The Buccaneers scored 29 points, had over 500 yards of total offense, a four-touchdown effort from their QB and still lost. not an east feat. Despite the loss a number of players stood out. Take a look and see if you agree and add your thoughts to the comment section.

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QB Jameis Winston
Honestly, there is some debate on which list Winston deserves to be on. Probably both of them. While he threw for 395 yards and completed 77 percent of his passes for four touchdowns, he also had two costly interceptions. You could say that without those four scoring passes the Bucs are blown out. On the other hand, you could make a case that if he doesn’t throw the two picks that the Bucs would have won handily. Both interceptions it appeared the receiver was interfered with. On the deep ball, DeSean Jackson was bumped clearly past the five-yard mark, and on the second interception in the end zone, the defender had his back to the quarterback and appeared to be draped on the receiver before the ball got there. But the bottom line is that neither penalty was called and the turnovers hurt the Bucs. Still, Winston led an offense that had over 500 yards of total offense, and put up 29 points. That should be enough to win nearly every game a team plays.

WR Adam Humphries
You knew when Winston was reinserted as the starting quarterback, guys like Adam Humphries and tight end Cam Brate would see their number called a little more often. That was the case on Sunday with Winston under center. Humphries was targeted a number of times and ended up with three reception for 82 yards, including a game-long 51-yard reception. Brate had just one catch, but made it count for a touchdown – his third in the last three games.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul
When the defense gives up over 400 yards and 34 points, it is hard to say there were many standouts. And on Sunday the impressive players were few and far between. However, the Bucs’ best player on defense all season long did his part again on Sunday. Pierre-Paul ended the afternoon with three tackles, one for loss and the team’s lone sack, his team-leading fifth of the season.

Honorable mention: WR DeSean Jackson (4 catches, 77 yards), TE O.J. Howard (4 catches, 62 yards, TD), WR Mike Evans (4 catches, 58 yards), WR Chris Godwin (6 catches, 56 yards, TD).

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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TheBaron70
2 years ago

No way is Winston on this list. Give me a break! He played ok, but the two interceptions were horrible. The one in the back of the end zone was really troubling considering Humphries was wide open in the flat. It’s about decision making. In key situations, Winston made at least two (and depending on the last play) possibly three horrible plays.

chefboho
Reply to  TheBaron70
2 years ago

It’s funny how I’m watching the patriots and chiefs. As we speak Mahomes has 359 passing yards, 4td’s 2 int’s and these people talk about him being the next great thing. Winston does it and it’s time to trade him. Funny how winning changes the perspective on things.

Dave
Reply to  chefboho
2 years ago

+100

Dave
Reply to  Dave
2 years ago

Or how about Brady in the SB. Threw for 500 yards, but got strip sacked and they lose the game. All I’ve heard was, Brady threw for 500 yards, and had a heroic effort keeping his team in the game. If that was JW, we’d be hearing how he needs to have better pocket awareness, and he needs to be traded. Bucs fans are about as dumb as fans can get. It’s actually comical at this point. Funny how I stopped hearing all the Mariota over Winston clowns these days. What happened? You just find out what I knew from… Read more »

cgmaster27
Reply to  TheBaron70
2 years ago

Winston is on the list and there isn’t a damn thing you can do about it other than spew stupidity, which is clearly what you are good at.

Dave
Reply to  cgmaster27
2 years ago

+1

Dave
Reply to  TheBaron70
2 years ago

And you’re a moron. Nothing else to be said

Schwifty9
2 years ago

On that 51 yard play by Hump, he could have just dove into the endzone before getting tackled. Then we’d have scored a TD on that drive instead of Jameis throwing an Unlucky pick.

EastEndBoy
Reply to  Schwifty9
2 years ago

Yes – the difference between winning and losing in the league of parity is often whether a guy gets in the end zone or gets tackled at the 2.

cgmaster27
Reply to  Schwifty9
2 years ago

I knew it as soon as he got caught, cant believe he didnt get it to the endzone there.

Schwifty9
2 years ago

Also I agree 100% that Godwin was being interfered with. The guy was practically tackling him, trying to pin his arms and he wasn’t looking back for the Ball. Also the fact that it got deflected at such an unlucky angle as to hang in the air for a really long time.

Football bounces funny sometimes i guess.

Schwifty9
2 years ago

And one more thing for good measure. Am I the only one who noticed that Desean Jackson went to dive for that deep ball in the endzone, and then just didn’t? I guarantee you if Djax lays out for that ball he’d have caught it for a TD. And who knows maybe the time that would have saved us could have given us more time on the last drive of the game, which would have given us a better chance of coming back.

tnew
2 years ago

I have a hard time not putting Howard on this list. On the second pick, initially I was really harsh on Winston, but that pass will get caught more than not. Defender never turned around, Winston was just a little off on the ball placement, like by a foot or so. Even with this, if Godwin is not being interfered with, things do look a little better. Can play the if, if, if game all day long tho. Whether fans want to see it, Winston was one of the better players in a Buc uniform today. Defensively, I really have… Read more »

cheveliar
Reply to  tnew
2 years ago

Ahhhh, he was our kicker. Worst Buccaneers fre agent give away EVER!

Hdotb18
2 years ago

It was nice to see Winston back and did very well. The offense did not lose this game, the D did. The D just needed one stop at the end and could get it done. After a very promising start, we are now wondering what the season holds.

Dave
Reply to  Hdotb18
2 years ago

+1

EastEndBoy
2 years ago

Barber was #1 for me too…not just the stats, but when he ran over their safety it was shades of James Wilder.

Horse
2 years ago

Good picks Scott.

Horse
Reply to  Horse
2 years ago

Sorry Mark, I thought Scott wrote it. They were good selections.

TBChucky
2 years ago

Jameis completed 77% of his passes and 4 TDs and almost 400 yards. He played plenty well enough for us to win. I couldn’t believe interference wasn’t called on that second pick. Hell, my wife was even yelling for a flag.. truthfully our offense is putting up points without getting help in the form of turnovers from our defense.

scubog
2 years ago

I was impressed with often maligned, Donovan Smith. Didn’t see Vic Beasley get near Jameis.

chefboho
Reply to  scubog
2 years ago

Agree Scu, I haven’t heard much of anything out of Donovan smith which is usually a good thing for lineman. I’d like to know the pressures he’s given up this year? He seems to be playing very well

sunshineben
2 years ago

doesn’t matter how many pics or the poor last play by Winston he is good ,huh? how many pics did the other teams qb have?

cgmaster27
Reply to  sunshineben
2 years ago

Poor last play by winston? You k own that was the design right? C’mon now. Or are you mad it took Jameis 2 games to look better than Mariota?

fredster
2 years ago

Your a moron Ben. If Winston threw no int’s and 180 yards and we lost would be his fault too for checking down and not taking any risk with this shit defense right?

chefboho
Reply to  fredster
2 years ago

Save your breath fredster. Winston haters like sunshineben, and baron17 will never come around to Jamie’s no matter what he does. Our defense is literally giving up historic numbers yet it’s always jameis’ fault.

sunshineben
Reply to  chefboho
2 years ago

i pay for bucs tkts so even thou we completely disagree thanks for no name calling :>)

fredster
2 years ago

I’ve been a big critic of Donovan he’s been playing better this year but unfortunalty the right side with Benenoch and Dot has been terrible. Bottom line O line still broke and offense will not be consistent until it’s fixed finally.

drdneast
2 years ago

chefboho, I saw those stats last night after the game and said the same thing. I wasn’t really happy with those INT’s initially, in fact when he threw the second one I was livid. But a cooler head has prevailed. Mohomes no more lost that game last night than Winston lost the game yesterday. When you put the ball up more than 40 times a game you are going to have INT’s. That was a true team loss and a number of players took part in it, I won’t get into who, here. It would take to long. The Winston… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  drdneast
2 years ago

+1 well said. Funny how all the Mariota fan boys have all crawled back from under the rock they hiding under. Dude is absolutely awful at football. The gap between Jameis and Mariota is laughable at this point. A 400 yard, 4 TD, 73%, 115 Rating is a stat line Mariota isn’t even capable doing. If you want 200 yards and more INT’s than TD’s, than Mariota is your guy lol