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Buccaneers turn in strong showing on the road against the Falcons

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) signifies a Tampa Bay Buccaneers first down against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) AP

It’s been since late in the 2014 season that anyone but the Panthers led the NFC South.

And while it’s admittedly early, the Buccaneers look like they could make a bit of a push on the team that went wire-to-wire and won the division by seven games last year.

The Bucs got a solid 31-24 road win over the Falcons Sunday, looking particularly sharp on offense.

Quarterback Jameis Winston was 23-of-33 for 281 yards and four touchdowns, with a lone interception marring an otherwise impressive day.

The Falcons’ last chance went away when defensive tackle Gerald McCoy batted down Matt Ryan’s fourth-down pass with 1:13 left on the clock, allowing the Bucs to kneel out the game.

That made for a positive first game as a head coach for Dirk Koetter, and some redemption for Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith, the former Falcons head coach.

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14 Responses to “Buccaneers turn in strong showing on the road against the Falcons”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 11, 2016 4:10 PM

    Suddenly the Jameis Winston haters have gone SILENT. Respect the man, he’s a football player and if he wants some crablegs, give him some!

  2. stopthemadness101 says: Sep 11, 2016 4:13 PM

    That was awesome. Way to go Bucs!

  3. NYCTourGuy (Bucs fan) says: Sep 11, 2016 4:23 PM

    The Bucs OL needs some work. The Falcons were harassing Winston all day, and their DL is not that good.

    Winston throws a beautiful deep ball, helped by some amazing catches, but I’d like to see more accuracy and consistency with the mid range throws.

    I’m just being picky. I’m pretty excited about this team. Go Bucs!

  4. captainstagger says: Sep 11, 2016 4:30 PM

    Jamarcus Winston…..ha ha ha

    First time head coach rolls into a loud hostile dome and slapped a division rival….nice

  5. realfootballfan says: Sep 11, 2016 4:36 PM

    Pretty good for a Jamarcus Russell clone, don’t you think? You know who you are who said he’d be.

  6. bucsorbust says: Sep 11, 2016 4:52 PM

    Actually, the Bucs fans who have closely followed the offseason changes are not surprised by today’s victory of Atlanta, though of course all would be very happy. As expected, Jameis used all of his weapons, and the D came through. Atlanta really showed their juice on offense though, and the Bucs need to be stronger in the 4th quarter on D. Refreshing is Dirk Koetter already stated the same. On to Phoenix!

  7. absolutevisuals says: Sep 11, 2016 5:00 PM

    Saints & Falcons defense fight at a bar. Neither land a punch.

  8. wjmoffatt says: Sep 11, 2016 5:08 PM

    Can we talk more about kwon alexander? I remeber they put up a stat when the fourth qyarter started that he had 16 tackles and a sack!!

  9. ryanw822 says: Sep 11, 2016 5:24 PM

    4-4 XP

    1-1 FG

  10. chc4 says: Sep 11, 2016 6:21 PM

    Fire Dan Quinn, Thomas Dimitroff, Kyle Shanahan and all the other bums the Falcons employ outside of Julio. And that includes “checkdown” Matt Ryan first and foremost. Of our 4 trips into the red zone I’m pretty sure he didn’t throw a single pass into the actual end zone. All were dump downs. Disgraceful.

  11. shaggyjeff says: Sep 11, 2016 6:33 PM

    As a Winston naysayer and Mariota fan , he has proven me wrong .

  12. icebergsimpson says: Sep 11, 2016 7:17 PM

    Great showing by Famous Jameis!

  13. gammynomnom says: Sep 11, 2016 11:45 PM

    How can this be possible when the Falcons are to easily score 30+ per game?

  14. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Sep 12, 2016 12:11 AM

    Falcons losing a division game at home? Shocking, Shocking I say!

    Looking forward to that chess match known as the Falcons offense vs. the Saints defense in two weeks….

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