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2018 Schedule
2-3, 3rd in NFC South
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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Four touchdowns from Jameis Winston should be enough to win an NFL game, but defense continues to hold the Bucs back. Is it the players or the scheme? Lavonte David offered a very interesting perspective.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Does Jameis Winston really have a preferred TE to target? The stats in the past five full games he, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard have played: Brate: 59.8 PPR FPTS, 18 catches on 27 targets Howard: 73.7 PPR FPTS, 18 catches on 21 targets

Jackson dissects Bucs outrageous final play (1:21)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Just got back from the Bucs' locker room. Mike Evans said he was "sick" by the loss. Kwon Alexander was too upset to even talk.

Wild multiple-lateral final play almost wins it for Bucs (0:51)
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Ryan throws 3 TD passes, Falcons hold off Bucs 34-29

Matt Ryan threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak, holding off Tampa Bay 34-29 Sunday in Jameis Winston's return as the Buccaneers starting quarterback.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs' comeback hopes against the Falcons were dashed at the Atlanta 21-yard line when, after a series of laterals with :07 left, the ball bounced out of DeSean Jackson's hands, giving the Falcons a 34-29 victory. Winston threw four touchdowns and two interceptions. A defense that surrendered 416 yards did them absolutely no favors and continues to be their Achilles' heel this season.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is officially out for the remainder of the game with a right calf injury. Cornerback Ryan Smith is being evaluated for a concussion.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Falcons have now punted three straight times in the second half. That's a step in the right direction. Lavonte David made a nice third-down stop on a 6-yard pass intended for Austin Hooper. On the previous drive, Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Matt Ryan for an 8-yard loss. Before that, Kwon Alexander tackled Ito Smith for a loss of 5 on third-and-10.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

At the Atlanta 7, Jameis Winston tries to hit Chris Godwin along the seam and it bounces off a helmet and into Brian Poole's hands. That's the second pick today for Winston. Huge waste of an opportunity with a lot of momentum going their way on their second-half opening drive (they forced a Falcons' three-and-out prior).

Winston zips one to Howard for TD (0:25)
Fight breaks out after Winston takes a big hit (0:31)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

How bad has this Bucs' defense been in the first half against the Falcons? In :19, the Falcons were able to march 47 yards to kick a 45-yard field goal to make it 24-13. The Bucs have given up 275 yards, 4-of-5 third downs and Matt Ryan currently has a 136.1 passer rating. They're either missing tackles or completely out of position to make them. And there's been no pressure.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Very important scoring play for the Bucs with :30 to go in the first half — Jameis Winston throws a 10-yard strike to OJ Howard. Howard did a really nice job getting free from De'Vondre Campbell across the middle. It's now 21-13. Winston was 4-for-4 on that drive.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith missed a tackle at the 5-yard line on Austin Hooper (bad angle) for a touchdown. The Falcons have now scored on three straight possessions. Coming into this game, Mike Smith's defense was surrendering 445.8 yards per game — second-worst in the league.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

With that diving catch, Mike Evans has now become the all-time leading receiver in Bucs' history, passing Mark Carrier's 5,018 receiving yards. Evans had 5,005 yards coming into today's game and needed 14 for the record.

Winston drops dime to Brate for 15-yd TD (0:22)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Jameis Winston connects with Cameron Brate in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown. That's big. Slow starts have plagued the Bucs with Winston. Between 2015-2017, the Bucs scored a total of five offensive touchdowns on the first possession of a game, which was tied with the Bears for the fewest in the NFL.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

DeSean Jackson was so amped up walking through the tunnel just now, I thought he was going to rip his jersey off.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Saw a number of Jameis Winston jerseys on my walk into the stadium and during warmups. Winston said this is home for him (Bessemer, Alabama is about an hour away. As a kid, he used to watch Michael Vick on TV and dream of playing the Falcons.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I was down on the field for the entire duration of the Bucs' warmup today and two weeks ago in Chicago. They have a LOT more energy today. You can feel it. Kwon Alexander was extremely animated in his pre-game pep talk.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Tampa Bay is 5-1 ATS with three outright wins in its past six games as an underdog. Bucs are currently 3-point 'dogs in Atlanta.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

In the biggest decision at this point for FanDuel's sportsbook, the book is rooting for the Tampa Bay Bucaneeers. The Bucs are 3-point underdogs at Atlanta.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

This may seem like a small gesture but Noah Spence has his arm around Carl Nassib, the guy who pretty much took his spot on the game-day roster. That's the body language of a team player. That's how you want your second-round draft pick to respond in a challenging situation, while practicing as hard as he can during the week.

Team Stats

Passing Yards368.41st
Rushing Yards80.231st
Points For28.28th
Points Against34.632nd

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