Winner: Rachaad White
So much was made about the Buccaneers run game over the last year, but we finally started to see the light.
Dave Canales and Skip Peete were brought in this offseason to turn the offense around, with a specific focus on fixing the league's worst rushing attack. Canales leaned almost evenly on the passing game in Week 1 and there wasn't a lot to write home about in the run game in the win over Minnesota.
That all changed this week.
Rachaad White led the Bucs in rushing with 73 yards and a touchdown, but it was the overall effectiveness of how the run game was incorporated that stood out. Unlike last year, where there was an almost stubborn reliance on trying to get the run game going, Canales carefully peppered in plays that featured White extending drives rather than building them around his usage.
The result was a perfect mix and utilization of the run game, grinding down the Bears defense and sanding time off the clock late in the game. It seems rudimentary to be geeked about the run game supplementing the passing game, but for how badly the Bucs struggled with it last year any signs of success are positive.
White turned in his first truly solid game since taking over as RB1 and he stood alone in the performance.