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The Bucs snapped their two-game losing streak to improve to 7-3 with a convincing 30-10 win over the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. Tampa Bay has scored at least 30 points in every home game this year and is an undefeated 5-0 at Raymond James Stadium this season. The Bucs are also a perfect 4-0 in prime time games this year.

Here were the most impressive Buccaneers in the win against the Giants:

QB Tom Brady

Brady started the game red hot, completing 5-of-5 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown. He used more play-action in this game than in previous games. Brady’s first-half interception wasn’t his fault, as for the second week in a row he had a perfectly thrown pass bounce off a receiver’s hands. This time it was Mike Evans’ fault. Brady’s second touchdown pass went to Evans, who became the Bucs’ all-time career leading TD leader with 72 regular season scores. Brady got the team fired up with a 10-yard run for a first down in the first half. He finished completing 30-of-46 passes for 307 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

WR Mike Evans

Evans had a big second-half touchdown last year in Tampa Bay’s 25-23 win at New York on Monday Night Football. He victimized James Bradberry IV again for another big second-half score on Monday Night Football – this one to give Tampa Bay a 24-10 lead in the third quarter. That touchdown atoned for his bobbled pass that was intercepted in the first quarter. Evans led the Bucs with six catches for 73 yards and a TD that made him Tampa Bay’s all-time leading career touchdown producer. The eight-year veteran also had his first career carry on a 10-yard end around.

WR Chris Godwin

Bucs WR Chris Godwin

Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Godwin opened the Bucs’ scoring with a 13-yard touchdown catch on the team’s opening drive in addition to a 7-yard end around. He had five catches for 47 yards in the first quarter and would have had another big catch-and-run score if not for a questionable holding call on right tackle Tristan Wirfs. Godwin finished the game with six catches for 65 yards and a TD.

TE Rob Gronkowski

Gronkowski came back with a vengeance as he returned to the starting lineup after playing just six snaps at New Orleans three weeks ago. The future Hall of Famer led the Bucs with 57 yards on five catches at halftime, including a big, 35-yarder. Gronkowski finished the game with six catches for 71 yards.

DB Mike Edwards

Edwards is a difference-maker and has taken over for Ross Cockrell in the nickel defensive back role. He recorded his third interception of the season when he picked off Daniel Jones on ball that was deflected by Devin White. Edwards now leads the Bucs with three interceptions. He finished the game with a pair of tackles.

ILB Devin White

Bucs ILB Devin White

Bucs ILB Devin White – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

White didn’t have the monster game he had last week at Washington with 18 tackles and two sacks, but he did have two key pressures. One on fourth-and-1 that pressure led to an incompletion, and another one in the second half that led to an interception by defensive tackle Steve McLendon. White also deflected a pass in the fourth quarter that was intercepted by Mike Edwards. White finished with a team-high eight tackles.

DT Steve McLendon

McLendon has been a healthy scratch the last few games, but was active on Monday night due to Vita Vea’s knee injury. McLendon snared a third-quarter interception on an errant throw from Daniel Jones. That was the first career interception from the 13-year veteran. In the post-game press conference McLendon said he dropped a potential interception seven years ago. The 35-year old defensive tackle became the oldest player in the NFL to record his first interception. “I’m like fine wine – I get better with time,” McLendon said.

CBs Sean Murphy-Bunting & Jamel Dean

Murphy-Bunting had some rust in his game, but did a good job of shaking it off as the evening progressed. Because he hadn’t played since Week 1, Murphy-Bunting was tested early and often by Daniel Jones. He responded well for the most part in coverage and was flagged just once for pass interference. The Bucs missed Murphy-Bunting’s tackling and physicality. The cornerback notched seven tackles and also forced a fumble in his return to action.

Dean was solid in coverage outside of one pass interference penalty and finished with five tackles. He was excellent in run support. Both Dean and Murphy-Bunting didn’t allow a single Giants receiver to post more than 40 yards receiving.

LG Aaron Stinnie

Stinnie came in to replace the injured Ali Marpet, who strained his oblique in the first quarter and missed the rest of the game. He didn’t miss a beat and played well in pass protection and in the run game. Stinnie held his own against Giants defensive tackle Leonard Williams, drawing the toughest assignment in the trenches.

K Ryan Succop

Bucs K Ryan Succop

Bucs K Ryan Succop – Photo by: USA Today

Succop made of all his kicks for the fourth time this season. His 12 points against the Giants were the second-most he’s scored this season behind his 13 versus the Dolphins. Succop was 3-of-3 on field attempts and 3-of-3 on extra points. He connected on field goals from 25, 40 and 30 yards on Monday night.

RB Ronald Jones II

Jones saw the most action he’s seen in weeks, rushing for 33 yards on eight carries. He also scored his second touchdown of the season on a 6-yard run in the second quarter to give the Bucs a 17-10 lead at halftime.

OLBs Anthony Nelson & Cam Gill

Once the Bucs had built a 30-10 lead it was time to tee off on Daniel Jones. The Bucs emptied their bench and both reserve outside linebackers – Anthony Nelson and Cam Gill recorded a sack late in the fourth quarter. For Gill, it was his first full sack of his career. For Nelson, it was his second sack of the season.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
12 days ago

I don’t know the exact stats but I felt like Tryon did a great job of creating pressure tonight and Fournette was solid as well. Fournettes hands have really improved this season as a whole and I hope he keeps it up.

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
Reply to  Spitfire
12 days ago

Agreed. It was nice to see a lot more play action this game. Isn’t that right nipples? But Tryon was all over the place causing disruption. He played a lot more tonight and it was great to see. He’s going to be a hell of a player for this the in the future. It can’t be understated how good it was to have Gronk back along with Bunting. The idea of this team being healthy while getting AB back next week along with hopefully Vea and Davis puts this team in the right spot for a huge run like last… Read more »

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  chefboho
12 days ago

Yes, things are looking up for us.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  Spitfire
12 days ago

Yes he did; also brought more effective energy to the game than JPP or Barrett.

Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith(@bradbucfan)
Reply to  Spitfire
12 days ago

He plays with more energy than Shaq and JPP and does not jumping offsides

compewterpirate
compewterpirate(@compewterpirate)
12 days ago

I certainly feel that Gronk deserves to be on the list and Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and TB 12 deserve an honorable mention also, as does the ‘O’ line, for give Brady a clean pocket all night. Nevertheless I never really felt like the offense was clicking all cylinders. I know that the Giants were playing two high most of the night and so for the most part we took what their defense gave us, underneath routes which were productive in moving the chains, but which were for the most part unspectacular. Defensively I thought the secondary was excellent and… Read more »

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
12 days ago

Quite a list this week and rightfully so. It sure was a much better mentality in this contest. Especially after the “Gints” got that gimmie TD. The offense went right back down the field (in spite of the idiot OC calling the plays. it’s sarcasm folks) and put the blue clad patrons right back in their seats……….for the rest of the evening. Not one “Lets Go Gi—ants” chant, although many “went” in the 4th quarter. I was impressed with the young men and women who took their oaths enlisting in the military to a well deserved standing ovation. At least… Read more »

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  scubog
12 days ago

Scubog, spot on.I have one grandson in the Marines, one in the Air Force, one in the Government protecting our Country. They get it. Makes me smile to be proud of them. I did think they would have had enough sense to join the Army though; ha ha.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  scubog
12 days ago

I have never been in the service but am proud of my country. A country that has always tried to welcome the poor and unwashed, refugees for freedom, no matter what their color. I also am proud to be a part of a country that has never been afraid to own up to it’s past mistakes like slavery and genocide, but put them in history books and discussed them openly and didn’t try to ignore them and pretend they didn’t happen.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
12 days ago

How about Nunez-Roches, who was getting more snaps with Vita Vea out? The defensive interior rush was very effective, albeit against a sub-par Giants offense.

Vea should be back next week, while that will help keep our D line fresh late in the game next week.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
12 days ago

What, no love for the idiot coaches? This just absolutely slays me. Every time the Bucs have a mediocre performance, all the fingers both amongs PR writers, including Reynolds, and the usual suspect idiot commenters always points at the coaches for “bad playcalling”. Which of course is a catch-all non-falsifiable (and therefore false) complaint that cannot be proven or disproven – it is all in the mind of the beholder. Yet the same usual idiots NEVER credit the coaches and the playcallers when the Bucs have a very good performance, as they did last night. In fact, the offense played… Read more »

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
Reply to  Naplesfan
12 days ago

There he is folks, coach Naples to tell us all how football works. Funny thing is that I bet you’ve never played a sport in your life, you just play pretend in your mind. I never called any of the players or coaches names, I just said lefty should use more play action and guess what….. they did on the first play of the game no less. Looks like you’re the “moron” as usual. See the previous post for even more hypocritical talk from our resident troll nippleS 😂

Last edited 12 days ago by chefboho
Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  chefboho
12 days ago

Okay, you got your point across, so tone it down please. I think he gets it. Many of this do this from time to time. Like you most of us love our Bucs and so does Naplesfan.. Go Bucs! Keep the Repeat alive!

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  chefboho
12 days ago

Hey Chef! They looked much better last night didn’t they? I did see the play action a bit too! I couldn’t predict the plays as was so easy to do before. We r getting healthier and maybe BL secretly reads our posts. Ha! Ha! Ha! I doubt it. As for Nipples, he’ll be alright he just needs to make sure he takes his meds.

Last edited 12 days ago by bucballer
fredster
fredster(@fredster)
Reply to  Naplesfan
12 days ago

If you think coaches don’t shoulder some of the blame for those two pathetic losses to lesser teams your full of shit. Come to think of it your always full of shit and just one extremely annoying know it all. One bonus when my Bucs lose you aren’t here declaring how your smarter than everyone else.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  fredster
12 days ago

Fredster my man, Chefboho said it all. More times than not, like you, me, others, NaplesFan does provide good input Hey we won, lets enjoy that thought too. Go Bucs! On to the Colts.

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
Reply to  Horse
12 days ago

Everyone does, but he continues to call other posters idiots and morons and yet you seem to forget that. No one’s above being put in place and that clown continues to think his word is better than anyone else’s and I’m not going to let some troll tell me how to express my opinion on here.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  Naplesfan
12 days ago

yep, you’re correct. It’s still about the execution and as Lovey Smith use to say “it’s a work in progress”.. At least they are working on it. We sure looked better out there.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  Naplesfan
12 days ago

Listen Nipples, the play calling was different last night. BL called a good game. He distributed the ball around to all the play makers. If u think that the play calling doesn’t make a difference then u haven’t been truly watching the games! U had Fournette and RoJo running together and taking turns. It wasn’t either or. Yes, we r getting back to health. But the play calling was not as predictable as usual. Hell, Mike Evans got his first carry EVER! It was an inclusive game plan. The win was much needed. We r in solid control of our… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  Naplesfan
12 days ago

I rarely see people critisizing our DB but the pointed barbs being thrown at the OC deserve no apology. Even last night when the Bucs started to get turnovers in the second half it didn’t look like Lefto knew what plays to call or direction to go with the new found riches. The result was the offense seemed to flatten out and bogged down.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  drdneast
12 days ago

It shouldn’t take you two or three games to realize teams are consistently running Cover 2 defenses against you and you need to change the tact of your offense in order to combat it. That isn’t intelligent, it’s the makings of a graduate from the Trump Business School.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  drdneast
11 days ago

You realize Trump is a billionaire? Like his style or not, his teachings might have more credibility than the DrD School of Business. It’s just incredible how you can weave in your political beliefs into a football site. Perhaps you should consider the end results of the OC of “Lefty’s work (the name alone should warrant your support), which is a top 3 offense, instead of seeking criticism.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
12 days ago

I thought Fournette and Stinnie were impressive. One or two plays doesn’t make the list for me. Fournette was a run and receiver threat all game; Stinnie came in and proved once again he could be starting for most other teams. Way too much praise for just doing what they are paid to do.

JSW
JSW(@pewtereyes)
12 days ago

Thought the secondary had their best game of the season. Brady did a nice RoJo high step imitation on that 11-yard scramble. Fun game. Would have liked to see some of the field goals turned into touchdowns, but I won’t complain. Great bounce back game.

76Buc
76Buc(@76buc)
12 days ago

Tryon played like his hair was on fire.

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