As a team, the Buccaneers were impressive in their come-from-behind, 27-24 win at Pittsburgh, and there were definitely some great individual performances from Tampa Bay, too. Here is a look at the Buccaneers that really stood out to PewterReport.com in this total team win, which was Tampa Bay’s first victory of the season:
MOST IMPRESSIVE BUCCANEERS
QB Mike Glennon
On his first pass of the game, Glennon threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Mike Evans. Glennon’s scoring strike was a perfectly thrown fade pass to the back of the end zone. Glennon struggled in the first half, completing just 5-of-11 passes for 57 yards, but threw a nice, 40-yard pass to Evans to help set up Tampa Bay’s second touchdown of the game, which tied the score at 17-17. Glennon threw an interception in the third quarter after Evans suffered a pulled groin on a deep route, but finished the game completing 21-of-42 passes for a career-high 302 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The Bucs were 7-of-13 (54 percent) on third down and Glennon’s passing was a big reason why, especially in the second half. Glennon had three money throws in the fourth quarter, a 22-yarder to Russell Shepard on third down, a 41-yard pass to Louis Murphy to set up his pass, a 4-yard, game-winning throw to Vincent Jackson.
DE Michael Johnson
On the third play of the game, on third-and-19, Johnson came up with his first sack as a Buccaneer – and it was a big one. Johnson also forced a fumble on the play, which was recovered by Jacqiues Smith at the Pittsburgh 7-yard line to set up Tampa Bay’s first touchdown. Johnson got his second sack in the second quarter, dropping Roethlisberg for a 3-yard loss. He also had five tackles and a tackle for loss.
DT Gerald McCoy
On the second snap of the game, McCoy used a great swim move on guard Ramon Foster to sack Ben Roethlisberger for a 6-yard sack to help set the tone for the Buccaneers defensively as the team would have five first-half sacks. On the next series, McCoy, who was playing with a broken left hand, swatted down a pass to help the Bucs get off the field on third down. He finished with two tackles and a tackle for loss.
LB Lavonte David
David was using his amazing speed to fly around and made a lot of plays. David led the Buccaneers – and all tacklers – with 12 tackles (10 solo). He also had a game-high three tackles for loss and also forced a fumble on the game’s final play.
WR Mike Evans
The rookie wide receiver caught his first career touchdown catch using great concentration to haul in a fade pass while covered by cornerback Cortez Allen to give Tampa Bay a 7-point lead. Evans then hauled in a 40-yard catch to help set up the Bucs’ second touchdown of the game. He added two more catches and totaled four receptions for 65 yards before pulling his groin in the third quarter.
WR Vincent Jackson
Jackson had a clean drop of a pass that would have been a 13-yard gain on first-and-20. Jackson’s first catch was for nine yards right before halftime. He also had a few drops in the second half, including one on Tampa Bay’s second-to-last drive in the fourth quarter. But Jackson made the big catch when it counted, a 4-yard, game-winning touchdown with seven seconds left in regulation. He finished with three catches for 32 yards.
WR Louis Murphy
Murphy, who was re-signed by the team this week after cutting Chris Owusu, was the unsung hero, catching six passes for 99 yards, including a key, 41-yard strike from Glennon to help set up Tampa Bay’s game-winner. Murphy came to life for the Bucs’ offense in the second half, as he was without a catch in the first half.
K Patrick Murray
It took hitting the crossbar for his 50-yard field goal to go in, but the rookie connected on his first long distance field goal of his career to give the Bucs a 10-point lead in the first quarter. Murray also hit a 27-yarder in the fourth quarter. Those field goals would turn out to be quite precious, as Tampa Bay would eventually win by three points.
FS Major Wright
Wright started the game, but gave way to Dashon Goldson, who suffered a sprained ankle in the first half and did not return. Wright finished the game with nine tackles and played pretty well in a fill-in capacity.
WR Russell Shepard
Shepard recorded his first two NFL catches – a 22-yarder and an 8-yarder – in the fourth quarter after Evans left due to a groin injury. Shepard, who is the team’s resident special teams ace, really stepped up on offense when needed.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
The rookie tight end had a successful return to action after missing the last two and a half games with a sprained ankle. Seferian-Jenkins had three catches, including receptions of 16 and 21 yards against the Steelers.
DL Da’Quan Bowers
Bowers recorded his first sack of the season when he dropped Roethlisberger on third down to force a field goal, which was missed prior to halftime. Bowers had a season-high five tackles and a tackle for loss while playing left defensive end and three-technique defensive tackle.
DE Scott Solomon
Solomon got his first sack of the season and his first sack as a Buccaneer as a substitute for Michael Johnson, who re-aggravated his ankle injury in the first quarter. He finished with one tackle and one tackle for loss.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd 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 enjoys 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: [email protected]
I would put both guards on this list and take off V. Jackson. I know he caught the game winner and I know he has a wrist injury but he had way too many drops to be on this list.
I agree with you 100%. Vincent has had to many drop this year. And continue today with I think 2 more. The guards stepped up big. Collins need to play better
Agree 100%. Jackson caught the game winner, but it’s impossible to calculate how many possible points his drops took off the board.
Agree about Jackson and Wright wasn’t that impressive for me because the corners were getting late help from the Safeties. Glennon stayed poised and showed it’s not all about the QB dink an dunk show.
I want to know where all the glennon haters are now??? Owlykat???? He performed with great poise and I swear I saw a little “it” factor that everyone swears he doesnt have after a great rookie season. If lovie doesnt stick with him Ill jump ship. Icredible game. We’ve never beat them in pittsburgh for goodness sakes.Great win and im proud of our “statue” back there
Chefboho I’m trilled we won, but you may want to wait until we face a team with a decent pass rush before you start calling out people like Owlykat. The people you meet on the way up the ladder are the same people you meet on the way down. The Steelers didn’t have J. Jones or Shazier to rush the passer. Glennon has certainly earned the right to more starts, but his tendency to throw wildly out of bounds near the sidelines and take 12 yard sacks (same as last year) needs to stop.
Pinkstob, Glennon needs to grow, but believe he clearly would deserve to start even if McGown were healthy.
I agree pinkstob. I’m not trying to jump to far a head, but it seems very few people want to see this young kid succeed. You’ve seen what carr and bortles are going through. I’m very happy he got it to stick this time. As far as injuries, we have just as many if not more than half the nfl and you still have to make plays and we did. Im not trying to come off as harsh. I’m just so stoked we won a game and glennon was a bug reason. I believe we had four drops or so as well. Just one man’s opinion and I always enjoy getting on here to read everyone’s insight.
I agree about the 12 yard sacks, who does that? Just go down, don’t run backwards to China first. I am glad we got a win, but MG8 is a backup, not a pro bowler. One game proves nothing to me, other than we have two back up QB’s.
I think this game showed me that when we can get a half-descent performance at QB (and good for Glennon, he stepped-up when he needed to, even if overall he was fairly unspectacular) and on the DLine (in a similar way, stepping-up at times, even if unspectacular for most of the game), we are able to play in any game…just imagine how good we could be with a solid QB and a solid DE….we have a bright future when we get those spots solved…good win overall – that’s the sort we’ll need (grinding one out) when we get to a place where we’re challenging.
Everybody gets an A whether deserved or not. I’m sure I’ll get plenty of opportunities to rag on my Bucs. This day will not be one of them. Go Bucs! I’m ecstatic!
I’m thrilled for the win, but i think we should give a nod to the officials as well (excluding the missed call for pass interference on steelers). multiple personal fouls help keep us alive in the first half.
The Cinnamon Cannon!!
Good and big win today.
I was very impressed with Mike Glennon. He’s a gamer and came through in the clutch. I thought the pass blocking was much improved as well. VERY happy! But I believe if Glennon had started in the first place, in game one against Carolina, that we’d be 3-1 instream of 1-3. But the South looks like it will be tight and all of a sudden the Bucs are in the mix. Amazing!
I agree with Garv. To add to this about the Steelers; dirty team who got away with a lot of stuff. Mankins is making the difference on the line.
I was impressed with the pass protection that allowed Glennon some much needed time. But I must say, I was most impressed with Glennon for throwing the ball down the field which is something he was reluctant to do last season. On that game winning TD pass he had defenders bearing down on him and, unlike last season, he stood in there and delivered the ball. At least on this day, he played well enough to win. String a few more like this together and we might just have the “QB of the future”.
Scu- Glennon is still inconsistent and innaccurate 50% on Sunday btw and by week 12 we will be having discussions of who to take in draft, remember Freeman had alot of great games to alot better than what Glennon had on Sun and where is he now? Gleenon holds ball way to long in pocket, stares down receivers and is innaccurate what he does have is a live NFL arm but hey so did Vinny, Dilfer, Freeman
On that final drive I was thinking about how Glennon beat FSU back in 2012. He was steady, not spectacular that day, but won the game on the final drive. Seeing him get it done yesterday was a huge step in his development. Look at the difference between Mike yesterday, and last year when he got his first start in week four. Night, and day. That’s all you can ask of a young Q.B.,get better. Mike has.
Huge win for the Bucs and hopefully this is one that leads to many others. Just like Glennon needs to remain the starter once McCown gets back I think Major Wright needs to remain the starter once Goldston comes back. No more negativity though great win this sets up a huge game in NO next week.
I like Mike too, but if i’m in the draft this year, I’m drafting a 1st round QB and opening up camp and let it be a fair competition. I want to stay with the idea of having an up tempo offense with a mobile QB that uses both our tall and speedy receivers as well as backs out of the back field.
I loved the win, but we looked rather pedestrian and traditional doing it. At the end of the year Mike Glennon will be the 4th best QB in the NFC South. We need to take over the division!
Mariota is a stud and we would be wise to draft a qb with suck a skil set
“At the end of the year Mike Glennon will be the 4th best QB in the NFC South.” That says it all!
Mike Glennon played like a man today under a lot of pressure, and lacking his Nr. 1 receiver (let’s face it, Jackson is rarely open) much of the game. He gives me hope for the rest of the season.
Glennon is better than McCown. If Lovie goes back to McClown he’s nuts. Fun game to watch for first time in a while! Go bucs!
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