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Winston: 'I don't trust the percentages ... I trust our heart'

With the Bucs 8-6, Jameis Winston considers every game they play as essentially a playoff game since they can’t afford to lose any.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

With the Bucs 8-6, Jameis Winston considers every game they play as essentially a playoff game since they can’t afford to lose any.

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Quarterback Jameis Winston knows there are all kinds of scenarios, calculations and probabilities of the Bucs reaching the post-season. But he’s focused on division – as in beating NFC South rivals New Orleans and Carolina.

If the season ended today, the Bucs would be on the outside looking in with the seventh seed in the NFC behind Green Bay.

"I love math. But I don’t trust the percentages and the probabilities," Winston said. "I trust our heart. This team’s heart and what we need to do to find a way to get in here."

What has Winston learned about the Bucs’ heart while winning five of their past six games?

"Just never giving up. Playing against tough teams and believing that we can do it," Winston said. "Expecting to win, not hoping. Not playing not to lose but playing to win. That’s important. It’s a fine margin between a win and a loss. Inches really determine the game we play."

At 8-6, Winston considers every game they play as essentially a playoff game since they can’t afford to lose any.

"Absolutely, and we start on the road," Winston said. "We know we’re going to be on the road in a tough environment against the Saints. So yeah, it starts now. We’ve got to start preparing for the show."

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 2:10pm]

    

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