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Mike Evans Continues to Storm the Bucs' Record Books

Data Crunch: Now the franchise's all-time leader in yards from scrimmage, wide receiver Mike Evans also moved up the Bucs' career scoring list on Sunday night in another sparkling performance


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped a 41-31 prime-time decision to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week Four on an evening that was confounding for what had been the NFL's stingiest defense. Conversely, what had been an offense stuck in neutral found another gear and looked a bit more like what the team had grown accustomed to since the arrival of Tom Brady in 2020.

Though it offers little consolation on the day after the game, Brady clearly benefited from the return of several key offensive figures in Week Four, particularly that of wideout Mike Evans who had missed Week Three while serving a one-game NFL suspension. Evans wasted no time making his mark, and in fact set yet another franchise record with his very first catch of the night.

Four minutes into the second quarter, Brady found his favorite target deep down the middle for a 30-yard gain that was more than enough to make Evans the Buccaneers' all-time leader in yards from scrimmage. The ninth-year receiver piled that record on top of his franchise standards for touchdown catches (78), total touchdowns (79), receptions (622) and receiving yards (9,536).

Most Yards from Scrimmage, Buccaneers History

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Player Pos. Seasons Yards
Mike Evans WR 2014-22 9,546
James Wilder RB 1981-89 9,449
Warrick Dunn RB 1997-2001; 08 7,690
Mike Alstott RB 1996-2006 7,372
Doug Martin RB 2012-17 5,724

Evans padded his all-time franchise lead in receiving touchdowns with 13 and one-yard scores in the second quarter as the Bucs attempted to rally from an early 21-3 deficit. That marked the 17th time in his career that Evans has recorded multiple touchdown catches in a game. That ties for the most among all players since he entered the league as the seventh overall pick in 2014.

Most Games with Multiple Touchdown Receptions, NFL, 2014-22

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Player Team(s) Games
Mike Evans Buccaneers 17
Antonio Brown Steelers/Patriots/Buccaneers 17
Davante Adams Packers/Raiders 16
Tyreek Hill Chiefs/Dolphins 13
Odell Beckham Giants/Browns/Rams 12
DeAndre Hopkins Texans/Cardinals 12

Evans, who scored two touchdowns in a single quarter for the eighth time in his career, pulled away from the Raiders' Davante Adams for the NFL's lead in touchdown catches since 2014.

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Player Team(s) TDs
Mike Evans Buccaneers 78
Davante Adams Packers/Raiders 76
Antonio Brown Steelers/Patriots/Buccaneers 68
DeAndre Hopkins Texans/Cardinals 66
Travis Kelce Chiefs 60

Evans finished the evening with eight catches for 103 yards, giving him the 31st 100-yard regular-season receiving game of his illustrious career. That's already more than double the next player on the Buccaneers' all-time list (Chris Godwin and Mark Carrier are second with 15 each), and it is also top five in the league since his 2014 arrival.

Most 100-Yard Receiving Games, NFL, 2014-22

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Player Team(s) Games
Julio Jones Falcons/Titans/Buccaneers 47
Antonio Brown Steelers/Patriots/Buccaneers 38
DeAndre Hopkins Texans/Cardinals 36
Davante Adams Packers/Raiders 32
Mike Evans Buccaneers 31

Sunday night's game also marked the 10th time in his career that Evans has surpassed 100 receiving yards and scored multiple times. That's tied for the second most in the NFL since 2014.

Most Games with 100+ Receiving Yards and Multiple Touchdown Receptions, NFL, 2014-22

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Player Team(s) Games
Antonio Brown Steelers/Patriots/Buccaneers 12
Mike Evans Buccaneers 10
Davante Adams Packers/Raiders 10
Tyreek Hill Chiefs/Dolphins 9
Julio Jones Falcons/Titans/Buccaneers 8

Evans' two touchdown grabs gave him 12 points on the evening, increasing his career total to 482 points. He is now the third-leading scorer in franchise history and is three touchdowns away from joining kickers Martin Gramatica and Michael Husted to hit the 500-point mark.

Most Points Scored, Buccaneers History

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Player Pos. Seasons Points
Martin Gramatica K 1999-2004 592
Michael Husted K 1993-98 502
Mike Evans WR 2014-22 482
Connor Barth K 2009-13; 15 477
Mike Alstott FB 1996-2006 432

In addition to his connection with Evans, Brady also found Godwin and running back Leonard Fournette for seven completions each and hooked up with rookie running back Rachaad White on five passes for 50 yards. In all, Brady finished the evening with a season-high 385 passing yards, marking the 109th 300-yard game of his career. Only Drew Brees has more. Brady also padded his all-time lead in games with three or more touchdown passes.

Most 300-Yard Passing Games, NFL History

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Player Team(s) Games
Drew Brees Chargers/Saints 123
Tom Brady Patriots/Buccaneers 109
Peyton Manning Colts/Broncos 93
Matt Ryan Falcons/Colts 74
Phillip Rivers Chargers/Colts 73

Most Games with 3+ Touchdown Passes, NFL History

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Player Team(s) Games
Tom Brady Patriots/Buccaneers 102
Drew Brees Chargers/Saints 97
Peyton Manning Colts/Broncos 93
Aaron Rodgers Packers 81
Brett Favre Packers/Jets/Vikings 72

Most impressively, Brady improved on his totals in both categories without throwing an interception. This marks the 67th time in his career that Brady has thrown at least three touchdown passes without an interception, another all-time NFL record.

Most Games 3+ Touchdown Passes and No Interceptions, NFL History

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Player Team(s) Games
Tom Brady Patriots/Buccaneers 67
Aaron Rodgers Packers 62
Drew Brees Chargers/Saints 56
Peyton Manning Colts/Broncos 51
Brett Favre Packers/Jets/Vikings 36

Brady's third touchdown pass of the evening went to Fournette, who scored on a five-yard catch in the fourth quarter, his fifth career receiving touchdown. Fournette also had a 25-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter, his longest reception since joining the Buccaneers in 2020. Tampa Bay's fourth touchdown went to White, who scored for the first time in his NFL career. Kicker Ryan Succop accounted for the other seven points with four extra points and a 45-yard field goal.

Weirdly, Succop's last six field goal tries, all successful, have come from either 47 or 45 yards. His seven overall field goals of 40 or more yards ties for the league lead through the first four weeks of the 2022 season.

Most Successful Field Goals of 40+ Yards, NFL, 2022

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Kicker Team 40+ FGs
Ryan Succop Buccaneers 7
Graham Gano Giants 7
Younghoe Koo Falcons 6
Evan McPherson Bengals 6
Greg Zuerlein Jets 6

Succop is nine of 10 overall on field goals this season, which has improved his franchise-record field goal percentage to 87.3%. He is tied for fifth in the NFL in scoring this season with 34 overall points and ranks third in that category since he joined the Buccaneers just before the start of the 2020 campaign.

Most Points Scored, NFL, 2020-22

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Player Team Pts.
Daniel Carlson Raiders 336
Tyler Bass Bills 310
Ryan Succop Buccaneers 301
Justin Tucker Ravens 296
Younghoe Koo Falcons 294


Additional Notes:

- Safety Mike Edwards recorded the second sack of his career and his first since his 2019 rookie season, while also leading the team with 13 tackles. Edwards, who also logged 13 stops in Week Three against Green Bay, is the fourth player in franchise history to produce consecutive games with 13+ tackles, joining Lavonte David (three times), Barrett Ruud and Derrick Brooks, all linebackers.

- Outside linebackers Anthony Nelson and Carl Nassib also sacked the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes on Sunday night. Dating back to last season, Nelson has 5.0 sacks in his last seven games played. Nassib's sack is his first since rejoining the Buccaneers this season and the 23rd of his career. Of his 23 sacks, 13.5 have come in a Buccaneers uniform.

- The Buccaneers got into Kansas City's red zone four times in Sunday's game and came away with touchdowns on all four trips. That marked the firs time since an October 18, 2020 game against Green Bay that the Buccaneers had a 100% touchdown ratio on four or more incursions into the red zone. Three of those four red zone trips turned into goal-to-go situations, and the Buccaneers are now five for five scoring touchdowns on such possessions this season.

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