Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images
For the first time since 1987, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick and selected former Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. The area is abuzz with excitement for the Bucs news quarterback, one the fans and the organization hope becomes a franchise quarterback, and can lead the Buccaneers back to the playoffs for the first time since Jon Gruden roamed the sidelines at Raymond James Stadium.
PewterReport.com has chronicled Winston’s practice reports throughout training camp and the preseason, and now breaks down his performances in the regular season.
Winston’s First Drive – Eagles 0, Bucs 0
Winston’s first pass of the game came off play-action and was caught by tight end Cameron Brate for a gain of 16 yards. On third-and-5, Winston found slot receiver Adam Humphries on a slant for a gain of 12 yards and a first down to the Philadelphia 39. Winston’s pass to Mike Evans was overthrown on second-and-7. On the next play, Winston had Evans open down the sidelines, but the ball was underthrown and the Bucs had to punt.
Winston was 2-of-4 for 28 yards
Winston’s Second Drive – Eagles 7, Bucs 0
Winston threw a deep pass to Charles Sims down the sidelines on third-and-6 knowing that he had a free play due to an Eagles offside penalty, but the pass was incomplete and didn’t count due to the penalty. After Doug Martin ripped a 58 yards and followed that up with a 5-yard run, Winston hit Evans with a 4-yard touchdown on a perfectly thrown fade pass to tie the game at 7-7.
Winston was 1-of-1 for 4 yards and a touchdown
Bucs WR Vincent Jackson – Photo by: Getty Images
Winston’s Third Drive – Bucs 7, Eagles 7
On third-and-6 from the Tampa Bay 45, Winston hit Sims out of the backfield with a 17-yard screen pass down to the Philadelphia 38. On the next play, Winston took a seven-step drop and fired a bullet to Evans for a gain of 25 yards down to the Philadelphia 13. On the next play, Winston hit Vincent Jackson with a slant pass for a 13-yard touchdown to give Tampa Bay a 14-7 lead.
Winston was 3-of-3 for 55 yards and a touchdown
Winston’s Fourth Drive – Bucs 14, Eagles 7
Winston was sacked by Eagles defensive back Walter Thurmond III and fumbled, but the ball was recovered by fullback Jorvorskie Lane for an 8-yard loss at the Tampa Bay 12.
Winston didn’t throw a pass on the drive and was sacked once
Winston’s Fifth Drive – Bucs 14, Eagles 7
After an 84-yard run down to the Philadelphia 1-yard line, the Bucs had a delay of game penalty that backed them up five yards to the 6-yard line. After a 2-yard run by Martin, Winston almost threw a pick on second down before finding Russell Shepard for a 4-yard touchdown on third down.
Winston was 1-of-1 for 4 yards and a touchdown
Winston’s Sixth Drive – Bucs 21, Eagles 14
Winston hit Jackson with a 13-yard gain out to the Tampa Bay 33 to start the drive. On second-and-10 at the Tampa Bay 33, Winston’s pass to Jackson picked up six yards to the 39-yard line. On third-and-4, Winston’s pass to Sims traveled eight yards. On second-and-6 from the Philadelphia 49, Winston’s pass to Humphries picked up one yard. On third-and-5, Sims hauled in a 4-yard pass to set up fourth-and-1 at the Philadelphia 44. Winston then found Humphries with a gain of 27 yards down to the 14-yard line. After two incomplete passes that were almost picked off, Winston’s touch pass to Sims traveled 14 yards for a touchdown to give the Bucs a 28-14 lead.
Winston was 7-of-9 for 73 yards and a touchdown
Winston’s Seventh Drive – Bucs 28, Eagles 14
Winston took a knee for a 1-yard loss right before halftime.
Winston had one carry for minus-1 yard
Winston’s Eighth Drive – Bucs 28, Eagles 14
Winston scrambled for a 3-yard gain on first down. On second-and-14, Winston hit Evans with a 15-yard gain down to the Tampa Bay 31. On third-and-8 from the Tampa Bay 33, Winston hit Humphries for a 10-yard gain to the Tampa Bay 43. On second-and-16 from the Tampa Bay 48, Winston’s pass to Martin was incomplete as he avoided a sack. On third-and-16, Winston hit Jackson with a 24-yard pass. On second-and-20, Winston hit Brate for a gain of 23 yards down to the Eagles 15. On third-and-3 Winston hit Brate for an 8-yard touchdown pass – his fifth of the game – to help Tampa Bay’s lead grow to 35-14.
Winston was 6-of-7 for 80 yards with a 3-yard run
Winston’s Ninth Drive – Bucs 35, Eagles 14
On first-and-10 from the Tampa Bay 31, Winston hit Evans with a 19-yard pass to the 50-yard line. On second-and-8 from the Philadelphia 12, Winston’s pass to Jackson was incomplete. On third-and-8, Winston’s pass to a wide-open Humphries was dropped, but a holding penalty on Gosder Cherilus would have negated it anyways. The Bucs had to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Connor Barth to increase the team’s lead to 38-14.
Winston was 1-of-2 for 19 yards
Winston’s Tenth Drive – Bucs 38, Eagles 14
Winston misfired on both of his passes on this drive and the Bucs went three-and-out and had to punt.
Winston was 0-of-2
Winston’s Eleventh Drive – Bucs 38, Eagles 17
Winston didn’t attempt a pass as the Bucs had a three-and-out and had to punt.
Winston had no stats
Winston’s Twelfth Drive – Bucs 45, Eagles 17
Winston didn’t attempt a pass as the Bucs had a three-and-out and had to punt.
Winston had no stats
Winston’s Thirteenth Drive – Bucs 45, Eagles 17
Winston kneeled twice for minus-2 yards.
Winston had 2 carries for minus-2 yards
It was a game for the ages. And the best part is that Winston is only 10 games into his rookie season, which means there may be more five-touchdowns days in the future like the one he had in Tampa Bay’s 45-17 victory at Philadelphia on Sunday. Winston was spectacular, finishing off the drives that Martin helped fuel with 235 yards rushing.
“Every day I step on the field I think it’s going to be a special day,” Winston said. “We just stepped up today and the offensive line took control of the line of scrimmage.
“It felt good. We have to go back and look at the film and see how we can improve.”
Winston handled his successful day like a pro in his post-game press conference.
“A successful is protecting the football for me,” Winston said. “I didn’t have any interceptions.
“Thank God for the five touchdowns. I have a baseball mentality – I went three-for-three, actually five-for-five.”
Winston was pleased with his performance, but shrugged off the record-setting significance of his big day.
“It’s a special day, but it is just one day,” Winston said. “You can’t get complacent. Two wins in a row are good, but that should be expected.
The Bucs were perfect in the red zone through three quarters as Winston hit five different receivers with touchdown passes – Evans, Jackson, Shepard, Sims and Brate – as he tied the NFL rookie record as well as the Tampa Bay franchise record.
“It just shows how we get everyone the ball we definitely don’t discriminate,” Winston said. “Coach Koetter gets everyone the ball.”
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith was pleased with Winston’s production, especially inside the red zone where Tampa Bay had five touchdowns and a field goal.
“Jameis Winston, when you can have a game like that with five touchdowns and protecting the ball – offensively we’re tough to beat,” Smith said. “Being a leader, a great teammate a vocal leader, he’s growing. After this many games that rookie part is gone a little bit.
“He’s playing good ball making all the right decisions – no one works harder than he does. Whatever you look for in the guy out in front [of your team as a leader], he’s doing it and doing it well.”
Winston, who has won the Pepsi Offensive Player of the Week honors twice already seems like a shoo-in to win the award for a third time this year. Whether he wins the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award remains to be seen. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton also threw five touchdowns and 246 yards in a 44-16 win over Washington.
PewterReport.com Analysis: Winston had a tremendous day throwing the ball, including a first half in which he established a new career high with four touchdown passes and added another one in the third quarter to tie the NFL rookie quarterback record and the Tampa Bay record for most passing TDs in one game. He was incredibly efficient, completing 65.5 percent of his passes and accumulating a 131.6 QB rating. The Bucs rushed for 283 yards and amassed 521 yards, which was the second-most in franchise history. Tampa Bay converted 10-of-16 (62 percent) third downs and racked up 25 first downs. Through 10 games Winston has 19 touchdowns (15 passing, four rushing), which is five more TDs than Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota has in his rookie seasons. More importantly, Winston has the Bucs off to a 5-5 start while Mariota’s Titans are 2-8.
Winston’s Final Stats: 19-of-29 for 246 yards and 5 TDs with no interceptions
PewterReport.com Game Grade: A+
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It was a team win. Good game; lets make it 3 in a row. Go Bucs!
Rumble, Young Man, Rumble! He’s a baad man! I’ve been watching Buc football for a long time. This was one of the best. Want more!
Week 10; Bucs are in wildcard contention and Winston throw 5 TD. I think we may have a QB.
Amazing game. Suddenly, The Winston haters are kinda quiet. I never dreamed they would win more than 5 games this year. I wonder if we win closer to 8 ?
Fantastic game today.
All of the so called experts picked Philly to win the game including our own PR.
This was a total team win, The offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage.
The best part is all the Philly fans will be in a foul mood for the next few days.
Poor Mark Sanchez will get a wheelbarrow full of hate this week from the media and Philly fan.
Couldn’t happen to a better city or fan base.
Couple ill advised throws but overall what a great day for Winston and the whole offense! Defense better too. Winston really had 6 TDs if Humphries didn’t drop that ball. Wide open and hit him right on the hands! Oh well.
Didn’t matter about Humphries there was a holding call on the play anyway
Holy shite! Dominant is barely appropriate. What an outstanding win. I’m so proud of this team! Go Bucs!
I liked it. I loved it. I want some more of it!
I doubt we see “Pinstob” at all on this article for some reason he is so devoted to being right about Mariota over Winston its almost like he is mad when Winston plays well, to bad because he should be a Buccaneer Fan first and foremost over his ego. That said Winston really impressed me today sure he had some under throws on the deep outs again and nearly threw a terrible pass into Barwins Hands but over all he showed tremendous poise and touch on most of his passes and he is showing people like me that he is the answer to our future, bravo Mr. Winston bravo
JG, C’mon man! Must have been the alcohol right? Pink is cool and has good insight, I personally enjoy his posts. I recall you calling EVERYONE who liked Winston vulgar names until you decided to switch over. We all are Bucs fans dude. You know this. Different opinions is what makes posts colorful…including yours (most times).
Good points guys and DBuc, you make a really good point, we are all passionate bucs fans. I was on the recieving end of some of those name calls by our own JonG, but in his defense he has come out and said he was a little boisterous about the Winston MAriota debate. I haven’t seen the same thing from our Pinkstob. Not once has he been on an article when Jameis has a good game. JonG is just kind of speaking facts in that aspect. I also didn’t see JonG claiming Winston was a bust after week one like Pink. PInk is a good dude I’m sure and we all have our own opinions, that’s what makes debate great, but not once have I seen Pink say we have our QB. Not once.
Cg- It was more of you tearing down Mariota to make winston look better is where and you got off to a bad foot, instead of just saying these guys are both great qb’s but have different skill sets it was Mariota was a “system qb, only throws bubble screens, not a leader” etc I had issue with as you see Oregon now and how Mariota has played fairly well in Tenn maybe you can admit you were wrong in some fashion anyway.
DBuc I never called Wiinston Names, I said I wanted Mariota over him and I didn’t trust Winston off the field. Pink is a amateur Mel Kiper, and yes he has some good insight and knowledge but he is so egotistcal that he will stand by his opinion to the bitter end even if Winston holds up a Lombardi Trophy
Pink is a good fan JonnyG. I had the pleasure of watching a Training Camp practice with him this past off-season. He has some good insight and actually predicted the Banks’ struggles. From the first time I saw Winston playing as a FSU freshman, all I could say was, “Wow!” Back then you and others thought our favoritism of young Jameis over Mariota was due to him being a ‘Nole. But for me it’s always been his mindset. That’s what this 21 year old has that MM lacks. Half a season and he has already taken over leadership as GMC says, “He can’t help it…..it’s who Jameis is.” Pink is probably headed to Sports Authority as we speak getting his #3 jersey. Three’s the charm!!!!!!
Scu- MM has a certain “mindset” now that you know of personally?, lol ok
It wasn’t just the T.D. passes that was impressive, but his overall command of the offense. His leadership skills, and getting players to follow him is off the charts. Even the Eagles D linemen seemed to enjoy bantering with him. We got a special one, and when you have that it Q.B. as the face of your frsnchise anything is possible.
I saw a very veteran game out of JW….some amazing throws that evenBrady would struggle to make…a few very lucky throws that could easily have been picked (like Brady, the luck worked for JW)….an incredible resiliency and focus to not let anything phase him….this is a guy we can truly get behind and say it’s never over til its over no matter what the circumstances. Great game kid! Did everyone see the pics of his notebook from little league football…unbelievable.
We always have to bring up Mariota….they both look to be franchise QB’s which is good for both teams. Lets concentrate on OUR QB!! Go Buc’s.
At some point, an article on how you were wrong to call for Lovie Smith’s job after the Washington game would be nice. Yes there are 6 games left for Bucs to screw up, but you weren’t thinking that when there was 10 games left for Bucs to improve.
I have to admit Winston looked real good yesterday. I too like Pink thought we drafted the wrong QB this year. I will gladly eat crow if Winston can continue to preform like this on a consistent basis. He looked like a legit franchise QB against a good defense yesterday. Who would have thought we would be 5-5 six weeks ago. If we can cut down on the penalties we can get 7-8 wins this season. I don’t hear the fire Lovie campaign anymore.
I only hoped for 6 wins this season and anything more would be a surprise and a bonus. Let’s go for the bonus round!
He’s getting better every week. Anyone who still doubts we have a franchise QB is a fool.
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