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Jameis Winston had a really good first half against the Falcons

The Bucs are down, but it’s not Winston’s fault.

Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are down at half time in a prime time game. Stop me if you’ve heard that before. It’s not Jameis Winston’s fault, though: the Bucs quarterback has had a near perfect game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Winston completed 13 of 15 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown in the first half, with one sack (leading to a fumble, recovered by the Bucs). No turnovers, no negative plays, just a solid all-around performance. That’s particularly impressive because Winston has had a habit of slow starts in prime time games.

It wasn’t perfect, though. Winston had one baffling throw straight to a defender, that was nullified by a holding penalty on a Falcons defender. Mike Evans was being held on the play and may have gotten to the football had that not happened, but even so, the safety would still have been in position to break up the play.

That’s really the only negative play Winston had, though, and his performance was nearly perfect. The Bucs are down 17-7 at half time, but Winston isn’t to blame.