With Tampa Bay’s week one game against the Dallas Cowboys officially in the books, we are going to wrap up by recognizing one of the standout performances of the week from The Pewter Plank.
While the offense played well this week, the run game was consistent, and the passing game was effective, our offense stalled out near the goal line all but one time, scoring one TD and being held to 4 field goals…… But our defense really shined. The unit held one of the best offenses in the league to just 3 points last night.
While there were a few performances worthy of the recognition on defense last night, I believe the standout of the night was…..Devin White!
White had a pretty wonderful first game of the season as he is working to earn a massive new contract that will be coming his way. White tallied eight total tackles(seven solo), two key drive killing sacks, and one pass defensed, and that still doesn’t seem to quantify the impact he had on the game.
White was seemingly all over the place, in the backfield creating pressure, out in coverage, chasing down ball carriers at the sidelines….. White’s top notch range and versatility were on full display in this one.
Another big thing was the fact that he came up big in the moments where our defense NEEDED a stop. Both of White’s sacks came on key third down plays where the Bucs dialed up the pressure, and one of his sacks was a loss of ten yards and moved the Cowboys out of what would have been field goal range, taking the possibility for points off the board.
Devin White made one thing very clear last night…. The Bucs need to pay this man!
It is worth mentioning that rhe Bucs gave their internal game ball to Leonard Fournette, and his 127 yards(and a block on Micah Parsons that really set the tone as seen below) definitely warrants consideration, but I just feel that White impacted the game in too many ways, especially at critical times, and he deserves the nod this week, but it was extremely encouraging to see Leonard getting back to form in game one!
All in all, big win for the Bucs and week one, and now we get to move on to the Saints in week two!
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