Tampa Bay nearly bounced back from a three-game losing streak but ultimately fell just six points short with a 40-34 overtime loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. Offensively the Bucs put on a solid performance but it was the Tampa Bay defense that fell short when they needed a stop the most.
Here are the Bucs most impressive performances from Sunday’s game.
ILB Devin White
White had his breakout performance against the Seahawks on Sunday, racking up 12 total tackles, two forced fumbles was credited with a half of a sack.
White’s first forced fumble came on a touchdown-saving play as he raced down the field to stop Seattle running back Chris Carson on a 59-yard run and his second resulted in the first turnover of the game, giving Tampa Bay the ball back in the fourth quarter of a tie ballgame.
QB Jameis Winston
Winston had a clean bounce-back performance against the Seahawks after committing 10 turnovers in his past two games against the Panthers and Titans. Even his lone ill-advised pass intended for Mike Evans in the end zone was tipped up and caught for a touchdown by Breshad Perriman.
Winston finished the day with 29 completions on 44 attempts for 335 yards and two touchdowns, adding two rushes for eight yards that included a five-yard scramble to pick up a fourth down conversion late in the fourth quarter.
WR Mike Evans
Evans once again showed why he’s one of the most dominant receivers in the NFL on Sunday, accumulating 12 receptions on 16 targets for 180 yards and a touchdown. Sunday was Evans’ second consecutive game with over 180 or more receiving yards.
RB Ronald Jones
Jones got his first start of the season on Sunday and wasted no time showing why he deserved to slide up the depth chart, running for 28 yards on the game’s first drive and finishing the series with an eight-yard touchdown run to put the Bucs on top 7-0 early in the first quarter.
Jones finished the game with 67 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries with 15 more yards coming through the air on two receptions.
OLB Jason Pierre-Paul
As Pierre-Paul’s snaps were increased on Sunday, he showed the impact that Tampa Bay was missing without him on the on the field for the first half of the season.
The veteran pass rusher finished the game with three tackles, all going for loss, with a half of a sack and two quarterback hits. Pierre-Paul, despite being eased back into a full workload, has managed to find 1.5 sacks in his first two games back in action.