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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35, Atlanta Falcons 22

Jameis Winston wasn't perfect, but he and Chris Godwin made enough big plays to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 35-22 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

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Final Score

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35, Atlanta Falcons 22

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston recovered from two early interceptions to lead the Buccaneers to a comfortable win over the division foe Falcons. Winston showed great accuracy on his deep throws and finished the game with three touchdowns.

Chris Godwin continued his breakout season today in Atlanta. Godwin was especially effective down the field and finished the game with over 100 yards and two touchdowns.

The biggest standout on the day for the Bucs was Shaquil Barrett. He caused havoc all day rushing the passer and was a huge factor in putting the Falcons in situations where they had to be risky with the ball

Lavonte David also had an outstanding game for the Bucs. David made his biggest impact in pass coverage, where he made key stops and almost had a pick-six off of Matt Ryan.

Atlanta Falcons

Desmond Trufant made the biggest play for the Falcons on Sunday in a game where the defense did not have its best day. Trufant basically ran a route for Mike Evans and jumped the ball before Evans could get close to it. It was a phenomenal play where it looked like Trufant knew what was coming

One of the problems for the Falcons' defense has been their inability to get pressure off of the edge, and that continued on Sunday. Takkarist McKinley and Vic Beasley simply couldn't create consistent pressure off the edge.

Ryan had some good throws on Sunday against the Buccaneers, but it will ultimately be his turnover-worthy plays that define his performance. Ryan threw two potential pick-sixes and put the ball on the ground twice. Ironically, his one interception was not a bad throw just a great play on a contested possession.

The Falcons did find a solid back in Qadree Ollison. He ran with good power and was the Falcons' most effective back.

Cris Collinsworth

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