FBG says: Neutral matchup. Jameis Winston was slinging it in his last outing against the Panthers as he attempted 54 passes and racked up 400 yards with a touchdown. Despite the gaudy numbers, Winston looked rather awful as he also racked up five interceptions and fumbled twice, thanks mostly to his overly-aggressive play style of trying to make something out of nothing. Winston already had thrown five interceptions this year, so doubling his pick total shot him up up the charts in the wrong direction as he now has the second-most interceptions thrown. Mike Evans had another massive workload with 17 targets--his most in a game this year--but finished with just nine receptions and 96 yards as many of those targets were errant from Winston. Chris Godwin had a much better catch rate as he converted 10 of his 12 targets for 151 yards. Godwin has now finished with 125 or more receiving yards in three straight games and crossed the 120-yard mark in four of his last five as he is proving to be a top-notch option at the position.
The Titans passing defense is a strong, well-rounded unit that has performed at a consistently high level all season. They rank within the top 10 on many passing defense metrics, including passing yards allowed per game, sacks, and interceptions. They have also given up just the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game (PPR scoring) to opposing wide receivers, only one of whom has exceeded 76 receiving yards in a game against this unit of underrated cornerbacks. The Buccaneers have a high-flying passing offense though, and both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin will be very tough to keep up with--especially for Malcolm Butler, who has struggled the most amongst Titans cornerbacks and should see most snaps against Evans. The Titans pass rush has been strong though, and the addition of Jeffrey Simmons only makes this defensive line even more of a mismatch for a bottom-tier Tampa Bay offensive line.