Jameis Winston's execution on the Bucs' first two drives against the Seahawks on Sunday has garnered a lot of attention, and justifiably so considering Tampa Bay jumped out to a 14-0 lead.
Among the most memorable plays: a 26-yard pass to Mike Evans over two defenders and a 23-yard touchdown pass, also to Evans.
Lost in the Bucs' 14-5 win has been Winston's success in attacking the defense with short passes. The Seahawks prioritize taking away the deep ball, daring opponents to beat them underneath, where they believe they can limit damage because of their speed and sound tackling.
Winston, however, picked Seattle apart. On passes thrown within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, he completed all 17 for 126 yards and one touchdown.
While the Bucs didn't score in the final three quarters, their short passing attack helped sustain drives, which kept Russell Wilson and the Seahawks off the field. When Seattle did get the ball, it often had to overcome unfavorable field position. The Seahawks began three of their drives inside their 10-yard line.
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