Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Each week, PewterReport.com will rate the top 10 Buccaneers based upon recent play rather than overall talent or importance to the team. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers improved their record to 4-5 with a thrilling, 10-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
These are the Buccaneers with the most momentum heading into the Week 11:
WHICH BUCCANEERS PLAYERS ARE HOT? – WEEK 11
1. QB Jameis Winston
Winston saw his streak of four straight games without a touchdown end after a two-interception performance against Dallas. Winston wasn’t as sharp as he has been over the last month and lucked out when a fumble at the goal line was negated by a Cowboys penalty, but he did score the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run – his fourth rushing TD of the year, which leads the team. Winston has completed 57.5 percent of his passes for 2,159 yards with 10 TDs and nine INTs.
LAST WEEK: 1
2. RB Doug Martin
Martin rushed for 63 yards on 18 carries against Dallas (3.5 avg.), but managed to top the 700-yard mark this season. Martin leads the Bucs with 706 yards and three touchdowns on 161 carries (4.4 avg.) and has 21 catches for 188 yards and a touchdown this year as the driving force of Tampa Bay’s offense.
LAST WEEK: 2
3. WR Mike Evans
Evans rebounded from a six-drop game against the Giants to catch eight passes for 126 yards against the Cowboys and also draw a holding penalty and a 45-yard pass interference penalty. Evans leads the Bucs with 40 catches for 662 yards (16.6 avg.) and one touchdown this year.
LAST WEEK: 6
Bucs LB Lavonte David – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
4. LB Lavonte David
David has his best game of the season against Dallas, recording a game-high 12 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack a pass breakup while helping limit the Cowboys to just 42 yards rushing on 21 carries. David leads Tampa Bay with 81 tackles and has six passes defensed, four tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble this year.
LAST WEEK: 7
5. MLB Kwon Alexander
Alexander had a quiet game against Dallas, but helped hold the Cowboys to just 216 yards and six points – both of which were season-lows for a Tampa Bay opponent. Alexander had four tackles and his second sack of the season versus Dallas, and has 63 tackles, seven passes defensed, five tackles for loss, two interceptions, two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the year.
LAST WEEK: 3
6. RB Charles Sims
Sims played a lesser role against Dallas than he had in previous games, rushing for just 18 yards on five carries (3.6 avg.) and catching two passes for 13 yards. Sims is still the second-leading receiver with 22 catches for 251 yards and two touchdowns, and is the second-leading rusher with a career-high 302 yards on 66 carries (4.6 avg.).
LAST WEEK: 5
7. DE Jacquies Smith
Smith missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle. Yet Smith still leads Tampa Bay with five sacks and three forced fumbles, including one at Washington that was returned for a touchdown by defensive end Howard Jones, and two fumble recoveries, including one at Atlanta. Smith also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown against Jacksonville, in addition to 14 tackles on the year.
LAST WEEK: 4
8. K Connor Barth
Barth was 1-of-2 on his field goal attempts against the Cowboys on a windy day in Tampa Bay last Sunday. While his 46-yarder was wide left, his 52-yarder was good. Barth has connected on 14-of-16 (87.5 percent) field goals and has made all of his extra points.
LAST WEEK: 8
Bucs FS Bradley McDougald – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
9. FS Bradley McDougald
McDougald celebrated his birthday in grand fashion on Sunday, recording the game-clinching interception in the end zone with seconds left while defending Dallas Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant. McDougald had his best game of the season and has 51 tackles on the year and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions.
LAST WEEK: UNRANKED
10. CB Sterling Moore
The Bucs have gotten great cornerback play from Moore for the past two weeks since he’s been inserted into the starting lineup. Last week against the New York Giants he had an interception, a forced fumble and three passes defensed. Against Dallas, Moore, who has 22 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception on the year, was manned up against Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant and helped hold him to five catches for 45 yards.
LAST WEEK: UNRANKED
DROPPED OUT: DE Howard Jones (9), SS Chris Conte (10)
WHICH PLAYERS ARE NOT? – WEEK 11
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
1. DT Gerald McCoy
McCoy remains Tampa Bay’s second leading sacker with 4.5 sacks, but has now gone four games without a sack. What’s worse is that he has just five tackles, including one against New York and Dallas, in the last four games. McCoy has a hurt shoulder, but hasn’t been winning his one-on-one battles this year.
LAST WEEK: 1
2. CB Johnthan Banks
Banks has been benched for the last two games in favor of undrafted rookie free agent Jude Adjei-Barimah and Sterling Moore. Banks has been ineffective since returning from his knee injury that he suffered in a Week 3 loss at Houston and has been relegated to special teams.
LAST WEEK: 2
3. CB Mike Jenkins
Jenkins has also been benched for the Giants and Cowboys games for poor play, and has just four pass breakups and 13 tackles with no interceptions on the year. Jenkins, who has been victimized by opposing quarterbacks this year, played mostly on special teams on Sunday and had a stupid personal foul penalty with less than a minute left.
LAST WEEK: 3
4. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Seferian-Jenkins has only played in one and a half games this season due to lingering shoulder injury. Although he has been practicing for the past three weeks he didn’t play versus Atlanta, New York or Dallas, and the Bucs offense could use his big 6-foot-6 frame in the red zone.
LAST WEEK: 4
5. WR Vincent Jackson
Jackson has now missed three games after injuring his knee against Washington. The Bucs offense has stalled inside the red zone in recent weeks, settling for more field goals than it wanted to over the past four games in which Tampa Bay is 2-2. Jackson is a red-zone weapon the Bucs need back as soon as possible.
LAST WEEK: 5
DROPPED OUT: None
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Jacq Smith, Hot?
I was hoping I was going to understand this column this week…
Agree WiltheBrewer. How do you even qualify when you don’t play. Better selection would have been Will Gholston who has been playing stout against the run and got his first sack of the year on Sunday.
I don’t get this “love fest” for Gholdston I really don’t, he got a coverage sack vs Cassel he held the ball for 7 seconds, sigh, yes, Gholdston is ok vs the run so what, Melton is just as serviceable at that spot as Gholdston but I don’t hear his name. Are we so desperate for anything at DE that we praise mediocrity?
“four straight games without a touchdown” — Who proofreads this stuff?
drdneast…..agreed…Gholston has out played McCoy for last few weeks and no mention of him. Don’t get this article either
Winston has been nothing shy of mediocre the past few weeks, he gets the hot spot? barely above 50% completion percentage, under throws his deep ball, comes off woblly when throws on the run, misses the easy throw at times. Koeeter echoed this today with PR cause I saw it on my facebook wall. Just so you won’t think I’m always negative, Winston has fire and moxy and leadership and when he steps into his throws can really fire the ball accurately, but I want to see more consistency out of the position
It doesn’t let me edit my post anymore, oops
Do you like anyone on the team jongruden? I beg to differ about Winston. He would have had a great game against the Giants if it wasn’t for all the drops he had.
Yes, he had a mediocre game against the Cowboys, but he practically willed this team into the enzone.
Drdnest- It’s called being objective and not a “homer”, you have to see the good and bad or your not being honest. I own a Winston Jersey a long with David, Martin and Vjax, does this mean I should say they are awesome no faults at all the best in the league stuff cause I like them?, no, just as my own son plays high school football I tell him what he needs to work on so he can fix his problems and be better. To be blind and not see faults is what keeps people living in a dream land that doesn’t exist, whats that son you made a “C-” in Algebra well you tried hard and a “C-” in perfectly fine no need for tutoring. lol esp here in Tampa apparently
Jameis definitely doesn’t put up the numbers we would all love to see, but he manages the game amazingly. He leads our team which is what we need from a 1st pick rookie. He loves the players and coaches and is bringing a winning mentality to all of our players (except McCoy). Kidding about him, but the numbers will come. He will continue to have his ups and downs on the stat sheet but what he’s bringing to this franchise otherwise is exactly what we need!
A C- in Algebra in a public Hillsborough County school qualifies him for MIT doesn’t it.
I understand your point jongruden and I do admit to being a homer, but I have been tough on players performances as well.
Look at the posts about ASJ.
I try to keep things in perspective though.
Winston is a rookie so I don’t expect him to play like he’s been in the league three years.
I think Gholston has been playing better doesn’t mean I think he should go to the pro bowl.
I just think he’s been playing better. Like a B- better.
I would Grade Winston C- so far and Gholdson a D, he has few tackles a game with zero pressure on qb, that’s my grades anyway. Your are also right a C for any rookie qb is to be expected esp how young Winston is and who his supporting cast around are, not giving him much help with Dye, Brate and Humphries out there. Winston has tremendous upside but he still needs to work on things that’s for sure
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