The Bucs dominated in all three phases of the game in a blowout win at home against the Bears. This one was really never close as Tampa Bay jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never slowed down. The defense was the catalyst with five turnovers in the game and Tom Brady found the end zone four different times as the Bucs coasted to a 38-3 win to improve to 6-1.

Here were the most impressive players from the game.

WR Mike Evans 

Evans had a monster game for the Bucs and was unstoppable in the red zone, catching three touchdowns in the first half. Once Tampa Bay was inside the 20, it was curtains for the Bears defense any time Tom Brady looked Evans’ way. Someone needed to pick up some of the slack without Antonio Brown out, and Evans did that without even breaking a sweat. Evans finished the day making six receptions for 76 yards and three touchdowns.

S Antoine Winfield, Jr.

Winfield sure looked happy to be back after missing the last two games due to a concussion. He immediately put his stamp on the game by blitzing off the edge and getting the Bucs’ first of three strip sacks of the game against rookie Justin Fields. Winfield helped set the tone for what was a dominant game for the defense. Winfield recorded two tackles, a sack, which was his first of the year, and a forced fumble.

RB Leonard Fournette

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The stat line might not jump out like it has in other games recently, but Fournette was solid again in the Bucs offense. He got the offense going on the first drive with a great 15-yard rush followed by scoring the Bucs’ first touchdown of the game on the next play. Once again he was consistent and reliable, rushing for an average of 6.3 yards per attempt. He also had a key reception late in the second half that went for a first down and set up Evans’ third score of the game. Fournette finished with 81 rushing yards and a touchdown along with nine receiving yards.

CBs Dee Delaney and Pierre Desir

The Bucs had to decide between starting Delaney or Desir at the outside corner position and Delaney made it pay off. He played with tight coverage all game and made an interception off of Fields in the first quarter that put the Bucs in great field position to help them go up 14-0. He finished the game with five tackles and an interception before exiting the game early with an ankle injury. When Delaney came out, Desir came in and recorded his first interception as a Buccaneer.

OLB Shaq Barrett

Barrett continues to be the best and most consistent pass rusher the Bucs have. He was responsible for the Tampa Bay’s second strip sack of the game and recovered a separate fumble on his own. The entire pass rush was great all afternoon and he was a big reason for it. He also made a key stop in the run game when the Bears were by the goal line, forcing them to settle for a field goal. Barrett recorded three tackles, a sack, and recovered a fumble.

OLB Jason Pierre-Paul

After struggling for a few games following his return from injury, it was a vintage JPP performance on Sunday. He notched two sacks in the game, including the third strip-sack by the Bucs defense. His second sack was just as exciting as it came on a fourth down play where Fields tried to escape the clutches of Pierre-Paul, but he was able to hold on and get the stop. If the Bucs can keep getting this type of JPP moving forward, the pass rush can go to another level. He made four tackles, two sacks and had a forced fumble.

WR Jaelon Darden

Bucs KR-PR-WR Jaelon Darden

Bucs KR-PR-WR Jaelon Darden – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs put their faith in Darden after making him the primary returner with only one game of experience. He proved the Bucs right by taking his first punt return for 43 yards and getting the Bucs in scoring territory right away. That was the longest punt return of the whole entire season in the NFL. Not just the Bucs, the whole league. Darden later showed off his speed on offense getting an end-around rush and moving up the field for a first down.

S Jordan Whitehead 

Adding to a dominant defensive performance by the Bucs defense was Whitehead, who crushed any hopes the Bears had of scoring a touchdown. Chicago put together a solid drive to move down the field, but on fourth down, Whitehead took advantage of a pass that went off the hands of the receiver, and he did the rest. Whitehead recorded two tackles with one tackle for a loss and an interception.

QB Tom Brady

It wasn’t Brady’s most efficient game of the season, completing just 55.5 percent of his passes. With that said, he reached another milestone on his storied career with 600 career touchdowns passes and threw for four TDs in the game. It’s almost automatic that Brady will throw for a minimum of four touchdowns when he’s at home. He finished the game completing 20-of-36 attempts for 211 yards and his four scores.

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Danny
Danny
8 months ago

Offensive line should be mentioned on this list.

DT25
DT25
Reply to  Danny
8 months ago

Agree. Entire running game should be included too. Lenny was solid (he did drop a TD though) but RoJo and even Vaughn both ran really well too. All found plenty of space to operate and recorded big chunks of yardage thanks in no small part to a dominant OL performance.

Pete Wood
Pete Wood
8 months ago

A hell of a game! Pewter needs to skip the most disappointing list this week. Seriously.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Pete Wood
8 months ago

It’s a short list with one name, Rojo finally was running the ball decently and then fumbles yet again. This kid just can’t stop making mistakes.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
8 months ago

10 players make the Most Impressive list! I haven’t been counting but I think that’s a record, and Matt you might be getting soft trying to avoid criticism.

fredster
fredster
8 months ago

It was Brady’s most efficient game at 55%? Assume this is a typo? Lol he’s had games lot higher than 55%. Lol

BBBBucx
BBBBucx
8 months ago

Bucx OLine was magnificent! Bears D was missing some guys but they still have dudes who can play. Our boys made them invisible and inconsequential,
TB 12 had all day. 7 looked great, 27 looked fast and ready, even 21 was a contributor. 11 did ok too.
Guess why! It’s all up front.
Go Bucx

bigbuc
bigbuc
8 months ago

Maybe Richard Sherman should be promoted to player/coach and stay in charge of the secondary. Best D performance in years despite having so many starters out.
Or maybe Justin Fields has no business being a starting QB yet….

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  bigbuc
8 months ago

Probably a bit of both.

Buc-Up
Buc-Up
8 months ago

How can you leave Chris Godwin 8-111-TD off this list?

bucballer
bucballer
8 months ago

Nice win today. I actually felt sorry for Fields a couple of different times. One time he was laying on the field and looking up. It as if he would’ve rather have been anywhere but there. He had no chance today. Bucs defense was relentless. Good job by the defense today. Didn’t allow a TD. That’s scary for the other teams. Good win.

76Buc
76Buc
8 months ago

Vita Vea anyone? He was a beast all night.

BucFan circa76
BucFan circa76
Reply to  76Buc
8 months ago

As always, yes. He’s MVP of the defense through 7 games.

chuckbville
chuckbville
8 months ago

Sorry, you missed the game. The quarterback throws for 211 yards and 111 yards are credited to a player that is not even mentioned. More than half the passing offense and WHAT THE HELL DID YOU SEE? The touchdowns? The story was, that like too many times before Godwin was stopped a yard short of the end zone. No credit, he risked with no biscuit.

scubog
scubog
8 months ago

After a game in which the Bucs totally dominated, the Most Impressive List should have just said, “Everybody”. All made contributions.

Had to be impressed with the few Bears fans (most of whom live right here) who remained until the bitter end. I did see a girl change from a Bears to a Bucs shirt at halftime. Also impressed with the two guys dressed only in an American flag Speedo. That took some very evident balls. Ladies were lined up to take a picture with them. What a way to pick up chicks. And here I thought it was beads.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  scubog
8 months ago

It’s a entirely different BALL game in the frigid weather up north!