The Buccaneers now have a combined 3-19 record in December over the last five years after another disappointing loss, this time to the 5-9 Chicago Bears. Penalties, fumbles, and minus three in the turnover margin will almost assure a loss, as it did Sunday. It’s hard to credit individuals in the 26-21 loss, but a few players shined during the critical moments and kept Tampa Bay in the game. See if you agree with PewterReport.com’s list of Most Impressive and share your thoughts.

LB Jeremiah George
The Bucs special teams didn’t finish strong, but they certainly started off with a bang. Jeremiah George’s blocked punt (first of the season) and recovery at the Bears’ 4-yard line set up an easy 7-0 lead and gave Tampa Bay early momentum.

RB Charles Sims
Sims’ dynamic ability was put on display Sunday, as the second-year pro was reliable in the passing game and efficient in the running game. On all three receptions he, like Jameis Winston, stayed with the play and improvised to convert a big gain. He also carried four times for 45 yards, ripping off a 29-yard run in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay’s best offensive moment involved Winston escaping and hitting Sims in stride for a 50-yard TD in the third quarter to grab a 14-13 lead.

S Keith Tandy
Making his first start since 2013, Tandy came out on fire. The fourth-year pro made back-to-back tackles for losses on screens during the opening drive, followed by a third-and-7 open-field tackle on running back Jeremy Langford the next series. Like Chris Conte, who missed Sunday’s game with a knee injury, Tandy was physical, finishing with 10 tackles.

WR Mike Evans
Of Evans’ four receptions for 61 yards, two of them came on third-and-long to move the chains and one was a tough, toe-tapping catch on the sideline. While he had a chance at a deep ball in the fourth quarter – one that could’ve changed the game – it was slightly out of reach and a tough adjustment. Still, the Bucs – and Evans – expect their No. 1 wideout to come down with the acrobatic catches, and that was a critical one.

Honorable Mentions: Austin Seferian-Jenkins (two receptions for 60 yards) Bradley McDougald (12 tackles, including third-and-1 run stuff) and Gerald McCoy (sack on third-and-goal and four tackles)

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About the Author: Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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pinkstob
pinkstob
5 years ago

I think this is a pretty good list. Nice job ZS.

artpac
artpac
5 years ago

not a bad list at all.

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

How could you have anyone on Defense? There were so many miss tackles and individual miss reads on Defense. I thought Winston had a good game despite a couple mistakes he made. Stocker played solid.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Careful what you say about Stocker, Horse, or the wrath of jongruden will come raining down on you like a Florida lightning storm. As usual, I was at the game and can’t blame Evens for not getting to that deep ball. I do blame Dye for dropping his though. I truly believe this guy has dropped more passes now than he has caught. Winston also underthrew Evans on another deep ball that the CB was able to recover on and deflect. Winston needs to work on his deep ball. He underthrew the one to Dye as well but it still… Read more »

jongruden
jongruden
5 years ago

Our TE Stocker the blocker wasn’t on the list today? I did see him catch a pass, thought thats the criteria for the impressive list nowadays

fredster
fredster
5 years ago

I always liked Tandy. He seems like he could be a starter.

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

Since making this list is often due to a single play, Cameron Brate had a nice catch when he was well covered. A lot of invisible players on this day.

jme0151
jme0151
5 years ago

I’am sorry. If you lose, nothing is impressive!!!

Ronald
Ronald
5 years ago

Not a lot of players on the impressive list. The unimpressive list in my mind is replete with the names on the roster.