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3rd and 19 yards to go in the fourth quarter, behind by 3 points, Winston can choose for the safe route and look for a few more yards to get into field goal range or look for the big play to get a first down with a possibility to score a touchdown. Winston, miraculously, did both. He ran up the middle for about a 10 yard gain and was temporarily stopped. Everyone stopped, but Winston. Winston, on top of the pile of players and whose knees never touched the ground, pulled himself away and boomeranged himself around in a wide arc to weave toward a first down. Eventually, that play lead to a game winning touchdown.

Should the Bucs run the table and make the playoffs, then we all can look back at this play. The will of Winston on that play maybe the one play that may not only propel him into a new light in the NFL, but the Buccaneers as well.

Atlanta's Basic stats before the game

Defensive Passing:  15th (241 yards/game)

Defensive Rushing:  10th (96 yards/game)

Points Against:  13th (21.2 ppg)

Tampa Bay's Basic stats before the game

Offensive Passing:  24th (227 yards/game)

Offensive Rushing:  3rd (141 yards/game)

Points For:  18th (22.5 ppg)

Here is what transpired in the game for the offense:

TB Offense vs Atl Defense
Tampa Bay Atl TB - Opp Differential Differential %
Offense Defense
Game Stat Pre-Game Stat
Passing yds 222 241 -19 92.1%
Rushing yds 166 96 70 172.9%
Points 23.0 21.2 1.8 108.5%

The offense stayed true to its form of being a run first offense.

TB Offense vs Atl Defense
Qtr Drive Plays Yards Result RZ Pts 40 + yard Drives 50 + yard Drives 60 + yard Drives 70 + Yard Drives 80 + Yard Drives Totals
1 1 7 31 Punt 0
2 13 77 TD 1 7 1 1
2 3 8 52 Punt 1 1
4 3 23 INT 0
Half Half
3 5 9 82 TD 1 6 1 1
6 6 29 FG 1 3 0
4 7 2 19 Fumble 0
8 3 3 Punt 0
9 12 80 TD 1 7 1 1
10 3 -3 End Game 0
Total 10 66 393 4 23 0 1 0 1 2 4

The offense finally woke up in the second half and scored 16 points for the win. Also, it went 3 for 4 in the Red zone, a game won by 4 points. A miracle was needed by QB Winston scrambling for a first down on 3rd and 19; a play that may have cemented the team's faith in Winston leading them. Although Winston made a miraculous play, I may be the only person who thinks that Winston missed Doug Martin in the flat with a wide open field and blockers at the sticks.

Second Half Production

Second half scoring is important to give your team a chance to win or to hold onto a win. Last week, the Bucs' offense was held off the score sheet in the second half. It is only the second time the Bucs' offense has been shut out for scoring in the second half.

Tampa Bay
Points Allowed Breakdown, 2015
Game Team 1st 2nd Total at 1st Half 3rd 4th Total at 2nd Half Total
1 Ten 21 14 35 7 0 7 42
2 NO 0 7 7 0 12 12 19
3 Hou 7 0 7 3 9 12 19
4 Car 10 7 17 14 6 20 37
5 Jax 0 14 14 10 7 17 31
6 Was 0 7 7 14 10 24 31
7 Atl 3 0 3 7 10 17 20
8 NYG 10 7 17 3 12 15 32
9 Dal 3 3 6 0 0 0 6
10 Phi 7 7 14 0 3 3 17
11 Indy 3 3 6 13 6 19 25
12 Atl 0 9 9 3 7 10 19
Total 64 78 142 74 82 156

I did not realize that the Bucs' offense has been slow to the scoring sheet in the first half in the recent games, with the exception of the Philly game. That needs to be addressed sooner than later if the Bucs want to close out the final quarter of the season perfect. Start fast offensively and do not let up.

Turnovers

On a rare occasion, the Bucs won the game despite losing the turnover battle. At the end of the first half, Mike Evans had the ball thrown a bit high and off of his hands. The ball popped up into the air for an interception. I have originally thought that Winston was at fault for throwing the ball too high, but in Evans' weekly Total Access audio interview every Thursday, Mike said the interception was all his fault. Mike had lined up too far inside of where he was supposed to be. In reflection, that does make sense as the offense would try to preserve timeouts by having the wide receivers catch the ball near the side lines. That turnover cost the Bucs 3 points at the end of the half.

The second turnover was RB Doug Martin's fumble. That turnover cost the Bucs 7 points, for a total of 10 points given up due to turnovers. Does Martin have a fumble problem?

Top Rushers based on Yards
2015 (week 13, and Week 14 Thur Game - Min)
Rank RB Team Attempts Yards Avg Fumbles Fumble %
1 Adrian Petersen Min 268 1251 4.7 6 2.24%
2 Doug martin TB 227 1133 5.0 3 1.32%
3 Jonathan Stewart Car 232 914 3.9 3 1.29%
4 Latavius Murray Oak 199 851 4.3 3 1.51%
5 Todd Gurley Stl 173 835 4.8 2 1.16%
http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/player/_/stat/rushing/sort/rushingYards/year/2015/seasontype/2

The answer is: No, Doug Martin does not have a fumble problem in respect to the top rushers in the league.

Conclusion

Despite the penalties and turnovers, the offense was still able to overcome such setbacks. Of course, without the defensive assist, the win would not come to fruition. The offense does still need to get a fast start and pile on points in the first half as well as stay true to its identity - establish the strong run game with the second best rusher in the league.