Bucs Record Watch 2022: Week 14 at 49ers
The Bucs miraculously bounced back to 6-6 in Week 13, scoring two late touchdowns to defeat the division rival Saints on Monday Night Football. Now they face an extremely difficult two game stretch, west to San Francisco to take on the 8-4 49ers in Week 14 before coming home to host the 8-4 Bengals in Week 15.
The 49ers are one of the Bucs’ toughest tests to date, as are the Chiefs and Ravens. But this test is unique, with San Francisco’s powerful attack being led by Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy in 2022, who will make his first career start. With Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo out for the season, it’s Purdy who will try to push the 49ers forward. Sure, he’s got plenty of guns to work with, plus he’s got the league’s No. 1 scoring defense on his side.
Tampa Bay hasn’t been above .500 since beating Atlanta in Week 5, but Sunday afternoon’s matchup gives the team a chance to go 7-6 before returning home for another big game. The Buccaneer defense will likely be up to the task, but as we’ve seen all season, the key will be Tom Brady and the offense’s ability to hold drives and score points. There hasn’t been a game this season where everything clicked for the Bucs through all four quarters. Maybe this is it?
In terms of records and milestones, there’s plenty to look forward to this Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. Last weekBrady broke Peyton Manning’s NFL record with his 43rd comeback in the fourth quarter, Leonard Fournette passed Gary Anderson for the seventh-most receiving yards by a running back in franchise history, and Carlton Davis moved ahead of teammate Lavonte David for the fifth-most passes defensed in team history.
What’s at stake in week 14? Let’s get into it.
Brady needs 254 passing yards to pass Josh Freeman (13,534) for third in team history. And while three more wins will put him ahead of Doug Williams (33) for second by a Bucs quarterback, a win on Sunday would make the 45-year-old the first player in NFL history to reach 250 regular season wins.
With one rushing touchdown, Fournette will tie former backfield mate Ronald Jones II (18) for eighth in team history.
As a receiver, Fournette is still looking for that elusive next touchdown catch. If he gets it, he will tie Adger Armstrong, Michael Pittman and Charles Sims (six) for fourth in running back in franchise history. He will also tie Sims (four in 2015) for most receiving touchdowns by running back in a single season. And after passing Gary Anderson for seventh-most receiving yards by a Bucs running back last week, “West Coast Lenny” needs 58 more to pass Doug Martin (1,091) for sixth on the all-time list.
White needs only four more catches to move Warrick Dunn (39 in 1997) and Reggie Cobb (39 in 1990) into fourth by a rookie running back in Bucs history.
Evans’ landing drought continued last week, so he’s still 21 points from passing Michael Husted (502) for second in franchise history.
Sunday marks Evans’ 133rd start of his career, moving him ahead of John Lynch (132) for seventh in Bucs history and keeping him four points clear of Mike Alstott (137) for sixth.
Evans will need to average 47.8 yards per game over Tampa Bay’s last five games to reach 1,000 yards for the ninth straight season.
Godwin’s next touchdown of any kind will tie him with Cameron Brate (33) for fifth most touchdowns from scrimmage in team history, while his next receiving score will put him ahead of Kevin House (31) for fourth most all-time times .
Brate remains one touchdown away from tying Jimmie Giles (34) for fourth most touchdowns from scrimmage in franchise history. He is also one receiving touchdown away from tying Giles (34) for second most in Bucs history. And for the record, he’s also chasing Giles’ record with tight end receptions. With 11 left, Brate will pass the Bucs Ring of Honor member the most by a tight end in team history.
Otton needs just nine more catches to move Alex Smith (41 in 2005) to second by a rookie tight end in franchise history.
With his 149th game as a Buc on Sunday afternoon, Gholston will pass Shelton Quarles (148) for ninth in franchise history.
Vea needs 3.5 more sacks to become the first Bucs defensive tackle to reach double-digit sacks in a season since Warren Sapp 16.5 in 2000.
Sunday will be David’s 162nd game as Buc, leaving him two behind John Lynch (164) for fifth in franchise history. It will also be his 162nd career start, meaning he is just 21 behind Paul Gruber (183) for third all-time.
David can tie Mike Washington and David Logan (four) for third most defensive touchdowns in franchise history with one more.
Last week, David’s firing in the first quarter put him just half a sack away from Logan (28.5) for the 10th most firings in team history.
David now chases teammate Carlton Davis (59) for the fifth-most passes defensed in Bucs history. He is behind the team’s current No. 1 corner.
Davis is now five paces defended away from tying Donnie Abraham (64) for fourth in team history.
Dean registered a pass defensed in Week 14, meaning he only needs one more to move Brent Grimes (41) to ninth in franchise history.
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