Jameis Winston, Mike Evans can rewrite Bucs' season records
Quarterback Jameis Winston and receiver Mike Evans, a prolific pass-and-catch combination for the Bucs this season, are both on course to rewrite most of Tampa Bay's season records with six games left in 2016.
Evans ranks in the NFL's top five in touchdowns (second), receiving yards (third) and receptions (fifth), and is at or ahead of where any Bucs player has been 10 games into any season in franchise history:
-- Touchdowns: Evans has eight, trailing only Green Bay's Jordy Nelson in the NFL, and matching Bruce Hill's eight in 1988 for the most through 10 games for a Bucs player. That puts him on pace to have 13, one more than his own team record, set his rookie year in 2014.
-- Receiving yards: Evans has 916, ahead of Hill's 889 in 1988 for the most through 10 games among Bucs players. With 84 on Sunday, he'll reach 1,000 in 11 games -- Joey Galloway did that exactly in 2005. Evans is on course for 1,466 receiving yards, which would break the record of 1,422, set by Mark Carrier in 1989, four years before Evans was born.
-- Receptions: Evans has 65, easily the most by a Bucs player through 10 games -- Vincent Jackson had 56 at this point in 2013. That puts him on course for 104, certainly challenging Keyshawn Johnson's franchise record of 106, set in 2001.
Winston, meanwhile, is in position to break nearly every single-season Bucs passing record in just his second season in the league.
-- Touchdowns: Winston has thrown 20 this season, just two less than his rookie total with still six games to play. Josh Freeman actually had more after 10 games with 21 in 2012, but Winston is on course to throw 32, which would easily break the franchise record of 27, set by Freeman in 2012.
-- Passing yards: Winston has thrown for 2,680, well ahead of the 2,516 Freeman had after 10 games in 2011. That puts Winston on course for 4,288, more than 200 over the franchise record of 4,065 set by Freeman in 2012 -- he fell just short as a rookie with 4,042 last year.
-- Attempts/completions: He's on pace to break these marks as well, showing he's throwing the ball more than any quarterback in Bucs history. He has 378 attempts, on pace for 605, breaking Brad Johnson's franchise record of 570, set in 2003. And he's on pace for 365, which would break Johnson's record of 354, also set in 2003.
To set these marks, Winston and Evans first must stay healthy, but the level of competition shouldn't hurt the record pace they're both on -- by pass defense ranking (yards allowed), four of the remaining six games are against teams ranking in the bottom six of the NFL: the Chargers are 28th, Saints 30th (facing the Bucs twice) and Panthers 27th, with the Cowboys not far ahead at 21st. Only the Seahawks, 10th in pass defense, rank in even the top half of the league. Those defenses are stingier with allowing touchdowns -- Seattle has allowed the second-lowest pass TDs this season, the Saints 10th-lowest, Chargers and Cowboys tied for 17th and Panthers 23rd.