It wasn’t a pretty win, but the Buccaneers were able to hold off the now 1-7 New York Giants to head home atop the the NFC South with a 6-2 record.
Below is our weekly list of the most impressive players from Tampa Bay’s 25-23 win.
OLB Jason Pierre Paul
Pierre-Paul came into this game wanting to make a statement against his former team and when the night had ended, he had done just that. Besides his one sack, Pierre-Paul finished the night with seven tackles, including five solo stops and two tackles for loss.
CB Carlton Davis
Davis’ rise to one of the best cornerbacks in the game continued on Monday night, and his interception on the Giants’ first drive after halftime helped swing the momentum in Tampa Bay’s favor. Giants QB Daniel Jones didn’t throw in Davis’ direction often, and for good reason. Davis ended the evening with three tackles, two pass breakups and the one interception.
WR Mike Evans
It wasn’t necessarily a dominating game from Evans, but compared to how his season has gone so far, it was a nice improvement. Besides leading the Buccaneers with 55 yards on five receptions, his second half TD reception was vintage Evans and a much-needed score that gave Tampa Bay a lead that they didn’t relinquish.
K Ryan Succop
Succop has been an answered prayer for Jason Licht and Bruce Arians and has solidified a position that has been a thorn in the side of the organization for a better part of the last six years. Succop was perfect on the night, going 4-for-4 on field goals and also perfect on his two extra point attempts.
S Antoine Winfield Jr.
Winfield Jr. had a good night on Monday against New York and showed the national audience why he should be in the conversation of NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year if he keeps playing as well as he has through the first half of the season. Winfield was tied for the team lead in tackles Monday night with seven, but his breakup of the Giants’ two-point conversion was the game sealer and the most critical play of the night for the Bucs.
Honorable Mention WR Jayson Mickens (five catches, 36 yards, 26.3 avg. on kickoff returns) TE Rob Gronkowski (four catches, 41 yards, one TD) DT Ndamukong Suh (two tackles, five QB pressures, one sack)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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