Mike Evans up, Jameis Winston down in Buccaneers' win

TAMPA, Fla. -- A look at Tampa Bay Buccaneers players who were "up" and those who were "down" in the team's 10-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday:


WR Mike Evans: His drops were costly in a Week 9 loss to the New York Giants, but he responded well by totaling 126 yards on eight catches Sunday. The Bucs need him to perform well because they don't have many dependable pass-catching options while wide receiver Vincent Jackson (knee) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) are out with injuries. After Evans, running back Doug Martin followed with 40 yards on four catches. Tight end Brandon Myers had three catches for 35 yards.

LB Lavonte David: He has spoken about a need to do more, and he came through with 12 tackles and one sack. The Bucs have benefited from memorable contributions by rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander, and if David can make his presence known in the second half of the season, the Bucs will be in good shape with that potentially exciting combination. David must build on this performance.

CB Sterling Moore: He was solid against Dez Bryant, limiting the talented Dallas receiver to five catches for 45 yards. It was a smart move to match up Moore against Bryant, given the pair's history in Dallas. (Moore spent 2012-14 with the Cowboys.) Bryant could have done more damage, but Moore held him in check.


TE Brandon Myers: A pass from quarterback Jameis Winston slipped through Myers' hands and was intercepted by safety Jeff Heath late in the second quarter, ending Winston's streak of consecutive passes without a pick at 135. The turnover took away what could have been a short field-goal try for kicker Connor Barth. The sequence would have loomed large if Tampa Bay had lost.

LT Donovan Smith: He had three false-start penalties, which stunted momentum. Overall, the rookie has played well throughout the season. But he showed his youth Sunday. He must be more disciplined.

QB Jameis Winston: Give him credit for leading the Bucs on a nine-play, 56-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter that lifted his team to victory. Still, he would have been remembered for his two interceptions and a fumble at the goal line on that last drive if not for the defensive holding penalty against Heath. Tampa Bay was fortunate that Winston's mistakes didn't lead to a loss.