Tampa Bay was in position to pull off a second straight road upset, carrying an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter at New Orleans before Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees led the Saints to a 37-31 win in overtime. Here is a look at some of the players that contributed to the Buccaneers building that lead through most of the game.

MOST IMPRESSIVE BUCCANEERS AT SAINTS
SLB Danny Lansanah
After a couple of lapses in coverage in the first half, Lansanah came up with his second pick-six on the season, intercepting Drew Brees and returning it 33 yards for a touchdown to give Tampa Bay a 24-13 lead in the third quarter. Bucs defensive end Michael Johnson pressured Brees to throw a duck that Lansanah picked off rather easily. Lansanah, who also had a career-high 10 tackles, became just the fourth Bucs linebacker in team history to have two pick-sixes in the same season, joining Mason Foster, Derrick Brooks and Hugh Green.

CB Alterraun Verner
On third-and-7 on New Orleans’ first possession, Verner jumped up and recorded his first pass breakup on a pass intended for Robert Meachem. He finished the game with three pass breakups and a key interception at the end of the game to force overtime. Verner also had a great tackle on New Orleans tight end Ben Watson on the Saints’ two-point conversion pass after their final touchdown in regulation to deny them the score. Verner finished with five tackles.

WLB Lavonte David
Once again, David was everywhere for Tampa Bay, leading the Bucs in tackles with 14 stops. He also had a game-high two tackles for loss. But perhaps David’s biggest play was knocking tight end Jimmy Graham out of the game with a vicious shot to his shoulder in the first quarter. He has 51 tackles and 10 tackles for loss through the first five games of the season to lead Tampa Bay in both categories.

SS Mark Barron
Barron had two pass breakups in the red zone in the first quarter and did a good job of covering tight end Jimmy Graham when matched up on him in man coverage. Barron had great coverage in overtime on Ben Watson, forcing an incompletion. While tight end Jimmy Graham was in the game in the first quarter, Barron, who finished with nine tackles, did a great job of containing him and limiting him to two catches for 36 yards.

QB Mike Glennon
Glennon didn’t get much help from his teammates, who dropped passes and committed penalties, but he was far from perfect and contributed to the Bucs’ demise, throwing an interception at the New Orleans 4-yard line in the first quarter. Glennon did catch fire in the second quarter and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Louis Murphy. In the fourth quarter, Glennon scrambled to his left and heaved a 34-yard pass to Vincent Jackson down to the New Orleans 10. Two plays later, Glennon hit rookie Robert Herron for a 9-yard touchdown to put the Bucs up 31-20. But he took a safety in the fourth quarter and failed to put any more points on the scoreboard. Glennon finished the game completing 19-of-32 passes for 249 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

WR Vincent Jackson
Jackson was very active in the first half, catching five passes for 70 yards, including a 32-yarder. He did even more damage in the second half, hauling in a beautiful 36-yard catch that gave the Bucs the ball in the Saints red zone. He finished the game with his best outing of 2014, catching eight passes for 144 yards. Jackson entered the game with 13 receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns through the first four games.

K Patrick Murray
Murray nailed the longest field goal of his rookie career, a 55-yarder, in the first half that cut into New Orleans’ 13-point lead. That field goal gives Murray two from at least 50 yards this season and should give Lovie Smith even more confidence to use Murray from long range. Murray has now made his last four field goals, and is connecting on 80 percent of his kicks.

CB Johnthan Banks
Banks stepped in front of running back Travaris Cadet and picked off Drew Brees at the New Orleans 40-yard line. The interception was the first of the year for Banks, and his fourth career pick. Although he did have a costly illegal hands to the face penalty in overtime, Banks had five tackles and a pass breakup while displaying his best pass coverage of the season. His penalty was just one of the 15 infractions for 113 yards.

DT Gerald McCoy
McCoy was held without a sack, but did pressure Drew Brees four times, and was directly involved in two out of the three Bucs’ interceptions. McCoy, who is playing with a broken hand, was credited with four tackles and two tackles for loss, which tied Bucs linebacker Lavonte David’s mark.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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surferdudes
surferdudes
7 years ago

Banks penalty on 3rd down helped lose the game so I can’t put him on the list.

Horse
Horse
7 years ago

I don’t know about all these defensive players based on the amount of total yards the Saints got.

wbfresh1
wbfresh1
7 years ago

One good play don’t mean you have a good game

pinkstob
pinkstob
7 years ago

I can’t argue too much with this list. It seems like a lot of the people on this list made a major mistake at some point, but they did a lot of good things also. I agree with Surferdudes about Banks, but you can say something similar about everyone on this list. David allowed a TD in pass coverage to a RB when he ran a flat route. Barron let Robinson slip out of his grasp in overtime and score the winning TD. It goes on and on.

76Buc
76Buc
Reply to  pinkstob
7 years ago

I don’t think you have to be perfect to have a good game.

76Buc
76Buc
7 years ago

Vjax is not on my list. Not with 4 drops. Inexcusable. I know about L David, but Barron had a sensational game. Gleenon is obviously going to grow into a top notch QB. This team is going to be dangerous by the end of the season.

owlykat
owlykat
7 years ago

I see direct parallels between the progress of this team and Dungy’s first Buc’s Team. Dungy’s Team ended up winning it’s last six games his first year and that can happen with our team too. I see progress. Compare this game to the terrible game under Shiano in the same Dome. Lovie is making progress and he would have less penalties if our OC, Tedford, had stayed healthy. If we had won the coin toss we likely would have won the overtime and the game!

scubog
scubog
7 years ago

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think the Most Disappointing Listees or the Most Impressive Listees should be based on a single play but rather the body of work for that particular game. One player (actually a bystander) who impressed me was Josh McCown. He was like an extra coach and cheerleader for Mike Glennon throughout the game.

mattym3
mattym3
7 years ago

Scott, this list gets you on the Most Disappointing list this week. I understand that all these players made good plays at some point, but to get torched in the secondary like we did means they made more bad than good plays. The entire body of work should be considered. I thought this last week when V-Jax made the list for the winning TD despite drops and not getting open all day in Pittsburgh. I bleed red & pewter, but let’s be realistic about the play of our players.

jongruden
jongruden
7 years ago

76Buc- VJax gets 144 yds and 8 catches and 144 yds and he is off your impressive list for a few drops?, lol ok. I agree with everyone on list except Banks he literally gave the game away

Buctebow
Buctebow
7 years ago

The only thing that is impressive, is the consistent and myriad ways they find to lose.

Buctebow
Buctebow
7 years ago

The Bucs were ahead by 11 and then reached deep down inside themselves and came back to lose! The Bucs are the very best in the league at snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory.

Buctebow
Buctebow
7 years ago

At least Glennon, MG8, superhero of the MGM fan club, the Cannon, the Savior, the Franchise, was able to come through in the clutch, when we needed him to win the game, as I heard he could do (over and over, ad nauseum) all last week…hmmmm…….not so much.

Noctus
Noctus
7 years ago

Are you kidding, Buctebow (of course, with that moniker)? Giving up an 11 point lead in the fourth quarter was not Glennon’s fault. Nor was the last drive when the o-line kept backing him up to the 1/2 yard line. if you go back and look at it, he had 1.3 seconds to throw the ball. McCown would have done it and thrown an INT for a pick 6. Glennon had a very good game. Try as you might, he CANNOT be blamed for this one. Go cry with jobless Tebow.

Buctebow
Buctebow
7 years ago

He contributed to losing the game by not continuing to score more points when they were ahead. When your defense is porous, then the offense is your best defense, keeping the other team off of the field, or at least answering in kind after a score.