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Mike Evans Closes In On Alstott, Wilder, Brown, Own Record

Data Crunch: With his 11th career multi-touchdown game, WR Mike Evans put himself on the verge of breaking several franchise records…Plus, notable achievements for Rob Gronkowski and Lavonte David, among others

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When Mike Alstott announced his retirement in January of 2008, his Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise record of 71 touchdowns looked like it might be unassailable. It is now very much being assailed.

Wide receiver Mike Evans caught two scoring passes in the Buccaneers' 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, improving his career mark to 60 touchdowns. In 2018, Evans scored on a recovery of a teammate's fumble in the end zone; his other 59 scores have all been of the receiving variety. Evans now has more touchdown catches than Alstott had touchdown runs, but he's still 11 scores behind on the franchise's overall list. With his recent surge of four touchdowns in the last three games, Evans is now closer to Alstott's total than James Wilder, who is in third place on the list, is to Evans.

Most Career Touchdowns Scored, Buccaneers History

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PlayerSeasonsRushRec.Ret.Total
Mike Alstott1996-20075813071
Mike Evans2014-20059160
James Wilder1981-89379046
Jimmie Giles1978-86034034
Kevin House1980-86031031

With his two touchdowns on Sunday, Evans increased his 2020 total to 11, marking the third time in his seven NFL seasons that he has hit double digits in that category. Evans also pulled to within one of his own team record for touchdown catches in a season, which he first established in 2014 and then matched in 2016. And he is just two behind James Wilder's 1984 franchise mark for most touchdowns of any kind in a season.

Most Touchdowns, Single Season, Buccaneers History

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PlayerSeasonsRushRec.Ret.Total
James Wilder1984130013
Mike Evans2016012012
Mike Evans2014012012
Doug Martin2012111012
Mike Evans2020011011
Mike Williams2010011011
Mike Alstott2001111011
Errict Rhett1995110011

Evans tied Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen on the league's overall touchdown catch leaderboard on Sunday, but they were both surpassed by Kansas City's Tyreek Hill, who scored three times against the Buccaneers to increase his 2020 total to 13.

Most Touchdown Receptions, NFL, 2020

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PlayerTeamRec. TDs
Tyreek HillChiefs13
Davante AdamsPackers11
Mike EvansBuccaneers11
Adam ThielenVikings11
DK MetcalfSeahawks9

In addition to closing the gap on Alstott's franchise record, Wilder's single-season record and his own team standard for single-season TD catches, Evans also pulled within one of his own teammate on another list. Evans has caught 59 touchdown passes since entering the league as a first-round draft pick in 2014. In that span, only Antonio Brown has caught more across the NFL.

Most Touchdown Receptions, NFL, 2014-20

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PlayerTeam(s)Rec. TDs
Antonio BrownSteelers/Patriots/Buccaneers60
Mike EvansBuccaneers59
DeAndre HopkinsTexans/Cardinals56
Davante AdamsPackers55
Odell BeckhamGiants/Browns51

Evans scored both of his touchdowns in the fourth quarter on Sunday, hauling in passes of 31 and seven yards. That marked the second time this season and the 11th time in his career that he has had a multi-touchdown game. That's the most in franchise history and tied for the fourth most in the NFL since 2014.

Most Games with Multiple Touchdown Receptions, NFL, 2014-20

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PlayerTeam(s)Games
Antonio BrownSteelers/Patriots/Buccaneers17
Davante AdamsPackers12
Odell BeckhamGiants/Browns12
Mike EvansBuccaneers11
Tyreek HillChiefs11

Tom Brady threw both of those fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Evans and also hit running back Ronald Jones on a 37-yard score in the second quarter. It was the first touchdown catch of Jones' three-year career. Those trio of scoring throws pushed Brady's career mark to 569, which is now four more than the 565 thrown by the Saints' Drew Brees, who is currently sidelined with a ribs injury, and the most in NFL history. On the season, Brady now has 28 touchdown passes, which is tied for the second-most in franchise history. He has four more games to try to catch the team's all-time mark of 33, set just last year by Jameis Winston.

Most Touchdown Passes, Single Season, Buccaneers History

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QuarterbackSeasonTDs
Jameis Winston201933
Tom Brady202028
Jameis Winston201628
Josh Freeman201227
Brad Johnson200326

Brady's top target in Sunday's game was tight end Rob Gronkowski, his long-time teammate in New England. Gronkowski caught six passes for 106 yards, including a 48-yarder in the third quarter that is his longest as a Buccaneer. That was also Gronkowski's first 100-yard game since joining the Bucs, but hardly the first of his career. In fact, only one tight end in NFL history has more 100-yard receiving games than Gronkowski, and he's atop the list if one adds in postseason play.

Most 100-Yard Receiving Games by a Tight End, NFL History

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Tight EndTeam(s)SeasonsGames
Tony GonzalezChiefs/Falcons1997-201331
Rob GronkowskiPatriots/Buccaneers2010-18; 202029
Kellen Winslow, Sr.Chargers1979-8724
Travis KelceChiefs2013-2023
Jackie SmithCardinals/Cowboys1963-7822

The same five players top the list when postseason touchdowns are added, but the order is rearranged.

Most 100-Yard Receiving Games by a Tight End, Including Postseason, NFL History

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Tight EndTeam(s)SeasonsGames
Rob GronkowskiPatriots/Buccaneers2010-18; 202033
Tony GonzalezChiefs/Falcons1997-201331
Travis KelceChiefs2013-2026
Kellen Winslow, Sr.Chargers1979-8726
Jackie SmithCardinals/Cowboys1963-7822

Outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett set up the drive that concluded with Brady's touchdown pass to Jones with a second-quarter sack of Patrick Mahomes that caused a fumble. Defensive lineman Will Gholston recovered for the Buccaneers at the Chiefs' 14-yard line. Since he arrived in Tampa as an unrestricted free agent in 2019, Barrett has recorded more sacks than any other player in the NFL and is tied for the league lead in forced fumbles.

Most Sacks, NFL, 2019-20

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PlayerTeamSacks
Shaquil BarrettBuccaneers25.5
T.J. WattSteelers23.5
Aaron DonaldRams22.5
Za'Darius SmithPackers22.5
Cameron JordanSaints22.0

Most Forced Fumbles, NFL, 2019-20

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PlayerTeam(s)FF
Shaquil BarrettBuccaneers8
Chandler JonesCardinals8
T.J. WattSteelers8
Khalil MackBears7
Yannick NgakoueJaguars/Vikings/Ravens7
Logan RyanTitans/Giants7

Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul got the Buccaneers' other sack of Mahomes on Sunday, increasing his 2020 total to 8.5 and putting him within 1.5 of his fourth career season with double-digit sacks. Pierre-Paul currently ranks sixth in the NFL with those 8.5 sacks.

NFL's 2020 Sack Leaders

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PlayerTeamSacks
Aaron DonaldRams10.0
Myles GarrettBrowns9.5
Trey HendricksonSaints9.5
Za'Darius SmithPackers9.0
T.J. WattSteelers9.0
Jason Pierre-PaulBuccaneers8.5

Inside linebacker Devin White led the Buccaneers with 12 total tackles against Kansas City and in the process pulled into a tie for the top spot in the NFL in that category. It was the eighth game of White's career with double-digit tackles and his sixth this season, which is tied for the second most in the NFL in 2020.

NFL's 2020 Tackle Leaders

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PlayerTeamTackles
Devin WhiteBuccaneers109
Zach CunninghamTexans109
Eric KendricksVikings107
Roquan SmithBears101
Blake MartinezGiants101
Jaylon SmithCowboys101

Inside Linebacker Lavonte David was second on the team with eight tackles on Sunday, but before he even recorded one stop he made a move up one of the Buccaneers' all-time franchise leaderboard. Since being drafted by the Buccaneers in the second round in 2012, David has played in and started 133 regular-season games. His 133rd games played put him in the top 10 in that category in franchise history, while his 133rd start moved him into sixth all time. David is the only player on the team's all-time games played list who began his career after the turn of the millennium.

Most Games Played, Buccaneers Franchise History

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PlayerPos.SeasonsGames
Ronde BarberCB/S1997-2012241
Derrick BrooksLB1995-2008224
Dave MooreTE1992-2001; 04-06190
Paul GruberTE1988-99183
John LynchS1993-2003164
Tony MayberryC1990-99160
Mike AlstottFB1996-2007158
Shelton QuarlesLB1997-2006148
Warren SappDT1995-2003140
Lavonte DavidLB2012-20133

Most Games Started, Buccaneers Franchise History

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PlayerPos.SeasonsStarts
Ronde BarberCB/S1997-2012232
Derrick BrooksLB1995-2008221
Paul GruberTE1988-99183
Tony MayberryC1990-99145
Mike AlstottFB1996-2007137
Lavonte DavidLB2012-20133
John LynchS1993-2003132
Warren SappDT1995-2003130
Gerald McCoyDT2010-18123
Lee Roy SelmonDE1976-84117

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