After the Bucs dropped a heart-breaker against the Giants last Sunday, allowing rookie Daniel Jones to orchestrate an 18-point comeback in the second half, Tampa Bay entered Week 4 needing a big bounceback performance against the Rams. And it was a bounceback performance they got in the form of a 55-40 win over Los Angeles to move to 2-2 on the season.

Here are the Bucs’ Most Impressive performances from Sunday’s game.

QB Jameis Winston
After the sky seemed to be falling after his dismal performance against the 49ers in Week 1, Winston has seemed to only get better with each passing week. The fifth-year quarterback had a great, three-touchdown performance against the Giants last week and followed it up with a nearly flawless performance in Week 4. It was needed for Tampa Bay to topple the heavily-favored Rams.

Buried deep in their own territory, Winston did throw an interception to Marcus Peters that was returned for a touchdown around the midpoint of the fourth quarter, but came back out and led a drive inside the Rams’ five-yard line where Matt Gay could hit a short field goal to give Tampa Bay an eight-point lead late.

Winston finished the game with 28 completions on 41 attempts for 385 yards, four touchdowns and just one interception.

WR Chris Godwin
After being Winston’s go-to target in the Bucs’ first two games of the season, it was Mike Evans’ turn against the Giants last week as the star receiver put together one of the most dominant performances of his career. Against the Rams, Godwin didn’t just return to form, he exploded with two touchdowns and 172 receiving yards on 12 receptions.

Godwin was the key target in nearly every situation, on first down, third down and in the red zone, once again proving that he’s a legitimate threat and far more than your typical No. 2 receiver. Godwin’s 12 receptions fell just one shy of tying Earnest Graham and James Wilder for the franchise record for catches in a single game.

OLB Shaq Barrett
After racking up seven combined sacks in the Bucs’ second and third games of the season, he’s made himself a regular on the national stage as well as our Most Impressive list.

Barrett notched just one sack on the day but it was a huge strip-sack to seal the game. With the Rams driving, down by five with under two minutes remaining, Barrett got into the backfield and forced a fumble from Rams quarterback Jared Goff that Ndamukong Suh recovered and returned for a touchdown. Proving he can really do it all, the edge rusher added two pass deflections and sniffed out a screen pass, coming down with an interception in the third quarter.

RB Ronald Jones
Jones was leaned on heavily in the Bucs’ game on Sunday, coming up with a big performance that could have been much, much bigger had two huge runs not been called back due to holding penalties. Jones is running strong and decisive, looking like a completely different back than the one that was labeled as a bust in his rookie season.

All-in-all, Jones finished the day with 70 rushing yards on 19 carries and added a five-yard touchdown just before halftime to give the Bucs a two-score lead heading into the locker room.

DT Ndamukong Suh
Call it a revenge game if you want, returning to Los Angeles for the first time since going to the Super Bowl last year following his lone season with the Rams, as Suh ended up making the play of the game late in the fourth quarter for Tampa Bay.

Despite just two tackles on the day, Suh was instrumental in holding Los Angeles running back Todd Gurley to just 16 yards on five carries, adding two quarterback hits and recovering a fumble that was forced by Barrett and returning it for a touchdown to seal with Bucs’ win.

K Matt Gay
After missing the game-winning kick as time expired against the Giants in Week 3, Gay came right back with a big performance on Sunday.

Gay was perfect on the day, converting on seven extra point attempts and both of his field goals that included a 58-yard attempt in the third quarter.

WR Mike Evans
Evans had a relatively quiet day for most of the game, taking just three receptions for 22 yards into the fourth quarter, even missing some time due to a hand injury he sustained on a deep pass attempt to the end zone from Winston.

Then, like a flash, Evans ran straight past Peters on a go route for a 67-yard touchdown reception, giving Tampa Bay a 45-27 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Evans finished the day with four receptions on seven targets for 89 yards and a touchdown.

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Alldaway 2.0

Winston is showing great improvement week to week. Obviously there are things he can do to clean up his play but he is well past NFL average now and into NFL good category. Barrett is making a push to be DPOY that is how good he has been. Suh has been a monster with Vea inside. Love his energy and professionalism. Godwin and Evans are monsters in this offensive system. That is one tandem that is hard to beat as they are fast and tough. Evans showing that he wants to win tells me he will go down as the… Read more »

SappAttack

how can anyone not like this post. two people are giant idiots

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Captain Sly

That’s the way you silence all the doubters right there, just Win Baby! This was a great win but this was not there Best Game, this team is really good and are going to surprise a lot of people. Pom Poms Waiving Go Bucs!!

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BucRy

When we needed him most, Shan Barrett shows up in the biggest play of the game. That’s the kind of guy you have to keep on your team.

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BucRy

Shaq*

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Captain Sly

Thoughts and Prayers out to Jason Licht and his family on the passing of his Father! This Win was for You! A lot of heat for the team you constructed but I don’t expect to see them in this thread. Go Bucs!

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chefboho

Jameis keeps this up and we will loose a lot of troll posters on here. Lol. You know who I’m talking about. Jones needs to start as well. He’s playing with fire right now and Leftwich needs a game ball for his game plan. They didn’t let up one bit. Now the secondary on the other hand…..if you watched the game, you’ll know that Vea and Sun are just clogging up the middle. That stuff doesn’t show up on the stars but when idiots ask “how many tackles” does a guy have, that doesn’t show the true picture. No one… Read more »

Captain Sly

I’m not worried about the secondary, Bowles trust them because he is leaving them on an island with no safety help. He’s gambling but so far they’re holding up. And Shaq Barrett is using some kind of “cheat code” because he’s unblockable.

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MizzouBucs24

Oline should be on this list!!! The only sacks they gave up was when Jameis held the ball a little too long. They played very well and have been a little under appreciated the last few weeks.
Mr. Licht please find a way to sign Barret, he is the pass rusher we’ve been looking for since Rice.

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plopes808

very true, I was one of those who thought today might be one of those games that shows our glaring need for Oline help. I was thankfully and very happily proven wrong

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Dman

Good list – I would add Vita because he’s constant source of pressure and a beast against the run. But after a game like this, this list could be twice the size. Great game for the whole team.

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plopes808

what a great problem to have!

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bucballer

Holding RB Gurley to 16 yards is just freaking amazing! Mind u that being down all day the Rams had to pass. But, Gurley is a beast and top 3 RB! This run defense is stout and mean! It seems we were the most successful when we brought a linebacker or two up to the line to blitz and keep pressure on QB. Seem to make it a little easier on our DBs. I hope we are just experiencing growing pains with our young secondary. Great win today! Jameis was outstanding today! First one to jump on him when bad.… Read more »

plopes808

This is one of those posts that makes me wish PR would allow me to post the Nate Diaz gif “I’m not surprised” lol

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Alaskabuc

I don’t think the Rams changed their game plan because they were behind early. They cut the lead to 7, then were only 11 down at half. Fact is, they knew that the weakness in this defense was the secondary. They knew they would get nowhere running on Suh and Vea. Here are the stats on the first 4 games opposing lead backs: Breida 15-37; McCaffrey 16-37; Barkley 8-10; Gurley 5-16. That is impressive. The message is getting out.

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Oline and Cappa deserve to be on the list. Aaron Donald had a very quiet game. I really think Nassib isn’t the answer. He’s a hard worker but he’s not explosive at all. I can only imagine if JPP comes back motivated and healthy with Shaq. Great win! Great game plan l, great coaching and I’m happy for Jason after loosing his father. Go Bucs

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I agree with your points except for the one about Nassib. I was watching him on a lot of plays, and he bullrushes the RT and pushes him almost into the QB very very often. I like him.

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I like him too but he seems to only have one move. The bull rush move. Hopefully I am wrong.

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jvance

Big Kudos to the entire O-line, who kept the Rams quiet and off of James most of the game! They were indeed unsung heroes and allowed the passing and running games to flourish! and Shaq is simply Player of the Year so far!!! Go Bucs! (coaching was also much improved and kept the heat on high! bravo!)

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HOF63

if you have the qb,rb, 2 wrs.on the list.then you have tp put the ol on there.

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chad1336

Shaq is being undersold on this Most Impressive List. He was directly responsible for 3 turnovers today. He hit Jared Goff’s arm causing the first interception by Whitehead, sniffed out the screen and got his own interception, and sealed the game with his sack fumble scooped up by Suh for the final touchdown.

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chad1336

I imagine he also caused multiple holding penalties as well.

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BigSombrero

Holy Crap!!!

A defensive tackle that can make a signature play to FINISH a game!!!

What a welcome sight!

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BucNnole

I love that you hate McCoy as much as I do lmao

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BigSombrero

Where is DONOVAN SMITH’S name??

On the pick 6 tackle alone, he should be on this list. He fucking destroyed that corner at the goal line. Yeah, it was still a touchdown against the Bucs, but THAT JUICE was worth the squeeze.

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surferdudes

I’d put D. Smith on that list just for the hit he put on Peters in the end zone. Smith has been called lazy, and taking plays off, but he sure hustled to try and stop a TD. He’s going to lose some weight, in the wallet that is!

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Mee Loopa

It didn’t seem to me, that he wanted to stop the TD. It was obvious he wanted to destroy Peters.

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Buc-n-Philly Fan

Where is your negative Nancy BS about Winston now? Do you lack courage after his stellar performance?

ASSHAT

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0utkast_22

Technically incorrect, the Shaq Barrett sack came at 1:17 with the Bucs ahead by 8 not 5. It was after the Gay 21 yrd field goal.

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Bucco-Bruce

This was a great game and Jameis did a great job today, but can he not have a game without an INT?!?!? This defense is starting to be good but have to do a better job in the secondary.

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fredster

Good game I predicted Bucs win but 31-28. Lol

O line played better. Winston played good. Secondary still is a mess but young so hoping they can get it together soon. Saints next week won’t be easier.

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drdneast

Two players who labeled as busts last year by our resident trolls and according to them waived, Alex Cappa and Robert Jones have sure improved this team haven’t they. And without Alexander and JPP this defense was supposed to fall apart. I mean who did we have as a replacement, Barrett is proving to be the real deal. In the past, after a loss like the one the Bucs suffered against the Giants, it would have been “on to Arizona” but the coaching staff seems to be getting these guys heads on right and are coaching the Buc out of… Read more »

scubog

It’s Ronald Jones (my favorite name) not “Robert” DrD. Absolutely right about the folks so quick to label players a “bust” as soon as they are drafted. So in a hurry to criticize the GM before the draftee has a chance to develop. To be sure, Licht has had a few mistakes, as they all do, that were exaggerated by the close losses caused by missed kicks and penalties. It’s comical to me (most things are) that Vita Vea, Matt Gay, Ron Jones, Alex Cappa, the entire secondary, and of course Jameis Winston were called “busts” while they were just… Read more »

macabee

The defensive front is formidable. Nobody is going to run against us. Todd Gurley’s five carries today against Bucs is a career low. Bucs defense has done amazingly well in containing Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley and Gurley in the last three weeks – three of the best runners in the NFC. Todd Gurley was held by Bucs defense to 16 yards on 5 carries – his lowest in any game since his NFL debut as a rookie in 2015, getting 9 yards. Alvin Kamara of the Saints is next. If we can get our young secondary to cover the middle… Read more »

seat26

Got to admit I did not see this coming. I really thought this could have been an ugly game. Winston played almost perfect football and ROJO helped. Godwin is the real deal, and if we can ever get this secondary playing consistent, we are going to have a really good team. So proud of my Bucs.

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Dave

Always one clown that has to bring up “now if JW can just not throw that one pick” who gives a sh*t. They won by 2 TD’s. If Brady wins every single game and throws 3 TD’s and 1 pick, do you think anyone cares that he threw a pick? No. There’s always one troll. Can’t just say, Jameis great job! Keep it up. 975 yards 8 TD’s 2 INT, 9.5 YPA, and a 65% completion percentage, and a QB Rating well over 100 over the last 3 games( 2 were against top 5 pass defenses in Car and LAR)… Read more »

rocky

I’m going to put the coaching staff down for this. After last weeks loss I described it as one of the worst I’ve seen in 20 years of being a fan and I still stand by that comment. It seems almost any other team, coaching staff or roster going to the other side of the country to play last years nfc champs on the road would absolutely get spanked after losing in such a gut wrenching way last year. Credit to BA and his staff helping this team put that loss behind them, get a huge win and put us… Read more »

rocky

Last week*

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fl0nase

I generally agree with most of the comments so won’t repeat most of it but want to add two things: I saw a spin move from Vea in the third quarter that blew my mind. He flew past the guard and even though he didn’t get a sack he flushed Goff out of the pocket quick as he saw a 350 lb Polynesian spinning after him like a Tasmanian devil. Second, Jameis just missed on that int. His window was small because Peters had safety help coming over the top but he WAS open for a second there. Jameis was… Read more »

Byron M. Washington

I watched that pick from last week and I wonder if he thought Evans would sit in the hole. Wasn’t it third and short? Just food for thought.

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scubog

I was impressed with Allan and all of the Bucs fans at the game. You could hear the Tampa-Bay cheer and see the flag waving. Funny that so many Bucs fans came disguised as red seats. What’s up with that L.A.? Team was 3-0, is the NFC Champion and the going to the game isn’t in vogue.

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SappAttack

we were everywhere today!!!

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SappAttack

Shaq is defensive player of the year and MVP of the team hands down

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fredster

Funny how all trolls go and hide when the Bucs win. I’m sure suck-ass__ cried in his pillow last night after Winston had great games and we throttled the Rams so called great D with almost a 60 Burger.

O line did very good job imo. Ronald Jones just keeps getting better. If they can shore up young secondary this will be dangerous team.

I really love the toughness and mentality of you will not run on this team even leagues best can’t so far.

Go Bucs!

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1sparkybuc

My wife and her whole family are rabid Giant fans. Just once before I die I NEED to see the Bucs kick the crap out of the Giants. The win over the Rams proves this team can beat anybody. The loss to the Giants just the opposite. Cardiac kids has become a very real situation for me at my age. I love this team, and I always will, but it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if we could just curb stomp a team every now and then. Next week in New Orleans would be nice since most of my side of… Read more »

cheveliar

Oline are always unsung. But Ali Marpet should be o this list. He basically kicked AA-Ron’s ass all game! You didn’t hear Donald’s name called Sunday.

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jongruden

Barrett looks like Von Miller out there its truly amazing, Godwin has really elevated this yr and is a straight baller, Winston had his coming out party I was impressed with the deep ball he has been showing accuracy of late. Jones needs to be the full time rb he has really come into his own this yr.

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chefboho

Damn jonG, We haven’t heard from you in forever. Good to see you back my dude. Hopefully your back for awhile 👍🏼

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jongruden

I make my rare appearance here and there life keeps me busy now ha

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yohohoandabottleofrum

For everyone who picked the Bucs to win over LA I apologize for saying that you all were smoking crack. LOL when Im wrong I say I am wrong. I was pleasantly surprised when the Bucs won and from now on Im going to say everybody who picks the BUCS to win another game smokes crack. May be this will work and they will win every game. LOL

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