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.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com 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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 [email protected]

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  1. I think Koetter deserves a spot here..for once we went for it on 4th down..then him deciding to go with kicking it to end the game was a huge risk knowing catanzaro was having a bad game. Also, show some love for duffner, looked like a completely different defense than the previous 5 games.

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  2. Didn’t Evans and Howard both missed key first down passes. How about Goodwin who was solid the whole game. I thought Jensen played a good game too.

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    • I thought Godwin had a great game.

      Jensen played well but I think he whiffed on a block and allowed a DT a free run at Jameis.

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  3. I agree that Koetter should have been on the list. Too early to crown Duffner, but it was refreshing to see the Buccaneers play more man. I thought Davis played well too. David has been the Buccaneers best player for years now and should play even better with the freedom Duffner will give him.

    Kickers are sucking around the league. How about the Ravens kicker missing an extra point at the end of the game, the first one of his career!

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  4. Mark- Nassib was a former 3rd rounder and JPP has 6 sacks on the season. He’s averaging 1 per game

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  5. LaVonte – great choice. How much better would several guys have looked if we had a serviceable Oline…both Barber and Jones had to turn losses into 2 yard gains as they keep getting hit in the backfield. Winston threw under more pressure than a drunk groom on his wedding night.

    Don’t give Donovan Smith some huge contract that we can’t get out of!!!!!!!!

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    • I totally agree East End, Donovan Smith is satisfactory only, certainly not worth a big contract, Benenoch remains garbage, wish the line could run block for our backs a little better at least

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  6. Noah Spence played today. Spence @ LE and Nassib @ RE with JPP and Ghoulton at DT’s got one of the sacks. I believe that Nassib got credit for the sack, but pressure from Spence on the other side and the DT’s in front were key to the sack.

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  7. Add the Glazers for forcing Dirk to fire Mike Smith and Mark Duffner for creating a game plan simple enough to execute and sound enough for the young kids to play aggressively.

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  8. I’m wondering if maybe OC would consider throwing the ball within 3 seconds and not drop back so far would help Winston and LOT Smith & ROG Benenoch?

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    • Agree with this. If Winston had taken one step up into the pocket he could have avoided the strip fumble. Smith wasn’t beaten that badly on that play. Brees would have stepped up and gotten the pass off. But certainly shorter drops and quicker passes would help the OL. Too many long developing routes.

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  9. What about our secondary that allowed a season low 215 yards??

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  10. As much as it annoys the crap out of me when so many of our “Members” (not all of them are “well-heeled” DrD) sell their tickets to the opponent’s fans; I was impressed with the number of Browns fans who showed up to this rare visit, to support their team in spite of being as bad as the team has been for so long. Now, those are “homers” Naples. Except they probably live right here. Maybe some even from your little kingdom.

    I thought our entire secondary was much improved with a better pass rush. Only Jarvis Landry did much of anything.

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    • The factory of sadness apparently manufactures RVs.

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  11. Yes there was a lot of Browns fans there for sure.

    Kwon finally had a good game this year then he gets hurt. Lol. Typical for Bucs luck. Had feeling with Smith gone Bucs would at least play little better on D. That was a lot better!

    Hope Nassib keeps playing like that. Where has that been all season?

    I hope we hang around as far as maybe making a wildcard or close this year. Not fun when your out of it early.

    That said this team isn’t coming anywhere really until we solidify o line, secondary, and find out if Winston can finally clean up the turnovers. Want him to succeed and not wach him develop elsewhere but he has to stop making so many mistakes. It’s not easy to play QB though with no real run game and spotty pass protection.

    Take look at Dak Prescott when they can’t run the ball in Dallas he plays like crap. When they run the ball at will at times he looks great. It’s not easy to play QB without the run game period unless your Brady or Rodgers.

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  12. I’d add Carlton Davis to this list. He was solid all day and the PI call in the end zone was for a ball that was thrown out of the end zone, not even close to being catchable. [NFL officials acting more each week like they are supposed to be part of the game.]

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