NFL: Jameis Winston, Buccaneers’ Defense Fuel Road win Over Rams

Going on the road is never easy in the NFL, and going coast-to-coast for a road trip isn’t any easier.

Try telling that to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jameis Winston completed 28-of-41 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns, finishing with a a passer rating of 120.5 in a 55-40 win over the host Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Chris Godwin had 172 yards receiving and hauled in two of Winston’s TD passes. Mike Evans (89 yards) and Cameron Brate (36 yards) also caught Jameis Winston touchdowns.

Ronald Jones II (70 yards) and Peyton Barber (19 yards) each had rushing touchdowns for the Buccaneers (2-2). Tampa Bay put up an OVER (Offensive Value and Efficiency Rating, a score based on yards gained, touchdowns, passer rating, and other stats) of 273.625, compared to an overall OVER of 204.375 for Los Angeles. Tampa Bay’s OVER came from a rushing usage index of 66.0 and receiving index of 481.25.

Tampa Bay also got it done defensively, in a way. Even though the Buccaneers surrendered 517 passing yards and two touchdowns to the Rams’ Jared Goff, they had two sacks and eight tackles for loss, intercepted three passes, and recovered a fumble for an Ndamukong Suh touchdown.

Tampa Bay put up a total DVS (Defensive Value Score, a score calculated using sacks, tackles for loss, turnovers, and other stats) index of 1.2, compared to 0.83 for the Rams.

Los Angeles (3-1) relied on Goff the entire game. He finished 45-of-68 for 517 yards and touchdown passes to Cooper Kupp (29 yards in the fourth quarter) and Gerald Everett (five yards in the first quarter). The Rams ran the ball only 11 times for 28 yards in the game, but two of those carries were Todd Gurley touchdowns.