Well, you can’t win them all. The Bucs had their first loss of the season, falling to the Rams, 34-24, in Los Angeles.  While there were plenty of mishaps in the game, there were some Tampa Bay players that had a positive impact, fighting to keep it close even when things weren’t going their way.

Here’s which Bucs stood out in the loss to the Rams.

QB Tom Brady

Brady did his part to keep the Bucs in the game, completing 41-of-55 passes (74.5 percent) for 432 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Brady is now 68 yards away from becoming the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, and that will come next week at New England on Sunday Night Football. He did a solid job avoiding some sacks, and scrambled for 14 yards. Unfortunately, Brady was the Bucs’ leading rusher as a result, and he did score a rushing touchdown on a 1-yard QB sneak.

WR Mike Evans

After a great game last week, Evans continued that again for this one. He had a team leading eight receptions for 106 yards and was making plays all over the field. Evans was particularly impactful getting yards after the catch, which hasn’t always been his best trait. Evans keeps stacking up big games, which is a great sign moving forward for a Tampa Bay offense that fell just six points shy of recording 30 points for a 10th straight game.

WR Chris Godwin 

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it again. Godwin is the most consistent player on this team, and he once again proved that on Sunday. He made a couple of tough catches in traffic and was great with the ball in his hands after making the reception. Showing his versatility, Godwin was also used on a run play and scored the Bucs’ first touchdown of the afternoon. It was a big play for Tampa Bay, and also would have paid well if you read this week’s Betting The Bucs. Godwin’s stat line was six receptions for 74 yards and a 2-yard rushing touchdown.

RB Giovani Bernard

This is the Bernard that we’ve all wanted to see when he signed with the Bucs. Brady was able to dump the ball off to him and he made the most of his opportunities. He made a crucial play early on in the game where he caught a pass about seven yards short of the first down, but he worked his way and dove towards the marker to keep the Bucs’ drive going. Bernard also took a screen pass for another first down with a 32-yard catch-and-run when Tampa Bay was backed up on a first-and-20. Bernard kept the production going in the second half as Brady targeted him often, which included scoring a touchdown late in the game where he also hurt his knee. Hopefully he can recover because if the Bucs continue to utilize Bernard this way, he can do big things in this offense. Bernard finished the game with nine receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown.

OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka 

Many were looking forward to the first start of the rookie outside linebackers’ career and he was making plays early. He began things with a hit on quarterback Matthew Stafford and then tipped a pass not long after. The Bucs’ pass rush struggled, but he was getting close a couple of times. Tryon-Shoyinka finished the game with two tackles and a pass breakup.

NT Vita Vea

Watching highlights of Vea manhandling blockers is one of the most enjoyable thing in the game of football. He was particularly great on one play right before the end of the third quarter where he stopped the run about three yards behind the line of scrimmage. He was also crucial on a pass rush where he altered the throw of Stafford, who was looking deep for DeSean Jackson on the play, causing an incompletion. The Rams eventually scored on the drive and Jackson played a big role in the game, but Vea was still able to have a role. He made two tackles.

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surferdudes
26 days ago

Tryon played O.K. for a rookie, impressive, hardly. Vita Vea has been pushing the pocket, big deal, I’m not impressed. Not sure if pushing the pocket is a stat, but sacks are, he didn’t have any. Neither did Joe. No defensive player should be on this list.

Ron Potter
Reply to  surferdudes
26 days ago

Agree. Opposing offenses are getting the ball out pretty fast tho too. Bowles needs to adjust and our defensive backs should probably be taking more chances and trying to jam WRs more too. Didn’t see much blitzing in the 4th quarter if I recall but on that note…. Nacho and Gholston played a lot of snaps in the 4th quarter. So did Anthony Nelson. Not sure why they got as many snaps as they did in the 4th quarter when we needed big plays from big playmakers to get a crucial stop and attempt a comeback. Love our backups but… Read more »

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liquidmuse3
Reply to  surferdudes
25 days ago

And why when Shaq has success from the right and Tryon from the left do you not switch them once?

Ron Potter
26 days ago

Scheming with Gio just isn’t the answer for this offense. I anticipate Gio being on the most impressive list for more losses than wins.

Buc-Up
26 days ago

Brady is now 68 yards away from becoming the NFL’s all-time leading rusher”…WOW must’ve missed all of 1000yd seasons…. LOL

drdneast
Reply to  Buc-Up
26 days ago

And he’s still running like a 20 yo.

Horse
26 days ago

Good Selections.

kingtrojan
26 days ago

Brady and the offense are going to have to play pretty much a perfect game for us to overcome great offenses we will face in playoffs with our defense

Eddie
26 days ago

The way our defense, mostly Defense back field played, I knew we could not stop Stafford. Only way to win today is to match Rams score for score. We could not, so we lost.

compewterpirate
26 days ago

Brady, Evans and Godwin deserve to be on the list, but certainly no defensive players, that is really ‘clutching at straws’ after a beatdown like that.

bucballer
26 days ago

When Tom Brady is ur leading rusher with 14 yards, then ur running game is really non existent! For all those that bitch about taking a good, young, dynamic RB with one of ur top three picks, how do u feel now? Imagine how much better this offense would be the f they had a legit running game? Brady cannot continue to throw the ball 55 times a game. For 17 games! He will get hurt.

liquidmuse3
26 days ago

“All time leading rusher” for Tom Brady? How the hell does that error get out in a professional publication?!?

76bucsfan46
25 days ago

I would put only Gholston and Cockrill on the defense list because after the 1st qtr no one else showed up.

scubog
25 days ago

OK, so we lost to one of the better teams in the NFC. It’s one game people! Not too many players stood out except the WR’s and TE’s who lit up the vaunted Ramsey led Rams secondary for over 400 yards.

I was impressed with all of the red in the stands of that gaudy stadium. Speaking of the stadium. It out to be called SciFi instead of Sofi. It looks like the Mother Ship landed to pick up that group of kooks who offed themselves a few years ago. Give me a real football stadium with grass and mud.

Joseph
25 days ago

Pass rush definitely needs to look better especially when your rookie olb looks like your best pass rusher there are problems but you have dee delany and Ross starting in the secondary against the rams was not going to be good no matter how you schemed it Scotts right out talented for sure. Lenny and rojo look terrible in the run game, matt is totally right too much dancing out of someone as big as Lenny why? Just get up the field your vision is trash anyways just get up the field you are not going to see it anyhow… Read more »

fredster
25 days ago

Hard week to come up with many “impressive” players other than few on offense and Brady here. Offense will be ok I THINK. That was a sad performance by o line against a great D front. I do worry about defense now after 3 games watching this secondary struggle and Bowls whacky scheme with so much room between CB’s and SR’s. Last year we quit playing man and went to zone. It helped. Now they playing soft zone and communication isn’t there. Kupp was wide open nobody even on him so many times was insane. How does that happen you… Read more »

Eddie
25 days ago

Evans was ever the warrior, even if Rams player cheap shot him after the catch he just looked at them and walked away, getting ready for the next play.