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Buccaneers beating the Jaguars after up-and-down first half

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-14 after one half in the second week of the 2016 NFL preseason.

The Bucs started the game in terrible fashion: Winston completed 0 of 6 passes in the first quarter, with one of those attempts bouncing off Cameron Brate's hands, into the waiting hands of a Jaguar. The only real reason the Bucs managed to make some progress in yardage were some silly, self-destructive Jacksonville penalties -- and they couldn't even convert those into points, because second-round pick Roberto Aguayo missed a 32-yard field goal. Whoops.

That led to a swift 7-0 deficit, what with the defense struggling against the run. But the Bucs turned it around a little in the second quarter, with Winston going 3 of 4 with a beautiful touchdown to Mike Evans before turning it over to Mike Glennon. This time, Aguayo did hit the extra point.

A few deep passes to an admittedly explosive receiving corps allowed the Jaguars to retake the lead 14-7, but Glennon marched the Bucs methodically down the field -- or rather, the approximately umpteen Jaguars penalties helped him do that. Mike James caught the short touchdown pass, with Aguayo hitting his second PAT of the game for a 14-14 halftime score.

That would have been the end of the game with only seconds remaining, but Vernon Hargreaves pulled a beautiful Chad Henne pass out of the air -- and Roberto Aguayo hit his third of four kicks of the day, giving the Bucs a 17-14 lead.