The Buffalo Bills found a way to win last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But were they able to keep the five key contributors for the Bucs at bay?
CB Brent Grimes
The corner, who is Tampa Bay’s “lockdown” corner, had a rough day. The former Miami Dolphin gave up big plays to Bills tight end Nick O’Leary on the first drive. Grimes was also beat in coverage on a critical third down conversion to Deonte Thompson that put the Bills deep in Bucs territory. LeSean McCoy also shook him to death on one of his long runs.
WR DeSean Jackson
Jackson hauled in five receptions for 73 yards. It probably didn’t help that starting cornerback EJ Gaines was injured and couldn’t return. That being said, the true receiving threat was on the other side of the field in Mike Evans. QB Jameis Winston also overthrew Jackson a few times which could have resulted in some big plays.
Whoever plays quarterback
Typical starting quarterback Jameis Winston was able to power through a shoulder injury to play. His shoulder didn’t affect his game, hitting the Bills defense for 384 yards. His decision making hurt his team though, throwing two interceptions, two near-interceptions, and hanging in the pocket, too, which resulted in a fumble.
DT Gerald McCoy
McCoy was nearly a non-factor on the stat sheet this week. The defensive tackle only recorded one tackle. The Bills offensive line did a good job of keeping him in check and knowing where he was at all times.
K Patrick Murray
The Bucs finally seem to have a kicker. Murray hit from 50 yards for the first score of the points of the game. He was perfect for the rest of the game as well, knocking through his one other FG attempt on field goals and 3/3 on extra points.