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Surging Bucs hold off Saints 16-11 for 5th straight victory

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston and his supporting cast are anything but the same old Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The second-year quarterback led the streaking Bucs (8-5) to their fifth straight win Sunday, a 16-11 victory over the New Orleans Saints that bolstered the young team's growing confidence and playoff prospects.

''Five in a row is a nice little accomplishment but, we're not where we want to be yet,'' coach Dirk Koetter said. ''We've got bigger fish to fry right now.''

Doug Martin scored on a 1-yard run, Roberto Aguayo kicked three field goals and an improving defense intercepted Drew Brees three times while holding the NFL passing leader without a touchdown pass.

Winston had modest statistics, throwing for only 184 yards. He failed to throw a TD pass for the first time in his career, but still outplayed Brees by doing what he's done well during Tampa Bay's surge - take care of the football.

Brees began the day leading the league in completions, attempts, completion percentage, passing yards and TD passes, but failed to throw for a touchdown for the second straight week, the first time he's done that in consecutive games since 2009.

''It's huge. The first time he hasn't thrown a touchdown (against us) and also the first time in Jameis' career he hasn't got one,'' Koetter said. ''I think that also says a lot about how far our guys have come that we can find different ways to win.''

Rookie Vernon Hargreaves III and Brent Grimes, cornerbacks brought during the offseason, to overhaul a porous secondary, had two of Tampa Bay's interceptions.

Safety Keith Tandy picked off the quarterback's final pass on fourth-and-1 from near midfield in the final minute.

''Right now we're just a confident bunch ... a scary bunch,'' Tandy said. ''Keep it rolling.''

The Bucs have won five straight for the first time since 2002 , the season they went on to win their only Super Bowl. The surge has them in contention for their first playoff berth since 2007.

New Orleans (5-8) entered hoping to tighten the NFC South race , but instead dropped three games behind division co-leaders Atlanta and Tampa Bay.

''It's very tough. But we're all professionals here. ... I always believe when you go through moments like these, there's something you're going to be able to pull out that's positive,'' Brees said.

''You may not feel it or know it, but it will allow you to accomplish the things in the future you want to accomplish. But it's hard to swallow right now.''

SLOW START

The Saints ran just six plays in the opening quarter and trailed 13-0 before changing momentum of the game with a field goal, followed by a safety on Tampa Bay's ensuing possession, which started from the Bucs 1 after Josh Huff fumbled the kickoff before the ball rolled out of bounds.

Brees finished 25 of 41 for 257 yards. He also was intercepted three times during last week's 28-13 loss to Detroit.

Winston was 16 of 26 with no interceptions for the Bucs. He had thrown for at least one touchdown in 28 consecutive games to begin his career.

THAT'S A LOT OF YARDS

Brees is in his 11th season with New Orleans and has thrown for more than 4,000 yards every season since signing with the Saints as a free agent in 2006. He reached the plateau again on a completion to Brandon Coleman late in the first half and has 4,000 passing yards through 13 games. Winston is closing in on his second straight 4,000-yard season for the Bucs, who only have one other 4,000-yard season in team history (Josh Freeman 2012).

COSTLY MISTAKES

The Saints had three turnovers and also hurt themselves with 13 accepted penalties for 104 yards, including a false start that backed them on second-and-goal in the final minute of the second quarter. They wound up settling for a field goal that trimmed the Bucs' lead to 13-8 at the half.

They wasted another opportunity to get in the end zone in the third quarter, when Brees' 4-yard throw to Brandin Cooks initially was ruled a touchdown that would have given New Orleans the lead, but was overturned following a replay review, which determined the receiver didn't make a clean catch. Wil Lutz has his third field goal of the game - a 22-yarder - on the next day, cutting Tampa Bay's lead to 13-11 late in the third quarter.

''I thought the penalties certainly hurt us. It ended up being really the difference,'' Saints coach Sean Payton said. ''When we watch this tape we're going to see it come up time and time again. We get down in the red zone, false start. Too many third down and long situations ended up costing us. The turnovers as well.''

UP NEXT:

Saints: Continue stretch in which they'll play three of their final four games on the road, traveling to Arizona on Sunday.

Buccaneers: Play at Dallas on Sunday night.

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Key Players
W. Snead 83 WR
85 ReYds, 6 RECs
8
FPTS
D. Martin 22 RB
66 RuYds, RuTD, 19 ReYds, 2 RECs
13
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 12:46
R.Aguayo 26 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-B.Anger.
13
plays
68
yds
5:49
pos
11
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:35
W.Lutz 22 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
11
plays
76
yds
5:29
pos
11
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
W.Lutz 34 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
14
plays
35
yds
5:20
pos
8
13
Safety 5:20
D.Martin up the middle tackled in End Zone for -1 yards, SAFETY (P.Kruger). The Replay Official reviewed the safety ruling, and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.
plays
yds
pos
5
13
Field Goal 5:29
W.Lutz 42 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
7
plays
52
yds
2:57
pos
3
13
Field Goal 8:26
R.Aguayo 39 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-B.Anger.
10
plays
50
yds
4:45
pos
0
13
Point After TD 14:50
R.Aguayo extra point is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-B.Anger.
plays
yds
pos
0
10
Touchdown 14:50
L.Wester reported in as eligible. D.Martin left tackle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
75
yds
6:37
pos
0
9
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 8:05
R.Aguayo 41 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-A.DePaola, Holder-B.Anger.
9
plays
48
yds
3:00
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 26:45 33:15
1st Downs 14 21
Rushing 2 5
Passing 10 11
Penalty 2 5
3rd Down Conv 4-13 6-13
4th Down Conv 1-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 294 270
Total Plays 58 63
Avg Gain 5.1 4.3
Net Yards Rushing 46 104
Rush Attempts 16 35
Avg Rush Yards 2.9 3.0
Net Yards Passing 248 166
Comp. - Att. 25-41 16-26
Yards Per Pass 6.0 6.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-9 2-18
Penalties - Yards 13-104 7-65
Touchdowns 0 1
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 3 0
Punts - Avg 4-51.3 4-46.3
Return Yards 25 20
Punts - Returns 1-6 3-15
Kickoffs - Returns 1-19 1-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 3-5
Kicking 3/3 4/4
Extra Points 0/0 1/1
Field Goals 3/3 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 0-2 -0% 1-2 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 1 0
1234T
Saints 5-8 083011
Buccaneers 8-5 3100316
248 PASS YDS 166
46 RUSH YDS 104
294 TOTAL YDS 270
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Brees 9 QB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61% 257 0 3 48.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.6% 4170 30 14 100.7
D. Brees 25/41 257 0 3 4
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Hightower 34 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
111 453 1
T. Hightower 6 31 0 8 3
M. Ingram 22 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
150 772 3
M. Ingram 7 14 0 9 1
D. Brees 9 QB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 21 2
D. Brees 1 2 0 2 4
J. Kuhn 29 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 33 4
J. Kuhn 1 0 0 0 0
T. Cadet 38 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 3 0
T. Cadet 1 -1 0 -1 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
W. Snead 83 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 85 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 59 716 4
W. Snead 8 6 85 0 29 8
B. Cooks 10 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 5 61 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 63 870 6
B. Cooks 10 5 61 0 38 6
B. Coleman 16 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 47 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 273 3
B. Coleman 8 5 47 0 16 4
T. Cadet 38 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 217 1
T. Cadet 5 4 30 0 11 3
M. Ingram 22 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 36 273 4
M. Ingram 2 1 9 0 9 1
T. Hightower 34 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 178 1
T. Hightower 2 1 8 0 8 3
J. Phillips 86 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 48 1
J. Phillips 1 1 8 0 8 0
C. Fleener 82 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 43 553 3
C. Fleener 3 1 6 0 6 0
J. Kuhn 29 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 62 1
J. Kuhn 2 1 3 0 3 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
R. Harper 41 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-3 0 0.0
R. Harper 7-1 0.0 0 0
S. Anthony 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-4 0 0.0
S. Anthony 7-2 0.0 0 0
D. Ellerbe 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-8 0 4.0
D. Ellerbe 6-0 0.0 0 0
N. Fairley 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-12 0 5.5
N. Fairley 6-0 1.0 0 0
N. Stupar 54 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-8 1 1.0
N. Stupar 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Breaux 40 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-3 0 0.0
D. Breaux 3-0 0.0 0 0
V. Bell 48 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-21 0 1.0
V. Bell 3-4 0.5 0 0
C. Jordan 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-18 0 5.5
C. Jordan 2-3 0.5 0 0
P. Kruger 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-6 0 1.5
P. Kruger 2-0 0.0 0 0
K. Crawley 46 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-2 0 0.0
K. Crawley 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Moore 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-7 2 0.0
S. Moore 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Byrd 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-21 0 0.0
J. Byrd 1-6 0.0 0 0
D. Lasco 36 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
D. Lasco 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Fleener 82 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Fleener 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Tapp 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-5 0 0.5
D. Tapp 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Edebali 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.0
K. Edebali 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Webb 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-2 1 0.0
B. Webb 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Rankins 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-5 0 3.0
S. Rankins 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Kuhn 29 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Kuhn 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Coleman 16 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
B. Coleman 1-0 0.0 0 0
W. Snead 83 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
W. Snead 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Davison 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-13 0 0.0
T. Davison 1-3 0.0 0 0
D. Onyemata 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
D. Onyemata 1-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
W. Lutz 3 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 0/0
SEASON FG XP
21/27 39/40
W. Lutz 3/3 42 0/0 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Morstead 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 51.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
49 48.4 20
T. Morstead 4 51.3 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Lewis 87 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 18.7 26 0
T. Lewis 1 19.0 19 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Lewis 87 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 12.5 59 0
T. Lewis 1 6.0 6 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Winston 3 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 184 0 0 82.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.7% 3364 23 12 89.6
J. Winston 16/26 184 0 0 8
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Martin 22 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
23 66 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
128 379 3
D. Martin 23 66 1 8 13
C. Sims 34 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 133 1
C. Sims 4 17 0 12 4
J. Winston 3 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 127 1
J. Winston 5 16 0 14 8
J. Huff 15 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 15 0
J. Huff 1 5 0 5 1
J. Rodgers 32 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
97 422 1
J. Rodgers 2 0 0 1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Brate 84 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 47 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 51 575 6
C. Brate 5 4 47 0 18 4
M. Evans 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 4 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 80 1100 10
M. Evans 8 4 42 0 13 4
C. Sims 34 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 145 1
C. Sims 4 3 33 0 13 4
D. Martin 22 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 134 0
D. Martin 2 2 19 0 11 13
R. Shepard 89 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 232 2
R. Shepard 3 1 17 0 17 1
J. Huff 15 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 89 1
J. Huff 2 1 17 0 17 1
B. Myers 82 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 38 1
B. Myers 1 1 9 0 9 0
F. Martino 16 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 108 1
F. Martino 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
K. Tandy 37 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-2 2 0.0
K. Tandy 8-1 0.0 1 0
K. Alexander 58 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
86-18 1 3.0
K. Alexander 6-1 0.0 0 0
L. David 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-14 1 1.0
L. David 5-0 0.0 0 0
J. Elliott 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Elliott 4-0 0.0 0 0
B. McDougald 30 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
66-7 2 0.0
B. McDougald 4-1 0.0 0 0
V. Hargreaves 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
55-7 1 0.0
V. Hargreaves 3-0 0.0 1 0
R. Ayers 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-6 0 5.5
R. Ayers 3-0 1.0 0 0
Da. Smith 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-4 1 0.0
Da. Smith 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Grimes 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-4 3 0.0
B. Grimes 2-0 0.0 1 0
C. McDonald 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-7 0 2.5
C. McDonald 2-1 0.0 0 0
G. McCoy 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-7 0 7.0
G. McCoy 1-1 0.0 0 0
S. Siliga 70 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
S. Siliga 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Robinson 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
J. Robinson 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Brate 84 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
C. Brate 1-0 0.0 0 0
W. Gholston 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-10 0 2.0
W. Gholston 0-1 0.0 0 0
A. Spence 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-9 0 0.5
A. Spence 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Aguayo 19 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 1/1
SEASON FG XP
18/25 25/27
R. Aguayo 3/3 41 1/1 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Anger 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 46.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
58 45.9 28
B. Anger 4 46.3 2 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Huff 15 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 31.5 98 1
J. Huff 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
V. Hargreaves 28 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 5.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 5.8 12 0
V. Hargreaves 3 5.0 12 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:57 NO 20 1:52 3 6 Punt
8:05 NO 17 1:38 3 5 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 NO 25 1:39 3 23 INT
8:26 NO 25 2:57 7 52 FG
5:20 NO 50 5:20 14 35 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NO 25 2:59 5 9 Punt
9:04 NO 20 5:29 11 76 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:46 NO 25 2:39 6 28 INT
6:44 NO 1 1:03 3 8 Punt
2:00 NO 3 1:09 6 42 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TB 25 2:03 4 23 Punt
11:05 TB 29 3:00 9 48 FG
6:27 TB 25 6:37 11 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:11 TB 29 4:45 10 50 FG
5:29 TB 1 0:09 1 -1 Safety
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:01 TB 15 2:57 5 4 Punt
3:35 TB 25 5:49 13 68 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:07 TB 46 3:23 5 9 Punt
5:41 50 3:41 6 15 Punt
0:51 NO 47 0:51 2 -2 Game