There’s no secret formula for Jameis Winston’s success with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
When the third-year pro protects the ball as well or better than the opposing quarterback, the Bucs usually win.
Case in point was Sunday against the New York Giants when Winston threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover and brought his team from behind twice in the fourth quarter to beat Eli Manning 25-23.
“When Jameis plays like that, we’ll be hard to beat,” coach Dirk Koetter said. “He did a nice job.”
One week after throwing three interceptions in a lopsided loss at Minnesota, Winston was at his best with the game on the line — 5 for 5 for 55 yards on the drive setting up Nick Folk’s 34-yard field goal as time expired.
Tampa Bay (2-1) won its sixth consecutive home game, dating to last season. In his past eight games at Raymond James Stadium, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner has 14 TD passes vs. three interceptions.
Folk redeemed himself after missing two field goals and an extra point to help the Giants (0-4) get back in the game after falling behind 13-0.
With the clock running down and the Bucs trailing 23-22, Winston took a knee twice to position the ball in the center of the field for the winning kick.