The mental block of winning two games in a row is over. So is Gerald McCoy’s sack-drought and Lavonte David’s streak without an interception – they each got two. The Buccaneers went into Philadelphia and played a complete game and then some, winning 45-17 behind Jameis Winston’s 246 yards passing, Doug Martin’s 235 rushing and a lights out performance by the defense. Here’s a long list of impressive players according to Pewter Report.
QB Jameis Winston
Winston made an ill-advised decision in the second quarter on a pass that was nearly intercepted in the red zone, and that’s about where the bad ends. The rookie quarterback finished 19 of 29 for 246 yards with touchdown passes to five different receivers and zero turnovers. He was clutch again on third down and led a 15-play, 10 minute drive to start the third quarter in which he was 6 of 7 for 80 yards including his fifth TD (ties Buccaneer record for TD passes in a game). In short, this was Winston’s best performance in his 10-game career.
RB Doug Martin
After three straight 100-yard rush outings, Doug Martin looked human over the last three weeks leading up to Week 11. He returned to another planet on Sunday. The fourth-year pro went for 235 yards on 27 carries (8.7 avg.), including runs of 58 and 84 yards, both of which leading to touchdowns. Martin showed great stamina on the afternoon, too, ripping off a 27-yard gain on the first play of the fourth quarter after few for 3-6-yard carries in the third. If the 2015 season has resembled Martin’s season in 2012, then Sunday’s game in Philly was the match to his 251-yard outing in Oakland.
WRs Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans
Vincent Jackson was back in full form and Mike Evans didn’t have a single drop, as the No. 1 and 2 receivers each caught four passes for over 50 yards and a touchdown. In big moments, Evans came up with an impressive toe-tapping catch on a fade for the Bucs first score, while Jackson hauled in a third-and-16 pass for 24 yards that set up a touchdown to Cameron Brate. Tampa Bay was firing on all cylinders Sunday, and the WR duo was capitalizing on its opportunities.
WR and TE Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate
Both offensive newcomers, formally of the practice squad, stepped up and looked like veteran starters in Philadelphia. Humphries continues to be Mr. third down, catching two of his four passes on the money down, the second of which leading to Brate’s TD in the third quarter. Brate, for his part, caught three passes including a touchdown and the opening play from scrimmage for the Bucs offense for 16 yards.
LT Donovan Smith
Smith has consistently graded out well from coaches this season and the rookie LT continued to show progression on Sunday. Tasked with talented pass rushers such as Fletcher Cox and Vinny Curry, Smith kept Winston’s blindside clear through four quarters and didn’t allow a sack. On one play in the third quarter, Smith can be seen burying Curry on a third-and-16 that Winston would complete to Jackson inside the red zone. Smith has held his own against premiere edge rushers this season. Sunday was no different.
LB Lavonte David
David followed up his season-best performance (to that point) against Dallas with an even better one this Sunday in Philadelphia. The fourth-year linebacker’s interception drought is over, as he picked off a pass over the middle to end the first half and added a pick-6 in the fourth quarter to make it a 45-17 game. David also recorded six tackles, while helping to hold Demarco Murray to 64 yards.
S Chris Conte
Tied with Alexander with a team-leading 10 tackles, Conte added another interception when Sanchez overthrew a pass over the middle to Riley Cooper in the fourth quarter. Conte’s been great against the run all season and Sunday was no different, even chasing down Murray on a swing pass during the second quarter that showed great pursuit against the Eagles east and west-moving offense.
DT Gerald McCoy
As David put an end to his streak without an interception, McCoy got himself back into an important stat column with two sacks. While the second one was a little less important, the first can be considered a “splash play,” taking down Sanchez on third-and-5 at mid field in the first quarter. McCoy added three tackles in the game, too, anchoring the front four’s solid performance against the run.
CB Sterling Moore
After Sanchez started the day off 6-for-6 with a touchdown, the secondary responded well, holding him to 183 yards on 20 completions after the opening drive. Moore led the way, playing physical against Eagles WR Jordan Matthews while adding six tackles, two of which coming immediately after the catch for no-gain.
Honorable Mentions: RB Charles Sims, WR Russell Shepard and LB Kwon Alexander
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And Connor Barth 6-6 kicking today.
Total team win. Offense and defense. Philly fan is now smashing his furniture, tossing his big screen and kicking his cat.
A great effort, and great focus from a young team. Fewer mistakes mean they were well prepared to go on the road and win. Great job from the coaches. I’m thinking they are just about to turn that corner and become contenders again.
Everybody – – – back on the wagon!
Go Bucs!! !!!
Wait till ASJ actually gets to play. This offense may be able to get even better. GO BUCS!
This was my first bucs game to watch in over
A month because of work. I was so realieved after watching that terrible over turned fumble call by Jacques smith and the Eagles go right down the field and score, that we battled right back. This was a darn near perfect gameplay from top to bottom. No matter what anyone may want to say, the Eagles have a good defense and between this growing line, budding quarterback, and a rejuvenated dougarnaut, I’m extremely excited for the future. Well played and even the “quiet” defensive leaders got in the action! Sucks about Alexander. I read that he said it was from an energy drink he’s been drinking since high school. Still rookie mistake, but hopefully that’s all it really was. We have a very winnable schedule if we can play consistent. I’ve seen a ton of growth in lots of areas and One more draft like this past year and we could see a franchise run yet. Go bucs!!
Great performance to build on! Every week will be a test. Let’s enjoy this one. Next up Colts
We need to be fair. I was ready to fire Lovie after the meltdown in Washington. After watching coaches cut of last week, no way Dez should have been running free down middle of the field 1 on 1 with a safety. It could have easily been a PI called. I say all that to say the COACHING STAFF deserves some credit for most impressive. Team was prepared on the road versus an up tempo offense! Lovie benching top 4 CBs to start #5 and #6 on depth chart demonstrated accountability for everyone. Kwon winning starting MLB job. Humphries and Dye beating out draft picks. Solid draft. I think TB is headed in the right direction.
Just a good ole plain whipping for the Eagles. I kept my eye on the stands and loved those ugly Philly Fans got what they deserved! Go Bucs!.
This a long list. Most disappointing is a short list. Love it!
The best game I’ve seen from the Bucs in a long, long time. 🙂
Oh, by the way, the opening drive of the 2nd half should be on the list. 🙂
I said the same thing to my brother. That opening drive of the 2nd half may be the best drive the Bucs have ever had
I know it was crazy, I’ve never seen a drive last that long and still come away with a score. Damn near took the entire quarter.
Great list! The coaches deserve a spot also.
This game was as complete as any possible by any other team in the NFL! Think about all the rookies and all the other “new” players for this year. Think about our veterans in their second year under Lovie Smith’s system. Putting it all together like this (and this soon) is rare in the NFL.
Like many fans I have also been critical of Smith and gnashing my teeth since he came. I am now impressed by the way he has been flexible and has persevered in continually trying different combinations of personnel. I am impressed with the coaching staff, the management, the scouting crew, etc. The Smith/Licht regime is doing extremely well. There is real hope for enduring success now. This is something we fans could not say for many years.
Coaching, coaching, coaching. Any bets on whether Chip will be fired before Lovie. Great game plan and carried out with perfection. Best offensive line in the league right n I w. Goes to show how hard it is to make predictions before the season begins. Hats off to Lovie.
Trying not to over react to the best Bucs win since the Superbowl season. It always feels good to beat Philly and to do it in their house with a rookie QB putting 5 TDs in the end zone was awesome. Great win for the Bucs. Enjoy Thanksgiving, eat some turkey and get ready to travel to Indy to play the Colts.
I am speechless….
we’re 5-5 ?!? this was the first game we’ve dominated in a long time. Today was a statement win. Glad to see Doug, Lavonte, Jameis and GMC make big plays..just a taste of the bucs potential
awesome win, every bodies stoked, I love it. Can we talk for a min about V-Jax salary next season, and how it’s well deserved? How it’s very important for him to return? How he’s not just a (PR Quote) possession receiver? Maybe the Bucs could use him another season?
The punter had a very good game as well. Complete butt kicking.
I was not impressed with the lack luster win vs Cassel led Dallas, but I was really impressed what we did in the running game nad passing game both were spectacular, and the protection has gotten alot better too. Defesne for me is still eh because like Cassel Mark Sanchez stinks and he couldn’r complete a simple screen pass throughout the day to Sproles, that said I loved watching the offense today woiw, its been awhile since I was impressed like that.
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List should simply be “Everyone”. But I’ll add another. As it was in the NFC Championship game in 2003 after “The Pick”; no one can exit a stadium faster than Eagle fans. Most hit the door at halftime and by the closing quarter only the few who stayed behind to chant “Sanchez sucks” remained. Want to see a fire drill executed to perfection……….watch Fly Eagles Fly right out of the stadium. Guess the stench got to them.
Yeah, obviously not up there with closing down their old stadium w/ a ‘W’, then opening their new stadium w/ a ‘W’, but the silence in that stadium was awesome. Great team effort!
Pinch me, I’m dreaming.
That was as impressive of an offensive line effort that I can remember. Evan Smith, whatever we’re paying him is worth it, even if he goes back to the bench. Guy’s a pro, never complained about not starting, then comes in, and balls. My hats off to the whole crew, they were tough, nasty, and protected our runners, and Q.B. like a bad big brother.
Loved the play calling today!!! Humphries makes us better too.
Makes me ready and anticipating next weeks game already…..go Buc’s!!
I stand behind all my previous criticism of Lovie bc at the time it was valid. That said the defense has responded and is playing much more consistent/sound football and that is Lovies’ doing. Offense is getting better each week and to think at some point we will get ASJ back is exciting. Hopefully we get Marpet back and take a long look at Dotson replacing Cherilus if the penalties continue but good game and a great win. I think Jameis stepping up as a leader has allowed Lavonte and GMC to just play which might suit their game and personalities best.
Not sure how I feel about ASJ now…Brate has been impressive. I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to seeing Dotson back in there though. Cherilus has been penalty prone all year.
Best Bucs performance since the Super Bowl! I’ve said all year we had the talent, and we were finally able to put it all together. Hope to see the momentum keep rolling for the rest of the season. Could we see a wild card spot? If we keep performing like this I think it’s possible. Go Bucs!
Very impressive win all around. Two things I would point out:
1) maybe I’m being nit-picky, but Martin absolutely cannot keep getting caught inside the 10 yard line on big runs. He did make a much better effort on the second one, getting caught at the 1, but he needs that kind of effort to get in consistently. It’s the difference between sometimes winning and losing (like against Wash).
2) Mike Evans is not getting enough credit for that game. Stats aside, the catch he made between 3 defenders (awesome throw by the way) right at the end of the 1st quarter….getting totally drilled by the DB and still hanging on…that was as good a catch as I’ve seen (99% of WRs drop it when they get clobbered, if they manage to bring it down at all). Add that one to his TD toe-tapper catch…that was the kind of performance that is a difference maker in a league of parity!
Great TEAM win! Anybody notice that our CBs have pretty shut down the opponents’ WRs the past two games?!
Great win! In true thanksgiving fashion I am thankful for the first time in many years I’m not sitting at dinner table on Thanksgiving with no chance of playoffs. Go buc’s!
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