-Quarterback Jameis Winston came out of the bullpen for Tampa Bay, after starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled with turnovers during the first three quarters. The Bucs sit at -23 in turnover margin after committing four turnovers with no takeaways on the day. Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown and two of which were inside the red zone, continuing the Bucs' red zone woes from last game. He was then pulled in favor of Winston in the third quarter, who went 12-for-16 for 199 yards, two touchdowns and one desperation interception during his quarter-and-a-half of work. He was able to rally the team back within three but fell just short as time expired.
Winston led four straight drives that resulted in touchdowns for Tampa Bay, resulting in the Bucs being four-of-five inside the red zone, a drastic improvement from last week against Washington. Winston's first touchdown came with a little bit of luck, as Winston himself scrambled on second down at the six-yard line. The ball was stripped out of his hands but fell forward into the end zone, where wide receiver Mike Evans was there to recover, resulting in a Bucs' touchdown. From there, Winston was firing on all cylinders. Winston hit both Evans and wide receiver Adam Humphries for passing touchdowns, the former coming on a spectacular 41-yard throw to Evans in the end zone. The Bucs had a good mix of run and pass plays all day that got running back Peyton Barber a rushing touchdown on the day, as well.
It's as balanced an offensive attack as the Bucs have had this year, but it was the turnovers that ultimately made the difference as the Bucs sit at a -23 turnover margin for the season.