Jameis Winston’s regrettable day against the Cincinnati Bengals ended early, and Ryan Fitzpatrick might have given the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reason to make yet another change at quarterback.
The Buccaneers benched Winston in the third quarter against the Bengals after he threw four interceptions, and Fitzpatrick rallied the team back before Cincinnati escaped on a last-second field goal for a 37-34 win.
Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said after the loss he was not ready to determine his starting quarterback moving forward.
Fitzpatrick stepped in with the Buccaneers trailing 34-16. After his first drive yielded a field goal, he found wide receiver Mike Evans downfield for a 72-yard touchdown strike. His 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end O.J. Howard and subsequent two-point conversion tied the game with 1:10 left, but two A.J. Green catches put the Bengals in position for a game-winning 44-yard field goal by Randy Bullock.Fitzpatrick threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-15 passing.
Winston was pulled after throwing a pick-six to Bengals safety Jessie Bates with 2:10 remaining before the fourth quarter. He finished the day with 276 yards and one touchdown along with the four turnovers on 18-of-35 passing.
“I know I’m definitely the reason we came up short with this game, and I own that,” Winston said in a postgame news conference.
Winston has now thrown 10 interceptions in four games this year since reclaiming the job from Fitzpatrick after a three-game suspension to start the season. Fitzpatrick, who became the first quarterback to throw for 400 yards in three straight games, was pulled midway through a loss to the Chicago Bears.