In a game as close as the one the Bucs played on Sunday with the Buffalo Bills, there are bound to be a handful of praises to give out but some disappointments to show, too.

The folks over at Pro Football Focus help us get down to who fits in which camp every week, and the same is the case this week in Tampa Bay’s 30-27 loss.

Here’s how PFF graded the Bucs’ players performances on Sunday.​​

Week 7 Buccaneers Offensive Stats:

  • Bucs QB Jameis Winston did all he could in the second half to get the Bucs in a position to win and despite a bad decision on a seam route to TE Cameron Brate, Winston had a spectacular game. He was particularly impressive under pressure, something he struggled with last season. On the afternoon, he completed 5-of-9 passes for 81 yards and 2 TDs when under duress.
  • Winston’s errant throw to Brate that was intercepted by rookie LB Matt Milano tarnished what would have been an impressive statline when throwing in between the hashes against Buffalo. Tossing out the interception, Winston completed 16-of-21 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown in between the numbers on Sunday afternoon.
  • RB Doug Martin earned his paycheck, and his yards, on Sunday against the Bills – gaining more yards AFTER contact, than total rushing yards. On his 20 carries, Martin gained 49 total yards, but did it the hard way as 50 of those were after first contact. He forced two missed tackles on the afternoon.
  • WR Mike Evans put forth another great effort in the loss to Buffalo, hauling in 7-of-10 total targets his way for 88 yards and a touchdown. Winston fielded a 130.4 passer rating when targeting Evans as the four-year pro hauled in receptions on four different defenders. The touchdown he hauled in on rookie CB Tre’Davious White was only the second TD he has allowed all year.
  • Rookie TE O.J. Howard had his best career game catching the ball against Buffalo – hauling in all six targets his way. He was targeted on four different defenders and was able to bring in catches against safeties Jordan Poyer and Shareece Wright and linebackers Preston Brown and Lorenzo Alexander. Winston had a perfect passer rating of 158.3 when targeted Howard. 

​​Week 7 Buccaneers Defensive Stats: 

  • The Buccaneers pass-rush was impressive in the loss to the Bills on Sunday – tallying 14 total QB pressures, including three from DT Gerald McCoy. McCoy also registered two solo tackles, both of which constituted a win for the defense and were credited as stops.
  • Edge defender Robert Ayers was also impressive when rushing the passer, pulling in three pressures (1 sack, 1 hit, 1 hurry). Ayers performance was a bit tarnished however when he missed a tackle on LeSean McCoy late in the game.
  • Bucs LB Lavonte David continued his elite level of play on Sunday, hauling in 12 solo tackles without missing a single attempt. His seven stops were a team- and game-high, and he provided the late spark by way of a forced and recovered fumble that led what was the go-ahead touchdown. No shock to see his overall PFF grade stay above a 90.0 after this week. Aka, Elite.
  • CB Vernon Hargreaves was moved to the Bucs nickel corner spot for this game, and had arguably his best game of coverage, perhaps in his young career. Hargreaves was targeted four times, and did not allow a single reception and recorded a pass defense. Maybe most impressive was the fact that he did not miss a single tackle on his 36 total snaps after missing multiple tackles last week.
  • Brent Grimes had a rough day in coverage for the Bucs, allowing 4-of-5 targeted passes to be caught for 70 yards. He was seemingly out of position a couple of times, which led to chunk plays, mainly by Deonte Thompson who hauled in two of his catches for 40 yards against Grimes.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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chefboho
3 years ago

Somehow this is all jameis’ fault, just ask the fair weather fans we have in here

sunshineben
Reply to  chefboho
3 years ago

With all the really good receivers and excellent tight ends ,Winston has been average so far this year. One good game does not make a qb. He moved up from bottom of nfl qb rating to 16th …average . He need to improve his accuracy and start fast which would help keep bucs defense off the field_which is a bigger problem.

WiltheBrewer
Reply to  sunshineben
3 years ago

…and Jackson & Evans broke up 2 passes that would have been picks. They helped save Winston’s stats – Jackson’s was a great effort!

Bucnut2
Reply to  sunshineben
3 years ago

Thank you for the reality injection. your comments are spot on.

Dave
Reply to  chefboho
3 years ago

Dude you’re a clown. First off get your stats straight. Among qualified QB’s he’s 11th in QB rating. He’s also 5th in YPA, 2nd in yds/gm, 10th in TD passes per game, 2nd in passing 1st down %, he’s the 4th fewest sacked QB, and he’s 15th in comp % among all QB’s with 150 attempts( which is a huge step up from where he was last year, which was in the bottom 10 I believe) if you think he sucks, you’re a grade A moron. If you prorate his stats, to an entire 16 game season without missing a… Read more »

Bucnut2
Reply to  Dave
3 years ago

Who cares if we don’t win. Most of JW stats are rolled up when we are WAY behind. See Fitz last week. He looked like a pro bowler. Defend JW all you want. Franchise QB’s find a way to win the Bills and Patriot games. He didn’t. I don’t care what his QB rating is, what his YPA is or his total yards, wins are ALL that matters!

surferdudes
3 years ago

Trevor, if I had read your defensive stats, glowing praise of McCoy, Ayers, David, Hargreaves, and not known the score, I would’ve thought our defense had a great day, and we won. But I saw the game. Just goes to show, stats are for losers.

surferdudes
3 years ago

Every year 6, to 8 coaches get fired in the NFL, I don’t think it’s to early to play this game. Gruden has said he would like to coach again, here are his choices in order. Cleveland, Hue Jackson won’t survive passing on Wentz, and Watson in back to back drafts, that would be my #1 opportunity. With likely the #1 pick in the draft, Gruden would get his Q.B. of the future, and plenty of other high choices. I haven’t heard the names of any NFL asst. coaches that are hot commodities this year, or college for that matter.… Read more »

Horse
Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

Tell me why Gruden would want to come here? He was fired and the owners had to pay him for four years as not a head coach. Realistically I don’t see this happening so I would kind of tone this thinking down. I’m willing to get Licht and Koetter another year but not Smith. As far as I am concerned he could be fired tomorrow. No question in the next 10 games the offense will have a couple bad games but right now we can count on the defense having a bad game every game. This defense has to change… Read more »

cgmaster27
Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

I don’t think Gruden would ever go to Cleveland. He’s never been a draft ’em and develop them kind of guy. He much prefers veterans to rookies. That and Cleveland has a massive lack of talent everywhere.

Dave
Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

That’s quite possibly the dumbest comment I’ve ever read. And I’ve read some insanely dumb comments over the years. So the Bucs are gonna end up with the #1 pick? Did the Browns and 49ers leave the league? Long term the Browns are better than the Bucs? Whatever drugs you’re on, id advise getting off of them, cause they’re frying your brain

Naplesfan
3 years ago

Trevor, your post here seems to not make sense. PFF issues “grades”, not stats. What you reported, and headlined, were stats, not grades.

PFF’s grades are considered protected content – they require a subscription to access their full system – so you can’t report PFF grades other than the snippets that they make public from time to time.

Personally, I don’t give a flying hoot about PFF’s grades, because they come down to one reviewer’s personal opinion, and many times their grades don’t pass the smell test.

Horse
Reply to  Naplesfan
3 years ago

I got to agree with you Naplesfan. Trevor what were you thinking?
Here’s my grades.
Head coach C-
Offensive coordinator B-
Defensive coordinator F-
QB A-
RB C-
OL C
TE A-
WR B+
CB D
S D
LB C
DL F
P C
K A

Dman
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

Perfect, and simple – no need for all the glowing prose. Offense played well against a tough D. Defense played awful against a poor offense.

Devasher
3 years ago

While some people would lament taking a solid nickel cornerback in the top 15 picks in the draft, it’s better than taking a very bad outside corner in the top 15. Or worse, the worst kicker in the NFL with a second round pick, which thankfully our GM would never do ;-)

Plank
3 years ago

PFF has more than just one guy grading, there’s a team and they grade live .. than compare afterwards, and kind of collectively talk out differences on certain plays .. While PFF is the be all, end all, it is a very nice resource providing a system and service .. I use it to augment my thinking, not to make decisions for me .. I do believe some of the mistakes they make as an organization is to put out their grades where there are obvious missing context .. an example might be say, Peters LT goes down in the… Read more »

Plank
Reply to  Plank
3 years ago

Meant to say PFF is ‘not’ the be all, end all ..