The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are down 10-7 early in the game against the Atlanta Falcons, and they’ve been...well....messy. It took the Falcons all of three plays to score a touchdown, and the 38-yard throw to Levin Toilolo sure looked like a blown coverage, though it was unclear which player was to blame for that.
The Bucs followed that up by the messiest handoff I’ve ever seen, with Winston seemingly trying to get the ball back during the handoff after he saw Adrian Clayborn coming straight for his running back. And the next time the Bucs took the field, Winston fumbled it on a quarterback sneak.
And even the team’s opening touchdown looked like it may have come on a broken play.
The more I look at it, this looks like a called run that Jameis Winston wanted to convert to a quick throw to Mike Evans at the snap — except Evans didn’t get that part, and releases down the field.
Thankfully, Winston and Evans are both really good in the red zone, and they have the chemistry to adjust on the fly. As they do here — watch Winston pointing out where Evans needs to go, and then finding with a perfect pass.
The Bucs need to get it together and cut out the shenanigans. Unless those shenanigans involve scoring touchdowns. Then I’m all good.