Winston to fans: Quiet when offense is in red zone, please
The Bucs' five-game winning streak means bigger, louder crowds at Raymond James Stadium, but quarterback Jameis Winston had a favor to ask after Sunday's home win against the Saints: Don't be loud when the Bucs are in the red zone and trying to score.
"We're getting it rocking," Winston said after the game. "But (when) we're in the red zone, fans, we've got to tone it down. It's our time to score. Other than that, it was amazing. ... People want to come to these games and see the Bucs play now. That's fun. That's fun as a team to know that we're coming inot a building and everyone is here for us, not the other team. That's great."
The Bucs opened the season 0-4 at home, but their five-game win streak has included home wins over the Bears, Seahawks and Saints. Tampa Bay now goes on the road for its next two, but could have much on the line when they return home to face the Panthers on Jan. 1.
The Bucs only got in the red zone twice Sunday, converting one chance with Doug Martin's 1-yard touchdown run, but the second time, they had to settle for a 26-yard Roberto Aguayo field goal. The Bucs defense -- with a loud stadium behind it -- came up with two big red-zone stops, holding the Saints to field goals after they reached the 1-yard line and 4-yard line in separate drives.