Well it wasn’t boring. Frustrating, exciting, stressful and then and a touch of endgame redemption, those who paid to walk into Raymond James Stadium got their money’s worth on Sunday afternoon. Below is our list of most impressive players from Sunday’s 26-23 overtime win over the Browns.
ROOSTERS’ PEWTER PLAYER OF THE GAME
DE Carl Nassib
Playing against a team who gave up on you at one point tends to inspire players in all sports. On Sunday Nassib was able to give his former team a glimpse of what they let go on September 2, when the Browns waived the former third rounder. Nassib has been a solid pickup by the front office and it paid huge dividends on Sunday as he recorded two sacks, two tackles and even a pass break up in the first half.
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MLB Kwon Alexander
Alexander had struggled with consistency this season through the first five games but was having his best outing of the year against Cleveland when a knee injury knocked him from the game and quite possibly a lot longer. Before the injury the Bucs captain notched seven tackles in less than two quarters.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul
Another game, another sack. Pierre-Paul had a solid effort and notched his sixth sack of the season along with adding three tackles, including one for a loss. The former Giant has been the model of consistency for the Bucs this season and has been worth all the team had to give up to get him.
WR Mike Evans
It wasn’t the most dynamic game of the season for Evans, but when the dust settled Evans notched seven receptions for 107 yards. It was a lunch pail kind of afternoon for Evans and you need those from your captains some games. Steady, reliable production is what Evans delivered for this team on Sunday.
TE O.J. Howard
The second-year tight end continues to develop as a blocker and a receiver and on Sunday continued his progression, finishing as the team’s second leading receiver with five catches for 67 yards. Howard did have a critical fourth quarter drop on third down that would have extended a drive and possibly lead to a scoring drive that might have iced the game away and saved some of the late-game drama, but overall he was one of the best players on the field.
Bucs’ Pass Rush
Down Vinny Curry and Gerald McCoy, and playing a quarterback who moves well in the pocket, notching five sacks would have made most people chuckle a bit if you had said Tampa Bay would take Mayfield down that many times before the game started. But that is exactly what the Bucs did, with four of those sacks coming from the front four.
LB Lavonte David
Wearing the “C” on his chest on Sunday, David lived up to the honor bestowed upon him by his teammates last week and finished with a team-leading eight tackles, including two for loss and a critical late second quarter forced fumble of Baker Mayfield.