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Buccaneers blowing out Washington in first half

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are blowing out Washington in D.C. so far today. At the half, they lead 24-7 in a whirlwind first half.

The Bucs scored a touchdown on two of their three first offensive drives, with Jameis Winston finding Mike Evans for a beautiful 40-yard touchdown on the team's first drive. Buoyed by Charles Sims and Doug Martin's consistent rushing attack, Winston found Donteea Dye for his second touchdown of the day, and the Bucs defense added another score by Howard Jones after Jacquies Smith forced a fumble. All that for a 24-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

That couldn't last, as Kirk Cousins marched down the field as the bad version of the Bucs secondary showed up, capping that drive with a designed touchdown run. The Washington defense then forced Tampa Bay's first punt of the day, and Cousins got another chance to cut Tampa Bay's seemingly dominant lead. A great third-down hit on a deep ball stopped Washington, after which their attempt to go for it was foiled by a sloppy illegal shift. The Bucs were then content to run out the clock on the first half.

So far, Winston has completed 10 of 14 passes for a whopping 156 yards, two touchdowns, no turnovers and no sacks. Doug Martin has 57 yards on just eight carries, while Charles Sims has 51 on nine. And Mike Evans is back to his rookie self, putting up three catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. It's a good day for the Bucs, and this should be an easy win -- but they do need to keep their foot on the gas.

Here's your third quarter open thread.