With another strong game on Sunday in Tennessee, Tampa Bay wide receiver Chris Godwin could be back atop the statistical standings in the NFL as the league’s top wide receiver. Through six games, Godwin is leading the NFL with a 110.3 yards-per-game average, and has 43 catches for 662 yards (15.4 avg.) and a league-high six touchdowns.
Heading into Week 8, New Orleans’ Michael Thomas leads the NFL with 62 catches for 763 yards (12.3 avg.) and has three touchdowns, while averaging 109 yards per game. Thomas leads Godwin by 101 yards and 19 catches, but has played in seven games to Godwin’s six, as the Saints have yet to have their bye week. When New Orleans has the bye week, Godwin really could pull ahead if he doesn’t catch Thomas in yards by this week.
Minnesota’s Stefon Diggs has had a great three-game stretch to pull into second place behind Thomas and one spot ahead of Godwin, but Diggs has played in eight games, including Thursday night’s 19-9 win over Washington in which he recorded seven catches for 143 yards. Diggs has 37 receptions for 706 yards (19.1 avg.) and four touchdowns.
Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Photo by: Getty Images
Diggs has six fewer catches, but leads Godwin by 46 yards. With Diggs already having played in Week 8, Godwin should move into second place with a solid game against the Titans. Godwin is currently ahead of Dallas’ Amari Cooper, who has 38 catches for 621 yards (16.3 avg.) and five touchdowns.
Tampa Bay’s two-time Pro Bowler Mike Evans ranks 18th in the league in yardage and second on the Bucs behind Godwin with 27 catches for 464 yards and four touchdowns on the year. That puts Evans on pace to average 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns on 72 receptions this year, which will tie him with Randy Moss for the most consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with six to begin an NFL career in league history.
Yet Godwin is on pace for a monster year with 1,765 yards and 16 touchdowns on 114 receptions – all of which would be Bucs’ single season records. Not only would those numbers likely place Godwin atop the receiver statistics by year’s end, they should also get him his first Pro Bowl berth – perhaps even at Evans’ expense.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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