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The Buccaneers made it two in a row with a 28-10 win over the Denver Broncos behind three Tom Brady touchdown passes and a stifling defensive performance.

Below is our weekly list of the most impressive Buccaneers on Sunday.

DE Pat O’Connor
O’Connor’s blocked punt following the Broncos’ opening possession set the tone for the entire afternoon. The Buccaneers turned the blocked punt into a touchdown and a 7-0 lead, one that Tampa Bay never surrendered.

OLB Shaq Barrett
Back home and back on track was the theme for 2019 NFL sack leader Shaq Barrett following the Bucs win at Denver on Sunday. Barrett had two sacks, his first two of the season and added six tackles with three for loss.

QB Tom Brady
Brady wasn’t perfect but had his best statistical game of his young career in Tampa Bay throwing for 297 yards on 25-of-38 passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Any question of Brady being washed up were answered in Denver on Sunday as the 20-year veteran was in control from start to finish, taking what the defense gave him and then mixing in deep opportunistic shots for big gains.

DT Vita Vea
Vea showed exactly why he was drafted No. 12 overall three years ago with his performance on Sunday against Denver. Disruptive from the start to finish, the former Huskie notched his first sack of the season to go along with three tackles and two for loss.

S Antoine Winfield Jr.
You keep waiting for one those “too big for a rookie” moments from Winfield but through three games he has played liked a seasoned veteran. Head coach Bruce Arians said following the win on Sunday that Winfield plays like a five-year veteran with his mental approach to the game. Winfield had six tackles on Sunday including picking up his second sack of the season as he split time between safety and nickel corner.

Honorable Mention
LB Lavonte David
( four tackles, two pass breakups, one interception)
WR Mike Evans (two touchdown receptions)
S Mike Edwards (four tackles, one interception)
TE O.J. Howard (three catches, 49 yards)
WR Scotty Miller (three catches, 83 yards)

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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11 months ago

Great Game. The Defense looks strong. Hoping Bunting and Godwin are okay.

11 months ago

Vita Vea was a beast!

11 months ago

Winfield will be DROY, u can bank on it. As long as we can stay healthy, we will definitely be in for a deep playoff push.

11 months ago

Winfield looks like he’s about to take up permanent residence on this list

11 months ago

Winfield was outstanding, on a defense which played ‘lights out’, apart from the one 3rd and 20 completion at the end of the first half. I have never seen a rookie DB play with such astonishing poise and execution, the kid just makes plays like a veteran All Pro.

11 months ago

Defense playing very violent.

11 months ago

So typical. One play, albeit a great one, gets O’Connor on the top of the Most Impressive list. Yet nowhere is Devin White who is all over the field. Nothing about Ali Marpet. Our punter and kickoff specialist, Bradley Pinion is consistently good, but never sniffs this list.RoJo had his moments.

Reply to  scubog
11 months ago

Media writers and fans focus mostly if not entirely on headline stats, and consistently miss major contributors. White was great – maybe not the headline stats, but he was constantly in the face of both the quarterback as well as runners and receivers. For instance, in this post Shaq Barrett is congratulated on his two sacks and six tackles, but it was his consistent pressure on the quarterback that really counted and led to interceptions. Suh of course also helped with the pressures, along with Vea, and the other defenders. Also worth noting is that the tight ends accounted for… Read more »

11 months ago

I glad to see Vea get a sack, he works his butt off. Winfield is truly looking great. But as my Dad would say, a pat on the back is a foot from a kick in the butt. Great game Bucs.

11 months ago

keep those sacks comin vita

11 months ago

Mike Edwards subbed for Bunting and did a great job.

Reply to  buddah
11 months ago

Winfield subbed for Bunting and Edwards filled Winfield’s spot. I knew they were gonna do that because they’ve been saying Winfield can play all over the field and at Nickel and our CBs after Bunting and Dean are not as solid. So great to see finally having so many versatile players. Our speed and size and aggressiveness is unparalleled and we are only going to get better and better. The Defense looked like they were having so much fun out there, like it was an exhibition.

11 months ago

I thought the OL played above average as some of the issues were with the Communications between the QB & WR’s. What happen to Brady’s RB/TE safety net; my thought were it caused some of the sacks.

11 months ago

Could have been a very long list this week…like picking your favorite flavor of ice cream – it’s all good in one way or another.

11 months ago

Sure is nice to have a kicker. I think I would have added him to the list.

Reply to  jiggyjoe
11 months ago

Agree, but isn’t it nice not to have to say anything about the kicker!!! He essentially just did his job with a couple of entirely manageable 40 yard-ish FGs – straight down the middle with no drama. Have to say that would happily take Denver’s kicker – 3 step run up for a 56 yarder – very impressive.

Reply to  ManchesterBucc
11 months ago

It can’t be that easy to find a better than average kicker or one of the last 4 GMs or Head Coaches would have found one. You can always find someone who is better. I am happy with a kicker who makes the kicks that he is asked to make. Just say’n…….

Ron Potter
11 months ago

A lot to be impressed about in this game. We finally won a game we’re supposed to win and we won it quite convincingly. The talent on paper is starting to equal the product on the field. Hope we keep it up!

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