Two firsts
Neither Chris Godwin nor Julio Jones have spent much time in the end zone this season, but both scored touchdowns against the Seahawks.

Jones was left alone for a 31-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter. Godwin caught a 4-yard scoring pass from Brady in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game-winner.

"It felt great doing whatever I can do to basically help my team out, to get things going," Jones said. "My number was called early, tried to make a play, I was wide open, so I was just like, I've got to score, I've got to do something with it."

Godwin, who reached the end zone for the first time this season, led the Bucs with six catches for 71 yards. "It feels really good," Godwin said. "It's been a little while since I've been in the end zone. Feels like it's been pretty elusive for me. But it feels good to be back in there, and what a great environment to do it in."

Bad time for a bye?
Following back-to-back wins, the Bucs (5-5) lead the Falcons (4-6) by a game in the NFC South. With Tampa Bay entering its bye week, Bowles excused his players from practice until a week from Monday. He said it may be a bad time for them to stop playing.

"Feels great to go into the bye week with a win," Bowles said. "Obviously, two wins, so hopefully we're trending forward. You almost don't want to have a bye since you've won two in a row, but we've got some guys nicked up (that) we need to get healthy, so we'll get some rest, and we'll get ready for the stretch run."

Bowles was asked how the Bucs turned things around after losing five of six games before the two-game win streak. "I can tell you that after Week 17," he said. "But it's a good start."

Fournette didn't finished the game due to a hip pointer injury, Bowles said. The Bucs also lost rookie cornerback Zyon McCollom, who suffered a concussion after making a special teams tackle.

Rick Stroud, The Tampa Bay Times, published 14 November 2022