Wrapping it up…
The story remains true for yet another game as seen against the Atlanta Falcons. After going down a field goal on Atlanta’s first drive, Jameis threw an interception on the Bucs’ first possession before coming back to throw for 313 passing yards and three touchdowns while making fans wonder if the first interception is what lights the fuse for Jameis similar to using smelling salts for other players.
The Buccaneers are on one of their best winning streaks in years and have won four in a row and in three of these games Jameis has started the game off with an interception. While causation does not equal correlation, the trends can’t be denied and if something is working out the Bucs are not in any position to turn their noses up at a non-conventional idea. If the Buccaneers continue to win it would be smart to not change the formula.
While Jameis is hard to peg down, the one thing that can be expected is that he will throw interceptions. While Jameis does lead the league in interceptions, he also leads in passing yards and thus is the very nature of a gunslinger. As seen this year Jameis plays far better when he starts out with an interception. Many players have their own unique and often strange pregame rituals, but for Jameis this ritual doesn’t fully end and the game doesn’t truly start until the first interception has been thrown.