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1. Osi Umenyiora
Umenyiora did a nice job against the run and helped keep a couple of Doug Martin runs from being bigger gains. He also had a couple of quarterback pressures against Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon.
2. Jonathan Babineaux
Babineaux didn't wreak havoc, but he did help control a Buccaneers rushing attack that gashed the Falcons in Week 17 last year. Tampa was able to convert two short fourth downs on the ground, but one of those plays (Tampa running back Mike James' third quarter conversion) was there for the Falcons linebackers to make.
3. Corey Peters
Peters continues to anchor the defensive line by taking up space and blockers on the inside. He continues to show up on film, but not so much in the stat sheet.
4. Jonathan Massaquoi
Massaquoi notched a half a sack and showed some improvement at the point of attack in the run game.
5. Malliciah Goodman
Goodman was having a decent game against the run and even getting a little pressure before he drew a roughing the passer penalty in the third quarter that prevented what would have been a 3rd-and-15 for the Bucs.
6. Peria Jerry
Jerry came up being in the red zone late in the first half when the Bucs had to settle for a field goal after Jerry pressured Glennon into an incompletion on second down and sacked him for a loss on third down.
7. Stansly Maponga
Like Goodman, Maponga drew a costly personal foul penalty that gave the Bucs a first down in the fourth quarter.
8. Cliff Matthews
Matthews came in and provided a fresh body along the defensive line while also making his usual contribution on special teams.