Grading Jameis Winston's performance from ugly Week 2 loss

Kristen Wong
New Orleans Saints, Jameis Winston
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Jameis Winston recorded one of his worst games in his New Orleans Saints career in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He'll get a low grade for this one.

Winston got a few notorious "firsts" in his Saints career on Sunday: he threw three picks for the first time in a single game, and he threw his first pick-6.

This game feels eerily similar to Week 1 -- like the first half against Atlanta, Winston struggled to incite the offense early in the game. Instead of leading the Saints to a triumphant comeback, however, he facilitated the team's collapse.

All three of his picks came in the fourth quarter, and his pick-6 in particular ended the game. Winston's first two picks buoyed Tampa's offense and led to a Bucs touchdown and field goal, giving Tampa a 13-3 lead with roughly five minutes left in the game.

Saints' Jameis Winston Week 2 Report Card

Theoretically, the Saints could still win this thing. They just needed a quick field goal, a defensive stop, and then one touchdown drive to tie the score.

One minute into the Saints' offensive drive, however, Winston threw a poorly executed pass to Jarvis Landry that got intercepted by Bucs safety Mike Edwards, and Edwards brought it home for six points.

13-3 was already a difficult hole, but 20-3 was near impossible considering the ineffectual state of the NOLA's offense.

A few notes must be made about Winston's performance before we get into his final grade. For one, the Saints' offensive line yet again floundered in pass protection and allowed six sacks.

For another, Winston was suffering from back fractures during the game which likely hindered his overall play.

All that said, Winston was off on too many of his balls, especially when trying to find Chris Olave downfield, and we saw more glimpses of his turnover-prone Bucs days than of his masterful fourth quarter performance from Week 1.

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Winston gets a D+ in Week 2 -- and the "plus" is only due to the circumstances of his injury. Rest up and go at 'em again in Week 3.

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