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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)

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About the Author: Mark Cook

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 mark@pewterreport.com
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1 year ago

Interesting to see JayDon Mickens on the honorable mentions, after your tweets during the game! I was also surprised by how much he was targeted, but he did come up with some big plays, including at least one third down reception.

German Buc
German Buc(@german-buc)
1 year ago

I’d like to add Tyler Johnson to the list. Holding on to that ball — while absorbing a tackle that would’ve send all the readers here to hospital — was a thing of beauty.

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1 year ago

Tyler johnson is a stud and they need to get him in the game more often. He’s a wr that Brady likes imo. And he’s not afraid to take a hit.

1 year ago

Antoine Winfield Jnr, right there, made the play of the game. Fantastic read and incredible hustle to make that play, the receiver was wide open and yet Winfield somehow made the play. Thankfully the non-existent pass interference call was overturned.

Ron Potter
Ron Potter(@finalsorbust)
1 year ago

Succop!! Thanks for mentioning, Mark. Over in another thread on this site, there are several comments about how Winston would’ve melted down on this game. Those dummies don’t remember the missed FGs over the years against the Giants!! (Also interesting Brady is not on this list tho I kinda agree).

1 year ago

Shaq Barrett should be on this list. He had has hands on the QB and was dragging him to the ground when he threw both of the INTs. He pressured Jones throughout the contest and also knocked down a pass.

Pete Wood
Pete Wood(@littlebrownjug)
1 year ago

Good list, but Brady needs to be added. Clutch play. No interceptions. He believed we’d win and that made all the difference.
With Gay and Winston starting, Bucs lose this game, no question. They might have got shut out.
Bucs win big Sunday. Count on it.

1 year ago

Tyler johnson needs to play more.

1 year ago

Winfield saved the game. He’s been so impressive. Davis played great as usual. I do think Bucs need more help at CB Dean and Bunting both have some issues at times.

1 year ago

Mickens, Suh played better than JPP. Defense was man handled in the 1st half and couldn’t stop 4th downs.

1 year ago

It has become obvious that Godwin is the best receiver on the team. Antonio Brown will be equal with him in a few weeks when he gets some reps. Gronk has great hands but lost some speed. Mike Evans great in traffic but has trouble getting separation; there’s a reason TB doesn’t throw his way. ( How many Ints did Winston have throwing to Evans last year?) Scotty Miller is a burner and can catch the ball if open but he is awful at anything that is contested. Johnson just needs more reps but will be good.

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