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.

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47 COMMENTS

  1. There were definitely some good things to take from this game especially on the road in that environment. It just comes down to figuring out how to stop the bleeding on this defense.

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    • I’ll start with stop running man coverage, We don’t have the personnel to do it and it shows. For the life of me I couldn’t understand when we ran so much man this game. The Db’s just got abused, especially when you blitz and you can’t get the pressure there fast enough. Wilson has a field day.

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  2. Jameis Winston had a good game I’ll admit. However you can’t call it a clean game when he had a brain fart fumble that cost us three points, not to mention what points we might’ve scored had he not turned the ball over. Wilson’s game was as smooth as a baby’s ass, not one pimple. Sometimes you have to be perfect to win, Wilson was, Jameis was not. I’m not saying Jameis lost this game, he didn’t, but lets not give him a cookie just because he wasn’t a total disaster.

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    • The fumble was caused by Donovan Smith getting blown up on his block and being pushed back into the QB’s arm. Not Jameis’s fault.

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      • You must not have been watching closely. Smith didn’t touch him… it was on him. Not saying that Dotsons career has anything left in the tank…he is bad. And the pocket did break down, mostly because Dotson got torched again. But there wasn’t some “phantom extremity” that hit Jameis’s arm. Dotson was feet away from him.

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        • It’s you who wasn’t watching closely. Even Ronde Barber mentioned how Donovan smiths arm hit Jameis’ . It was clear as day.

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        • Wrong, look at it again.

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    • Look at the Film there Suferdude, Donovan Smith hit his arm. I thought the same thing at first until I saw it close in the replay. That was not on Winston.

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  3. While I agree with your list, it is hard to get excited about the positives when the Bucs always seem to find a way to lose. Different coaching staff, same kind of season Bucs’ fans have been used to for the past 10 years.

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    • Past 10 years? I love my Bucs to death but it’s been longer than that.

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  4. I dunno know about Winston. I’d hardly regard today’s game as a “clean bounce back performance.” He fumbled the ball. Seattle gets a FG off of the turnover. Wilson doesn’t turn the ball over. If Wilson had the turnover instead of Tampa, Bucs would have won.
    Maybe this is being overly picky, but all of our losses have been pretty close and come down to turnovers. Today’s game was no different.
    It’s gotta stop, Winston.

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  5. Careful there Mr. Jenkins, suggesting Winston was on the most impressive list will get you the wrath of the habitual Winston haters. No chance in hell teams win when the defense gives up 40 points.

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  6. Winston may have met expectations but shouldn’t be on this list 2 fumble one lost. Kind of like Taylor Jenkins.

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    • The fumbled snap was a non-play. The play never happened.

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  7. SOB’S (same Ole Bucs). Every loss its..wowzer we showed heart huh? Or we held our own huh? Lets see year Andy we done held our own in 6 losses this season. Man, we’s winner ain’t we!!!! On to the next loss..I mean game. Blazin towards a top 5 draft pick. We shall not be denied!

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  8. There comes a time to tell as it is understanding the Pewter boys try to be editorial sensitive, it leaves the hard truth to me.
    Who the F-uck hires a burned-out old reFired coach who the first action, as Bucs head coach is to hire his buddy who ran the most F-cked up 3-4 defence at Jets for 3 years, gets fired for it and finds himself Bucs DC.
    I said it every week the Bucs have to score more than 33 points a game to win when playing average offense.
    Congrats to Bruce you own the team that has allowed more points scored than any other team in the NFL.
    Hey, pewter boys how is the Todd Bowles game face defense working for you now !!!!
    2-6 the season is over start talking about low draft pick…………………………………..

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  9. Didn’t understand why Jason Pierre-Pauls contract was re-structured. He is a elite pass rusher. the Bucs had him under contact for 12 million in 2020

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  10. I saw David and via played a better game than White; a lot of those tackles were after yardage acquired by the running back or the wide receiver.
    Where was Brate in this game?

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    • And that penalty by White sure hurt

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  11. Seahawks = B+ Game, Bucs = A- Game = Better Team Wins. Too bad that Suh and Vea didn’t suit up today, might have been able to stop the run – wait, I do kinda remember Vea waddling up to the QB on one play. Based on Suh’s history, he isn’t going to stick his neck out and forfeit a 5+ million payday, maybe someday Via will work out in the off-season and add 10lbs of muscle and lose 20lbs of fat, sadly may have to wait until contract year. Oh well. Decision of JPP will be made after the season, they took a huge gamble restructuring instead of cutting him early on and brining in an FA. Maybe in two years the secondary will grow up, but it is and will continue to be process. Time to turn the page on VH, he is how he plays and isn’t going to suddenly grow two inches, gain 20 lbs, and cut .2 off his forty time – assuming he plays much tighter in the future.

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    • Grade based on Seahawks maybe looking forward, Bucs didn’t play an NFL caliber A-1 game, but played closed to their ability, sigh …

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  12. With regards to Mike Evans… his hustle stopping a TD (on the play where Smith was bullrushed into Winston) was exceptional

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    • You see what you want to see…not reality. Dotson was torched…and Jameis was under fire. But his arm wasn’t hit… Dotson wasn’t “bull rushed” into Jameis. He was just flat out beaten…. isn’t a starting caliber tackle, and Jameis flat out fumbled. Just the way it is.

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  13. Same shit different day. Not complicated they need better O line and CB play. Quite simple they are close to winning and being good.they are couple pieces away and one of them isn’t Winston. He’s fine when o lone plays decent. Still they had too many penalties today.

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  14. Listen, I’m dying here… stuck in a perpetual “ground hog” day! But I will say this. The Bucs competed today! I was not expecting this. Ball security and horrible defensive backfield play strikes again. They still don’t know how to close out a game to get the “W.” They just don’t know how to win. There is no joy in Mudville.

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  15. Wow Veta Vea first-round pick last year has 8 tackles in 8 games that 1 tackle a game
    do not forget he has 1/2 sack
    146 D lineman in NFL with more tackles and sacks that is about 4 on each team in NFL
    Good job Jason

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    • Do you even watch the game? Vita Vea is #50.

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  16. Tough loss. Hanging with a hot Seahawks team in their house and taking them to OT, I thought our guys played a hell of a game. I think we played about as well as we can and just came up short. We don’t get the W and it’s a long plane ride home, but nothing to be ashamed of.

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  17. Same old result with this Bucs team. Whether the offense or defense plays well but they can never both play well together!! It’s time to move on from Licht even though he just got an extension. Winston will look good in this game and maybe the next but his ugly plays will rear its ugly head again!! Tired of this team and their BS results!!

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  18. Winston was the 1st pick in the draft and after 5 yrs is not even close to the class of a R.Willson qb..

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    • Thanks for your useless info regarding Winston as always.

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  19. Knew that PR would put White on this list.

    Overhyping a FF after a huge run that White got pancaked on, and another that was essentially on VH3 knocking the ball loose.

    Not a mention of his horrible DPI, multiple missed opportunities for TFL’s, lost in coverage on multiple plays, etc.

    Anything to cover for Licht.

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  20. We hung in there with one of the best teams in Football… They can win any game they play well in and yet another game we could have won as easy as we lost it. The missed field goal was the difference and not stopping the 2 point conversion.

    Came down to the secondary again. 34 points should be enough. OT is still BS, losing the Toss is almost always a death wish in a high scoring game. Dean and Bunting will be better next year but I still think they need a Veteran CB brought in next year to guide the Youth. Got 8 games left to figure out who stays next year!

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    • Doubt they are one of the better teams in football. Their secondary is almost as bad as ours. And a good team will torch their D and won’t look back. Just saying…they aren’t all that. The NFC seems to be a basket of teams with major holes in their teams that make them all vulnerable.

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  21. Not happy that we lost, but I can handle a loss to a better team. We lost to a better team. It kills me when we lose to inferior teams, and that happens way more than it should. The OL needs an upgrade in talent. The defensive backfield needs better coaching, better talent, and the talent worth keeping needs experience. Starting over with a rookie QB would only set the team back for two or three years. Fix the OL and the defensive backfield and this team could beat any team in the league.

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    • And if Jameis doesn’t play like he did yesterday, or in two other games this year consistently, he will never lead a team deep into the playoffs or the SB. So what do you really want for the future of this team?

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      • A defense that doesn’t give up 30 points every game and a consistent oline. Until those are in place, NO QB will succeed. Not sure why most of you don’t see that. A rookie isn’t going to win with this defense either.

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  22. Why isn’t Winston on the list???? He was good with his decision making today and took care of the ball. The fumble was because Donovan Smith was being pushed back and his arm hit Winston’s arm. Besides that Winston was great. There were also TDs consecutively called back.

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    • MP813, Look again my friend. I think you missed something. LOL.

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      • After a night of drinking after this loss I’m surprised I even have the ability to type right lol my mistake I didn’t see that! lol

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  23. I’m sorry I suggested Winston shouldn’t be praised for not totally F-ing up the game today. You are all quite right. He finally didn’t have a 7 turnover game. Forget he’s had the most turnovers of any QB since entering the league, and has lost way more games then he’s ever won. He’s the man, let’s hand him a fat contract, and move on. My bad, Jameis is the greatest, and every time we lose a game it’s someone elses fault, what was I thinking.

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  24. How is White on here? He almost had as many missed tackles as he did tackles. Stop covering for him.

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  25. White over Vea shows how clueless you are. Do you even watch the games or just look at the box score afterwards?

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  26. JW was a f’n warrior! Two td plays called back,the second one he ran like a 20 yarder in?!.

    Devin “great” white is a speed demon for sure!!! Holy Christmas, he chased the RB down like he stole somethin! Lol.

    I hate Ls all day, but dont mind one like this. Seahawks definitely shit themselves Sunday and probably can vouche that the Bucs are a dangerous team given the opportunity.

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  27. White has been hurt for majority of this season. He’s a rookie and still learning. I feel like many of you are singing a different tune about him had he not been behind the 8 ball this year. I am frustrated with the loses like all of you. I am tired of getting my hopes up only to have this team burn me again and again. Something has got to change. And it starts up front offensively and on the defensive side. Winston imo needs to play lights out the rest of the year in order for 1 iota of my faith to be restored in him. This is just frustrating. When will the bleeding stop?

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  28. White was the primary reason for the 58 yard run but he gets credit for chasing him down? WTF?

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  29. I thought RS T.J. Logan showed he is an upgrade from Bobo Wilson. S Jordan Whitehead had a solid game.

    I think some folks here are only impressed with themselves and their on-going agenda that matters not on the performances of the game at hand.

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