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5 Standouts from Buccaneers vs. Falcons

Five players who impressed in the Buccaneers' victory over the Falcons.

Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 1 matchup with the Falcons.

1. QB Jameis Winston
Winston has played three games against the Falcons in his career, and all three have been victories. On Sunday, Winston threw four touchdowns, all of which were caught by different receivers. He finished the game completing 23 of 33 passes for 281 yards and with a passer rating of 122.6.

Alexander was the Buccaneers' leading tackler on Sunday and no other Tampa Bay player was close. He finished the game with 17 tackles, 15 of which were solo, and also picked up a sack. Chris Conte finished second of the team with 11 tackles while Lavonte David was third with eight.


  1. DT Gerald McCoy** McCoy's stat sheet doesn't do his performance justice. He recorded three tackles and a sack, but was consistently in the Falcons' backfield pushing opposing linemen backwards on what seemed like every other play. McCoy also deflected two of Matt Ryan's passes, including one on the Falcons' final play, which sealed the Buccaneers' victory. 4. DE Robert Ayers
    Like McCoy, Ayers' impact was stronger that what was listed on the stat sheet. He was credited with two tackles and a sack, which was his first sack in a Buccaneer uniform, but was generally disruptive throughout the game. On third down, the Buccaneers lined Ayers alongside McCoy at defensive tackle. Both players had success in moving Ryan off his spot and disrupting the Falcons' offense.

5. WR Mike Evans
Evans exploded in the third quarter, catching four passes for 95 yards after catching just one pass for four yards in the first half. He finished the game with 99 receiving yards, 45 of which came on a long touchdown catch from Jameis Winston. Evans led the Buccaneers in both receptions and receiving yards.

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