After a closely contested game mid way through three quarters, the Bucs were down by one touchdown with a chance to tie the game. But Tampa Bay couldn’t get it together in the game’s biggest moment and watched their chances of a win slip away. The Bucs ended up falling to the Saints by a score of 31-24.

Listed here is the short list of the most impressive players from the game.

WR Chris Godwin
Many of the receptions that Godwin made in this game were crucial for the Bucs on Sunday. Godwin’s first catch was a touchdown that gave the Bucs a 7-3 lead. His second was an important third down reception that was just past the marker and extended the drive. Godwin then made a huge reception on fourth down that helped move the ball down to the goal line, which led to the Bucs cutting their deficit to 24-17 at the time.

Godwin also added a touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring for Tampa Bay.

The team’s leading receiver finished the game with seven catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

CB Sean Murphy-Bunting
The rookie cornerback recorded his first interception in his NFL career during the first quarter for the Bucs only turnover of the game. Murphy-Bunting ripped the ball away after Alvin Kamara bobbled the pass from Teddy Bridgewater. It was a huge play at the time, as the Bucs had just recovered a fumble on a punt just two plays before, but the referees ruled that there was no conclusive recovery on the play.

With the Bucs down after the no-call, Murphy-Bunting’s interception changed the momentum for the team and provided them with good field position that they capitalized on. Murphy-Bunting also made a very nice open field tackle on a screen play with more playing time than usual after Carlton Davis was ejected.

This should only help the rookies’ confidence, and Murphy-Bunting ended up with five tackles and one interception.

RB Ronald Jones
There’s just something about Jones this season where he provides a spark every time he’s in the game. It’s like you now come to expect something big to happen when Jones touches the ball. Jones got his first carry of the game in the second quarter and instantly popped a 14-yard gain and a first down.

Jones also had a pivotal screen pass for 11 yards that helped move the chains, as he was instrumental on the Bucs’ drive that led to a field goal and tied the game up at the time. He was also involved in the Bucs’ scoring drives in the second half as well. Jones has made a serious case to become the Bucs starting running back by season’s end. Jones finished with nine carries for 35 yards, and two receptions for 21 yards on the day.

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26 COMMENTS

  1. Terrible game all around. Im a buc for life but today was not a good day. Officiating was shit too. Why Mike only had less than 5 looks after balling last week is beyond me.

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    • Cant throw it to a guy whos not open. Then everyone would complain about jameis forcing the ball.

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  2. I dont agree with Sean Murphy- Bunting he was scared to tackle Mike Thomas toward the end of the game, in which Thomas scored. Yes he is a rookie, but even that INT was not a great play by him. It bounced of Karmara hands and fell right into his. But I will say he looked way better than VH3, but that doesn’t take much.

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    • Fair comments

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  3. I’d add Gay to this list. A kicker that doesn’t make a mistake is pretty damned impressive to me.

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    • Pete wood, I agree Matt gay should be on the list. He looked good today

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  4. Bunting was good? No way. He gave up the losing TD.

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    • Fair comment

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  5. Really that’s about it in terms of impressive. Coaching Staff has to give these players an opportunity to make plays. This was another coaching disaster and here we go again wondering whether they have what it takes to create a winner here in Tampa. Grade F

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  6. I think you could have left Murphy-Bunting off this list!! The ball bounced off of Kamara and into his hands other than that, he didn’t do jack crap.

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    • And also, a fair comment

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  7. Leftwich gta stop calling plays. The INT was a gift from God..Only one player showed up, and that’s Chris G. JW wasn’t bad considering that diaper-filled O-line play..

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  8. Why is Peyton Barber still the starter? Jones not only looks like the better RB but he has shown when he gets to carry the load he does good things. Peyton Barber needs to be used as the second RB and Jones really needs to be given the starting job and the bulk of the carries.

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  9. “Most least disappointing”

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  10. I agree with the others on here. Play calling sucked and it’s time to stop With the BS and give Rojo the ball more. Let him get into a rhythm. As bad as the oline played, there should e been some screens or slants to help your quarterback out. Just like Paula Abdul said “one step forward, two steps back”

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    • Got to find ways to get the ball to these TE’s. This offense for huge stretches of time looks elementary and BA really has to address this. We have weapons at every level of this offense and there’s no reason for it to look this sluggish. Leftwich is just Too Conservative for my taste.

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      • I agree. What happened to ” No risk it, no biscuit”?

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  11. I think we could add the offensive and defensive coordinators as Disappointing in this game. Nothing magical on either side of the ball for us today.

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  12. Disappointing list is coming.

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  13. I think I’m reasonably unbiased with calls, but I felt like we got the shaft in this game. I was shocked that Davis got ejected for that hit. If that’s the way it’s going to be moving forward I would rather watch the esports version of the game. Yeah, just kidding but it does make care less about the NFL.

    Someone care to explain the no clear recovery call to me? I got the on air explanation straight forward enough. But if the rules was applied the vast majority of fumbles they wouldn’t be turnovers. So why was that different?

    If was BA I would have forfeit the game after that call and let the NFL deal with it. That kind of action would send shock waves through the NFL who can’t seem to get there shit together on anything anymore.

    Also on the play Bridgewater tweaked his ankle how did the miss that hold Nassab?

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    • Strongly agreed. That was the story of the game. Worst officiated game I have ever seen. And that is saying a lot being a Bucs fan.

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  14. Bunting was the blind squirrel finding an eggcorn on that pick. No way he was impressive.

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  15. That ejection call was bush league.

    As for the impressive list I think RoJo has earned the right to be called the 1a at RB IMVHO.

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  16. Jordon Whitehead had a pretty good game.

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  17. I do not understand some things: 1) when your O-line is having an awful game why not give them a healthy diet of screens, 2) when your o-line is having an awful day, why continue to call 3-5 step drops, 3) what is Dare Ogunbawle doing on this roster, 4) the Bucs have a lot of money tied up in their top two TE’s- they are wasting these resources

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  18. Why all the vertical routes in this game after the screens were so effective last week?
    Arians said in a presser before the game this is maybe the best defensive front we’ve faced yet.
    Then why were we caught flat footed with our play calling. It’s as if they didn’t know who they were playing. That was bad coaching on the offensive side. So many times JW was holding the ball forever and there were NO easy outelts.
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