The Buccaneers earned their fifth win of the season, beating the Panthers on Sunday by a score of 24-17. The offense started fast, and sputtered a little in the second half but behind quarterback Jameis Winston, did enough to take home the victory against their NFC South rivals.
Below is our list of Most Impressive Bucs, take a look and see if you agree and add your thoughts in the comment section below.
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DB Andrew Adams
Three interceptions says it all. For a football team to struggle all season to get takeaways, to have a defensive back not named Brent Grimes get three picks in one game, who can say they saw Adams’ three-interception day coming? Adams becomes the third player in franchise history to record three interceptions in one game. And Tampa Bay needed every one of his picks to hold off Carolina in a 24-17 win. Ronde Barber accomplished that feat twice with three INTs against New Orleans on December 23, 2001 and against the Saints again on December 4, 2005, while Aqib Talib snared three interceptions against Washington on October 4, 2009.
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LB Lavonte David
Welcome back, captain. Lavonte David returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a knee injury and make an instant impact, sacking Cam Newton in the first quarter, and also tipping a pass that turned into an interception. David also led the team in tackles, notching 12 tackles including one for loss. David isn’t necessarily the spark plug that Kwon Alexander is, but the Bucs have been missing what he brings to the field each game.
WR Chris Godwin
The only thing that has held Godwin back from becoming a true No. 2 receiver in the NFL has been opportunity. On Sunday, with DeSean Jackson out, Godwin showed his worth – and skill – by hauling in five passes for 101 yards and a score. He had a game-long 48-yard catch-and-run that helped him average 20.2 yards per catch against the Panthers.
QB Jameis Winston
Two straight games with no turnovers has equated to two straight wins for the Buccaneers. Coincidence? We think not. Something that Dirk Koetter has preached over his three-plus seasons with Winston was proven on Sunday – you can win a lot of football games if you play smart and don’t turn the ball over. On Sunday Winston had the lowest passing total of any Bucs quarterback in 2018 with 249 yards while throwing for two touchdowns and completing 66.6 percent of his passes, but the end result was the team’s fifth win of the season. Of course playing with a lead was helpful, but Winston, who led the Bucs in rushing with 48 yards and a 9.6 average, showed he is learning from his past transgressions. It isn’t the worst thing to take a sack.
CB Javien Elliott
Elliott’s journey from walk-on at Florida State University to undrafted free agent to NFL starter has been well documented. The Hollywood script gained another page on Sunday when Elliott recorded his first career interception against Cam Newton and the Panthers. Elliott added four tackles on the afternoon, with one tackle for loss. The Bucs secondary was comprised by what looked more like a fourth preseason game roster than an early December contest, but Elliott and his teammates in Tampa Bay’s underrated secondary made a statement on Sunday.
Honorable Mention: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (three tackles, one sack), LB Kevin Minter (3 tackles, one sack), CB De’Vante Harris (three tackles, three PBUs), WR Adam Humphries (seven catches, 61 yards, one TD).