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It's about time someone other than a linebacker or a safety registered a sack for the Buccaneers' defense.
Defensive end Adrian Clayborn snapped Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in half, forcing a fumble in the second quarter. That was the first time–yes, the first time—this season that a defensive lineman caused a sack.
And who got the assist on Clayborn's sack? Gerald McCoy, who was a man possessed against Atlanta's offensive line.
Before Bucs fans get too hyped up, just remember that the Falcons' o-line may be the worst in the NFL. Not to bring you down, but it's true.
Hey, it's a start and an ego boost.
Dekoda Watson/Mason Foster:
Watson was everywhere, registering a sack and forcing a fumble on Atlanta's first possession. The rest of his stats don't look like the greatest, but the former Florida State standout didn't contribute after the half because the Falcons were playing catch-up, and Watson's not in on nickel situations.
Foster looked like a vet. You saw him barking orders, staying with his assignments and tallying five solo tackles with a sack.
Bucs head coach Raheem Morris must have had Foster in the film room a lot more than usual this week, because the middle linebacker seemingly knew where to go at all times and played an excellent game.
Not bad, rook. Not bad.
Honorable Mention: Ronde Barber
The old man still has it, intercepting Ryan and registering four tackles and three passes defended.