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NFL Week Five Preview – Jacksonville vs Tampa Bay


A pair of young 1-3 teams do battle Sunday when the Buccaneers play host to the Jaguars at Raymond James Stadium at 1pm.

Jameis Winston played his worst game of his young career against the Panthers last Sunday.

He completed just 52.2 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and three interceptions in his first three games before things got worse last Sunday. He threw four picks – including one that was returned for a score – in a 37-23 home loss to Carolina.

“It’s just decision making,” he said. “That’s one thing we (take) pride in here is just making good decisions and winning the turnover ratio. Obviously, last game wasn’t what we expected, but I just have to get better every week.”

Winston was 26 of 43 attempts for a season-high 287 yards and two touchdowns. The Buccaneers won 26-19 at New Orleans on Sept. 20 in his only game without an interception.

The young QB will look to his new favorite WR, Vincent Jackson. The veteran wide out finished with season highs of 10 catches and 147 yards with a touchdown. The veteran receiver had nine receptions for 145 yards and a score over the first three games.

Running back Doug Martin also had a big game with 106 yards and a touchdown, but Jacksonville (1-3) is fourth in the NFL with 83.0 rushing yards allowed per game. The Jaguars held Indianapolis to 60 yards and 2.5 per carry in last Sunday’s 16-13 overtime road defeat.

The Jaguars at 1-3 have a lot in common with the Bucs, as they too have a young QB in Blake Bortles.

Their young QB has been inconsistent in his second season. He had arguably his best half in 17 career starts last Sunday when he completed 14 of 18 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in the opening two quarters.

But he couldn’t lead the Jaguars to any points while connecting on 43.8 percent of his attempts in the second half and overtime. That’s been a troubling trend as Bortles has the NFL’s 10th-best first-half passer rating (99.7) but worst second-half mark (59.2).

“It’s the same game plan with the same players running each play, so it’s kind of hard to figure out why the lack of execution happens in the second half,” he said. “But I think it all comes back to paying attention to detail and staying locked in throughout the game.”

Young second-year wideout Allen Hurns put up a good game in the OT loss, as he had career highs of 11 receptions, including an eight-yard touchdown – and 116 yards against the Colts.

The Jags should be able to get T.J. Yeldon going in the running game. The rookie is coming off his best game as a pro with 105 yards on 22 carries last weekend.

This could be a fun game between two young teams, or a complete stinker. The winner will come down to the team that makes the less mistakes on offense, and right now that is Jacksonville, as Winston will make one or two bad decisions to cost his team the game.

Jacksonville 28 Tampa Bay 21

Fantasy Projections:

Jacksonville – Blake Bortles 184 yards 1 TD, T.J. Yeldon 117 yards rushing 2 TD, Allen Hurns 90 yards receiving 1 TD
Tampa Bay – Jameis Winston 265 yards 1 TDs, Doug Martin 88 yards 1 TD, Vincent Jackson 88 yards receiving 1 TD

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