In a turnover filled Saturday afternoon, the visiting Houston Texans came out on top versus the injury-riddled Buccaneers by a close score of 23-20.

The Bucs won the toss and elected to receiving the opening kick off. Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians has been known to have a desire to make the opening statement to start games, so this was no surprise. What also wasn’t a surprise (unfortunately) was that quarterback Jameis Winston’s first pass of the game was intercepted. That was the sixth opening drive interception Winston has thrown this season. And to make matters worse, the Texans returned the interception for a touchdown to open the scoring at 7-0.

When the Bucs took over after the turnover, their next possession was much of the same, as Winston threw his second interception of the game. That interception was also returned for a touchdown, but a holding penalty on the return brought it back. When Deshaun Watson and the Texans’ offense took the field for the first time, the Bucs defense was ready for them and held them to just a field goal. That brought the score to 10-0.

On the Bucs’ third drive, they were able to sustain more control of the ball, traveling 49 yards in six plays. But at the end of the drive, the Texans blocked a long 54-yard field goal attempt from Matt Gay, resulting in another turnover.

Thankfully for the Bucs offense, the defense was down to hold up their end of the bargain, as they held the Texans to just 15 yards in five plays, yielding a punt. Winston and the Bucs offense once again settled down and were able to travel 58 yards in nine plays, this time ending the drive with a successful field goal to bring the score to 10-3.

On the next Texans drive, the Bucs defense took it up a notch and not only contained Houston’s offense, but linebacker Lavonte David forced a fumble, which was recovered by fellow linebacker Devin White. This brought good momentum to the Bucs sideline. Unfortunately it didn’t last long, as Winston’s turnover syndrome reared its ugly head again, as he threw his third interception of the game.

The Bucs defense did hold the Texans to a three-and-out following the turnover, but a fumble by the Bucs offense on their next series once again sent a tired Bucs defense out on the field. They weren’t able to keep up their stellar play on the next drive and gave up seven points, which extended Houston’s lead to 17-3.

For most teams, this score and situation would be a disaster. For the Buccaneers, some would say they had them right where they wanted them. On the next two drives, Winston and the offense caught fire. Traveling 81 yards on their first drive and 39 yards on their next, the Bucs scored back-to-back touchdowns with a Jamel Dean interception in between to bring the score to 17-17 at half.

After such a back-and-forth first half, the third quarter was much slower with a much more controlled offensive pace for both teams.

On the Texans’ first drive, Watson and company traveled 68 yards in 14 plays in a drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock. That first drive ended in a field goal for them to re-take the lead 20-17. On the Bucs first possession, they, too, took their time moving down the field. Winston and his offensive weapons orchestrated a 16-play, 57-yard drive that also ended in three points to once again tie the game. This time the score read 20-20.

Following both teams trading field goals, both offense struggled to move the ball and the teams traded punts. When the Texans took over following the dueling punts, Watson and company were faced with a crucial third-and-6 midway through the fourth quarter. On that play, Watson found wide receiver DeAndre Carter 39 yards down the field for a conversion and a new set of downs in Buccaneers territory. However the Bucs defense was able to hold firm after the big play and forced the Texans into a field goal try. They converted and brought the score to 23-20.

The Bucs took over down three with just over seven minutes left in the game. After anemic plays on first and second down, Winston was able to hit Justin Watson on a short route to keep the drive going. That gave way to a 23-yard pass to Ronald Jones to bring them to midfield. A few plays later the Bucs were faced with a fourth-and-short. On the play, tight end Cameron Brate was able to sneak his was into some open grass in the middle of the field, but the ball hit his hands and then went into the ground — a turnover on downs.

On the Texans’ next drive, with a chance to close the game out with a few first downs, the Bucs defense rose to the occasion, forcing a quick three-and-out.

Tampa Bay took over from their own 10-yard line with 2:21 left in the fourth quarter. To start the drive, Winston hit Perriman for a 19-yard gain. But unfortunately for the Buccaneers, this game ended the way it started, as Winston threw his fourth turnover of the game to give the ball and the win to the Texans.

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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cantsignhim

and that’s why it would be absolutely stupid to sign Winston to an extension. Let him walk.

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cgmaster27

Nice screen name, you must be new here. We knew you trolls would be out this week. You were all but invisible the last 3 weeks.

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Johnny e Daniels

Thanks. And yes I am new to this site. And no I am not a troll just stating what I saw. And I love this team and like the direction we are heading and the heart on display to stay in the game!

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artpac

Jameis played poorly for sure. But he never quits. And he is our best option by far. First 2 interceptions were inexcusable, last 2 I felt the receivers could have been tougher. But the defense played well-hats off to Todd Bowles and the young secondary. David played his butt off. And we had a few drops. Winston can’t throw those first 2 interceptions. But I think rest of the game he played super gutsy.

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Johnny e Daniels

This L was largely due to Jameis. The first two were bad. But the last one with the game on the line was ugly and a killer.

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cgmaster27

So much went wrong in this game and to only lose by 3. Gees. Jameis needs to get these damn games out of his system. I am curious how many of his picks are out routes. It looks like a franchise tag next year for him to see. He cant expect a mutli year deal at this point. The defense played lights out. Jamel dean, carlton davis, and bunting are playing lights out. The offensive line played fairly well as well. This is one of those games om jameis. Im sure buc ass and ben will crawl put from under… Read more »

twspin

The interception King did not disappoint us. I accurately predicted this defeat. Now..we should go all out to finish 8-8. They owe this to our fans. ATL is quite winnable. Just hope Mr Helter Skelter, Jameis can keep the turnovers down.

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Pete Wood

I like Winston, but heavens to betsy, without his turnovers Bucs would have eleven wins now or more.

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IDGABuc

And without his stellar plays to bring us back we’d have..??! It drives me nuts too but when have we ever had a Bucs QB where we are down by 14+ in the first quarter and not one Bucs fan worries about whether we will have a shot at the end?? “I’ll take this one Bob!”.. Answer: NEVER! Seriously though I totally get it but this is the first year where I’ve seen enough from Winston, especially the moxie(spelling??) to be able to shake off a big deficit and multiple turnovers to keep them in the game and, over the… Read more »

owlykat

Had a normally dependable Brate merely caught a pass right in his hands the Bucs were on the way to at least get a long field goal to tie the game or a slow touchdown to win it all. Despite multiple turnovers in the game the Bucs played the much favored Texans very tough. Our defense is good enough to play anyone now and our Defense were very good. We still can finish this season with a respectable 8-8 Season.

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awwdembucs

The coaching was bad 1st half. QB play was bad. And the refs.were bad.

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Dman

No question this loss is on Jameis. My take is we were the better team out there today. We also didn’t get any favors from the officiating. But we also had a repeat of season long problems. Our O line clearly pushed the Texans around – why did we abandon the run – again!!! Throwing the ball downfield three, four, five plays in a row is just stupid. And special teams were absolutely awful. We started inside the 20 almost every time there was a kickoff or punt. Returners are making mistakes, but where’s the coaching staff. The blocked FG… Read more »

EastEndBoy

The announcers said it best :

“What a throw by Winston “
“What was Winston thinking”
Repeat, repeat, repeat….

After 5 years that’s just so hard to accept.

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gibsonmx

I will start by saying I am a FSU fan and was a big defender of Jameis Winston. But if they resign him, it needs to be an incentive laden contract. Not sure he deserves another contract, but when he is on, he is on. But these BS Int’s are killing us. The defense is starting to come around, so we need to invest in the oline, and try and keep as many of our Defensive players as possible. If the defense can play like they did today, we just need a QB that can manage a game and not… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB

For 4 weeks the playoff eliminated Bucs played there heart out to beat bad teams also eliminated from playoffs who had no plan to win they just want the shot at LSU QB in the draft. A team that has a shot for the wild card comes in and it is finally a reality check for the Jameis Winston trolls screaming for his resigning. The touchdown king had a good day with 1 TD for Bucs and 1 TD pass for texas, giving Jameis 8 TD passes for the other teams. *8 TD passes to other teams in 1 year… Read more »

cgmaster27

The irony of you calling anyone a troll bob is clearlty lost on you. Havent heard a peep from you for weeks till today. Shocker. Jameis will be back next year, this game didnt change anything.

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chefboho

Trolls? Funny seeings how you’ve been MIA for three weeks and now you come crawling out of your moms basement. Predictable to say the least.

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Chef how can I complain about other teams giving wins to Bucs so they can lower their draft pick. Today a team in playoff hunt came and look what happened.
The season was over at Holloween for Bucs when Bucs play good teams they lose with Jameis the INT s are over 33 for 15 games,

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Knightrider79

Houston cane to town and they were in for a fight. They didn’t expect to have to play so hard against a depleted Bucs team. They didn’t beat us, WE beat us. As far as Winston goes he’ll be back for another year but we have to draft another QB early. Ideally we’d draft Tua but that’s another convo for another day.

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Pete Wood

What is your solution? Would you cut winston?

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BUC-ASS-BOB

do not resign him he can not elevate to level to win in playoffs
so far can not get to playoffs.
Maybe you want to spend next 3 years seeing if he will stop throwing INTS

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MizzouBucs24

Fuck off!! Clown ass. You’re a troll. What fan only comments when “his” team loses? The only thing worse than Winston’s picks are you being excited about them. The Bucs played like shit today against a playoff team without its top 2 WR and only lost by 3 points. Our defense gave up one touchdown only after the refs screwed us on the forced fumble by David. This team is going in the right direction despite all the negative crap you had to say about this coaching staff. Your a idiot!! Enjoy rooting for “your favorite team” next year because… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB

Mizzou calm with the temper and language it is just a game, I understand you are upset about the game but bad language is never the answer.
It is Xmas and Jameis just gave Texas a gift win to Texas get over it, get into the Xmas spirit.

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dotASC

In honor of the irony in this comment, I’m changing my name to SHIT-STAIN-WAYNE.

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TBAtlas

I’m waiting till the end of the season like I’ve said, but this game hasn’t really changed my mind on anything. Still very excited about the coming season and I’m glad that we finally have that Seahawks-esque level of resilience in us to go out and be in ball games regardless.

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surferdudes

Wearing all red Jameis played Black Santa today, gifting picks all day. Just before his beauty throw to Watson for the TD, he had a sure pick dropped at the goal line. This is nothing new, we’ve seen it all to many times before. By now we shouldn’t be shocked, or surprised, it’s what Jameis is. He’ll win you a game with some unbelievable play, and like today, will gift wrap one under the tree this time to the Texans. AFC South champs, Merry Christmas. I hope they send JW a holiday ham or something to thank him. Rate this… Read more »

dotASC

Well written and clever. Thumbs up even though I disagree to an extent, I certainly get your point.

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Horse

I’m still at my same position I was before the season started; you want to keep him, but can you keep him? This kind of game didn’t help Winston today for sure.
OJ Howard and break didn’t help Winston either. Special teams weren’t good either.
Defense play good.

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Knightrider79

Winston didn’t help Winston today. It’s hard to justify signing him to a multi year deal and giving him the franchise tag would not be our best interest either. He’s gonna have to be on a one year prove it deal that’s very team friendly

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BBBBucx

JW starts with an Int again. IMO some of this is on Coaches. Knowing he has a penchant to toss Int early. Why an out? And what type of sloppy pattern did WR run? The 2nd and 3rd Ints are inexcusable. Referees in this game should be fired. Time and time again – plays should run to their conclusion, without whistles interfering and then go to replay if there is a problem. We were robbed of a scoop and score … again. Why do the Specials Coaches allow this clown to run kicks back. He makes awful decisions, walks and… Read more »

pinkstob

It’s finally gotten to the point where this team bores me. You know what teams we’re going to lose to and how before the game even starts. Also season in season out it does not add up to us making the playoffs.

One more game and we can start our Groundhog Day anew with another season. Yay.

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seat26

I am not a fan of Licht, but I don’t envy his decisions in this offseason. Winston is a gunslinger, and who knows, maybe 2 yrs from now he is Brett Favre reincarnated. Or maybe he is Trent Dilfer who ends up at the end of his career with more interceptions than TDs. I think they keep him, but they have to bring in someone to develop. Because this may be the best we get on offense. Where we score points, but we give points to the other team over and over again. Thank goodness our Defense is really coming… Read more »

martinii

Ho hum…… another season in the books. Best we can wish for is a breakeven campaign. For those who feel we improved welcome to the world of delusion. Last time we actually showed improvement was 2016, before that 2010. Oh well stats are for losers and like a-holes everybodys got an opinion. I will be sad for a few weeks and turn my focus toward Ohio State, My Alumni. Hopefully they will win the College playoffs. Over the last few years as I progress through retirement I have found my sorrow directed more toward the fans of Tampa. Myself included… Read more »

Chris Elrod

I was one of the folks on Pewter Report talking about cutting Winston for the majority of the season. However, there have been some signs of improvement (though today all evidence to the contrary). Enough so that signing Jameis to a 1-year, incentive-based deal seems logical. Any contract longer than that would be foolish for the Bucs. Also, you can’t question Jameis’ work ethic, so maybe a full off-season with the new coaching staff will work out some of the kinks in Winston’s game. It’s not like there are any good alternatives in the NFL quarterback market for next season… Read more »

bucballer

Wow! That’s a tough one. We should’ve won this game despite the INTs! I was not expecting Jameis to throw 4 pics. It’s a shame. Hard to beat a playoff team when u have that many giveaways. Let’s finish strong next week.

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IDGABuc

And without his stellar plays to bring us back we’d have..??! It drives me nuts too but when have we ever had a Bucs QB where we are down by 14+ in the first quarter and not one Bucs fan worries about whether we will have a shot at the end?? “I’ll take this one Bob!”.. Answer: NEVER! Seriously though I totally get it but this is the first year where I’ve seen enough from Winston, especially the moxie(spelling??) to be able to shake off a big deficit and multiple turnovers to keep them in the game and, over the… Read more »

IDGABuc

Geez! I wrote a run on sentence so long in my (“blah blah blah”) part I forgot what I was talking about at the beginning of it! LMAO

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