On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took the Buffalo Bills down to the wire, but Buffalo was able to prevail scoring with 18 seconds left to win the game. After some time to think about it, these players made key contributions to get the W for the team.
Defense: CB Tre’Davious White
The defense showed some cracks against an extremely good offense on Sunday. However, timely turnovers did enough to give the offense a chance to win. White didn’t have an amazing day in coverage, but that’s tough to do considering the Bucs wide receiving corps. White even said he thought he cost the team the game after he let Mike Evans score on an incredible 12-yard touchdown catch. Instead, it could be argued White won the Bills the game, punching out the ball from the hands of wide receiver Adam Humphries deep in Bucs territory, setting up the game-winning field goal.
Offense: QB Tyrod Taylor and WR Deonte Thompson
Don’t look now, but the Bills may have a true wide receiving threat. Just six days after signing with the Bills, Thompson is already the team's second-leading receiver. Thompson hauled in four catches for 107 yards on Sunday, the most important being a 44-yard bomb to set up the team for another LeSean McCoy touchdown. The former Raven clearly has chemistry with another former Raven, quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Taylor seemed to trust Thompson when the team most needed a big play. Taylor had a good day as well, with 268 yards through the air and 53 yards on the ground. The most important part about the day for Taylor was that he ran the offense effectively in the final minutes of the game for a rare comeback victory.
Special teams: K Stephen Hauschka
Hauschka didn’t have his best day, missing a 40+ yard field early in the game, but he battled back and knocked through a 52-yard kick later to tie the NFL record for consecutive kicks made from more tham 50 yards. He also eventually nailed the game-winning field goal from 30 yards out with 19 seconds left.