The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had their best win of the season when they needed it most in the divisional round of the playoffs. With no margin for error, Tampa Bay forced some turnovers and still put 30 points up on the board on the way to a 30-20 victory that sets them up for a showdown in the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.

There are still some parts of their game that need to be cleaned up, so here are the most disappointing players from the game.

KR Jaydon Mickens
Mickens does not see the field too often, so when he does, he’s got to make the most of it. He missed a tackle during the first punt of the game that allowed Saints’ returner Deonte Harris to take the ball all the way down to the 20-yard line and set New Orleans for what would be a field goal. He was running at full speed for a good 50-plus yards and still couldn’t take Harris down. Mickens got lucky that three points were all the damage that was done, because it could have been a lot worse. The Bucs defense held strong, and though it was early, it kept them in the game. Mickens had one punt return that went for 13 yards.

WR Chris Godwin
Chris Godwin’s standards are usually held in higher regard than the average football player. For the second week in a row, he had a big time moment in the game where he came up short. Godwin had originally hauled in what would have been a great touchdown catch on a pass from Brady, but after he rolled over, Godwin lost the ball and it was called an incomplete pass. The case of losing the football was once again stuck with Godwin, as he ended up with a pedestrian game by his standards. He made four catches for 34 yards.

SS Jordan Whitehead
Whitehead missed out on an interception that hit him in the chest. The mistake wasn’t totally devastating to the Bucs as New Orleans kicked a field goal, but it was the second week in a row where Whitehead dropped a would-be pick. Whitehead made one tackle in the game.

OLB Shaq Barrett
It’s always tough to get to Drew Brees, yet even without a sack Barrett didn’t have much of an impact on this game. Tampa Bay has been relying on Barrett’s skill to help bolster the defense, and yet through two playoff games the Bucs have not felt Barrett’s presence. Jason Pierre-Paul was knocking down passes and making plays in the backfield, but Barrett couldn’t do as much. He can turn it around quickly, but this wasn’t the week for a break out. By the end of the game Barrett had just one tackle on his stat line.

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Spitfire
6 months ago

To be fair, Mickens 13 yard punt return looked foolish at first but ended up giving the Offense some very important breathing room Whitehead may have dropped an INT but being in the right place and preventing a completion is great. Godwin does need to get his jitters out and get back to being Mr. Reliable because then we will be unstoppable… BUT! Godwin’s 34 yards were almost all very important. I get it that this list isn’t automatically the most terrible, it’s just the most disappointing if you have to pick some. This was a big game and everyone… Read more »

DMIbucs98
6 months ago

Whitehead played pretty solid in my opinion. The missed INT would’ve kept them points off the board but he was solid in his assignments. Especially coverage. He’s grown and there were a few plays were he was over the top of a receiver either breaking off from his “robber” position or man. That’s great play recognition. It doesn’t show up on the stat sheet but that gives the CBs trust and confidence to play aggressively. To me it’s good of we don’t see him to much. Means he’s playing sound coverage and our front seven is taccling well. Mickens definitely… Read more »

compewterpirate
6 months ago

Most disappointing? Mickens obviously set the tone on special teams. His error was just terrible tackling technique. No attempt whatsoever to wrap his arms, despite having his man like a ‘sitting duck’. This was followed by dreadful coverage on the second punt return, bailed out by a soft, block-in-the-back, call, so Keith Armstrong (ST coordinator) should be on the list also. I believe the Bucs are 30th in the league in return yardage allowed, so one wonders how Armstrong is still in a job. Godwin again deserves to be on the list, having dropped that huge TD pass, after initially… Read more »

Eddie
Reply to  compewterpirate
6 months ago

Oh yes, the Special Team coach definitely should be on it. Allowed two big return in a row is just embarrassing. He should resign.

scubog
6 months ago

Have to agree with Shaq Barrett who has all but disappeared and in no way resembles the pass rusher he was last year. Effort is there, but he looks pudgy to me. Not sure who should receive the criticism for the Saints being able to run between the tackles the way they did. Sure miss Vita Vea. Disappointed in Mike Evans letting Lattimore get in his head. Disappointed that I didn’t see one Buc player going over to a certain Saints back-up QB and eating a ‘W’. Wonder if Emeril can spice up that ‘L’ the Saints are eating about… Read more »

EastEndBoy
Reply to  scubog
6 months ago

LOL

Horse
Reply to  scubog
6 months ago

Scubog; once again a great analysis!

chefboho
6 months ago

I put Sombrero on the list for being the biggest whiner after a win. The “I’m always right” mentality sounds like a little boy who got beat up a lot as a kid. He just can’t stand that Tom Brady has this team humming on all cylinders. Go Bucs. If you would’ve told me this team would win with one catch from Evans, one from AB, and only 34 yards from Godwin I would’ve said you were crazy. They’re finding different ways to win and it’s outstanding

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Pete Wood
Reply to  chefboho
6 months ago

You know, we really should have a most impressive and most disappointing Pewter fan every week.
Two years ago Macabee would have won most impressive every single week. And Buc Ass Bob would have been most disappointing. ALTHOUGH, BAB did turn out to be right about getting rid of Winston. So, gotta give him props for that.

Dave
Reply to  chefboho
6 months ago

And one catch from Gronk. Evans, AB, and Gronk combined for 3 rec for 27 yards on 10 targets. And yet they won going away

And if we ever did a most disappointing fan, it would be BS every single week of the season. So it would be pointless. Maybe here and there Spruce would beat out BS. But not very often

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Horse
Reply to  chefboho
6 months ago

Chefboho; Good one!

fredster
6 months ago

First great win!
I’d put Arians/Leftwhich play calling on the list. Thank god they didn’t abandon the run, but the shots taken on 3rd and 3, 3rd and 2, or 3rd and 1 were just stupid against a good defense that’s had your number. Doing it on first drive when we’re were 3rd and 3 to Gronk was dumb. Yes, it was close but close doesn’t count. It hurts momentum and it never worked one time against that Saints secondary. Luckily defense played amazing.

Dman
6 months ago

#1 on this list has to be Barrett, looking more and more like a one-hit wonder. I thought the ball Whitehead missed got tipped, otherwise I thought he played pretty solid.

rrsrq
6 months ago

Shaq may not have got any sack, but he was in Brees face, forcing him to throw the ball before he wanted to. I think Shaq misses VV more than anyone

Horse
6 months ago

DL pass rush.

hamilton
6 months ago

were are all the d white haters.

tnew
6 months ago

Hard to have any disappointments other than the punt returns.. The “drop” from Godwin would’ve been a borderline other worldly catch. For him just to get the ball to his body was pretty special. This would be like criticizing Brady for not throwing this ball 6 inches shorter and 4 inches more to the center of the field.. Godwin’s other contributions kept drives alive that led to scores. I’m giving him a good game that could’ve been great with this one play.

RW
RW
Reply to  tnew
6 months ago

Godwin is not some ordinary receiver, he is known as a great receiver. He should be held to a higher standard. He had the ball in his hands and lost it. It would have been a really good catch but then again Tyler Johnson caught a more difficult one.

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Darin
6 months ago

Dropped a pick Matt? Come on watch it again. Was tipped right before it hit him. That catch is made 1 out of 100 times at best. Most difficult catch there is.

warren
6 months ago

I had two biggest fears before the game. I thought DB M-B (#23) would be torched. Instead he played great with an INT. I thought the replacement RG Stinnie (#64) from the practice squad wouldn’t hold up, but he blocked his ass off. In addition, I thought AB would be a difference maker & he had 1 catch. Brady did just enough. The defense clearly won this game & turnovers were huge.

jiggyjoe
6 months ago

My question is who was supose to cover the guy that Winston tossed the ball to? That I think is the winner.

SaskBucs
6 months ago

Special Teams… yikes. How much was Barrett on the right side last night? Seems to me like they had an opportunity to get him on the right vs the backup LT on a few snaps and maybe they did but I missed it. As soon as Vita broke his ankle we all knew he would be missed. Just can’t replace his presence in the middle unless you have another top 10 DT sitting around. So the pass rush has definitely been a disappointment. Godwin has seemed off the last 2 weeks. As far as the D.White haters being called out…… Read more »