Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Standouts from Buccaneers vs. Falcons

Five players who impressed in the Bucs' Week 8 victory over the Falcons.

Photos from Buccaneers vs. Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

1. QB Jameis Winston
Statistically, Winston played well in the Bucs' victory. He completed 16 of 29 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball three times for 24 yards and an additional score. Winston played some of his best ball in overtime, converting three critical third-down plays to move the Bucs deep into Atlanta territory. Some of his efforts won't be reflected in the box score, though. In overtime, Winston pulled out in front of Doug Martin and acted as a lead blocker on a pitch.

2. LB Kwon Alexander
Alexander had one of the best days of his already impressive, young career on Sunday. He was responsible for two of the Bucs' four turnovers, ripping a ball out of Julio Jones' hands and recovering the fumble and intercepting Matt Ryan. Alexander was also the Bucs' leading tackler with 11. No other player had more than 10 tackles. Alexander was playing with a heavy heart after losing his younger brother earlier in the week.

3. DE Howard Jones
Howard Jones has played three games with the Buccaneers this season, and each of those three he ended up on the post-game list of standouts. He recorded two sacks in his NFL debut before returning a fumble for a touchdown last week. Against Atlanta, he recorded the Bucs' lone sack. It couldn't have come at a better time, either. Jones sacked Ryan on third down, forcing the Falcons info a fourth-and-long, which would ultimately be the final play of the game.

4. K Connor Barth
Since joining the Buccaneers earlier this season, Barth has yet to miss a field goal. He was a perfect, three-for-three on Sunday, including a 31-yarder in overtime which would help Tampa Bay seal the victory. Barth also connected on both of his extra point attempts.

5. TE Cameron Brate
Vincent Jackson was inactive on Sunday with a knee injury and Austin Seferian-Jenkins was unable to play because of a shoulder injury. That left the Bucs short-handed to begin with. As the game went on, Mike Evans spent time on the sideline being looked at as well. Brate stepped up to lead the team in receiving yards with 48 while also catching the team's only touchdown pass. 

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