Winston throws 4 TD passes, Bucs beat Falcons 31-24

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The Falcons won their first five games under Quinn a year ago and were 6-1 before a comeback victory by Tampa Bay in Atlanta sent their season spiraling backward.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, left, celebrates his touchdown with Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Atlanta.

Jamies Winston led a 75-yard touchdown play as the running game opened up the Bucs offense.

Combined with his big game in Philly in 2015, Winston now has two outings with at least four touchdown passes in his first 17 National Football League games.

Winston, the second-year quarterback, was sharp as he threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns. If you've watched Winston practice or play the past several years, it's actually pretty common for him to put too much on his early throws.

Koetter emphasized the checkdown all week as a way to beat the Falcons' zone-based scheme, and that's exactly what Winston did on a 23-yard catch and run touchdown by Charles Sims.

Ryan threw for 334 yards, completing 27 of his 39 passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions. "We played as a team, helping each other, played a good game and got out of here". In the receiving end, Nick Williams posted 61 yards in four catches while Corey Washington added 48 yards in a catch.

Yep, DeBerg set the bar rather high on opening day in 1987, throwing five touchdown passes and no interceptions in a 48-10 thrashing of the Falcons.

Koetter was offensive coordinator of the Falcons from 2012-14, and his defensive coordinator is former Atlanta head coach Mike Smith.

The Atlanta Falcons had a chance to tie the game with a 2 minute drill, even though they went down 31-13 in the 3rd quarter.

Julio Jones, who'd been extremely quiet for the majority of the game up until the third quarter, burst into life as the fourth quarter approached.

INJURY REPORT: Tampa Bay backup linebacker Jacquies Smith was carted to the locker room with a right knee injury and didn't return.

WR Mohamed Sanu got off to a strong start with the Falcons.

The Falcons' secondary gave up receptions of 45, 30, 26, 23 and 17, three of which went for touchdowns.

Tampa Bay held Atlanta to only 52 yards rushing, including 20 yards on 11 carries by Devonta Freeman. The Raiders defeated the Saints 35-34 when they went for a two-point conversion with 47 seconds left.

Tampa Bay's last winning season was 2010. The next four contests won't be easy for Winston and the Buccaneers' offense as they stay on the road for a matchup with the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2, followed by home dates with the Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos, then at Carolina to face the Panthers in Week 4.

The Falcons will travel to the west coast to begin a hard stretch of their schedule, beginning with the Oakland Raiders.

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