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Jameis Winston took huge step in excellent performance versus Eagles

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Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offence exploded over the weekend.

They dropped 45 points on a hapless Philadelphia Eagles team that struggled to contain both the Bucs' offence and score points themselves.

The win brings Tampa Bay to a 5-5 record that has them slowly catching up to the Atlanta Falcons in the division.


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The Buccaneers offence tallied 583-yards of total offence, the second-most in Bucs team history. Winston threw for five touchdowns - tying the rookie record - to five different receivers.

Doug Martin ran for 235-yards - the most in Bucs team history - he also ran for the longest single run in Bucs team history - an 83-yarder.

The term offensive explosion is probably a bit of an understatement to describe what the Buccaneers accomplished against the Eagles, but it sure paints a good picture of what happened.

The Eagles lost at the line of scrimmage from the get-go. With the Buccaneers' offensive line dominating the opposing defenders, it become extremely difficult for the Eagles to close the holes that were being opened up for Martin to dash through.

When it came down to the red-zone, there was some excellent play-calling by Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter; the fake screen touchdown pass to Russell Shepard was a thing of beauty, as was Mike Evans' touchdown grab.

Eagles' woes

For the Eagles, on the other hand, nothing could be described as beautiful.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles - led by backup quarterback Mark Sanchez - failed to generate any second-half touchdowns, and only managed 17 points overall. Sanchez threw three interceptions and DeMarco Murray only managed 64-yards on the ground.

The Eagles seemingly gave up early in the third quarter, a lack of effort was evident watching the game. For the Buccaneers, though, they saw the lack of faith from the Eagles as an opportunity to pile on, and pile on they did, scoring 17 second half points to the Eagles three.

This game was a huge one for the Buccaneers, more specifically, Jameis Winston.

Winston has shown real signs of growth from the week one blowout he suffered at the hands of Marcus Mariota and the Titans. Hopefully he uses his awesome performance in this game as a building block for the future.

With the Bucs only being two games behind their divisional foe and wildcard owning Falcons, I look for the Buccaneers to make a run at the playoffs in an attempt to usurp the Falcons.

If they play like they did versus the Eagles a couple more times, then they will have every chance to get there.

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