The Bucs played great complimentary football on the way to a 45-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders, with plays on both sides of the ball. The Bucs saw another offensive outburst from Tom Brady, who threw for four touchdowns and rushed for one of his own, while the defense capitalized with an interception and three sacks.

Here are the most impressive player from the Bucs’ victory.

QB Tom Brady

You think Tom Brady is getting more comfortable in this offense? Brady didn’t have too many issues finding whoever the open receiver was, and he found plenty of them. You don’t orchestrate several long drives and score 45 points without your quarterback in command, and that’s all that Brady did for the entirety of the game. He ended the afternoon completing 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards, four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown of his own after a patented Brady quarterback sneak.

TE Rob Gronkowski

Reasonably there were concerns that Rob Gronkowski was just a shell of himself after his return to the NFL from a year of retirement, but over the last two weeks the veteran tight end has wiped away those concerns. Gronkowski was once again a focal point of the offense, making his mark by scoring a touchdown for the second straight week. He finished the game with five catches for 62 yards and a score.

WR Chris Godwin

Over the past two weeks it has been easy to see what a difference Chris Godwin makes in the Bucs offense. Godwin is so reliable in any situation that even though he missed two weeks before playing last Sunday, Brady is very comfortable throwing to him. Godwin led the team in receptions with nine while recording 88 yards and a touchdown.

WR Scotty Miller

Miller had just one catch for six yards over the two previous games, while dealing with a couple lower body injuries. On Sunday, he showed why he should be taken seriously as a downfield threat in the Bucs offense. Miller had the first 100-yard receiving game of his career, leading the team with 109 yards while hauling in a highlight reel 33-yard touchdown reception just before halftime.

LB Devin White

It felt like White was in on almost every tackle on Sunday. White looked like he was shot out of a cannon whether he was attacking the run or blitzing against Derek Carr. The second-year linebacker out of LSU was everywhere for the Bucs, notching a career-best three sacks along with 11 tackles to lead the Bucs’ defense.

S Mike Edwards

Bruce Arians has dubbed Edwards a “ballhawk”, and now it’s easy to see why. Edwards had one interception in the game that was taken back by penalty, and a tipped pass that led to an interception by Antoine Winfield Jr. Edwards may not see the field all the time, but he’s making plays every time he does.

DT Steve McLendon 

McLendon was able to join practice on Friday, so it was impressive to see what he was able to do with limited preparation. When in the game, McLendon led all interior defensive linemen with five tackles and one tackle-for-loss. There’s no replacing Vita Vea, but McLendon is a valuable option as a replacement on the Bucs’ defense.

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seat26
6 months ago

It helps when your QB is not getting sacked 48 times a year. Brady is on target to get sacked less than half as much as Winston did. Gotta give the rook some creds. Wirfs has had a spectacular rookie season. As well as most of the offensive line. I went into this season feeling very uneasy about our offensive line. I think barring any major injuries, we should be fine.

Naplesfan
Reply to  seat26
6 months ago

Yes, the line is performing well. But note that quarterback sacks is also a quarterback stat, and figures into the total QBR stat. Blocking affects sack rates, but so does quarterback play too. Some quarterbacks take a lot more sacks than others do because they hold onto the ball too long, either because they are unwilling to give up on an obviously busted play or because they aren’t very good at reading defenses. We had that problem at QB for the previous five seasons. Tom Brady will get sacked now and then by a very good defense, but only rarely… Read more »

Randy H.
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

And “total QBR” is a stat made up by ESPN. The NFL still uses QBR.

jongruden
6 months ago

O line again played great as a whole looked like Brady can make a sandwich in pocket, Fournette came in and ran hard had some great catches. Scotty Miller, Gronk ,Godwin, Brady White, C Davis I can go on but I’m tired of typing

DT25
Reply to  jongruden
6 months ago

Happy we finally ditched the Shady experiment and appear to be rolling with the RoJo/Fournette backfield. Fournette is a more than capable pass catcher to fill that 3rd down/hurry up RB role.

jongruden
Reply to  DT25
6 months ago

Agree, Shady actually needs to be cut

compewterpirate
6 months ago

I thought all the above played great, but to that list I am going to add the offensive line. Admittedly, statistically, they had one of the lesser defenses to face up against, nevertheless TB had all day in the pocket to pick the Raiders apart. He could have sat there in an arm chair, with a pipe and slippers, so dominant was the OL in pass protection! Given the OL dominance, I genuinely believe this team has no weaknesses right now, which is a scary thought for our upcoming opponents.

rocky
6 months ago

How fun is Devin white to watch!?

I love telling people about Devin white when all they really know is Evans and gronk and Brady. Some people may gripe about his coverage but he is so damn fast it’s insane to me. I kept telling people all year he will win defensive player of the year and if he keeps having 3 sack games coupled with double digit tackles he likely will with the record we are gearing for. Just absolutely love that kid and wanted to rave about his best game this year to date.

scubog
6 months ago

I too think the O-line in general, and the much maligned Donovan Smith, deserve some recognition here. So too does PK Ryan Succop. No longer do I cringe any time our kicker trots onto the field.

A few other observations: The new “Black Hole” was very well-behaved. Looks like Gruden has put on a few pounds since he strutted around our sideline. Might have to rename him “Chunky”. Interesting that Marcus Mariotta was inactive. How’s Josh Allen doing in Jacksonville?