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Friday, July 10, 2020

Jameis Winston looking to snap abysmal road streak against Panthers

Jameis Winston

If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are able to go into Carolina and come away with a win over the Panthers on Thursday night, they would be accomplishing a very rare feat. To be frank, Jameis Winston probably does not even remember what it feels like to win a game on the road.

Winston enters Thursday’s game having lost 12 straight road starts. His last win on the road came in San Diego, which no longer has an NFL team.

While the stat is alarming, it is somewhat deceiving. You could make the case that Winston has played poorly over the past few seasons and needs to do a better job of protecting the football, but his performance on the road hasn’t been much different from at home. Tampa’s defense, however, is another story.

Winton has 17 multi-interception games since 2015, which is the most in the NFL during that span. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday that his team needs to stop turning the ball over, and another ugly Winston stat highlights just how important that is.

Arians has experience working with some of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, and he would not have taken the Bucs job if he didn’t think he could help Winston straighten out his NFL career. The veteran coach was highly critical of some other areas of his team during the preseason, and he can’t like what he saw in Week 1. If Winston could somehow avoid interceptions, it would go a long way toward getting Tampa’s offense turned around.

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