The Bucs played complimentary football in one of their best games of the season with a 35-22 victory over the Falcons. Big plays were made by both the offense and defense that gave the Bucs a nice cushion of a lead as they wore down the Falcons in the second half on the way to their fourth win of the season.
Despite the win, not all the players had their best game. Here is the list of most disappointing players from the game.
K Matt Gay
After Bruce Arians praised his effort on Friday, Gay was very shaky on extra points on Sunday, missing three out of four attempts with one of them getting blocked. Gay missed both of his kicks wide left of the goal posts and left points off the board. His second missed extra point felt like even more of a let down after the Bucs sideline was very animated in celebration following a surprising touchdown by Vita Vea.
Gay has been solid ever since his missed a game winning kick Week 3 against the Giants, but things kept going wrong for the rookie kicker when he lined up for points after the attempt. Gay ended up going one for four on extra points while making a 32-yard field goal.
OL Earl Watford
Used sparingly as an extra blocker, Watford had a false start when the Bucs were back near their own end zone on a play that would have sprung Ronald Jones for a huge gain. Watford only played a limited amount of snaps, but his penalty was glaring at that time in the game. Jones has had some bad luck this year on having long runs that have been called back due to penalties. Watford’s penalty not only negated the run for Jones, but it also put the moved Bucs dangerously near the end zone. Watford had another penalty later in the game for lining up illegally.
WR Mike Evans
Evans may have had a milestone statistic but it was a slow day for the Bucs veteran receiver. Evans had just one catch in the first half. The reception did put him over 1,000 yards for the year, tying Randy Moss as the only player in NFL history to start his career with six straight 1,00 yard seasons.
On Jameis Winston’s first interception, Evans ran a bad route and cut it off early, which played a part in turning the ball over. Evans also had an uncharacteristic drop on a screen pass that was set up for him in the first half. In the fourth quarter, Evans was called for a false start on a fourth-and-five where the defense also jumped off and would have given the Bucs a first down to keep the drive going. It was an off game for Evans, but Chris Godwin was there to pick up the slack. Evans had four receptions for 50 yards in the game.