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December 9, 2013 @ 1:41 pm
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Most Impressive And Most Disappointing: Bills Vs. Bucs

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The Buccaneers have won four of their last five after starting the season 0-8. On Sunday Tampa Bay took care of Buffalo 27-6, and a number of players stood out in the win. Find out which ones played at the top of their game and which ones struggled in this weekly postgame feature.
The Buccaneers handled the Buffalo Bills with ease on Sunday. While the offense was average at best the defense played easily their most complete game of the season, limiting the Bills offense to just six points and only 214 yards, constantly harassing rookie QB E. J. Manuel.

Below is the list of seven players who stood out to PewterReport.com and three players that didn't have their best game.


LB Lavonte David
It is starting to sound like a broken record. But every week Bucs linebacker Lavonte David finds a way to make it on the Most Impressive list. And barring injury it is doubtful his run will be ending anytime soon.

Once again David was the best player on the field for either team. After Sunday’s performance, David now leads the Buccaneers in interceptions (5), tackles (116), tackles for loss (17), tied for pass breakups (9) and is second on the team with five sacks.

On Sunday, against the Bills, David once again had a monster game, finishing with nine tackles, two interceptions, two tackles for loss, two pass breakups and a sack.

If David can stay injury free over the next few years, he will be talked about in the same breath as Buccaneers great Derrick Brooks.And maybe he has already earned the right. He is that good.

DL William Gholston
Gholston has quietly earned playing time since the Monday Night Miami game last month, and is getting better each week. The former Spartan perhaps was inspired and pumped up after his former Michigan State teammates upset Ohio State on Saturday night, or maybe he is just starting to feel it. Whatever the reason, Gholston had the best game of his young NFL career against the Bills before leaving in the second half with an injury.

For the afternoon Gholston collected four tackles, 1.5 sacks, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup.

DT Gerald McCoy
After having his worst game of the season last week against the Panthers, in which he failed to show up in any defensive statistical category, Gerald McCoy came out against the Bills with a chip on his shoulder. Perhaps he was sick of hearing all week about the unstoppable Bills defensive pass rush, or maybe he was embarrassed by his performance in Carolina. Whatever the motivation, it showed from the first snap to the last.

McCoy finished the game with six tackles, three QB hits, one sack (seventh of the season) and a pass breakup.

CB Darrelle Revis
Once again Darelle Revis went a game without an interception. But once again Revis’ impact was felt all game long as Bills quarterback E. J. Manuel rarely even looked to Revis’ side of the field. Coaches are famous for saying stats are for losers, sometimes that is correct, other times not so much. But even if Revis finishes the season with just the two interceptions you can’t emphasize enough how big of an impact he has made on the Bucs’ historically bad secondary from a year ago.

Revis showed his veteran presence with a bit hit that created an interception for Lavonte David on Sunday. The hit was executed perfectly and within the several pages of lawyer speak rules on hitting a receiver.

Against the Bills on Sunday Revis added his first sack of his Buccaneers career, to go along with four tackles and one pass breakup.

RB Bobby Rainey
Some will point to Rainey’s stat line, 22 carries for 127 yards and say if you take away his 80-yard run, that his day wasn’t overly impressive. But as Warren Sapp fired back at me recently, “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, everyday would be like Christmas.” While I am not exactly sure what he meant, I think the point was, don't worry about something that did or didn't happy. Regardless if the Bills shut the running game down after that carry, Rainey did in fact have the 80-yard run, and players inside the locker room all pointed to that run as a spark the team hoped for.
T Donald Penn
Some would argue Donald Penn’s play has slipped somewhat in 2013 and part of that could be attributed to having lined up with five different starting guards (Carimi, Nicks, Zuttah, Meredith, Larsen) at some point this season.

On Sunday, facing Mario Williams, one of the best defensive ends in the NFL, Penn pitched a shutout. Sure he gave up some pressures, and the holes were small at times for Tampa Bay’s running backs, but for the most part Penn played an inspired game and showed that despite being 30 years old, there is still plenty of gas left in the tank.

LB Mason Foster
Foster and David have a great relationship, in fact Foster told me after the game, as he watched David surrounded by the media, that David is his brother and he knows part of his job is help create opportunities for David. And he is just fine with that, a sign of an unselfish football player.

While David had an outstanding game, Foster wasn’t far behind equaling David's tackle total of nine, while also notching an interception and a pass breakup.

Honorable Mention: CB Johnthan Banks, S Mark Barron, S Dashon Goldson, TE Tim Wright, K Rian Lindell

QB Mike Glennon
After his midseason stretch of veteran-like play at quarterback, Mike Glennon’s last two games has reminded everyone that he is still a third-round rookie draft pick. Glennon’s game on Sunday was by far the worst of his young career, however the offense did score 27 points. Granted some of the points were courtesy of great field position by the defense.

Realistically however, the odds of winning many football games when your quarterback throws for 90 yards while completing just nine passes, is not very good.

Glennon’s best play of the day came on a first half scramble rolling to his right and launching a pass that Vincent Jackson made an adjustment on and hauled in for a touchdown.

Glennon finished the game in very former Bucs quarterback Doug Williams-like fashion, 9-of-25 for 90 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

WR Tiquan Underwood
The only real knock on Underwood, and he admits it, had been a lack of consistency catching the ball. On Sunday Glennon threw a strike to Tiquan Underwood that would have been a touchdown, but the former Rutgers receiver failed to handle the pass and on the next pass Glennon threw an interception. The Bucs got way with it on Sunday against the Bills, but will not next week when hosting the 49ers.

Underwood failed to record a reception on the afternoon.

LB Dekoda Watson
Watson is a special teams ace and has been one of the best the Buccaneers franchise has ever had. But big rewards also have big risks, and on Sunday, in the first quarter, Watson found himself on the wrong side of the risk-reward table.

Watson broke free for what looked like a guaranteed block of a Bills punt, but somehow Watson never touched the ball and he ended up taking out the legs of Buffalo’s Brian Moorman, drawing a 15-yard roughing the punter penalty. The error didn’t cause any problems as the Buccaneers forced a three-and-out following the infraction, but just like Underwood’s blunder, against better teams those things tend to come back and haunt football teams.

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    I agree with gahtadreem. Glennon has thrown very few interceptions and has not been the problem. Our problem is play calling and an inconsistent offensive line. It is tough to have a great completion percentage when you constantly have 3rd and 9,10 or 11.
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    Personally I am thrilled with what Glennon has done this year with what he has. We have a #4 RB, only 1 legitimate WR and the rest are practice squad players on other teams. Still Glennon finds a way to put points on the board. Two of those incompletions against the Bills could have been TD's. One dropped by Underwood and the other V-Jax just barely has a heel on the line. Both were great passes. I really don't care what his completion % is at the end of the game as long as he found a way to win. Play calling accounts for a lot of his problems, especially in the Carolina game. He is outplaying all other rookie QB's in the draft and putting up pretty impressive #'s for a rookie. He can make all the throws and he's only going to get better. If I'm Dom, no way I draft QB before 4th round. I think my first round pick would be the top rated WR on the board. Give Glennon a WR corp of Watkins or Evans, Williams, V-Jax, and Tim Wright and see how much better he is next year playing tough defenses.
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    I agree with your assessments MC. As for the comments, we have a long way to go on the offensive side of the ball. All of our offensive players are either slow or inconsistent relative to other players who play their position across the league. I'm fine drafting any offensive player position except RB. On a side note, it's a shame CB won't be a high priority for us this year, because there are a ton of CB's coming out next year that I think will be #1 guys, unlike this year. I think Dennard, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Verrett and Gilbert are all #1 NFL CB's.
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    Even Glennon's TD pass to V-Jax was so wobbly that it looked like it was thrown by a nine year old girl competing in Punt, Pass and Kick. I said I'd wait until the end of the season to make final judgement on Glennon being able to be the long-range answer at QB. But so far folks, it ain't looking good for # 8. He can complete three passes in a row and still leave us bringing out the punt team on 4th down. That was as ugly a QB performance as I have seen in a while. The only reason Underwood is even on an NFL team is Greg Schiano. I can't imagine Owusu, Page, Dawson and Shepard being worse than # 11. One catch wonder who is a total non-factor otherwise.
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    scubog, I see your points but everyone seems to think glennon is not the answer. I'm not saying he's a franchise guy or anything , but look at the recieving core he has right now. We have a #1 and then maybe a #4 and #5 reciever. it's rediculous. Everyone needs to give this kid more time to develop. All I see is that we have won four of the last five and he's the one behind the center. Plus I don't see anyone talking about romo's poor performance last night and he's getting paid ten times what glennon is.
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    Right now our # 2 wideout is T Underwood. Tom Brady would have a hard time putting up good numbers throwing to our receivers. Outside of VJax Glennon's throwing to a converted tight end, a host of cast offs, and walk ons. Even when Williams was heathy, he wasn't looking like a good #2. It's time for the Bucs to up grade the receiver position this spring. It's a passing league, we need more talent there.
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    The only way we spend an early round pick on a QB is if Schiano is gone. Regardless, if Dom is still here and pulls the trigger on such a pick, despite the team's myriad other needs, he should be terminated immediately. Wake up people, we have way too many other more pressing needs. Rebuild the OL now, or 1-2 yrs from now, those are your only options. You know the mantra - build from the inside out.
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    Scott, all of this sounds reasonable to me. The team is playing better these last 5 games and I am still bothered that it has taken so long.
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    I was actually hoping that Glennon would keep improving to the point it was clear he had franchise QB potential. Then we might have a shot at Clowney or another outstanding pass rushing DE. However, I am not worried about that now because we can still get a great QB prospect in the first round, because after Gholston's showing Sunday, it just confirms what I thought about him. The week before he showed incredible strength making a stop right at the goal line when he was inserted in the goal line defense as an inside DL, and he displayed strength like we are accustomed to seeing from McCoy, and he was able to bull rush their DT right back to the QB and disrupt plays even when he did not get the sack. If the Bucs get a Coach with sense next year he would be smart to make Clayborn and Gholston our two DEs. If Gholston had started the Carolina game at DE he would have been able to hold up the perimeter better than our present DEs. I was concerned when Gholston was picked that he may not have a constant motor, but I was wrong on that and DOM deserves the credit for picking him. He picked a diamond in the rough, just like when he got us Rainey--that 80 yard run was spectacular and got the team going.
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    Doesn't matter how Rainey got his yards.. he still got them. Half of Frank Gore's yards came on 1 run but no is talking about that. The Offense is bad and something needs to change.
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