Rookie Alexander stars in first half: Bucs' 13-3 over Falcons
The Bucs are taking the football away from the Falcons, creating three turnovers in the first half to frustrate the high-octane Falcons' offense.
Some first half observations:
--Rookie Kwon Alexander is putting on show. A hustle play enabled Alexander to strip WR Julio Jones after a long game to set up the Bucs first field goal. He had an INT with 1:23 left in the first half at midfield to give the Bucs’ life. That led to Cameron Brate’s 20-yard touchdown reception.
Alexander’s earlier INT in the end zone was called back for an off-sides penalty.
--The Bucs are doing a decent job on Devonta Freeman, the league’s leading rusher. Sure, he had the 20-yard breakout run at the end of the first half. But the defensive line is containing him. He has 25 yards on 12 other carries.
--Winston was inaccurate early on. The Bucs QB missed some receivers high, especially in the red zone. He missed Adam Humphries at the 2-yard in and was high to Evans twice. Not a great start throwing the football. But he came back and made a clutch third down throw to Evans and hit Brate on the seam route for the TD.
--The Bucs secondary still can’t cover anyone. Jones has been a force. He has seven catches for 112 yards. They’re playing a lot of nickel as the Falcons got with three receivers.
--Leads are nothing new to the Bucs. They have led at halftime of all four road games. Can they close it out? Will 10 points be enough?