Jameis Winston Becomes First QB to Throw for 30 Touchdowns and 30 Interceptions in a Season

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We’ll say this for Jameis Winston — throughout his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he’s been remarkably consistent. The first overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Florida State, Winston made his NFL debut against the Titans on September 13, 2015 in a 42-14 loss. Winston’s first throw of the day was an attempt to receiver Adam Humphries that was intercepted and returned for a 26-yard touchdown by Tennessee cornerback Coty Sensabaugh:

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And Winston’s final throw of the 2019 season, the one that put the game away for the Falcons in a 28-22 overtime win, was a pass intended for tight end Cameron Brate that was intercepted and returned for a 27-yard touchdown by Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones:

And Winston’s final throw of the 2019 season, the one that put the game away for the Falcons in a 28-22 overtime win, was a pass intended for tight end Cameron Brate that was intercepted and returned for a 27-yard touchdown by Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones:

It took Winston into overtime of the final regular-season game to do it, but with that pick, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same season. Winston threw two touchdowns to take his season total to 31, and two interceptions to get to 30. It is perhaps the perfect encapsulation of a career that has seen equal parts amazing plays and head-banging frustration out of the same quarterback.

Winston also set the NFL’s single-season record for pick-sixes with seven, beating out Peyton Manning in 2001 and Rudy Bukich of the Bears in 1966. We’ll give Bukich extra credit for throwing six pick-sixes in a season where he attempted just 309 passes, but that’s another story.

The closest any quarterback has come to the 30/30 mark before is Lynn Dickey of the 1983 Packers, who threw 32 touchdowns and 29 picks, leading the league in both categories that season, as well as his 4,458 passing yards. Dickey threw 11 of those interceptions in the final four games of the season, so it was tough to expect more.

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SOURCE: Touchdown Wire, Doug Farrar