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Bucs lead Falcons, as Jameis Winston recovers from jitters

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are leading the Atlanta Falcons 24-13 just after the half, as Jameis Winston recovered from early-game jitters to lead the Bucs to two touchdown drives and take the lead.

Winston had a rough start, completing just two of six passes for 11 yards to start the season, including an ugly interception on what looked like a bit of miscommunication with Vincent Jackson. He also had two bad overthrows on what should have been touchdowns on his first drive.

But Winston was nearly flawless the rest of the way, ending the first half with 17 completions on 24 attempts for 151 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, with no sacks. Amazingly, he did that while targeting Mike Evans just twice in the first half, overthrowing him badly on one of those.

Winston added three attempts, three completions, 73 yards and a touchdown on the first drive of the half, targeting Mike Evans twice, and finding Austin Seferian-Jenkins for a huge touchdown in the end zone.

Most of the Bucs’ passing game had actually been short until that drive, with Doug Martin and Charles Sims combining for seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdown, and slot receiver Adam Humphries adding three catches for 34 yards.

Meanwhile, the Bucs defense has been solid, outside of two big breakdowns. Those two plays combined for 107 yards, though, so that’s not necessarily all that great. Still, the Bucs look like clearly the better team so far.

Also, underrated storyline: Roberto Aguayo nailed all three of his kicks, one field goal and two extra points, and consistently hit his kickoffs deep into the endzone. Looks like he’s actually a good kicker. Who knew?