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Chris Godwin Leaps Over Two Buccaneer Legends

Data Crunch: While Mike Evans was noisily making franchise history with his 72nd touchdown on Monday night, fellow wideout Chris Godwin kept advancing up a trio of Bucs all-time charts


As you probably heard, a wide receiver overtook all-time Tampa Bay Buccaneers great Mike Alstott on one of the team's career statistical lists on Monday night. And yes, it's true, Chris Godwin is now above Alstott (not to mention his Thunder & Lightning partner Warrick Dunn) on the franchise's all-time receptions chart.

You were expecting a nod to Mike Evans, no? Yes, Evans broke Alstott's franchise touchdown record in Monday night's win over the New York Giants, and gave a respectful nod to the 'A-Train' after the game. We'll get to that in a bit, but the more under-the-radar move into rarified franchise air was made by Godwin, who has quietly been stalking the team's legends all season.

With six catches for 65 yards and a touchdown on Monday night, Godwin made like the Price is Right cliffhanger game and yodeled his way up three different top-10 lists in the Bucs' record books. First, as noted above, he passed both Alstott and Dunn on the all-time receptions list. Only Evans, James Wilder and Mark Carrier remain ahead of Godwin, and he's going to catch Carrier very soon.

Most Receptions, Buccaneers History

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1.Mike Evans2014-21579
2.James Wilder1981-89430
3.Mark Carrier1987-92321
4.Chris Godwin2017-21307
5.Warrick Dunn1997-2001; 08306
6.Mike Alstott1996-2006306
7.Keyshawn Johnson2000-03298
8.Kevin House1980-86286
9.Michael Pittman2002-07284
10.Jimmie Giles1978-86279

Then there's the yardage list. While Evans continues to pad his lead in every receiving category in franchise history, Godwin is reeling in some of the other greatest players in franchise history. In this case, he jumped over Ring of Honor member Jimmie Giles and came within a few yards of Vincent Jackson for fourth place.

Most Receiving Yards, Buccaneers History

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1.Mike Evans2014-218,945
2.Mark Carrier1987-925,018
3.Kevin House1980-864,928
4.Vincent Jackson2012-164,326
5.Chris Godwin2017-214,322
6.Jimmie Giles1978-874,300
7.Joey Galloway2004-083,912
8.Keyshawn Johnson2000-033,828
9.James Wilder1981-893,492
10.Gerald Carter1980-873,443

Godwin capped Tampa Bay's opening possession on Monday night with a 13-yard touchdown catch-and-run, giving him 30 total scores in his career (29 receiving, one rushing). Tight end Cameron Brate had pulled out of a tie with Godwin on that list with a Week 10 touchdown at Washington, but now the two are knotted again, sharing sixth place in team history. And yes, this is also where we repeat that Mike Evans topped Mike Alstott on Monday to become the franchise's all-time touchdowns king.

Most Total Touchdowns, Buccaneers History

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PlayerPos.SeasonsTDs 4
Mike EvansWR2014-2172
Mike AlstottFB1996-200671
James WilderRB1981-8945
Jimmie GilesTE1978-8634
Kevin HouseWR1980-8631
Cameron BrateTE2014-2130
Chris GodwinWR2017-2130
Joey GallowayWR2004-0829
Warrick DunnRB1997-2001; 0828
Doug MartinRB2012-1728

Evans scored on a five-yard pass from Tom Brady in the third quarter to give the Buccaneers a 24-10 lead. It marked the fourth straight game in which he has caught a touchdown pass, the longest active streak in the NFL. Evans owns the team record with a six-game streak of catching TD passes across the 2019-20 seasons, and Godwin has the second-longest run with five straight from the end of last season to the beginning of this one.

Evans passed Alstott on the Bucs' career scoring chart in Week 10 and merely padded his hold on fourth place in team annals with another six points Monday night. But kicker Ryan Succop, who had 12 points on perfect three-for-three performances on both field goals and extra points, moved up a spot on that chart.

Most Points Scored, Buccaneers History

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Martin GramaticaK1999-2004592
Michael HustedK1993-98502
Connor BarthK2009-13, 2015477
Mike EvansWR2014-21440
Mike AlstottFB1996-2007432
Matt BryantK2005-08416
Donald IgwebuikeK1985-89416
James WilderRB1981-89276
Ryan SuccopK2021-21211
Jimmie GilesTE1978-86204

With the Los Angeles Rams idle, Evans also caught Cooper Kupp for the top spot in the NFL in touchdown catches.

2021 NFL Leaders in Touchdown Receptions

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Mike EvansBuccaneers10
Cooper KuppRams10
Ja'Marr ChaseBengals8
Tyreek HillChiefs8
DK MetcalfSeahawks8
Adam ThielenVikings8

And, of course, there's our evergreen chart of the top touchdown-producing receivers in the NFL over the last eight years. Evans remains at the top of the list.

Most Touchdown Receptions, NFL, 2014-21

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PlayerTeam(s)Rec. TDs
Mike EvansBuccaneers71
Antonio BrownSteelers/Patriots/Bucs68
Davante AdamsPackers67
DeAndre HopkinsTexans/Cardinals65
Tyreek HillChiefs55

Antonio Brown stayed just ahead of Davante Adams on the above chart but he has missed four straight games with an ankle injury. However, tight end Rob Gronkowski returned from a back ailment on Monday night and immediately contributed six catches for 71 yards. In the process, he surpassed Greg Olsen and Travis Kelce for the fifth most receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history.

Most Receiving Yards, Tight End, NFL History

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Tony GonzalezChiefs/Falcons1997-201315,127
Jason WittenCowboys/Raiders2003-2013,046
Antonio GatesChargers2003-1811,841
Shannon SharpeBroncos/Ravens1990-200310,060
Rob GronkowskiPatriots/Buccaneers2010-218,739
Travis KelceChiefs/Falcons2013-218,702
Greg OlsenBears/Panthers/Seahawks2007-208,683
Jimmy GrahamSaints/Seahawks/Packers/Bears2010-218,403
Ozzie NewsomeBrowns1978-907,980
Jackie SmithCardinals/Cowboys1963-787,918

Tom Brady also padded his lead on the NFL's touchdown pass chart, with those scoring strikes to Godwin and Evan increasing his total in 2021 to 29. With seven games still to play, that's already the third-highest total in franchise history, after his own 40-TD season last year and Jameis Winston's mark of 33 in 2019.

2021 NFL Leaders in Touchdown Passes

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PlayerTeamTD Passes
Tom BradyBuccaneers29
Patrick MahomesChiefs25
Matthew StaffordRams24
Justin HerbertChargers22
Joe BurrowBengals21
Kirk CousinsVikings21
Aaron RodgersPackers21

Brady's 307 yards against the Giants marked the 104th time he has topped the 300-yard mark in a game. Only Drew Brees has done that more often.

Most 300-Yard Passing Games, NFL history

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PlayerTeam(s)TD Passes
Drew BreesChargers/Saints123
Tom BradyPatriots/Buccaneers104
Peyton ManningColts/Broncos93
Phillip RiversChargers/Colts73
Matt RyanFalcons73

Those 307 yards also pushed Brady's total in 2021 to 3,177, which is currently second in the NFL to Patrick Mahomes' 3,200. This marks the 19th time that Brady has topped the 3,000-yard mark in his career, which is yet another new record in his ledger.

Most Seasons with 3,000 Passing Yards, NFL history

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PlayerTeam(s)TD Passes
Tom BradyPatriots/Buccaneers19
Brett FavrePackers/Jets/Vikings18
Drew BreesChargers/Saints16
Peyton ManningColts/Broncos16
Phillip RiversChargers/Colts15

The Buccaneers currently lead the NFL with an average of 30.9 points scored per game. Their 309 points are the most the team has ever scored through the first 10 games of a season.

Most Points, Buccaneers, First 10 Games of a Season

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1. 2021: 309
2. 2020: 296
3. 2012: 287
4. 2019: 277
5. 2018: 267

On defense, Lavonte David tied for the team lead with eight tackles on Monday night. He did so in the 145th game of his career, all of which he has started and all of which have come in a Buccaneers uniform. There are now only three players in team history who have started more games than Davis.

Most Games Started, Buccaneers History

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Ronde BarberCB1997-2012232
Derrick BrooksLB1995-2008221
Paul GruberT1988-99183
Lavonte DavidLB2012-21145
Tony MayberryC1990-99145

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