TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 3: Defensive lineman Michael Bennett #71 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackles quarterback Curtis Painter #7 of the Indianapolis Colts October 3, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
It's another Tuesday, which means another Tampa Bay Buccaneers gets a Game Ball of the Week. I had plenty of outstanding performances to choose from this week. Josh Freeman had his best game of the season, despite several drops by receivers. Preston Parker was key in getting the Bucs' passing game going. Legarrette Blount had another big day and scored the final go-ahead touchdown. Gerald McCoy had his first sack of the season and added a team-leading six tackles, three tackles for loss and two quarterback hits.
But the most impressive player of all was probably Michael Bennett. The left defensive end wreaked havoc throughout the entire game. He performed well against the run and did better against the pass. He notched two sacks, his first two on the season, forced and recovered a fumble, added 5 more tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit.
Michael Bennett had a terrific day, destroying tackles, backs and tight ends in pass protection and run defense. And Bucs fans weren't the only ones to notice, despite the fact that his name barely got called by the announcers. Pro Football Focus called his day "one of the best performances from a defensive end you're likely to see all season."
The entire defensive line looked dominant against the Indianapolis Colts and kept the Bucs in the game, but Michael Bennett stood out in a strong unit. Enjoy the fictional game ball, Michael Bennett!