Stud: Jordan Davis
Jordan Davis just doesn’t stop. Already firmly in the midst of a breakout year, he continued to wreak havoc all game against the Buccaneers’ offensive line.
It was clear early that the Bucs weren’t going to be able to run at Davis. Their first 10 carries of the game gained only 18 yards, and 7 of those went on a counter where Davis was on the backside and simply never would’ve been able to impact the play. That was 11 yards on 9 carries that went anywhere Davis could impact.
Things didn’t get much better for Tampa all night. They confusingly decided to make a point of establishing the run even as they fell farther and farther behind, and they continued to find just as little success stubbornly trying to hammer into Davis up the middle. Even when it meant giving up a safety because a double-team isn’t enough to push him back, which frees up a linebacker to blow it up:
I know Davis set out tonight hoping to be thought of as more than just a run-stopper, and while he has shown flashes as a pass-rusher that’s not where he made his impact tonight. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone has their strengths, and Davis’ is being one of the best run stoppers in the NFL.