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First quarter analysis: Jameis Winston looks like himself early, gaining chunks against Bills

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston looked like himself in the first quarter, and his team had a 6-3 lead to show for it.

Winston is going to take shots down the field, injured shoulder or not. He entered the game first in the NFL in average depth of target, meaning his average pass is thrown farther down the field than anyone else's, and he showed why in the first quarter with seven completions of 10 yards or more.

The Bills defense didn't have many answers for Winston's offense as he completed 9 of 12 passes for 115 yards. His one mistake was underthrowing tight end Cameron Brate in the end zone, which allowed safety Jordan Poyer to recover and make an excellent pass break-up and force a field goal.

The Bills had two big plays of 26 yards on their only possession of the quarter, with Tyrod Taylor hitting Nick O'Leary and then scrambling down to the 10-yard line on his longest run of the season. But the drive stalled and they settled for a 25-yard field goal from Stephen Hauschka.

First time's the charm: The Bucs have had well-documented issues in the kicking game, but Patrick Murray hit his first two field-goal attempts with the team, nailing a 50-yarder off the opening drive and a 25-yarder later.

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