Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

How Jameis Winston and the Bucs attacked the Seahawks defense

[Associated Press]

[Associated Press]

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.

Contact Thomas Bassinger at Follow @tometrics.

How Jameis Winston and the Bucs attacked the Seahawks defense 11/30/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 5:20am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. USF opens preseason workouts with defensive improvement a priority


    TAMPA — To prevent preseason wear on his three normal practice fields, new USF coach Charlie Strong is staging the first phase of the 2017 preseason on the fields used by the original Bulls two decades ago.

  2. Spieth has suddenly made the PGA Championship a lot more interesting


    SOUTHPORT, England — Now that the PGA Championship in Charlotte next month has gone from a big deal to a big-big deal because of Jordan Spieth, there is no telling where he might lead us. On Sunday, of course, he led us way up a dune.

    Jordan Spieth celebrates an eagle during his U.S. Open victory.
  3. In Twitter rant, Bucs' Gerald McCoy says he's unappreciated


    Gerald McCoy is feeling underappreciated again. He says somebody has crossed the line this time. He's speaking out and suggesting he might be gone "soon enough" from Tampa Bay.

    Photo Illustration RON BORRESEN   |   Photo by LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Gerald McCoy may be upset that Ronde Barber said a defensive leader “has to have a huge personality’’ like Warren Sapp’s. Monday, Barber walked that back.
  4. Rays' Evan Longoria: "We have all the belief in the world in here"


    The weekend sweep by Texas and four-game overall losing streak has some Rays fans - based on their tweets and emails - questioning the team's ability to make the playoffs and suggesting they might as well trade away their key parts.

  5. What are the odds the Rays trade for Brad Hand or Pat Neshek?


    In each of the last three seasons, the Rays have been sellers at the trade deadline. They shipped away David Price in 2014, got rid of David DeJesus and Kevin Jepsen in 2015 and flipped Matt Moore, Steve Pearce and Brandon Guyer in 2016.

    Padres left-hander Brad Hand has excelled in his two years with the team.