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Jameis Winston's 2016 debut just got (slightly) better

Jameis Winston goes from 23-for-33 to 23-for-32 -- that raised his completion percentage from 69.7 percent to 71.9 percent.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Jameis Winston goes from 23-for-33 to 23-for-32 -- that raised his completion percentage from 69.7 percent to 71.9 percent.

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As good as Jameis Winston's season debut was in Sunday's Bucs win at the Falcons -- four touchdown passes and 281 yards, enough to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week -- it managed to somehow get slightly better on Wednesday afternoon.

That's because the NFL issued a rare stat correction, adjusting a third-quarter play to take away an incompletion that had been credited to Winston. If you remember, the Bucs had missed on a third down early in a drive, but the Falcons (again) kept the drive alive, actually with two penalties, a defensive holding that was declined and a taunting penalty that was accepted for 15 yards on the way to a touchdown and 31-13 lead.

As a result of the change, Winston goes from 23-for-33 to 23-for-32 -- that raised his completion percentage from 69.7 percent to 71.9 percent, which moves him up from seventh-best in the NFL to fifth and raises his QB rating from 122.6 to 125.1, the third-best mark in the league after one week.

And because the NFL insists on not counting a defensive penalty on third down as a third-down conversion for the offense -- don't get me started on this -- the Bucs are now a better third-down offense, improving from 3-for-10 on conversions to 3-for-9, which bumps them up from being tied for 24th to being tied for 20th.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:10pm]

    

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