KANSAS CITY, MO. – Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said he felt like he was back in college while playing in what the Chiefs proclaim to be the “Loudest Stadium in the NFL’’ on Sunday.
It wasn’t the noise that gave Winston that nostalgic feeling. It was the Chiefs war chant.
Chiefs fans back their defense at critical times with the same Indian-like war chant the Florida State Seminoles use but all it did on Sunday was inspire Winston to play what may have been his best game ever.
“The crowd noise was amazing,’’ Winston said with a smile in the wake of the Bucs 19-17 win over the Chiefs. “Every third down they did the ‘Nole Chant and I was so pumped up (by it). It really made me feel at home.’’
Apparently so. Winston struggled with his accuracy during one critical juncture late in the first half but wound up completing 24 of 39 passes overall for 331 yards and a touchdown.
Throw in the fact Winston was not intercepted for the fourth time in his last six games and his 97.3 passer rating represented what Coach Dirk Koetter said was the best game he’s seen Winston play yet.
“Jameis was out of sight today,’’ Koetter said. “That was as good a quarterback play as I’ve seen in however many the number of years is that I’ve been in the league.
“He was awesome. All day. He just played a great, great game. He got the game ball already. I already gave it to him in the locker room. I didn’t even have to watch the film.
“I mean, the way he controlled the game today. Other than a very brief stint there he was as accurate as I’ve seen him and he made great decisions and took care of the football. He just played great today.’’
Winston has been playing great for a while now. Since Week 7, Winston has completed 62.6-percent of his passes (107-of-171) for 1,353 yards and thrown 11 touchdowns passes against just two interceptions for a passer rating of 103.7.
Given that recent run of success, you have to wonder if maybe Bucs fans shouldn’t start doing the old ‘Nole Chant themselves. After all it seems to bring the best out of Winston.
“I love that chant,’’ he said. “So I loved playing (at Arrowhead Stadium) today. Every chance I get to do that ‘Nole Chant I do it. I was even doing it with the fans at the beginning of the game.’’
Hey, whatever works.