Winston's completion percentage dipped under 50.0 percent for the first time this season, although he did extend his streak of two-touchdown games to four. The four-year pro did also post a season-low 5.6 YPA, but he continued to provide some unexpected production on the ground by rushing for over 45 yards for a second consecutive week. Winston's one interception came on a last-gasp heave to Mike Evans with nine seconds remaining, a pass Marshon Lattimore brought down in the end zone. Winston will look to improve his overall numbers against the formidable Ravens defense in Week 15 interconference battle.
Winston completed 20 of 30 pass attempts for 249 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Panthers. He also carried five times for 48 yards in the 24-17 win.
Winston completed 67 percent of his passes while averaging a healthy 8.3 yards per attempt. He threw touchdown passes to Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries, giving him a 6:1 TD:INT over his last three games. Winston was also effective as a ball carrier, leading the team in rushing to top off his productive afternoon. He'll look to build on his recent success next Sunday in what should be a high-scoring affair against the Saints.
Coach Dirk Koetter couldn't have asked for a better performance out of Winston in his return to the starting job, as he remained mistake-free and connected with eight different pass catchers overall. Winston opened the scoring with a 6-yard scoring strike to Cameron Brate in the first quarter, and he came back with a 28-yard scoring toss to Adam Humphries in the fourth quarter that served as the final points of the day for either squad. The 2015 first overall pick's future with the franchise beyond this season reportedly remains in flux, but performances like Sunday's, which qualified as his third 300-yard performance in four starts, certainly serve as a ringing endorsement for a longer-term commitment. Winston will look to provide a fitting encore against the Panthers in Week 13.
Winston will get the start Week 12 against the 49ers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The announcement comes as no surprise after Ryan Fitzpatrick threw seven interceptions the past three weeks, including a trio in Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants before he was replaced by Winston. The 24-year-old led three consecutive touchdown drives to bring the Bucs back into the contest, but he didn't have much time on the final series and was picked off on a desperation heave. Winston will now face a San Francisco defense that's given up 21 touchdown passes while notching just two interceptions, despite limiting opponents to a 60.4 completion percentage and 7.2 yards per attempt.
Winston entered Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants in the third quarter and completed 12 of 16 passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed five times for 16 yards and fumbled once, but it was recovered by Mike Evans for a touchdown. Despite Winston's heroics, Roy Cummings of FloridaFootballInsiders.com reports that head coach Dirk Koetter was noncommital about Winston being his Week 12 starter versus the 49ers in his postgame press conference
Ryan Fitzpatrick earned himself a benching with a three-interception performance over two-plus quarters, so Winston was called into action for the first time since Week 8 against the Bengals. He proceeded to nearly pull off a rather improbable comeback, leading the Bucs on 28 second-half points on four drives of 66 yards or more. Winston nearly committed a back-breaking mistake when he lost the handle on the ball on the way into the end zone late in the third quarter, but Evans alertly fell on it for a TD. Winston also connected with Evans for a 41-yard touchdown pass with 2:22 remaining that brought Tampa within three points, but he ended up throwing an interception on a desperation heave to DeSean Jackson with 23 seconds remaining to seal the win for the Giants. Given Koetter's lack of commitment to him beyond Sunday's game, the Bucs' starting QB situation is one for both Winston and Fitzpatrick owners to monitor throughout the coming week.
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