Yes, the Buccaneers have failed to make the playoffs. Yes, quarterback Jameis Winston continues to be an interception machine. Still, Winston is playing very well — arguably well enough to remain in Tampa, and definitely well enough to make history.
Winston is the first player to throw for 450 or more yards in consecutive regular-season games. Not this season or this decade or since the merger or in the Super Bowl era but ever.
For the first time in 100 seasons of NFL football, a quarterback has back-to-back regular-season games with 450 yards or more. Winston is that quarterback.
(Drew Brees has done it in the playoffs; in 2011, he accomplished it against the Lions and 49ers.)
Winston had 456 yards last week in a win over the Colts and 458 on Sunday in a win over the Lions. He currently leads the league with 4,573 passing yards, which puts him on pace for 5,226 passing yards. That would be the fourth-most in league history, and he would become only the eighth quarterback in league history to accomplish that feat.