The Bucs are choosing to focus on limiting turnovers moving forward
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled out a clutch win over the Cleveland Browns in overtime on Sunday. However, the team is well aware that they still have plenty of things to clean up.
The Bucs have had some trouble taking care of the ball as of late. According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, right tackle Demar Dotson feels turnovers have been a serious problem throughout the 2018 NFL season:
“[They’ve] been killing us all year,” right tackle Demar Dotson said. “We’ve got to cut down on those self-inflicted wounds that’s keeping us in football games and almost losing us football games. We almost let this one get away.
“We as an offense have got do better than that if we’re going to get a chance to play in the postseason. We’ve got a lot of good teams that are coming up, so we can’t beat ourselves. It’s hard to beat them as it is.”
There is certainly plenty of truth to Dotson’s comments. The Bucs committed four turnovers versus the Browns which nearly cost them the game. They got lucky this time around considering their mistakes came back to haunt them against the Atlanta Falcons two weeks ago. It is safe to say that their turnover woes can be attributed to quarterback Jameis Winston.
Winston has done a solid job of maintaining his status as the starter after a stellar start to the year by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. However, the knock on him thus far has been his inability to take care of the ball. He has already committed seven turnovers in three games this year. At this rate, the Bucs are going to see a lot of games slip through their fingers due to such costly mistakes. Things will not get any easier this week when they square off against an aggressive Cincinnati Bengals defense next week.