The Buccaneers are set to meet the Cowboys this Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, marking Jameis Winston's ninth start in the NFL. So far, Dallas Head Coach Jason Garrett has been impressed with what he's seen from the rookie.
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"I think he's done a good job," Garrett said on a conference call on Wednesday. "They've done a good job with him. They're a balanced offensive attack and he looks comfortable playing in their system. He's made a number of plays for them and done some things, both with his feet and throwing the football, that have helped them compete and win some games. We've certainly been impressed by him."
Winston has been playing his best football as of late. He's gone four games without throwing an interception, the second-longest streak in the NFL, and has an average passer rating of 102.6 since Week 4. Winston has also thrown for 175 yards or more in each of his NFL starts.
"I'm impressed," Winston said, "but I'm always trying to get better. I'm not really focusing on how well I did here. I'm trying to get better in every aspect of my game, so it's hard for me to judge myself. You guys can judge me. You all can give me a grade, but I can't judge myself because I'm trying to get better at different types of things. You might be focusing on this thing; I'm focusing on other things."
The Dallas defense presents a tough challenge for Winston and the Buccaneers. The unit has surrendered just nine passing touchdowns, tied for the fourth-fewest in the league. The Cowboys are also in the top half of the league in yards allowed per game and yards allowed per passing attempt.
The Bucs hope to move Dallas down in each of those stat categories when the two teams meet at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Photos of Jameis Winston's touchdown run in the 4th quarter against the Giants.