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Thursday Night Football: Sloppy Bucs trailing Falcons at halftime

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are down 20-14 to the Atlanta Falcons midway through a sloppy but exciting Thursday night game.

The Bucs have been playing an extremely sloppy games. They have eight penalties for 64 yards, lost two fumbles, had numerous blown coverages, and even their opening touchdown to Mike Evans came on what looked like a broken play.

Aside from all those mistakes, though, Tampa Bay is playing competitive football. After all, they’re only down 20-14, and they’ve made plenty of big plays. Mike Evans has a pair of touchdowns, Jameis Winston has been sharp outside of two fumbles, both coming on broken plays, and the defense —- well, it got a turnover.

The key play for the Bucs was this sack by Gerald McCoy, who also forced a fumble in the process.

That gave the Bucs a short field, and a beautiful touchdown throw and catch. Mike Evans looked like he was playing basketball on this play.

Evans now has eight touchdowns on the season, the most for any Bucs receiver through eight games ever, and the current NFL lead.