The Bucs raced out to a 13-0 lead in the second half thanks to stellar play by the defense, which had three sacks and forced three turnovers in the first half. The Redskins scored a touchdown just prior to halftime to cut the Bucs’ lead to 13-7. Tampa Bay was able to pile on the points in the second half and prevail, 27-7, thanks to a huge second half by rookie wide receiver Mike Evans, who scored two touchdowns and eclipsed the 200-yard receiving mark in the Bucs’ second win of the season. Tampa Bay’s defense finished with a season-high six sacks and three takeaways at Washington.
MOST IMPRESSIVE BUCCANEERS AT REDSKINS
WR Mike Evans
Evans had another big game for the Buccaneers offense, catching seven passes for 209 yards, including a 51-yarder in the first half against the Redskins. In the second half, Tampa Bay’s first-round pick came through with a 36-yard touchdown to help give the Bucs a 20-7 lead. The rookie capped off his big day with a 56-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Evans became the first rookie to have three straight 100-yard games along with a touchdown in each game since Randy Moss in 1998, and the first rookie in NFL history to post three consecutive games with seven catches, 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. Evans also became the most recent rookie receiver to post 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns in a game since Anquan Boldin did that in Arizona in 2003.
QB Josh McCown
McCown had his second straight solid game for the Buccaneers since his return to the starting lineup. He connected with rookie wide receiver Mike Evans seven times for 209 yards and two touchdowns. McCown finished the game completing 15-of-23 passes for 288 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. This marks the first time all season that McCown has not thrown an interception in any of his five starts in Tampa Bay.
Banks continues to have a strong season and recorded his third interception, which was returned 19 yards for a touchdown. That pick-six was Banks’ first of his NFL career and gave Tampa Bay an early 10-0 lead in the second quarter. Banks had two tackles and a pass breakup in addition to his pick-six.
DE Jacquies Smith
Seeing action at left defensive end on passing downs, Smith came up with a big sack on a third-and-20 situation in the second quarter. That nine-yard loss forced a fourth-and-29 and Kai Forbath’s 47-yard field goal was no good. Smith also had a pressure that led to McCoy’s sack on the previous play. Smith also hustled down the field and punched the ball out of Roy Helu’s hands after a 13-yard screen pass at the Tampa Bay 37. Nose tackle Akeem Spence recovered for the Bucs. Smith had another sack in the second half and finished with a career-high two, in addition to three tackles and a team-high three QB hits.
DT Gerald McCoy
McCoy came up with a huge, 10-yard sack on second-and-10 in the second quarter to force a third-and-20 situation. That sack was McCoy’s sixth of the season, and his fourth in the past four games. He split a sack with defensive end T.J. Fatinkun in the fourth quarter to give him 6.5 on the season. McCoy finished the game with five tackles, 1.5 sacks, two QB hits and a tackle for loss.
LB Danny Lansanah
Lansanah came up with his third interception of the season on the first play of the game after the initial kickoff. Robert Griffin III was almost sacked by linebacker Lavonte David, but got the ball off to receiver Niles Paul, who couldn’t hang on to it and bobbled it into Lansanah’s arms at the Washington 29. The interception was Lansanah’s third of the year, which is tied for the team lead. The strongside linebacker had two tackles at Washington.
LB Lavonte David
David continued his stellar play in 2014 by notching 12 tackles against the Redskins. David has been averaging 11.4 tackles per game, and posted 14 tackles in four out of the last five games prior to Sunday’s dozen stops, which led the team.
DT Clinton McDonald
McDonald made his third splash play in as many games. After recording an interception at Cleveland, McDonald notched a sack against Atlanta last week and posted another one today. That sack was McDonald’s third of the season. He’s three away from besting his career high of 5.5 from last year in Seattle, and he finished with four tackles and a tackle for loss, in addition to two quarterback hits.
K Patrick Murray
The rookie kicker continues to impress, connecting on field goals of 32 and 38 yards in the first half to help Tampa Bay get out to a 13-0 lead. Those field goals were the third and fourth straight kicks he has made this year, and he is now 11-of-15 on the season (73.3 percent) with two of those attempts blocked.
FB Jorvorskie Lane
Lane had tremendous lead blocks for Charles Sims on back-to-back carries that picked up 11 and 12 yards and helped Tampa Bay’s running game, especially in the first half.
Scott Reynolds is in his 22nd 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 enjoys 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
I agree with this list SR. You captured everyone that stood out to me during the game.
Evans is no fluke. He has that something special that the great ones possess. Barring injury, we are looking at a star. Nobody can single cover this guy.
Today, for at least one game Josh was elite. Those two deep passes to Evans were a thing of beauty. Given time to throw, He can wing it.
Look at all those defensive player. Fantastic! Defense wins games and it was proven again today.
Nice list Scott, but how can no OLineman make the list….they gave McCown all day to throw today, opened nice holes for Sims (who showed us why he was a reach 3rd round pick)….against a decent (admittedly not great) Skins DLine…
I thought Dashon Goldson had three pretty thumpin’ hits with no penaties. Nice to see clean, solid impact hits like that.
Evcen the punter laid one inside the 5.
This list is missing Major Wright who again was in on several tackles and did a good job covering. (See Owlykat, I like Gators when they deserve recognition) But what was most impressive to me wasn’t a player, it was the attitude. From the opening kickoff until the final seconds “ticked off” they were “ticked off” and finally played with some swagger. The defensive line fed off of each successful harassment of RG (Three and Out). You could almost hear a “So this is how it’s done” from the front four. As Johnthan Banks said, it made it easy for the secondary. A coverage group that featured two CB’s who were only recently brought to the team.
This is the Bucs team I was expecting to see from week 1! Out the gate they came after it, harassing the qb, the rb (although missing several tackles in the backfield) and taking shots on offense and I believe this can be the beginning of something…seems like when the defense gets off to a good start like they also did on Pittsburgh’s first drive, the entire team feeds off of that and plays with some swag and attitude…even the punter got in on the good play…need to clean up that tackling tho, Morris got way too many yards after contact…sucks tho, I was set to be on the field for the national anthem and hold the flag but my daughter got sick and I pulled out Saturday…figures
I agree with the list, but there are a couple of unsung heroes that deserve honorable mention – CBs Crezdon Butler and Brandon Dixon. They are among eight Bucs players who had tackles Sunday that were signed off waivers/street since the start of the season. When was the last time — before Sunday — that Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson combined for five catches for 41 yards? The Bucs actually finished the game with backup Brandon Dixon getting more defensive snaps (37) than starter Crezdon Butler (35). Butler had a career-best 4 tackles – as many as he has had in any of first 4 NFL seasons.
Wait. Jorvorskie Lane gets a Most Impressive, yet the Run Blocking is on the disappointing list? How the heck does that happen? 2 blocks = most impressive? I crossed my fingers twice when McClown threw the ball and both were TDs. Does that make me most impressive too?
Defense continues to improve since the Barron trade and the offense is finding some flow. Dont look now but the Bucs appear to be getting better, tackling and ST aside. Keep Grinding Bucs Good Win.
Great win. It’s nice to see the fight in any team when they are virtually eliminated from the playoffs…Oh wait…The NFC South is so bad they actually are only 2-games back…Go Bucs!
What about Orie Lemon? He had three (3) solo tackles on special teams! That resulted in an average starting point at the 22 yard line for thecRedskins. Orie Lemon played his heart out!
Actually, the Bucs are three games out of first because they lose EVERY tie breaker; therefore, they have to have a better record than every other team in the division.
Most impressive..Only one individual player should be on list Mike Evans. McCown was good but not impressive. Lots of QB’s could have made those throws to Mike. I think the next impressive is the entire D-Line. They are the big reason the Redskins could not get anything going and why the LB’s and CB’s played well. The O-Line was good but run blocking was terrible. If Evans wasn’t playing the offense would be dismal at best. If our D-line continues to play the way they did we may have a chance to take the division at 7-9!!lol
I enjoyed watching Smith yesterday. He’s making a case for some more playing time.
Agree with list but wouldn’t say Banks having solid year. Solid game yes, but I’ve seen him be way too inconsistent to say solid year.
You list the “run defense” as most dissapointing but list 5 of the front seven as most impressive. Seems contradictory unless you are blaming the safeties for the bad run defense.
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