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Bucs WR Godwin named NFC Offensive Player of Week

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Off another spectacular performance Sunday in Atlanta, Buccaneers third year wide receiver Chris Godwin is getting more national recognition. This after he was named Wednesday as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Godwin had a devastating Sunday on the Atlanta Falcons secondary, as he had seven catches for 184 yards and a career-high 71 yard touchdown in the Bucs 35 – 22 win:

Godwin helped the Bucs get momentum in the game with his long catch down the middle, bouncing off a Falcon defender and then racing the rest of the way for the touchdown to put them in front 7 – 3. He later caught the second touchdown off a deflected pass at the 1-yard line, as the Tampa Bay took the lead for good 13 – 10.

The third round pick in 2017 out of Penn State is leading the NFL with nine touchdown receptions and second in the league with 1,071 yards receiving. Godwin also went over the 1,000 yard receiving mark for the first time in his career on Sunday. With his fellow receiving mate, Mike Evans, going over 1,000 yards on the season Sunday also, Godwin and Evans become just the second Buccaneers tandem to accomplish that in the same season.

Godwin has quickly become one of the favorite targets consistently of quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston has also set a Buccaneer record with six consecutive games of 300 yards or more passing. He and Evans have alternated with monster games this season. This includes Evans having had two games with at least 10 catches, for at least 185 yards and two or more TDs. That’s the first time that had happened in the NFL, since 1961.

Back t Godwin. It is his second player of the week award, as he was given the honor after the final game of the 2017 season, when he caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the final seconds to beat the Saints.

Godwin also has three games with 150 or more receiving yards that is tied for the NFL lead, and is also the first ever Buccaneers wide receiver to receive the award multiple times.

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Bucs QB Winston still not throwing football Thursday

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All eyes continue to be on Buccaneer quarterback Jameis Winston’s injured thumb and while for the second straight day at practice he was unable to throw a football, he was seen at least throwing a ball of some kind.

First, Winston injured the thumb late in the first half of Sunday’s wild 38 – 35 win over the Colts and after having two opinions on what to do, was once again on Thursday, at least in the portion open to the media, he was going through reps without holding or throwing the ball.

ESPN beat reporter Jenna Laine tweeted this photo that showed Winston practicing with a tennis ball:

Coach Bruce Arians admitted after the game Sunday that Winston had suffered what he termed “a slight slight fracture of the thumb” on his throwing hand just before halftime. When the team came out to warmup for the second half, Winston was unable to grip the football and went back inside for an x ray.

Backup quarterback Ryan Griffin worked the first series of the second half and the Buccaneers got one first down before punting. Griffin is in his sixth season, but Sunday was his first action for the Bucs in a regular season game.

Winston came back and threw for over 200 yards and two more touchdowns, as the Bucs put on a rally after trailing 35 – 21. He threw the game winning TD pass to WR Breshad Perriman with under five minutes remaining.

Wednesday, Winston met with the media at his usual news conference, and repeated twice that he is “day by day” with the thumb.

Arians said he believes the 5th year quarterback will play Sunday at the Lions. And more than likely, Friday’s practice will be the critical day to see if Winston can grip the ball and throw it, especially with some velocity down the field.

The Bucs still have to decide whether they will get a third quarterback to have, just in case Winston cannot play, to be Griffin’s backup?

Winston has been a lightning rod of both praise and criticism, as he currently leads the NFL with 23 interceptions, including three more Sunday. However, he is also second in the NFL in touchdown passes (26) and total passing yards going into play in week 15.

Tampa Bay is on a three game winning streak and gets to play two-win Detroit Sunday.

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Bucs moving up in our latest power rankings

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With conference championships now over, all focus will shift to bowl games in college. Florida Atlantic was the lone state team playing for a title last week, defeating the UAB Blazers in blowout fashion. In the NFL, the Bucs made it three straight victories.

The Dolphins almost made it two in a row before the late-game drama. The Jacksonville Jaguars offense fell flat at home in a blowout defeat. That all leads into how our top 5 looks heading into this weekend:

Florida Gators- The Gators stay on top despite not participating in the SEC title game. They may not have played a game, but they still got a win by being selected to the Orange Bowl. Dan Mullen is now two for two in his Gators career in gaining entry into the “New Years Six.” Two seasons of a row with a big bowl win can only help the gators getting back to where they want to be, and that is competing for championships.

Florida Atlantic- The Owls were able to win the C-USA championship destroying UAB 49-6. This was the second title in three years for the Owls, and their great success under Lane Kiffin. All good things come to an end in this day and age in college football for non-power five schools. And so, Kiffin is now on his way to “the Grove” and will be the head coach of Ole Miss. The Owls reward is to play host to SMU in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- The Bucs are riding a hot streak right now. They are now on a three-game winning streak. The offense continues to put up big numbers behind QB Jameis Winston. Winston, who threw for a career hight 456 yards Sunday, has the second-most yards and touchdowns, but leads the league in INTs by a large margin.

The defense has been playing very well during this winning streak. Next, the Bucs will go on the road to face a struggling Detroit Lions team.

UCF Knights- The Knights had a rare off week during the AAC Title game. They had won the previous two and Saturday the Memphis Tigers won this one, avoiding the Knights. UCF, however, still won 9 games and will look to make it 10 in the bowl game. They will head an hour south to play Marshall in the Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa.

Many wanted the Knights to draw an in-state team like FSU or Miami; instead, it will be Marshall. It is important for UCF to end the year strong with a decisive victory.

Miami Dolphins- The Dolphins didn’t win this past weekend over the New York Jets. They did, though, show a lot in this contest. For a team that looked down and out the whole first half of the season, they have completely turned it around.

If it wasn’t for a late review on pass interference, the Dolphins likely would have won their fourth game in their last six. Head coach Brian Flores was livid after the game, and that heart and passion has put his name in the running for coach of the year.

No, he won’t win the award, but what he and this team have done has been impressive with the lack of talent on the roster.

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