Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs Defeat Falcons, 31-24, in Week 1

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knocked off the Atlanta Falcons, 31-24, in Week 1 of the 2016 season.

Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 1 matchup with the Falcons.

The Buccaneers' 2016 season is off to a strong start. On Sunday, Tampa Bay picked up their first win of the season, knocking of the Falcons, 31-24, in Atlanta. It was Dirk Koetter's first win as the head coach of the Buccaneers.

Jameis Winston put together an impressive game, throwing four touchdown passes in the Buccaneers' victory. Winston completed 23 of 33 passes for 281 yards and was intercepted once throughout the game. He finished with a passer rating of 122.6.

Eight different players caught passes from Winston and seven of those players caught two or more balls. Each of Winston's four touchdowns was caught by a different receiver. Mike Evans was the Bucs' leading receiver, catching five passes for 99 yards and a score.

The second-year quarterback is now 3-0 against the Bucs' division rival after Tampa Bay swept Atlanta during Winston's rookie season.

While Winston shined on offense, another second-year player dominated on the other side of the ball. Kwon Alexander recorded 17 tackles and a sack. Of his 17 tackles, 15 were solo.

Gerald McCoy and Robert Ayers also performed well on the defensive side of the ball, picking up one sack each and combining for five tackles. McCoy added two pass deflections, including one on the Falcons' final play.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 27 passes for 39 yards and 334, but the Buccaneers were able to keep his top target, Julio Jones, somewhat under wraps. Jones caught four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown, but didn't lead the team in either catches or receiving yards.

The Buccaneers will take on the Cardinals in Arizona next weekend before hosting the Rams for the team's home opener in Week 3.

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