The Bucs shot out to a good start in the first quarter backed by a good offensive performance from Jameis Winston. Tampa Bay never relinquished its lead while battleing through injures on both sides of the ball on the way to a 38-17 victory over the Lions. The Bucs came up with critical plays in big moments, including an 70-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Sean Murphy-Bunting.

Here is the list of the most impressive players from the Bucs’ fourth straight win.

QB Jameis Winston
If there were any concerns about Winston’s thumb injury, they were quickly erased by the end of the first quarter. Winston was airing it out early and often, throwing for 308 yards and three touchdowns in one half of football. Outside of an early interception, Winston was on point connecting with multiple receivers while orchestrating three touchdown drives, which included one drive that went for 99 yards. Winston was in rhythm for much game on his way to a gigantic statistical performance. Winston finished the game with 458 yards and four touchdowns.

WR Breshad Perriman
It was known that the Bucs receivers would have to pick it up with Mike Evans out and Perriman stepped up in a big way. Moving to the number two receiver role, Perriman had a big impact on the game in his home state of Michigan, going for 113 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Perriman looked very comfortable taking on more responsibility, and continued his hot streak of play as of late.

WR Chris Godwin
At this point of the season, everyone is aware of how well Chris Godwin has played this season. But this was the first time the Godwin was the number one receiver, and Godwin did not disappoint. Godwin had five catches and led the team with 121 yards before leaving the game in the second half with a hamstring injury, but it was his yards after the catch that was most impressive. Godwin’s highlight play was a very nice leaping catch that he caught on a drag route and ran another 20 yards after the reception for a 51-yard gain. While the Lions’ defense focused on him, Godwin still had a big day. Godwin was carted off with an injury in the third quarter, which would be tough blow to the Bucs if he can not return this season.

DT Will Gholston
Playing in his hometown as a Detroit native, Gholston felt right at home with making an immediate impact on the first defensive snap of the game when he slammed running back Wes Hills for a tackle for a loss. Gholston was playing with a high motor all afternoon as he racked up three tackles and two tackles for a loss. Gholston was a force at the line of scrimmage all game.

OLB Shaq Barrett
Anytime you tie a franchise record, you will be on the most impressive list. Barrett notched sack number 16.5 on the year, which tied him with Warren Sapp for the Bucs’ franchise record for single season sacks. Barrett was creating a lot of issues for the Lions on the pass rush and also played well stopping the run. Barrett ended the day with five tackles and one sack while tying a historic record.

CB Sean Murphy-Bunting
Another Michigan native playing in his home state, Murphy-Bunting had a gigantic 80 yard pick-six that put the Bucs ahead 31-17. The Lions were charging back into the game as they were moving down field and Murphy-Bunting put that to a stop with his game changing interception. Murphy-Bunting also tied the team lead with eight tackles along with his pick-six and one pass breakup.

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1 year ago

“8 songs”….who knew SMB was so multitalented LOL.

I think Gholston knows he’s playing for a roster spot next year – here or elsewhere.

Captain Sly
Reply to  EastEndBoy
1 year ago

I’m not sure we can continue to call him “Bunt Cake” after today, SMB balled out.

Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

These Bucs don’t quit. I like that.

BUC 727
1 year ago

I’ve heard people here say that Jameis is made by his receivers. I beg to differ. He got Rashard Greene, Nick Oleary and Kelvin Benjamin drafted. He got Bo Bo a shot. Where are they now? He got Hump a big payday. He made Stefarian Jenkins look all world for a minute. Now, he’s got Perriman looking like the second coming of Jerry Rice. As the saying goes, haters gonna hate, but players gonna play.

1 year ago

Say what u want but the NUMBERS don’t lie! Statistically speaking he is having a monster year despite the INTs! I’ve always said that as Jameis goes so goes the Bucs! Good game from Jameis. Good win. Go Bucs!

1 year ago

Does anyone run a simple spellcheck or verify actual facts/stats, or proper sentence structure prior to posting articles! I mean come on…

Better be unpaid interns… #teamzissou

“battleing through injures”

SMB’s pick-six was 70 yards not 80.

There’s a few apps out there that could help you out.

…or just paying attention, reading what you wrote and editing mistakes.

1 year ago

So, just what were the 8 songs credited to SMB. I really want to know. ;)

The Freeman
1 year ago

no Lavonte David?
shame on you PR!

1 year ago

Great game and no way were The Lions not trying to win. They played very hard and took lot shots/chances. They let it all hang out for sure. Our defense stepped up big time when we lost all our WR practically and Winston playing with then broken thumb. Winston balled out. All Winston and so called “Bucs fans” Troll haters crying tonight in there pillows. Yes Winston will be here next year. No there isn’t a better option deal with it. Lol. They still struggle to put guys away and run ball effectively, but they are getting better for sure.… Read more »

1 year ago

Fun game, great list, could’ve added a few more guys. [LaVonte could be on this list just about every week.] And how great would it be if Gholston produced like that all season. The kid that replaced D. Smith had a rough first series, but played pretty well rest of the way.

1 year ago

Fredster we won’t be stuck with D Smith if BA will move him to RG where he can actually star and m