Fans who bought tickets to the Bucs game against the Colts certainly got their money’s worth. In a highly entertaining, back-and-forth contest, Tampa Bay was able to seize momentum in the fourth quarter and held on for an exciting 38-35 win over Indianapolis.

Below is our weekly Most Impressive feature.

QB Jameis Winston
For part of the game, Jameis Winston was headed to the Most Disappointing list, throwing three interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown by the Colts. But as we have seen with Winston often, the poor throws are quickly erased from his mind and the gunslinger mentality takes over.

Winston helped the Bucs overcome a 14-point second half deficit, and propelled the Bucs to a 38-35 win accounting for five touchdowns (four through the air, one rushing) and also throwing for 456 yards, third-most in team history. And Winston did a majority of his damage without his No. 1 wide receiver, Mike Evans, who went down in the first half with a hamstring injury.

Winston can be frustrating at times, but also do things like we saw on Sunday. The Jekyll and Hyde nature of Winston is who he is. Still the question remains: do the Bucs bring him back or let hit walk? But with three wins in his last four games, and fourth quarter heroics like the one against the Colts, the Bucs front office has to be leaning towards Winston remaining a Buccaneer, at least in 2020.

WR Chris Godwin
With Mike Evans exiting the game in the first quarter, Godwin had to pick up the slack for the rest of the Bucs offense, and that he did. Godwin showed why he’d be a No. 1 wide receiver on most other teams in the NFL with seven receptions for 91 yards. It wasn’t just that Godwin was the top target for Jameis Winston, it was the plays he made in situational football that was most impressive.

OLB Shaq Barrett
Barrett was partially responsible for the only sack recorded by the Bucs on Sunday when he recorded a half sack along with Will Gholston. But it was Barrett’s presence in stopping the run game that stood out. Barrett was second on the team with five tackles, and was a big key in slowing down Colts running back Marlon Mack. Barrett is at his best rushing the passer, but he also proved that he’s more than just that.

WR Justin Watson
For much of the 2019 season you wondered what Justin Watson did to get in the coaches dog house. Unable to get playing time over Bobo Wilson earlier in the year, and also over a sometimes struggling Breshad Perriman, many wondered if Watson would ever see the field. But with an early-game injury to Mike Evans, Watson was pressed into duty and came upon clutch for the Bucs offense.

The former Penn standout finished the game with five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown, the first of his NFL career.

ILB Devin White
In his first game since being named Defensive Rookie Of The Month, White made a huge splash play with 10 minutes left in the game when he forced a fumble following a Winston interception. White was fairly quiet until that point and finished with just five tackles, but the clutch turnover was huge in the Bucs 38-35 win.

TE Cam Brate
Brate did what he does best in the Bucs offense over the years, which is be a security blanket for Jameis Winston, particularly in the red zone. Half of Brate’s receptions came in that part of the field, including a seven-yard touchdown catch at the end of the second quarter. Brate finished with four receptions for 40 yards and one score. 

WR Breshad Perriman
When Mike Evans went down, the Bucs needed someone other than Chris Godwin to step up in his absence. Both Perriman and Watson showed they may not be dynamic NFL receivers, but they could fill in and produce. Perriman finished the game with just three receptions but they went for 70 yards and including the game winning catch in there fourth quarter.

LT Donovan Smith
Much maligned and beaten up regularly by the fans and some in the media, Donovan Smith wins the warrior award for his performance on Sunday. A second quarter knee injury left Smith hobbling for much of the game, but after seeing Winston get hit on three of the four plays he missed, including a sack, Smith returned to the field and despite not being 100 percent, played the remainder of the game and did a solid job of protecting Winston’s blind side.

– Mark Cook and Matt Matera combined on this report

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38 COMMENTS

  1. It’s sad comment on our team when a player with 3 turnovers ends up on the most impressive list. This guy would have been run out of most NFL cities already. He’s an a$$clown

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    • Because that player had 5 td’s and almost 500 yards. Weird how you forgot to mention that….keep hating tho.👍🏼

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      • I don’t believe you pay for season tkts because all you always seem to do is defend your man crush ..No matter how he plays

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    • Stop talking football you know nothing

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    • wow – I didn’t know there were 107 fans on this site to give that many “thumbs-downs”…

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  2. I would say most impressive should also include Brian Leftwich.
    That drive at the end of the half and those in the 4th quarter were every bit as much the play caller as the players. Including pulling guard Marpet to lead Jones against a DB to get the 1st down to run out the clock.

    The receivers were open all day long.

    And it was not the same plays over and over in the passing game. It was a great mix of plays.

    Exciting offensive play calling; Others can call for more running. This is a passing league first.
    Love where this team is going.

    This is a much better draft for offensive lineman than last year. Thinks are looking up.

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  3. Does pewter report truly believe the bucs can win a super bowl with Winston at qb? shouldn’t the bucs strive to be really good ,not just average or below year after year .

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    • A team with all new coaches, schemes, and a bunch of rookies and they’ve already won more than last year with what even the NFL called a brutal schedule. Last I checked this team has improved almost across the board. Try for just once in your life to be optimistic l. I know it’s hard for you with Jameis on this team.

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      • Can you honestly say that Jameis is a franchise-level quarterback?

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        • Yes, I can. Does that answer your question?

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    • The Ravens won one with Trent Dilfer at quarterback! Nuff said!

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  4. Leave it to a Noles honk for non-bias reporting on Winston.

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  5. Can’t say enough about Watson. He really showed me something. Barrett is too good to let go. We have to find a way to keep him in Tampa. Our Offensive line struggled today and the running game seemed off. But was amazed that Smith came back into the game. Gutsy. I will say that. The guy played hurt.

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  6. sunsihineben, Winston doesn’t quit or fold under pressure. I bet the Colts would love to have him despite the turnovers.

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  7. Hats off to Donovan Smith for gutsing it out.
    Smith takes a lot of pounding out here, sometimes deservedly so but he is dependable and usally puts in a solid days work.
    Smith isn’t paid like the highest OT in the game but many fans expect him to play like one.
    I doubt if Winston wants to try and finish the season without him.

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    • Donovan Smith is the 5th highest paid LT in the league (that’s out of 32 starters), and only one RT (that again is out of 32 starters) makes more than him. He is literally one of the highest paid OTs in the game, making more than 58 other starting OTs.

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  8. On another note, if Bucs fans think they have gotten lit up by the officials this year, I just finsihed watching the Pats-Cheifs games. OMG, it had to be the worst officiated game I have seen outside a Bucs game.
    Poor calls left and right that probably cost the Pats the game.
    Pats got some Chiefs home cooking on their own home field.

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  9. LET HIM WALK!
    Not a Hater, he cannot produce enough to win. Winning the division, playoffs, NOT 50-50 record or middle of the pack. You play to put fans in the seats and make $$$ then try and Win the Superbowl! Crablegs aint gettin us to next level and not putting $$$ in Glazers pockets! If we resign him, you can guarantee Bucs will lose very good players to keep building better team, and not have enough money to get tough ballers!
    LOOK IN THE STANDS, people aint paying for a loser team. Licht if you want to keep getting paid,
    LET HIM WALK!

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    • “Not a Hater” followed by “Crablegs”

      LOL!

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      • Dude’s talking out of both sides of his ass

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  10. Winston is great in winning games that worsen our draft position and terrible winning games that count.

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    • If your so concerned about Draft position, you should attend a game once in a while and sit next to an opponent’s fan. See if that doesn’t change your mind about winning.

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      • Fully agree scubog. In every case winning now supersedes future draft picks. You are what your record says you are and any attempt to manipulate your current record undermines your future legitimacy.

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  11. Did we lose the game and I missed it? Boy some of you fans sure do know how to bring a victory party down. There’s no excuse for Winston’s interceptions half the time but there’s jaws on the floor when he makes incredible plays. This team is adjusting and please don’t give me the “well Indy is a bad team” bullshit because they’re in the playoff hunt and had everything to gain from a win today. Take away the Giants missed kick and the costly screw over from the titans game and not only is this team in a wild card spot, but we’d be talking about when we are going to get Jameis signed to an extension. He’s baffling I agree. I’ve never seen such a hot and cold QB. but I think if the I line gets fixed a bit more and this defense gels, then cut his passes down to a rational amount. Throwing as much as this team does and especially long passes only leads to higher rate of turnovers.

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  12. I am shocked that OJ Howard was not on the list. All of his 4 catches for 73yds were big.

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    • Yeah OJ should have made the list. But I’m not used to having to choose from this many players.

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  13. I honestly think that the a lot of people just watch the games so they can complain about Winston.What a great win at home and a all around team win and people just want to bash Winston..he will be here next season so just stop watching the games so u don’t have anything to complain about🤠

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  14. First of all I hope Evans is OK. I am sure that Winston will be resigned for next year. There isn’t too many QBs who can score points like he can. Evan with us behind by two scores, I was sure than Winston could pull it out. He is a good one.

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  15. There are many excuses on why he should be let go or not be the Buccaneers quarterback and then there are a lot of reasons why he should be remaining the quarterback for Tampa Bay.

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  16. Got to be impressed with Brad Pinion and Matt Gay. Both had solid games.

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  17. I love the idiotic comments about draft position every year. We have been picking in top of draft over 10 years and what has it got us? So stupid. How about Bucs win pit and have winning record at 9-7? Carry some momentum and swagger?

    Patriots and teams that have Dominated years don’t pick on top either….

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  18. Winston will be here I’m sure. Don’t know if it’s franchise tag or 3-5 year deal. Arians doesn’t want to start over and I sure as hell don’t either. Have no faith they can draft a rookie and he is better. Fix o line and keep improving on defense. Jameis will be fine if they do. I do think to reach playoffs and beyond we have to have better team around him still and better balance with run/pass. Also need more play action and would help Winston.

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  19. I have seen the term “gunslinger” used on this sight many times when referring to Winston. It’s often interesting to me to see the term used yet not know whether the comment is meant as a compliment or a criticism. What is a gunslinger? Is a gunslinger reckless, over confident, brash, and foolishly impulsive? Is a gunslinger confident and bold? Or is a gunslinger all of these adjectives? I don’t know the answer. It’s probably different for each player. My mind tends to go to player comparisons to get the answer I want it to be. Is Winston a Big Ben gunslinger? Is he a Favre gunslinger? I wish. One is an undisputed HOF’er already. The other is soon to be wearing his gold jacket. I favor the Brett Favre comparison. I’m sure many fans on this sight are old enough to have watched his entire career. It wasn’t that long ago. But isn’t it interesting how quickly some people forget the whole story while fondly remembering what they want to remember in what so rapidly becomes a living legend. Favre single highhandedly ended his teams’ playoff runs on several occasions with not only interceptions; ugly, stupid, ill-advised, interceptions. But he’s in the HOF as a super bowl champion. I was never a Packers fan. I can only imagine how hard it was for Packers fans to watch another promising season end so suddenly, AGAIN, with another stupid interception run back the other way for the game crushing score. I don’t know what that felt like not being a Packers fan. But I was a Favre fan and still am. I’m also a Winston fan. He maddens me as much as anyone with his duplicity. However, he’s the epitome of a gunslinger. He IS brash. He IS overconfident. He IS reckless. But he is also tough, unafraid, and he wants to win. And he is the undisputed leader of our favorite team. I hate the turnovers as much as the next guy. Ask any Packers fan about it. But Winston is our QB until he isn’t. It’s a lot more fun watching Winston than it ever was watching Chris Simms, Garcia, “FIVE”, Glennon, Gradkowski, etc……. He’s the best Bucs QB I’ve seen in a long time, even with the picks. Go bucs.

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  20. Jamies is the type of guy to put you in cardiac arrest and perform successful heart surgery while drinking a caprisun.

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  21. Impressed with way Bucs over came early turnovers to keep fighting and win the game

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  22. So what’s his face Bob something obviously made another account to try and not get automatic thumbs down for a bit.

    In any case, yes, a QB with 3 INTs makes the Most Impressive list because despite not all those 3 INTs were his fault (like always) he sling that MFer and still won the game with us, we don’t win without the positives in his game Sunday, so that qualifies to make the list. It’s not a perfect game list, it’s the Most Imoressice and despite the reasons for having to throw that much, his positives outweighed the negatives which is why we won, as would be the case on any team.

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  23. Also, Smith isn’t terrible, I just think he would make one of the Leagues better RTs and hold that job down for another Decade if we could Draft a solid LT. The Front Office absolutely has to bring in new talent for the Oline from now on, constantly, and the best 5 plays. We need More Talent and more depth. But a Stud LT would change the game if they could move Smith to RT, at least for a year. This is Dotsons last year and RT needs to be figured out first obviously, but moving Smith and Drafting LT would fix both spots…

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  24. Bucnut has over 100 thumbs down. That must be a record. C’mon Bob, don’t let Bucnut take your top spot without a fight. Say something!

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