Lavonte David up, Jameis Winston down in Buccaneers' loss

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NFL Nation reporter Mike Triplett explains why Drew Brees' fast start made Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin less of a factor in the New Orleans Saints' 24-17 victory. (1:09)

TAMPA, Fla. -- A look at Tampa Bay Buccaneers players who were "up" and those who were "down" in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints:


RB Doug Martin: He gained a team-high 81 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries. Martin has 1,214 yards, 330 shy of tying James Wilder's franchise record for a season, set in 1984.

LB Lavonte David: He had 13 tackles, two pass breakups and one tackle for loss. David was all over the field and kept Tampa Bay in the game.

LB Bruce Carter: He made his first start for the Bucs, filling in for the suspended Kwon Alexander, and finished with a season-high eight tackles. He also had two tackles for loss and a sack.


QB Jameis Winston: The rookie completed 18 of 32 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown but missed Charles Sims, who had a step on a New Orleans linebacker on a deep pass late in the fourth quarter. If Winston completes that pass, Sims would likely score a touchdown and the game would be an extra-point away from being tied.

K Connor Barth: His 47-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter sailed left. Barth is now 19-of-23 on the season and has missed field goals in two of the past three games.

WR Vincent Jackson: He caught one pass for 5 yards before leaving the game with an injured knee. The injury is likely to keep him out of Thursday's game at St. Louis because of the short turnaround.