The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in search of a streak. A six-game run to end the season would be ideal, even if it is still unlikely to produce a playoff berth, but first the Buccaneers need to win consecutive games for the first time this season. The opportunity is there after a very encouraging Week 12 win in Atlanta, and if the Bucs are to make it two in a row they'll have to do it on the road. That's not necessarily a problem: Tampa Bay is technically 3-3 in road games this season. (The loss to Carolina in London was considered a home game.)
The all-Florida matchup pits a pair of 4-7 teams, though Jacksonville got there on a three-game losing streak while the Buccaneers have won two of their last three. Both teams will be taking a break from recent intra-division matchups to play an interconference foe, and in the Buccaneers case it will be the beginning of a four-week stretch in which they take on three teams from the AFC South.
After falling to 5-11 amid high expectations last year, Doug Marrone's Jaguars are trying to recapture the form that saw them break out in 2017 with a 10-6 season and a trip to the second round of the playoffs. That squad was most notable for its aggressive, swarming defense that ranked second in both points and yards allowed, but it also featured the fifth-highest scoring offense. That attack was centered around the power running of then-rookie back Leonard Fournette, but Blake Bortles also threw 21 touchdown passes and six different players tallied more than 300 receiving yards.
Though Fournette is back to his hard-charging ways, the Jaguars have a new quarterback in Nick Foles, one they haven't had much chance to evaluate yet thanks to a broken collarbone in Week One. The Jacksonville defense is now without star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, traded to the Rams last month, and standout linebacker Telvin Smith abruptly retired over the summer. However, the Jaguars' defense may have found a new young star in pass-rusher Josh Allen, the seventh-overall pick in the draft who already has 8.0 sacks.
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are trying to pull together a successful six-game run to the end of the season with a quarterback who is piling up the yards by making the most of the NFL's best 1-2 punch at wide receiver, a talented defensive front that is coming off one of its most disruptive games in Week 12 and a young secondary that is finally starting to show the promise that comes with a lot of recent draft picks. Here's what you need to know to prepare for the Sunday's game as the Bucs head upstate and try to get consecutive wins for the first time in 2019:
GAME AND BROADCAST DETAILS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7)
Sunday, December 1, 1:00 p.m. ET
TIAA Bank Field (capacity: 67,862)
Television: FOX (Local WTVT Channel 13)
TV Broadcast Team: Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mark Schlereth (analyst), Jennifer Hale (sideline)
Radio: 98Rock (WXTB, 97.9 FM), Flagship Station
Radio Broadcast Team: Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play), Dave Moore (analyst), T.J. Rives (sideline)
ALL-TIME HEAD-TO-HEAD SERIES
The Buccaneers welcomed a third NFL team to the state of Florida in 1995 when a round of expansion brought in the Jacksonville Jaguars (and the Carolina Panthers). Tampa Bay's initial welcome wasn't very warm, as they defeated the first-year Jaguars in 1995, albeit barely. The Buccaneers also claimed the most recent meeting between the two Sunshine State rivals in 2015 in a 38-31 shootout. However, the Jaguars owned the rest of the series in between those two Buc victories.
Overall, the Jaguars leads the series by a 4-2 margin, and the Buccaneers have yet to win a regular-season game in Jacksonville in three tries. Since the next wave of expansion and the realignment of divisions in 2002, those opportunities come around rarely, as the four-year rotation of interconference matchups means the Bucs only go upstate once every eight years. Their last regular-season game in Jacksonville was a 41-14 blowout near the end of a dismal 2011 campaign.
Other than that contest, most of the previous Bucs-Jaguars games have been close. The aforementioned 38-31 Bucs win in 2015 actually required a rally from the home team, which was losing 24-23 near the end of the third quarter. The game-changing play was a nine-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Tampa Bay defensive end Jacquies Smith. Doug Martin ran for 123 yards and the Bucs' final score as part of a 183-yard outing for Tampa Bay's ground game.
The Bucs' win to kick off the series in 1995 was even closer. In fact, the expansion Jaguars scored on a Pete Mitchell touchdown catch with 37 seconds left to cut the Bucs' lead to 17-16 and then elected to go for the win with a two-point conversion. Cornerback Charles Dimry's tight coverage on wide receiver Jimmy Smith kept Jaguars quarterback Steve Beuerlein from converting on the two-point pass, but the Jaguars then successfully pulled off an onside kick to engineer another chance to win. That left it up to Martin Mayhew to seal the Bucs' victory with an interception on the next play.
Jacksonville's other three wins in the series were all by one-score margins. Most notably the two teams met right in the middle of a 2007 season in which both teams would end up in the playoffs. Buccaneers quarterback Jeff Garcia threw 41 passes and had 267 yards, while Jacksonville's Quinn Gray threw just 16 times for 100 yards. However, Gray did connect with Matt Jones on a fourth-quarter eight-yard touchdown pass to put the Jaguars up, 24-23. Garcia was intercepted three times, including on his last pass of the day in the Buccaneers' final attempt to regain the lead. Joey Galloway's 58-yard touchdown catch and the Bucs' 385-219 edge in overall yardage weren't enough to overcome Jacksonville's 3-0 advantage in takeaways.
· Jacksonville's coaching staff is loaded with coaches who have Buccaneers ties, beginning with Defensive Coordinator Todd Wash. Wash first entered the NFL coaching ranks with Tampa Bay in 2007. He was retained in the head coaching switch from Jon Gruden to Raheem Morris before going to Seattle in 2011 and Jacksonville in 2013. Wash coached the defensive line in all three spot before being promoted to his current post in Jacksonville in 2016.
· Other Jaguars coaches with previous stops in Tampa include Keenan McCardell (wide receivers), Ron Middleton (tight ends), Scott Milanovich (quarterbacks), George Warhop (offensive line) and Dwayne Stukes (defensive assistant). McCardell, Milanovich and Stukes actually played for the Buccaneers, though Milanovich appeared in just one game and Stukes in none. McCardell was a key member of the Buccaneers' 2002 Super Bowl-winning team, and he made the Pro Bowl for Tampa Bay in 2003. Stukes was also on the Bucs' coaching staff from 2008-11, the last year as the special teams coordinator. Middleton and Warhop coached the same positions in Tampa they currently have in Jacksonville, Middleton from 2004-06 and Warhop from 2014 through last season. Jaguars Secondary/Cornerbacks Coach Tim Walton worked as a defensive intern for the Bucs in the summer of 2004.
· Tampa Bay's staff also includes a former Jaguars player. Byron Leftwich entered the league as a first-round pick by Jacksonville in 2003 and was the team's primary quarterback for the next four seasons, winning 24 of his 44 starts in that span.
· Current Buccaneers offensive tackle Josh Wells originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with Jacksonville in 2014 through this year's training camp before he was released and signed by Tampa Bay in September.
· Two former Tampa Bay draft picks were recently signed by the Jaguars. Defensive tackle Akeem Spence, a fourth-round selection in 2013, played five seasons for the Buccaneers. Linebacker Najee Goode was picked by Tampa Bay in the fifth round in 2012 and played one season in a Bucs uniform. Goode was signed as an unrestricted free agent in the spring; Spence just arrived in late October.
SENIOR COACHING STAFFS
· Tampa Bay:
· Head Coach Bruce Arians
· Assistant Head Coach/Run Game Coordinator Harold Goodwin
· Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles
· Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich
· Special Teams Coordinator Keith Armstrong
· Head Coach Doug Marron
· Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo
· Defensive Coordinator Todd Wash
· Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeCamillis
KEY 2019 ROSTER ADDITIONS
· OLB Sam Acho (FA)
· OLB Shaq Barrett (UFA)
· CB Jamel Dean (3rd-round draft pick)
· S Mike Edwards (3rd-round draft pick)
· K Matt Gay (5th-round draft pick)
· CB Sean Murphy-Bunting (2nd-round draft pick)
· WR Breshad Perriman (UFA)
· P Bradley Pinion (UFA)
· DL Ndamukong Suh (UFA)
· LB Devin White (1st-round draft pick)
· DE Josh Allen (1st-round draft pick)
· RB Ryquell Armstead (5th-round draft pick)
· WR Chris Conley (UFA)
· TE Seth DeValve (W-CLE)
· QB Joshua Dobbs (T-PIT)
· QB Nick Foles (UFA)
· LB Najee Goode (UFA)
· QB Gardner Minshew (6th-round draft pick)
· T Cedric Ogbuehi (UFA)
· TE Nick O'Leary (FA)
· LS Matthew Orzech (W-BAL)
· DT Akeem Spence (FA)
· T Jawaan Taylor (2nd-round draft pick)
· LB Quincy Williams (3rd-round draft pick)
View some of the top photos from the Buccaneers' Week 13 practice at the AdventHealth Training Center.
ADDITIONAL 2019 CHANGES OF NOTE
· In January, Tampa Bay engineered one of the most significant changes a franchise could make in hiring a new head coach. That man is Bruce Arians, who needed just five years to become the winningest coach in Arizona Cardinals history and who has a history of helping quarterbacks excel. Arians assembled an extremely experienced coaching staff around him, almost all of whom he had worked with in the past.
· One of the coaches Arians brought on was Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles, who served under him in the same capacity in Arizona in 2013 and 2014 before becoming the Jets' head coach. Bowles' arrival means the Buccaneers have technically switched to a base 3-4 defense, something the team hadn't identified with since 1990.
· Bowles' defense means certain players were redefined as outside linebackers, inside linebackers and defensive linemen. No matter the position designations, Tampa Bay's defense has assumed a more aggressive approach in terms of blitz frequency and variety and press-man coverage.
· Tampa Bay's offense was prolific in 2018 in terms of yards, especially in the passing attack, and most of its starters return for 2019, so one could have reasonably expected another strong season on that side of the ball. Indeed, the Buccaneers are third in the NFL in scoring through 12 weeks with 28.4 points per game, up from 24.8 in 2018.
· The Buccaneers released CB Vernon Hargreaves on December 12, parting ways with their 2016 first-round pick after three-and-a-half seasons. Tampa Bay's secondary is experiencing a youth movement, with six players from the last two drafts figuring prominently in the mix now.
· Jacksonville Head Coach Doug Marrone stated this week that he would not be making any changes to the coaching staff during the season. That was a relevant question because almost exactly a year earlier the Jaguars did shake up their staff on the heels of a seven-game losing streak. That included the firing of Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, which meant the team went into the 2019 offseason in search of a new person for that position. They found John DeFilippo, who had previously worked under Andy Reid and Doug Pederson. DeFilippo was also the position coach for the quarterback Jacksonville pursued in the offense, former Eagle Nick Foles.
· DeFilippo was one of several new additions to the Jacksonville coaching staff in 2019, including former Buccaneers Offensive Line Coach George Warhop. After four years in Tampa, Warhop became available when the Buccaneers parted ways with Head Coach Dirk Koetter, which led to the hiring of Bruce Arians and the assemblage of a whole new staff. Warhop appears to have made a difference in Jacksonville, as the Jaguars' rushing attack is much improved from a season ago.
· Jacksonville made one of the most notable trades before this year's deadline, shipping star cornerback Jalen Ramsey off to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for two first-round picks and a fourth-round selection. The fifth-overall pick in the 2016 draft, Ramsey had earned Pro Bowl invitations in 2017 and 2018 and was a first-team All-Pro in 2017. He had nine interceptions through the first three seasons of his career.
Who Finishes Strong? – In 1996, the Jacksonville Jaguars went into Week 13 with a 4-7 record, which was not particularly surprising for an expansion team in just its second season. What happened next was surprising, and almost unprecedented. Those '96 Jaguars won their last five games to finish at 9-7 and swipe a Wild Card playoff spot, then won two more postseason games on the road to make it all the way to the AFC Championship Game. The run ended there against the Patriots, but the '96 Jaguars are still one of only three teams in the 16-game era ever to go from 4-7 to the playoffs, and the only one to make it to the conference championship game. Sunday's game at TIAA Bank Field will feature two teams with 4-7 records, and both would obviously love to duplicate what that Jacksonville team did 23 years ago. Given the top-heavy nature of the NFC standings in particular, nine wins won't necessarily translate into a playoff spot this time around, but it would certainly be an encouraging way to head into 2020. Jacksonville is trying to pull out of a three-game tailspin in which it has been outscored by 65 points and is actually only two games out of the last AFC playoff spot right now. The Buccaneers are in the first year under Head Coach Bruce Arians and a strong finish, playoffs or not, would help make an ongoing culture change stick.
QB Spotlights – The final stretch of the season is also important to both teams in terms of their quarterback situations. The Jaguars finally moved on from the Blake Bortles era in the offseason and went after former Super Bowl hero Nick Foles, landing him with a four-year, $88 million contract, though there is a potential out without too much dead cap space after 2021. Foles promptly fell on hard luck with a broken collarbone in his first regular-season game in Jacksonville and only recently returned from injured reserve. Statistically, his performance in two games since his return have been good but the Jaguars offense hasn't been able to find a rhythm and has not generated many big plays. Obviously, the Jaguars would love to see Foles and their offense prove it can be more explosive down the stretch. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston is riding a streak of six consecutive 300-yard passing games but also has 20 interceptions on the season. After two early picks in Atlanta last Sunday, Winston regrouped and had an outstanding day leading an explosive offense. For the Buccaneers, the last five games are even more important, as they are the last five in Winston's original rookie contract, and a decision must be made for the future of the team and the quarterback.
Turning the Corner – Chris Godwin had another star turn and Vita Vea ruled the highlights with his touchdown catch, but the best development for the Buccaneers in their Week 12 win in Atlanta was the vastly improved play of its very young secondary. Second-year man Carlton Davis broke up five passes, as did rookie corner Jamel Dean, and the Bucs got their hands on a total of 16 of Matt Ryan's throws. Davis also notched his first career interception and the secondary as a whole kept Julio Jones well below his career per-game average against the Buccaneers. The explanation for the Bucs' much tighter coverage after months of struggles in that regard is that the young DBs have doubled down on their game tape study and as a result are getting much better in their recognition of what offenses are trying to do. The Buccaneers invested six draft picks in the fourth round or higher on defensive backs in the 2018 and 2019 drafts, and during training camp Arians said he believed the secondary was "fixed." Arians was referring to the level of talent at that part of the depth chart, but as it turned out the results did not immediately improve from an equally rough 2018 season. However, the Atlanta game was wildly encouraging, and if it proves to be the start of a real turnaround in the secondary, it may indeed prove true that the need for more talent in that unit has been met.
Pick Your Poison – Entering last Sunday's game in Atlanta, Mike Evans needed seven receiving yards to get to 1,000 for the sixth time in as many NFL seasons, and Chris Godwin needed 113 to hit that same mark for the first time. They both got there but, improbably, Godwin hit 1,000 first as part of his career 184-yard, two-touchdown day. Both Evans and Godwin have had three games this season of 150-plus receiving yards, and it has essentially been impossible for opposing defenses to shut both of them down at the same time. The extra attention Atlanta's defense paid to Evans early in the game certainly contributed to Godwin getting more opportunities, and he made the most of them. Moving forward, will defenses continue to treat Evans as problem number-one, will they try to find some way to shut both receivers down and force the Bucs to look elsewhere, or will they perhaps begin to key more on Godwin? Given how hard it is to contain both receivers at the same time – New Orleans did so effectively for the first half of the game in Week 11, but that's about it – Jacksonville may have to pick their poison on this one. Both Evans and Godwin are on pace to top 1,500 receiving yards, which is something that has only been done a single time by a Buccaneer player in franchise history. That was Evans last year.
Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object…or the Opposite? – The best strength-on-strength battle in Sunday's game in Jacksonville will occur whenever Foles hands the ball off to Leonard Fournette. Jacksonville is averaging 4.70 yards per carry, good for sixth in the NFL, and Fournette is a big, powerful and fast runner who has accounted for most of that, much of it gained after his first contact with a defender. However, Fournette will be bashing into one of the league's best run defenses, as the Buccaneers rank second in both rushing yards allowed per game (78.7) and yards allowed per carry (3.48). When the Buccaneers have the ball, it's a very different story. Tampa Bay's rushing attack has had its moments and Ronald Jones is much improved from his rookie season, but the Bucs still only rank 20th in yards per game and 23rd in yards per carry. When they didn't fall behind early in Atlanta, the Buccaneers were able to maintain a balanced attack, with a nearly even split between passes and runs, and that is what Arians would prefer to have on a weekly basis. The Buccaneers' ground game has a chance to break out in a big way in Week 13 because Jacksonville is allowing 5.43 yards per carry, dead last in the NFL, and 142.3 yards per game.
1. Buccaneers LT Donovan Smith vs. Jaguars DE Calais Campbell
At 6-8 and 300 pounds, Campbell is, obviously, the "big" defensive end in Jacksonville's defense, the one who is primarily going to line up on the strong side of the opposing line while speedy edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue takes the weak side. That means Campbell will get his shots at both of the Bucs' offensive tackles, and he may even line up over the interior linemen from time to time. But a Campbell-Smith matchup will definitely be worth watching when it occurs, especially because Smith will be protecting Jameis Winston's blind side. Both players are powerful but also quick-footed, and both are also extremely durable and determined. Smith has started all 75 games of his career since entering the NFL in 2015; Campbell has played in 181 of a possible 187 games since his first season in 2008. Smith and the Bucs' offensive line are coming off an excellent game in Atlanta in which Winston was not sacked and was only hit once. That sort of protection against a defense ranked fifth in the NFL in sacks per pass play would go a long way towards getting the Buccaneers a second consecutive victory.
2. Jaguars TE Nick O'Leary vs. Buccaneers S Jordan Whitehead
Is it a stretch to include a player who was just signed by the Jaguars 10 days ago among this week's key matchups? Perhaps, but there's a chance that O'Leary makes a difference on Sunday. The Jaguars signed O'Leary, who had been released by the Dolphins a few weeks earlier, because their tight end position appears to have a hex on it this year. O'Leary is the third "street" free agent the Jaguars have signed at the position since the season started because Josh Oliver, James O'Shaughnessy and Geoff Swaim have all ended up on IR and replacement starter Seth DeValve is dealing with an oblique injury. In his first game with the Jaguars last Sunday, O'Leary caught four passes for 36 yards, which represents some of the best production Jacksonville has gotten out of the position this year. And tight ends have occasionally been a problem for the Buccaneers this year, as one was on the second play of the game in Atlanta when little-used first-year player Jaeden Graham got open down the middle for a 53-yard gain. When the Bucs have done well against opposing tight ends, as they did against San Francisco's George Kittle in Week One, Whitehead has often been in the middle of it. Whitehead gives up a good amount of size to most tight ends but is a gamer and a hard-hitter who can handle a physical battle with a bigger opponent.
3. Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin vs. Jaguars CB Tre Herndon
The Jaguars' defense features one of the league's best cover corners in A.J. Bouye, but it no longer has star cornerback Jalen Ramsey on the other side of the field after Ramsey's October trade to the Rams. On paper, at least, the Jaguars would have appeared to be one of the team's best equipped to handle Tampa Bay's incredibly productive wide receiver duo of Godwin and Mike Evans. In Ramsey's absence, Bouye is joined in the starting lineup by Herndon, a second-year player and former undrafted free agent. Herndon has definitely held his own, and he has seven passes defensed and two interceptions in his last five games. Still, if the Jaguars choose to use Bouye to try to limit the production of either Evans or Godwin, which receiver will they consider the top priority? Evans has more commonly drawn double-coverage this year when teams have chosen to focus on just one of them, but Godwin has often made them pay for doing so. The reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week is actually now the Buccaneers' leading receiver, just ahead of Evans, and he's second in the league in receiving yards and first in touchdown catches. No matter who the Jaguars use to try to slow him down, it will be a challenge, and one of the game's most important matchups.
4. Jaguars C Brandon Linder vs. Buccaneers NT Vita Vea
Vea got a lot of national attention this week but it was mostly for his one-yard touchdown grab, which reportedly made him, at 347 pounds, the heaviest player ever to catch a scoring pass. But Vea was equally impactful on defense in Atlanta, recording a sack and two passes defensed on plays where he got penetration and then got his hands up. Vea is so big and powerful that he is difficult to block with a single lineman, but he's also quick-footed for his size, which is a particularly bad problem for a center, who has to get the snap off first before getting in his stance. Fortunately for the Jaguars, they have a very good center in Linder, the 2014 third-round pick out of Miami who has been a starter on Jacksonville's line since his arrival. In fact, Lindor was so good – despite some injury issues – in his first three seasons that the Jaguars gave him a lucrative long-term deal before the start of the 2017 season. Lindor missed another seven games due to injury last year but when he was on the field he was very good, and he was charged with allowing just one sack on 507 defensive snaps played. Linder is big and powerful in his own right, making him a good match for Vea.
DNP: Did not participate in practice
LP: Limited participation in practice
FP: Full participation in practice
NL: Not listed
· DL Beau Allen (neck) – WEDS: LP; THURS: LP; FRI: FP. Game Status: Not listed.
· CB Jamel Dean (shoulder) – WEDS: LP; THURS: FP; FRI: FP. Game Status: Not listed.
· T Demar Dotson (not injury related) – WEDS: DNP; THURS: FP; FRI: FP. Game Status: Not listed.
· DL William Gholston (ankle) – WEDS: LP; THURS: FP; FRI: FP. Game Status: Not listed.
· WR Scotty Miller (hamstring) – WEDS: LP; THURS: DNP; FRI: DNP. Game Status: Out.
· CB Sean Murphy-Bunting (knee) – WEDS: LP; THURS: FP; FRI: FP. Game Status: Not listed.
· OLB Carl Nassib (illness) – WEDS: NL; THURS: NL; FRI: DNP. Game Status: Questionable.
· OLB Anthony Nelson (hamstring) – WEDS: DNP; THURS: DNP; FRI: DNP. Game Status: Out.
· OLB Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) – WEDS: DNP; THURS: DNP; FRI: FP. Game Status: Not listed.
· CB M.J. Stewart (knee) – WEDS: DNP; THURS: DNP; FRI: DNP. Game Status: Out.
· DL Ndamukong Suh (not injury related) – WEDS: NL; THURS: NL; FRI: DNP. Game Status: Not listed.
· DE Josh Allen (knee) – WEDS: LP; THURS: LP; FRI: FP. Game Status: Not listed.
· DL Calais Campbell (back) – WEDS: LP; THURS: LP; FRI: FP. Game Status: Not listed.
· WR Chris Conley (hamstring) – WEDS: LP; THURS: LP; FRI: LP. Game Status: Not listed.
· TE Seth DeValve (oblique) – WEDS: DNP; THURS: DNP; FRI: DNP. Game Status: Out.
· S Ronnie Harrison (concussion) – WEDS: DNP; THURS: DNP; FRI: DNP. Game Status: Out.
· CB Tre Herndon (shoulder) – WEDS: NL; THURS: NL; FRI: LP. Game Status: Questionable.
· LB Myles Jack (knee) – WEDS: DNP; THURS: DNP; FRI: LP. Game Status: Questionable.
· OL Brandon Linder (illness) – WEDS: DNP; THURS: DNP; FRI: FP. Game Status: Not listed.
· DE Dawuane Smoot (knee) – WEDS: LP; THURS: LP; FRI: FP. Game Status: Not listed.
Windy with scattered thunderstorms, high of 80, low of 50, 50% chance of rain, 74% humidity, winds out of the SW at 20 mph.
Head referee: Walt Anderson (24 seasons, 17 as referee)
· Favorite: Buccaneers (-1.0)
· Over/Under: 48.0
INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS
Points Scored: K Matt Gay, 90
Touchdowns: WR Chris Godwin, 9
Passing Yards: QB Jameis Winston, 3,391
Passer Rating: QB Jameis Winston, 82.3
Rushing Yards: RB Ronald Jones, 474
Receptions: WR Chris Godwin, 70
Receiving Yards: WR Chris Godwin, 1,071
Interceptions: seven tied w/1
Sacks: OLB Shaq Barrett, 12.5
Tackles: LB Lavonte David, 83
Points Scored: K Josh Lambo, 85
Touchdowns: WR D.J. Chark, 8
Passing Yards: QB Gardner Minshew, 2,285
Passer Rating: QB Gardner Minshew, 92.8
Rushing Yards: RB Leonard Fournette, 951
Receptions: WR D.J. Chark/RB Leonard Fournette, 56
Receiving Yards: WR D.J. Chark, 834
Interceptions: S Ronnie Harrison/CB Tre Herndon, 2
Sacks: DE Josh Allen, 8.0
Tackles: LB Myles Jack, 66
TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Scoring Offense: 3rd (28.4 ppg)
Total Offense: 4th (386.4 ypg)
Passing Offense: 4th (288.1 ypg)
Rushing Offense: 20th (98.3 ypg)
First Downs Per Game: 4th (22.6)
Third-Down Pct.: 15th (39.7%)
Sacks Per Pass Attempt Allowed: 22nd (8.29%)
Red Zone TD Pct.: 9th (62.5%)
Scoring Defense: 31st (30.5 ppg)
Total Defense: 21st (368.6 ypg)
Passing Defense: 31st (289.9 ypg)
Rushing Defense: 2nd (78.7 ypg)
First Downs Allowed Per Game: t-26th (22.0)
Third-Down Pct. Allowed: t-7th (34.0%)
Sacks Per Pass Attempt: 26th (6.07%)
Red Zone TD Pct. Allowed: 16th (55.8%)
Turnover Margin: 29th (-10)
Scoring Offense: 26th (19.0 ppg)
Total Offense: 11th (370.1 ypg)
Passing Offense: 10th (250.8 ypg)
Rushing Offense: 14th (119.3 ypg)
First Downs Per Game: t-21st (19.3)
Third-Down Pct.: 21st (35.1%)
Sacks Per Pass Attempt Allowed: 11th (6.69%)
Red Zone TD Pct.: 28th (37.1%)
Scoring Defense: 22nd (24.0 ppg)
Total Defense: 28th (364.5 ypg)
Passing Defense: 10th (223.3 ypg)
Rushing Defense: 29th (142.3 ypg)
First Downs Allowed Per Game: t-15th (20.2)
Third-Down Pct. Allowed: 18th (39.5%)
Sacks Per Pass Attempt: 5th (9.69%)
Red Zone TD Pct. Allowed: 21st (59.5%)
Turnover Margin: t-14th (0)
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
· QB Jameis Winston has surpassed 300 yards passing in each of his last six games, a new team record that shattered the previous long streak of three. If Winston can make it seven in a row in Jacksonville, he will tie the fifth-longest streak of 300-yard passing games in NFL history. Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan each had a seven-game streak.
· OLB Shaquil Barrett is tied for the NFL lead with 12.5 sacks, which is also tied for the seventh-highest single-season total in Buccaneers history. Barrett could move up that list quickly. One more sack would give him the fifth-highest total, two more would put him in fourth place and three more would allow him to take over third.
· WR Chris Godwin leads the NFL with nine touchdown receptions. The Bucs' single-season record is 12, achieved by Mike Evans in both 2014 and 2016. Also within Godwin's sights are the 11 TD catches that Mike Williams had in 2010, a team record at the time that now stands third, and the 10 posted by Joey Galloway in 2005.
· Ndamukong Suh has two fumble-return touchdowns this season, already tying Ronde Barber's 2004 team record. If he manages to get another loose ball into the end zone, Suh would tie the NFL record in that category set by Link Lyman of the Cleveland Bulldogs in 1924.
· Head Coach Bruce Arians on if his team remains motivated: "Yeah, we're mathematically still in it, so everything we do is ahead of us. We come to work every day win, lose or draw. That's one thing I really like about this squad – they've bought into the grind and getting every day's work done that day."
· WR Chris Godwin on working with Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Garver and learning a role similar to what Larry Fitzgerald plays in Arizona: "It's been a lot of help. In the short time this coaching staff has been here, working with Coach Garver, understanding how detail-oriented he is, how well he explains things, it's been phenomenal for me because I've been able to transition into being more in the slot and trying to do the things that they're asking me to do. There's very little times when there's confusion for us and that's because he does a great job of communicating with me and explaining to me what I need to do when I'm out there trying to execute."
· Outside linebacker Shaq Barrett on the success that Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette is having in 2019: "They've got a pretty good scheme. He's a hard runner, he spins out of tackles and he just keeps going. That's going to be a challenge just to get him down, minus the scheme. So when you throw in the scheme, it's going to be a little tougher for us because they try to minimize the guys on the edge. We still want to come out there and do our jobs, make plays and help the team get the win."
· QB Jameis Winston on the improved play of the Bucs' young defensive backs: "They're getting better every single week. I've always known how talented they were, but when you can go into Atlanta, with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, two of the best receiving duos playing against each other – Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley versus our two guys – that's tough. A lot of people will have a tough time choosing. I know which one I'll choose, but they continue to play with great confidence and they're getting comfortable. They're young, so they just had to get adjusted to it and they're doing a good job."
· Arians on the Jaguars having two tough seasons after nearly making the Super Bowl in 2017, and if that is an indication of how quickly things can go up and down in the NFL: "It really is. They were there, within a quarter [of the Super Bowl], and you lose a player or two, some injuries happen, you switch quarterbacks and you're starting over. The chemistry is not the same. I don't call it chemistry – I call it accountability. You bring in new guys that might not fit the culture and it's a big change."