The Bucs are playoff bound. And setting records along the way.
For the first time since the 2007 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the Play-Offs. 13 seasons, 208 games (82-126), six Head Coaches, countless Co-ordinators, three uniforms and 10 starting Quarterbacks since the Bucs were last sitting down at the Post-Season dining table. It took a record breaking season in Tampa to get there.
Below are the regular season franchise records broken this season:-
Number of Touchdowns Passes in a Season
Remember Jamies Winston’s unfortunate 30 for 30 season in 2019 (33 TDs/30 INTs)? Well Tom Brady made his very own 40 for 40 season in 2020. The 40-something Quarterback throwing 40 touchdown passes. Only once in his Hall of Fame career has the G.O.A.T. thrown more than 40 touchdown passes in a regular season. That was way back in 2007 with the New England Patriots. For a Quarterback playing on a new team with practically zero pre-season, it’s a remarkable feat. And further proof that the former 6th Round Draft Pick is one of the best to ever play the game.
Total Number of Touchdowns in a Season
When your Quarterback is throwing 40 touchdown passes then there is a good chance that you will also break the total number of touchdowns in a regular season. This was the case for the Bucs in 2020. A total of 59 touchdowns were scored by Tampa Bay.
Number of Individual Touchdowns in a Season
The previous record of 12 individual touchdowns was held by current Bucs Wide Receiver, Mike Evans. Evans first set the record in his rookie season in 2014. Equalling the feat in 2016, the former 1st Round Draft Pick went one better in 2020. Hauling in 13 touchdown passes.
Longest Offensive Touchdown
It was in their Week 10 encounter against the Carolina Panthers. Starting on their own 2-yard line, Bucs Running Back Ronald Jones received a hand-off from Tom Brady. The rest is history. Jones found a hole in the opposing D-Line. Then turned on the jets and scampered through the Panthers Secondary for a touchdown. Becoming only the fourth player in NFL history to run for a 98 yard or longer touchdown.
Points Scored by the Team in a Season
Set in 2019, the old record of 458 points was beaten by 34 points. As Tom Brady and company saw Tampa score a grand total of 492 points. This new record could easily have been more. Especially when you throw in the fact that in two games this season, the Bucs pulled starters from the game due to being so far ahead of their opponents,
Points Scored by an Individual in a Season
As well as overall team points scored, an certain individual broke the record for total number of points scored in one season. For years, Tampa’s kicking woes were never ending. Since 2010, Tampa have employed an eye-watering 11 Kickers and wasted a handful of draft picks during that process!
Step forward Ryan Succop. The final pick of the 2009 Draft leading to the Mr Irrelevant nickname, Succop had split his career between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans before arriving in Tampa. With a success rate of 100% on Field Goals less than 40 yards, Succop finished the season with 28 successful scores from 31 attempts. Throw in 52 successful extra points from a total of 57 attempts and the former Chief broke Matt Bryant’s 12 year record by racking up 136 points all by himself.
Most Consecutive 1000+ Receiving Yards Season
Step forward Michael Lynn Evans III. Not only a franchise record, but also an NFL one. The 2014 First Round pick managed to break the 1000+ receiving yards in a season for the seventh successive season since being drafted. In the process, surpassing Randy Moss’ long standing record of six 1000+ receiving yards season since being drafted. Evans’ overall numbers in the first half of this season were down on previous. But he quickly became Brady’s favourite target in the Red Zone. A trend that continued throughout the season until Brady started feeding the former Texas A&M man in the last quarter of the season.
Sadly for Evans, his knee injury sustained on the very next play after breaking the record prevented him from basking in the glory, but to the relief of Bucs fans everywhere, the injury doesn’t appear to be as serious as first thought and the record breaking WideOut could still make the field for his first ever Play-Off game on Saturday against opposition which he has terrorised in the past.
Considering the fact that Evans’ has been catching passes from Josh McCown, Mike Glennon, Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick and now Tom Brady, his achievement is even more remarkable.
The next record on the horizon for the Buccaneers; to become the first team to play in a Super Bowl in their own stadium……..
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