriots teammates and coaches at Gillette Stadium. The 22nd-year veteran surpassed Drew Brees to become the league’s all-time passing yards leader, plus he became just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to beat all 32 franchises as Tampa Bay escaped with a 19-17 win over New England.

Now, after a 1-1 road trip, the Bucs return to play in front of their home fans on Sunday afternoon. The Miami Dolphins will be in town as the defending Super Bowl champions look to improve to 4-1 before a short week leads them into a Thursday Night Football matchup in Philadelphia against the Eagles.

Perhaps there’s not quite as much at stake for the Bucs this Sunday as there was last Sunday with Brady’s return to Foxborough, but there will surely be more movement to come in Week 5 both in terms of the franchise and league record books. Let’s have a look at which Buccaneer players can keep working their way toward history against Miami.

Buccaneers History

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

Career Passing Yards

Tom Brady’s 5,989 passing yards as a Buc are the ninth-most for a quarterback in franchise history. With 106 more, he passes Craig Erickson (6,094) for eighth.

Career Passing Touchdowns

Brady has thrown for 50 touchdowns in his Buccaneer career, placing him eighth on the team’s all-time leaderboard. He is 12 away from passing Steve DeBerg (61) for seventh.

Career Pass Attempts

With 794 pass attempts in a Tampa Bay uniform, Brady needs 89 more to move ahead of Craig Erickson (882) for eighth-most in franchise history.

Career Completions

Brady has completed 520 passes in his time with the Bucs, which is good for eighth-most in team history. He is still 294 away from seventh, which is a spot currently held by Steve DeBerg (813).

Career Rushing Yards

Ronald Jones II has 1,823 rushing yards in his career, leaving him 23 yards away from passing Jerry Eckwood (1,845) for eighth-most in Bucs history.

Career Rushing Touchdowns

With his 15th career rushing touchdown last Sunday, Jones tied Lars Tate, Earnest Graham and Peyton Barber for ninth-most in franchise history. With one more, he ties Ricky Bell (16) for eighth in team history.

Career Rush Attempts

With 408 rush attempts in his career, Jones is 14th on the Bucs’ all-time leaderboard. He needs 19 more to pass LeGarrette Blount (426) for 13th.

Career Receiving Yards

Chris Godwin passed Keyshawn Johnson (3,828) for seventh-most receiving yards in Bucs history last week. Now at 3,836 in his career, he needs 77 more to pass Joey Galloway (3,912) for sixth-most in team history.

Cameron Brate is up to 2,510 receiving yards as a Buc, meaning he needs 195 more to move ahead of Warrick Dunn (2,704) for 16th-most in franchise history.

Career Receiving Touchdowns

Brate has 29 career receiving touchdowns, leaving him two away from tying Kevin House (31) for third-most in Buccaneer history.

Godwin’s 26 receiving scores are the seventh-most in team history, which leaves him one away from tying Mark Carrier (27) for sixth, two from tying Joey Galloway (28) for fifth and three from matching Brate (29) for fourth.

O.J. Howard is still searching for his first touchdown catch of the year. When he gets it, it’ll be the 15th of his career. That would give him sole possession of 15th-most in Bucs history, moving ahead of Morris Owens and Keenan McCardell (14), who he is currently tied with. He would still be one away from pulling even with Reidel Anthony (16) for 14th-most in team history.

Career Receptions

Godwin’s 266 catches as a Buc are the 11th-most in franchise history. With three more, he passes Vincent Jackson (268) for 10th, while 14 more would move him ahead of Jimmie Giles (279), a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor, for ninth.

Career Touchdowns (Total)

Mike Evans’ 64 total touchdowns are the second-most in team history. He is eight away from taking the franchise record, which is currently held by Mike Alstott (71).

Career Sacks*

Jason Pierre-Paul is expected to be back on the field this Sunday against the Dolphins. He’ll enter the day with 30.5 sacks in his Buccaneer career, leaving him three away from moving ahead of Brad Culpepper (33) for seventh-most all-time.

Shaquil Barrett notched a sack against the Patriots last week, giving him 29.5 for his Tampa Bay career. He is one behind Pierre-Paul 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. (Bucs Communications)

*Sacks did not become an official stat until 1982.

Career Passes Defended*

With a crucial fourth-quarter pass breakup last week, David now has 53 passes defended in his career. He needs just two more to pass Aqib Talib (54) for fifth-most in franchise history.

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

Career Interceptions

David is still stuck in a tie with Jeris White, Dwight Smith and Mark Robinson for the 12th-most interception in Bucs history (12). One more would give him sole possession of 12th.

Career Forced Fumbles

With 24 forced fumbles in his career, David is tied with Derrick Brooks for the most in Buccaneer history. He needs one more to hold the record for his own.

Career Punts Downed Inside the 20-Yard Line

Bradley Pinion’s 44 punts downed inside the 20 during his time as a Buc are the 10th-most in team history. He is five away from passing Dave Green (48) for ninth. (Bucs Communications)

Career Games Played

Sunday will be Lavonte David’s 142nd career game, which will move him closer to Shelton Quarles (148) for eighth-most games played in franchise history.

With his 124th game as a Buc on Sunday, William Gholston will pass Gerald McCoy (123) for 15th-most in team history. He will be one behind Steve Wilson (125) for 14th.

Career Starts

David will also start his 142nd game as a Buccaneer on Sunday, which will move him closer to Tony Mayberry (145) for fourth-most in franchise history. (Bucs Communications)

NFL History

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

Career Games With 3+ Passing Touchdowns

Tom Brady has 95 games with three-plus passing touchdowns in his career. He needs three more to pass Drew Brees (97) for the most in NFL history. (Bucs Communications)

Career Passing Yards

Last week, Brady became the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader, passing Drew Brees (80,358). He will now look to build on his 80,560 career passing yards.

Career Receiving Yards

Antonio Brown is up to 28th on the league’s all-time receiving yards list with 11,947. He needs 115 more yards to pass Derrick Mason (12,061) for 27th, while 137 would move him ahead of Hines Ward (12,083) for 26th. With 200 more yards, he passes Charlie Joiner (12,146) for 25th.

Career Receiving Touchdowns

Brown’s 80 career touchdown receptions give him the 30th-most in NFL history. One more would tie him with Art Powell and Steve Smith (81) for 28th, while two more would pull him even with Jimmy Graham, Anquan Boldin and Reggie Wayne (82) for 25th.

Fastest to 900 Career Receptions

Marvin Harrison is currently the fastest player in NFL history to reach 900 career receptions, doing so in 149 games. Brown has 899 receptions in 142 games, so one catch on Sunday would make him the fastest player to reach the 900-catch mark.