Week 5 vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Passing: 209 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 9 yards, 0 TD, 0 Fumbles Lost
Total Points: 13 pts
Simply drafting a quarterback with the top overall pick will not make a team a playoff contender. Developing that quarterback into a franchise leader can.
With a 1-3 start, Bucs’ fans were bracing for another long season in a string of bad years.
The team desperately needed a win to get their young team out of the two week nose-dive it had experienced, and to ensure the franchise could give fans a reason to believe the team was on the right path.
209 yards and one touchdown isn’t the sexiest of stat lines, but for the first time in his short career Winston secured the ball with zero turnovers and allowed his team to win the game while he made sure he didn’t lose it.
Blake Bortles lit up the Bucs’ defense with over 300 yards passing and four touchdowns, but Martin and Sims combined for over 170 yards on the ground as Tampa Bay held the ball for nearly a full quarter more than the Jags.
Winston cracked the top-20 for fantasy quarterbacks for the first time since Week 2 with an 18th place finish for the week.
Finished Right Below: Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs
Finished Right Above: Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
Next: Week 7