15 November 2015: Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Bradley McDougald (30) intercepts a pass intended for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) in the end zone in the 4th quarter of the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
The Buccaneers notched their fourth win of the season on Sunday, doubling their win total from 2014 and getting a great start on the second half of this season. See which players PewterReport.com thought stood out in Sunday’s 10-6 win over Dallas.
LB Lavonte David
The Buccaneers and their fans have been waiting for linebacker Lavonte David to show up in a big way, and on Sunday against the Cowboys, Tampa Bay’s defensive captain had his best game of the season. David ended the game with 12 tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup. The Bucs defense also, not coincidentally, had their game of the season, holding the Cowboys to just six points. If Tampa Bay is going to turn their defensive woes around, David must be a big part of it over the last seven games.
S Bradley McDougald
McDougald, like David, had taken his share or criticism for mediocre play this season, but again, like David, he had one of, if not his best game of the season. The second-year Buccaneer finished third on the team in tackles on Sunday with five, but more importantly sealed the win, intercepting Matt Cassel in the end zone on a pass intended for Dez Bryant. As head coach Lovie Smith said following the game, that wasn’t a turnover, that was a takeaway. McDougald used great technique, and maybe a slight shove, to get in position for the interception. Regardless it counted, and the Bucs walked off the field victorious.
CB Sterling Moore
While he wasn’t able to match the three pass breakups he was credited for last week against the Giants, cornerback Sterling Moore did a solid job of helping to keep Cowboys’ star receiver Dez Bryant out of the end zone. The Bucs defense has played better the previous two weeks, particularly against Dallas, and that just happens to be the timeline of when Moore entered the starting lineup. Bryant managed just five catches for 45 yards on Sunday, and Moore and the secondary only gave up 186 yards on the afternoon.
WR Mike Evans
He wasn’t perfect by any stretch, and Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans heard some boos in the third quarter Sunday after another dropped pass, but the former Aggie was easily the best player on the Bucs offense Sunday nabbing eight receptions for 126 yards while also drawing a pass interference penalty. With Louis Murphy and Vincent Jackson sidelined with injuries, Evans has obviously become Jameis Winston’s favorite target.
RB Doug Martin
Casually glancing at the stat sheet, fans might look at Doug Martin’s 63 yards rushing on 18 carries(3.5 avg.) and think his importance to the win was minimal. But for fans in attendance and those watching he broadcast know that wasn’t the case. While numbers like that won’t put a player in the Hall of Fame, they were hard fought crucial yards that helped the Buccaneers reach the four-win mark after beating the Cowboys 10-6 on Sunday. In addition to his yards on the ground, Martin was even more effective as a receiver on Sunday, catching four passes for 40 yards (10.0 avg).
Honorable Mentions: LB Kwon Alexander (four tackles, one sack, one pass breakup), CB Jude Adjei-Barimah (six tackles), LT Donovan Smith (despite three false starts, kept Greg Hardy off the stat sheet except for one tackle), Alterraun Verner (three tackles, all on third down, two stalling Cowboys’ drives).
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All things considered, I think Donovan Smith did a fantastic job holding Greg To just one tackle. I forgive him for the 3 false starts – the rookie was facing a Kraken monster.
Hardy got into a fight on the sideline with one of his own teammates, Demarcus Ware during the game. The guy is a woman beater and quite possibly a serial biter. Knowing that probably gave poor Donovan the yips a few times. Completely understandable! lol.
correction: Demarcus Lawrence
Kwon Alexander for sure; Mike Evans missed too many catches.
Where did this secondary come from….amazing what can happen when you bench J&J…
OLine….gave JW a clean pocket most of the game…impressive.
LvD….where ya been man…welcome back!
Koetter – love the bootleg….you have learned.
Lovie – you blitzed…yes, I saw it several times…fantastic.
Jameis has been doing an outstanding job considering he is missing VJAX, ASJ, and Murphy. 1 int was his fault…but he still played outstanding…
Horse, Mike Evans missed one pass all day. One.
Love your comments about Hardy, macebee. Wasn’t aware he got into another fight with a teammate but it doesn’t surprise me.
I know the fans in my end zone were taunting him and he took the bait.
Took his helmet off and started screaming at them.
Hilarious, what a complete boob.
There were a lot more than one; he’s not using his body enough to catch some of throws. Granted some weren’t spot on, but great ones find a way most times to catch them.
Agree Horse. I saw at least 3 drops and he’s using his body to catch the ball and not his hands which might be the problem.
This the type of win to build on. Clearly this defense plays far more aggressive with Moore & Jude at CB! Verner looks better in the nickel. Hopefully Banks is watching and learning, he’s too young to give up on. To see the future of the Buccs, look at what MIN is doing. Granted we have no AP but Martin & Sims get it done especially when VJax and ASJ are on the field.
Most impressive to me was that our youngsters were not in awe of the belly-aching group formerly knows as America’s Team. Jason Licht deserves to be on this list. Our group of rookies may be the best draft sine 1995. While Jameis’ play wasn’t perfect (terrible pass to Humphries that looked like it could score and the fumble that I still don’t know what caused him to drop) I love is his moxie, his lack of fear and his resiliency. All traits that can’t be taught. I just don’t think of him as a rookie because he doesn’t play like one. Same with Marpet, Smith, Alexander and now Barimah and lets not forget Schum. Nice job Jason.
Let’s not lose sight of the fact Winston should be a senior in college, and age wise this should be Evans rookie season. Think how good the next five years could get.
Smith was really good…..
just a little anxious facing one of the best d-ends in the game. I think Evens was very good considering he was mauled on most passes. Everyone there knew Winston was going to throw to him.
I like the positive though Surfer…..
We are improving and WINNING!!!
Horse is right. 3 Drops.
WELL BUC FANS TAMPA HAS WON 4 NOW. WHY CAN’T TAMPA WIN AT LEAST 5 MORE GO MORE. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT TAMPA WILL DO WITH JACKSON AND JENKINS THE TE IS BACK GO BUCS
Great win I don’t care how ugly it was. Bucs were a determined group on offense and defense. Love the new secondary and the LBs are starting to play fast. Donovan did a helluva job on Hardy. Get Vjax , ASJ, and Marpet back and this offense will take the next step.
Sorry Horse and 76Buc, I just watched the game again on NFL Rewind.
One dropped pass.
You might say two but since the ball was batted out of his hands I don’t consider that a drop.
I’m most impressed with the defense, especially the secondary! It seems like we’ve found a winning combination in Moore/Adjei with Verner in the slot. The improved secondary gave Lovie the confidence to actually blitz for a change! That was great to see!
The offense did well too, especially with only 1 real starting receiver. Humphries/Dye are playing well, especially for undrafted rookies. They will do well for us with more experience. The Douggernaught has been nearly impossible to get down this year! I see a lot of promise and I think one more good draft puts us in the running. Go Bucs!
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