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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.
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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