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Although they escaped with only a margin of victory of seven, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at one point led 31-13, trouncing the Atlanta Falcons in the process.
At the end of it all, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns.
The four passing touchdowns all went to different guys—wide receiver Mike Evans, running back Charles Sims and tight ends Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers.
Evans continued to show why he is a borderline first-round pick, and the Myers touchdown was one of those “that helps no one” scores.
Expected to be behind fellow tight end Cameron Brate on the depth chart, Seferian-Jenkins might have just put himself back in the starting conversation.
And Sims, just wow. On his receiving touchdown, he broke maybe eight tackles.
On the ground, the Buccaneers combined for 90 yards on 28 carries. To no surprise, running back Doug Martin led the way, accounting for 62 of those.
While we probably wanted to see more from Martin on the ground, this offense is poised to put up points this year—especially in a division that consists of the Carolina Panthers and their young secondary, the New Orleans Saints and their terrible defense, and another crack at the Falcons.
Winston has perhaps top-10 quarterback upside.