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2021 Buccaneers Record Watch: Week 3

Which Tampa Bay players can continue to climb up the franchise and all-time leaderboards in this Sunday’s game against the Rams?

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Dating back to December 2020, the Buccaneers have won 10 games in a row. While the first eight victories of this current winning streak were significant in that they led to Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl run and eventual championship victory, the most recent wins in the streak have the team off to a 2-0 start in the 2021 season.

On Sunday, the Bucs will play on the road for the first time this season, taking on 2-0 Rams in Los Angeles. Tampa Bay’s last trip out west to play the Rams was certainly memorable, as the Bucs scored a franchise record 55 points in a 55-40 win. Jameis Winston threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns in the game, while Chris Godwin caught 12 passes for 172 yards and two scores. The defending champions will be looking for similar performances from their guys this time around in hopes of getting to 3-0 ahead of next week’s big Sunday Night Football game in New England.

Let’s take a look at where some Bucs stand in the franchise and league record books, shall we?

Buccaneers History

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

Career Passing Yards

Tom Brady has 5,288 passing yards as a Buc, which means he needs just 807 more to pass Craig Erickson (6,094) for eighth-most in team history.

Career Passing Touchdowns

With nine passing touchdowns already this season, Brady has 49 in his Buccaneer career. With 13, more, he passes Steve DeBerg (61) for seventh-most in franchise history.

Career Completions

Brady has completed 457 passes in his time with the Bucs, which is good for ninth-most in team history. He needs 17 more to take the eighth spot from Craig Erickson (473).

Career Pass Attempts

Brady’s 696 pass attempts in a Tampa Bay uniform have him eight away from passing Jeff Garcia (703) for ninth-most in Bucs history.

Career Rushing Yards

Ronald Jones II is awaiting his first big breakout game of the 2021 season, but it wouldn’t even take a major breakout for him to move up on the franchise’s all-time rushing yards list. He currently has 1,787, which is good for 14th. With 59 more, he takes 13th from Jerry Eckwood (1,845).

Career Rushing Touchdowns

Jones has rushed for 14 touchdowns in his Tampa Bay career, leaving him one away from tying Earnest Graham, Peyton Barber and Lars Tate (15) for ninth all-time.

Career Rushing Attempts

With 397 rushing attempts as a Buc, Jones is 14th on the franchise’s all-time leaderboard. He needs 30 more to pass LeGarrette Blount (426) for 13th.

Career Receiving Yards

Chris Godwin is getting closer and closer to passing Keyshawn Johnson for seventh-most receiving yards in Bucs history. With 3,707, he needs 122 more to pass Johnson (3,828), while 206 more will move him ahead of Joey Galloway (3,912) for sixth.

Cameron Brate’s 2,446 career receiving yards are good for 17th-most in franchise history. With 259 more yards, he takes 16th from Warrick Dunn (2,704).

Career Receiving Touchdowns

Brate’s 29 career receiving touchdowns have him with the fourth-most in team history. He needs three more to pass Kevin House (31) for the No. 3 spot.

Godwin’s touchdown catch against the Falcons in Week 2 was the 26th of his career, meaning he is just two away from passing Mark Carrier (27) for sixth and tying Joey Galloway (28) for fifth-most all-time.

O.J. Howard has caught 14 touchdowns in his career, tying him with Keenan McCardell and Morris Owens for 15th-most in Bucs history. He needs three more to pass Reidel Anthony (16) for 14th.

Career Receptions

Godwin’s 257 career catches have him 11th on the Bucs’ all-time leaderboard. He needs 12 more receptions the late great Vincent Jackson (268) for 10th.

Brate has 224 career receptions, placing him 14th in team history. He needs 16 more to pass Gerald Carter (239) for 13th.

Career Touchdowns (Total)

With his two touchdowns last week, Mike Evans has 64 total scores in his career. He needs just eight more to pass Mike Alstott (71) for the most touchdowns in franchise history. (Bucs Communications)

Career Solo Tackles

Lavonte David is up to 816 solo tackles in his career. He has the third-most of any Buc ever, but he is still well behind Ronde Barber (1,044) for second.

Career Sacks*

Shaquil Barrett’s 28.5 sacks as a Buc are the ninth-most of any player in franchise history. He needs two more to tie Jason Pierre-Paul (30.5) for eighth.

Lavonte David’s 24 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*

David has 52 passes defended in his career, meaning he’s just three from passing Aqib Talib (54) for fifth-most in team history.

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

Career Interceptions

David’s 12 career interceptions have him tied with Jeris White, Mark Robinson and Dwight Smith for 12th-most in Bucs history. One more will give him sole possession of 12th.

Career Forced Fumbles

David is tied with Derrick Brooks for the franchise’s all-time forced fumbles record (24). When he gets his 25th, No. 54 will own the record for himself.

Career Punts Downed Inside the 20

Bradley Pinion had another two punts downed inside the 20-yard line last Sunday, bringing his total as a Buc up to 43. He needs six more to pass Dave Green (48) for the ninth-most in franchise history.

Career Games

Sunday will be Lavonte David’s 140th career game, which will tie him with Warren Sapp for the ninth-most games played in Buccaneer history.

William Gholston tied Lee Roy Selmon, Jimmie Giles and Chidi Ahanotu with his 121st career game as a Buc last Sunday against Atlanta. When he takes the field for game No. 122 on Sunday in Los Angeles, he will pass those three guys, tie John Cannon (122) for 16th-most games played in team history and get within one game of tying Gerald McCoy (123) for 15th.

Career Starts

When Lavonte David starts his 140th game as a Buc on Sunday, he will get within five starts of tying Tony Mayberry (145) for the fourth-most games started in team history.

NFL History

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

Touchdown Connections (Regular Season)

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski linked up for two more touchdowns last week against the Falcons. That brought them to 88 regular season touchdown connections in their careers, which leaves them one away from tying Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (89) for the second-most in NFL history. (Bucs Communications)

Touchdown Connections (Regular Season + Postseason)

Including the playoffs, Brady and Gronkowski have connected for 102 touchdowns. That’s good for second-most in league history, and they’re now just 13 away from taking the all-time record from Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (114). (Bucs Communications)

Career Games With 3+ Passing Touchdowns

Brady threw for five touchdowns against the Falcons last week, so he now has 95 career games of throwing three or more passing touchdowns. He needs three more of those games to have the most in NFL history. Drew Brees (97) currently holds the record. (Bucs Communications)

Career Passing Yards

Drew Brees’ career passing yards record (80,358) is coming closer and closer to falling, as Brady is up to 79,859. He needs 500 more yards to own the NFL record.

Career Receiving Yards By a Tight End

Rob Gronkowski has 8,613 receiving yards in his career, meaning he needs 71 more to pass Greg Olsen (8,683) for fifth-most by a tight end in NFL history. (Bucs Communications)

Career Receiving Touchdowns

With two more touchdown catches in Week 2, Rob Gronkowski now has 90 in his regular season career. He is one away from tying Isaac Bruce (91) for 12th-most in league history.