Buccaneers: “Extra Points”: A Week 3 to Week 4 Review

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 1: Kicker Nick Folk
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During the week three game against the Vikings Jamies Winston was actually a very accurate passer completing 70% of his passes for 328 yards, but being behind the entire game he had to attempt more risky passes throwing eight deep passes granted he completed five of them for 106 yards and one touchdown but two of them were intercepted as he attempted to throw into more blanketed coverage’s.

Winston’s top three targets in the game (Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, and Adam Humphries) caught seventeen of their 29 combined targets for a 59% catch rate while the remaining six receivers who were targeted caught all eleven of their targets.

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The three total interceptions that Winston threw ended up accounting for ten of the Vikings points and basically killed off any comeback hope for the Buccaneers as two of them where at or near the end zone of the Vikings.

Now on to week four against the New York Giants, Winston accuracy was down considerably in this game compared to week three completing only 58% (22-38) of his passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns, but the one glaring difference is that he did not throw a single interception in this game.

Winston’s top four targets (Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Adam Humphries, and Cameron Brate) caught seventeen of their 30 combined targets (57% catch rate) for 237 yards and two touchdowns, and he only targeted the three other receivers (Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims, and O.J. Howard) a total of seven times while completing five (71% catch rate) of them for 95 yards and a touchdown.

In the Giants game he made careful short throws where he did not have to take too many risks because they were either ahead already or within range to catch the Giants without having to be too desperate. Although he did still throw seven deep passes only three of them were completed for 115 yards and one touchdown, and one of those completions was to a wide open O.J. Howard for 58 yards and a touchdown.