Last Updated: 2017-11-07
With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers season going down in flames, the organization decided to sit quarterback Jameis Winston for the next few weeks. Currently, the Buccaneers are (2-6) and residing in last place of the NFC South. For a team that was supposed to elevate to playoff status, the Buccaneers have floundered most of the season.
Winston came into the 2017 with high hopes. However, he has been a complete disappointment. It’s partly due to the shoulder injury. Still, Winston’s shoulder troubles aren’t the only thing wrong with the Buccaneers. They are averaging 19.8 points per game. They have the No. 3 passing offense with 272 yards per carry. Unfortunately, the Bucs’ running game is non functioning properly. They are No. 29 in the NFL with 82 yards per game. So, why is Winston struggling so much?
Winston has a 10-to-6 TD-to-INT ratio in the first half of the season. After eight games, he has thrown for 1920 yards. Therefore, he is on pace to throw for 3,840 passing yards. In his first two NFL seasons, Winston surpassed the 4,000-yard mark, so he is a little off pace. The biggest difference is the touchdown passes. Last year, Winston threw 28 touchdown passes. It’s not the number that’s necessarily the problem. What matters most, Winston has not connected on a touchdown pass in 3 of the last 4 games. He just hasn’t been the same since getting injured in Week 6.
If the Buccaneers are going to revive their playoff hopes, it’s up to Ryan Fitzpatrick to lead the way. In three appearances, Fitzpatrick is 30-of-48 passing with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Fitzpatrick will face off with a familiar foe this weekend.
They face off with the New York Jets on Sunday. Soon after, the Buccaneers head out for a three-game road trip. Meaning, if they don’t defeat the Jets, the Buccaneers could see a nine game losing streak before returning home in mid-December. If that happens, we probably see Winston for the rest of the year.
The Buccaneers also lost wide receiver Mike Evans to a one game suspension. Evans leveled New Orleans Saints’ rookie Marshon Lattimore in the midst of the blowout loss. Evans also leads the Buccaneers with 40 receptions for 532 yards and 4 touchdowns. He is appealing the suspension.
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