The Buccaneers bounced back in a big way on Sunday, going on there road and dismantling the Carolina Panthers 46-23. With over 500 yards of offensive a lot went right and the Most Impressive List was pretty easy this week.

Here are the Bucs Most Impressive from Sunday’s win over Carolina.

RB Ronald Jones
Jones went from goat to hero during the course of Sunday’s win over Carolina. With his second fumble on a pass reception in the last three weeks, the gaffe cost the Buccaneers seven points as Carolina was able to capitalize on the miscue and take an early 7-0 lead. But unlike the Giants game, Jones bounced back and did so in a big way running for a career-high 192 yards on 23 carries including a back-breaking 98-yard jaunt which is the longest scoring play in Buccaneers history.

QB Tom Brady
Brady missed at least three deep balls that would have likely been touchdowns, but still had a terrific game going 28-of-39 for 341 yards with three passing scores and one on the ground. Brady was on a mission to rebound from the worst loss of his career in last week’s disaster to the Saints, and unfortunately for Panthers he took out his frustration on their secondary.

OLB Jason Pierre-Paul
Pierre-Paul brings the energy and leadership to the Bucs defense. On Sunday his interception of a Teddy Bridgewater pass sparked what had been a somewhat shaky performance by Tampa Bay’s defense up until to that point. Pierre-Paul also collected a sack on the day to push his team-leading total to 7.5 on the season. Pierre-Paul finished the day with three tackles to go along with his sack and interception.

Bucs Offensive Line
After the worst performance of the year last week against the Saints, the Bucs offensive line came back in stellar form against the Panthers. Brady was sacked just once on the afternoon and when given time, he is proving to essentially be unstoppable. Add in the fact they were able to rack up 210 yards on the ground it was even more impressive that they did it without their best lineman, Ali Marpet, in the lineup.

TE Cam Brate
Brate has been overshadowed this year with the addition of Rob Gronkowski, but just comes to work and makes the most of his opportunities. On Sunday Brate made a really tough catch to get Tampa Bay on the board in the first quarter, but it was his catch-and-run for a first down on third-and-19 that earned him a spot on this weekly list.

WR Chris Godwin
All three of the Bucs starting wide receivers – Godwin, Mike Evans and Antonio Brown – had solid days, but Godwin was the grinder and ended the afternoon as the teams leading receiver with 92 yards on six receptions. Oh, and he did it with pins still in his hand from a broken finger that occurred last month at Las Vegas.

K Ryan Succop
After years of trying to replace Matt Bryant, Tampa Bay has found their man in Succop who was perfect on the day on field goals going 4-for-4. Succop did miss an extra point, however it was blocked and not technically missed. On the year Succop has now racked 90 points, most by any kicker in the NFL.

Honorable Mentions: WRs Mike Evans and Antonio Brown, TE Rob Gronkowski

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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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PatrioticChief
8 months ago

Brady always bounces back. One of his finer qualities.

AB and Brady starting to gel. Bodes poorly for the rest of the league.

Praying Godwin can stay healthy. Brady looks so much better when he’s on the field.

Last edited 8 months ago by PatrioticChief
eaustinyoung
Reply to  PatrioticChief
8 months ago

AB looks more on-target with each snap he plays. He’s knocking on the door of some HUGE plays.

PatrioticChief
Reply to  eaustinyoung
8 months ago

He was the best receiver in the NFL when he went nuts. I’m not worried about his play on the field. Once he and Brady build chemistry they will be monstrous. AB does everything Brady wants from an outside receiver at a high level. Just don’t trust him off the field.

Last edited 8 months ago by PatrioticChief
Bucco-Bruce
8 months ago

Godwin and Evans need each other to keep the defense guessing but man without Godwin, the offense tends to bog down a bit!! Great win!!

seat26
8 months ago

Rojo. The longest scoring play in Buc History?? 192 yards total? Wow. Great game that definitely started out rough and turned around fast. Brady, Godwin and Gronk had big games. Watching JPP get an interception was a thing of beauty. I hope we get Marpet back soon. After Smith’s shaky play today, I wonder if it is time to switch Wirfs to the left side and put Smith on the right side?

GrayBalls
Reply to  seat26
8 months ago

Entirely different positions. To do so without at least the whole of an offseason would be disastrous for both players

rlandsaw
Reply to  seat26
8 months ago

Smith shaky play? he was the reason that rojo was able to get that 98 yard run.

Selmon-63
Reply to  seat26
8 months ago

Glad they stuck with RoJo, they could’ve easily benched him.

eaustinyoung
Reply to  seat26
8 months ago

Smith has the physical skill, his issue is mental. He can be lights-out or a total liability.

bucballer
8 months ago

Thought everybody upped their game a bit today. Even with how many points we scored today we did leave some points on the field today. Imagine that. Brady dropped a couple of absolutely beautiful balls today. Evan had a couple of drops today. Overall, I thought it was a solid effort. RoJo finally makes that big splash play we have been waiting for. I was just waiting to see if there were any flags on the play, because that’s what usually happens to him when he makes a chunk play. Good game young man! Go Bucs!

scubog
8 months ago

Interesting. Donovan Smith occupies what seems to be his permanent place on the Most Disappointing List; yet his unit is on the Most Impressive List. I think Byron Leftwich and Todd Bowles both need to be on this list for their part in putting the players in a position to succeed. If we’re going to be critical of them last week, they at least deserve some recognition here if you are concerned about your credibility. I was most impressed with the way the team was able to purge itself mentally from last weeks’ debacle. Overcoming the Panthers’ early success to… Read more »

76bucsfan46
8 months ago

I watched the Saints game and Jameis played almost the entire second half after Brees hurt his ribs on a sack by SF. Jameis is just awful, we can thank our lucky stars TB12 decided to play in TB. The offensive line must be our priority this off season.

Dave
Reply to  76bucsfan46
8 months ago

He was sacked twice in just a half. When he’s gettin sacked 2 or 3 times every single game, are we going to start questioning the Saints OLine? Or are we finally going to accept that Jameis is responsible for his high sack totals

jongruden
8 months ago

If Bucs go to the super Bowl I’m flying from Az to Tampa to see family and partake in the history of Bucs playing a bowl in Tampa is to good to pass up so c’mon Bucs you can do this

scubog
Reply to  jongruden
8 months ago

Stop by and visit JonnyG.

jongruden
Reply to  scubog
8 months ago

If I come I will private message you and maybe meet for a dinner on me

PatrioticChief
8 months ago

“and when given time, he is proving to essentially be unstoppable.”

This encapsulates the Bucs season. When they protect Brady they win because the combination of Brady with these weapons is too powerful. When they don’t protect him they struggle or lose. I think the Bucs being swept by the Saints may end up being what costs them a chance at the SB but if the OL can go on a run in terms of pass protection during the playoffs the Bucs are going to be a nightmare no one wants to face.

Dave
8 months ago

Glad to see the overreaction theatre has calmed down a bit? Just remember people. Last week, as ugly and embarrassing as it was, was only 1 game. The whole season matters more than 1 or 2 games. Here’s some context that paints a clearer picture Brady in his 8 non Saint games: 7-1 67.2%, 2300 yds, 23 total TD’s, 3 total TO’s, and a 108 QB Rating. Those are MVP candidate numbers. Bucs team stats in non Saint games: 7-1, 270 PF 154 PA good for a +116 point differential(tops in the NFL) Saints in non Bucs games: 5-2, 199… Read more »

toucan
8 months ago

Good all-around game.