Winston: One step forward, two steps back
Jameis Winston wasn’t exceptional on Sunday. He turned the ball over three times and missed far too many throws downfield.
Still, Winston led a potential game-winning drive that set up Chandler Catanzaro to attempt a 40-yard field goal. If Catanzaro made the kick, all the mistakes Winston made would be forgotten.
Winston would have shown that he can lead a game-winning drive and with that, prove his doubters wrong. Unfortunately, Catanzaro shanked the kick and Winston would have to find a way to win it in overtime.
In his first drive, Winston threw a boneheaded interception to set the Browns up on Tampa Bay’s side of the field. Luckily, the defense stood tall and gave Winston a chance to redeem himself.
Again, Winston failed. He threw a pair of quick incompletions. The Bucs went three and out.
This time, it was the special teams unit that bailed Winston out. Anthony Auclair poked the ball free, and the Bucs recovered just past midfield. Thanks to a short pass to Mike Evans and a Cleveland penalty, the Buccaneers would be in field goal range, in position to escape with a win.
Almost single-handedly, Winston would take the Bucs out of scoring range by taking two unnecessary sacks. For the third time, a teammate would pick him up as Catanzaro nailed the unlikely kick to steal a win.