Starting off the game with two turnovers on two drives isn’t the best way to get things going, but that’s exactly how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got started, falling behind 10-0 in the process.
The Indianapolis Colts converted two first quarter takeaways into a touchdown and a field goal, starting their first two possessions on the 50-yard line and Tampa Bay 48 consecutively.
On their third possession though, Jameis Winston and the Bucs offense got going a bit, aided by a big third down completion to Breshad Perriman for a gain of 31-yards on 3rd and 6.
Then, on the next play, Winston connected with Cameron Brate for a gain of 13, down to the Colts’ one-yard line. Tampa Bay’s quarterback punched it in on the next snap himself, and the Buccaneers pulled back to within a field goal nearing the end of the first quarter.
It looked like 10-7 is how the first quarter would end, but the Buccaneers had other plans. Following Tampa Bay’s defense forcing a three-and-out, the Bucs got the ball back with just over one minute left in the first act.
Winston decided he didn’t want to wait for the second quarter to get fully back on track, and connected on the first play of their drive with stud wide receiver, Mike Evans for a 61-yard touchdown.
However, Evans injured his hamstring on the play, and was visibly upset after the fact. Not good news considering how familiar Tampa Bay’s star receiver is with hamstring injuries. Seems he knows the news, before he needs to be told it.
It was an exciting - up and down - first quarter, and there’s plenty more game yet to come, and we’re on to the second quarter!