It wasn’t the prettiest win, but sitting at 3-6 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Buccaneers managed to leave South Florida with a win, their second in row, by a final of 30-20 and now sitting with a 4-6 mark as they prepare to travel to Atlanta for a matchup with the Falcons next Sunday. Here is out list of most impressive Bucs from Sunday’s win.

K Pat Murray
Oh what could have been. What if Pat Murray is the kicker against the Patriots on Thursday night earlier this season? Maybe this is a different season. What ifs mean nothing now, however. The good news is, Murray was the kicker on Sunday and the Bucs needed every one of his points. Murray wasn’t perfect, missing a first half 42 yard field goal, however he came through in the clutch nailing one from 35 yards out to win the game and give the Bucs their second win in a row, leaving them 4-6 on the season.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Like Murray, Fitzpatrick wasn’t perfect, but was money at times, including the final drive when all the momentum was on the Miami sideline following the Dolphins tying the game late in the fourth quarter. Fitzpatrick hit rookie Chris Godwin on two last drive passes to get into field goal range where Murray was able to convert. On the afternoon Fitzpatrick was 22-for-37 for 275 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Fitzpatrick is now 2-0 as a starter in Tampa Bay and makes the sting of losing Jameis Winston to injury a little easier.

DT Gerald McCoy
McCoy had one of, if not his best game of the season, notching seven tackles, three for loss, one sack and three quarterback hits. And did much of this while seeing double teams for most of the afternoon. After a slow start statistically, anyway, McCoy has now had three sacks in the last two games and is most likely going to see his name selected for another Pro Bowl after the season.

LB Kwon Alexander
Welcome back Kwon, the Bucs are happy to have their starting middle linebacker back. No, this wasn’t his first game back after a hamstring injury, however, this was the Alexander Bucs fans, coaches and Alexander himself have been waiting for this season. Alexander led the Bucs with eight tackles, including one for loss and also had an interception, one of three the Bucs managed off of Jay Cutler in the first half. If the Bucs are going to keep this win streak going, and their slim playoff chances alive, they will need this version of Alexander to show up each week.

WR Mike Evans
After sitting out last for on a one-game suspension, Mike Evans picked up where he has left off for much of the year, and that was being the Bucs leading receiver. Evans finished the game with five receptions for 92 yards.

Honorable Mention: WR Chris Godwin. LB Lavonte David, TE O.J. Howard

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at
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Alldaway 2.0 (@alldaway)
4 years ago

Grimes should be on this list. He balled out again against his former team.

drdneast (@drdneast)
4 years ago

Can we get Cutler on the schedule again this year?
Then again only one of tose INTS was his fault. See how stats can lie.

Horse (@horse)
4 years ago

Good selection Mark.

HOF63 (@hof63)
4 years ago

how did you leave LD off this list? he was the 2nd best defender on the field

drbill (@drbill)
4 years ago

The right choices, but how much better could Mike Evans be if he tried for yards after catch instead of going down or out of bounds?

cgmaster27 (@cgmaster27)
Reply to  drbill
4 years ago

I mentioned this same thing to my brother watching the game. It’s no wonder Mike doesn’t have yards after catch. He falls to the ground every time he catches it.

scubog (@scubog)
4 years ago

I thought Anger did well to get off a good punt when backed up in the end zone and also thought Josh Robinson continued his stellar gunner play. Justin Evans and Ryan Smith look like they are getting more comfortable in spite of some miscommunication that led to big plays for the Dolphins.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976 (@robmckenz17gmail-com)
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

Agreed Scu also the Bucs won without there 2015 and 2016 first RD. picks playing.

surferdudes (@surferdudes)
4 years ago

I’ve thought all year Evans is protecting himself for that huge contract he’ll be getting. We have his replacement, Godwin. I would trade him for a bunch of picks before making him one of the highest paid receivers in the game. Same goes for Brate, we have O.J., why shell out big bucks for a T.E.? The cash we’d save, and the picks we’d garner would go a long way making us a more complete team.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976 (@robmckenz17gmail-com)
Reply to  surferdudes
4 years ago

IMO teams will not give A LOT of picks for Evans maybe a 2nd rd.

Naplesfan (@naplesfan)
4 years ago

OJ Howard should have been on this list as more than “honorable mention” – 52 yards, a TD, and another TD that was called back due to a penalty on the O-line.

drdneast (@drdneast)
4 years ago

drbill, in regards to Evans going to the ground after he catches the ball, sometimes, when you have three defenders around you or one heading at you full speed with you in his crosshairs, discretion is the better part of valor.

Buc-Up (@buc-up)
4 years ago

I wonder if GMC had any extra motivation with Suh being pucked ahead of him and playing in this game.