The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the San Diego Chargers yesterday in their fourth consecutive win. The Bucs didn’t dominate from beginning to end, but they were certainly the better team — so this is another week of just listing winners. No losers here!
QB Jameis Winston
20 completions on 30 attempts for 280 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Winston had yet another solid all-around game. He got a little lucky that he only threw one interception, but then he made a whole bunch of key plays and third-down conversions, especially late in the game. Winston has played solid all-around football over the past month, especially if you .value a lack of turnovers highly (the Bucs at least do).
LB Lavonte David
A key pick six, two passes defensed and...three total tackles. Okay the latter is a bit surprising, though David’s tackle totals have been fluctuating rather heavily ever since Kwon Alexander joined the team, but David had a good game and made what was probably the single most important play of the game.
S Keith Tandy
Tandy has been up and down when he’s gotten the chance to play. He has a tendency to be around the ball and make some spectacular plays, especially in sub packages, but he also has some athletic limitations and can get burned. None of those limitations showed up on Sunday, and I would have forgotten he was on the field (this is a good thing) if it wasn’t for the game-clinching interception at the end.
TE Cameron Brate
Six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown made Brate the team’s leading receiver on the day. Brate has been steady and reliable throughout the season, and he’s been a very useful cog in this offense — especially with the slew of injuries that only got worse on Sunday. I still think he has some athletic limitations, but he’s clearly a valuable target for Jameis Winston.
The entire offensive line
The Bucs’ offensive line has been doing some outstanding work in recent weeks, especially in pass protection. That continued on Sunday with Jameis Winston often having plenty of time in the pocket, and the line adjusting when he left it. One downside: the line seems to struggle to consistently generate push, especially without blocking tight end Luke Stocker on the field. But solid pass protection, helped by Dirk Koetter’s schematic adjustments, make up for any deficiencies in that department.