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Ryan Fitzpatrick finished his postgame media session Peyton Barber Jersey , turned the corner and saw Jameis Winston heading down the hallway. The two quarterbacks exchanged a supportive fist-bump.Fitzpatrick took over after Winston threw four interceptions 鈥?one returned for a touchdown 鈥?and rallied Tampa Bay with such an impressive performance that the job might be back in his hands. The Buccaneers have to pick one or the other following their 37-34 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.Nobody will be surprised if it's the bearded one.More Tampa Bay Buccaneers newsJaguars CB Jalen Ramsey catches a TD on offense as AFC thumps NFC in rainy Pro Bowl in OrlandoPack your bags: Jaguars, Buccaneers among NFL teams taking international trips in 2019New coach Bruce Arians confident Buccaneers have pieces to be playoff teamBuccaneers counting on Bruce Arians to help Jameis Winston realize potentialGetting their guy: Buccaneers hire former Bruce Arians to be head coachFitzpatrick had only a couple of minutes to warm up after Jessie Bates returned Winston's fourth interception for a 34-16 lead. Fitzpatrick led the Buccaneers (3-4) to a field goal and a pair of touchdowns, including his tying 18-yard pass and conversion with 1:05 left."It doesn't take a lot to get this thing going," Fitzpatrick said, moving his arm in a warmup motion.He finished 11 of 15 for 194 yards with a passer rating of 154.9, just shy of perfect.Was it good enough 鈥?and was Winston bad enough 鈥?to prompt another quarterback change in Tampa Bay?"Today is not the day I need to decide that," coach Dirk Koetter said.Winston opened the season on suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, and Fitzpatrick put up big numbers as his fill-in. Winston returned but has struggled, creating an opening for Fitzpatrick to reclaim the job.Winston was benched after matching his career high with four interceptions, the third time he's thrown so many in his career. He has 10 interceptions, one fewer than all last season. Winston has thrown at least two interceptions in five straight games, tied for the most since 1990."I'm definitely the reason we came up short with this game, and I know that I have to fix it," said Winston Cheap Justin Evans Jersey , who was 18 of 35 for 276 yards and was sacked five times.Two of his throws sailed in the gusty wind, and two others were simply forced. The decisive one went directly to Bates, who had a clear path for his 21-yard return."Just a bad decision," Winston said. "Just a really bad decision. Just a really, really bad decision."Tampa Bay tried to fix its porous defense by switching coordinators. The Bengals (5-3) had a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in the first half while pulling ahead by 21 points. They managed only 95 yards in the second half, 50 of them in their drive to Randy Bullock's 44-yard field goal on the final play.Tampa Bay has the most productive offense in the league when it's not turning the ball over.DeSean Jackson caught a 60-yard touchdown pass that moved him ahead of Jerry Rice for the NFL record. He has 24 TDs of at least 60 yards. It also was Jackson's 29th career TD of at least 50 yards, tying Randy Moss for second-most since the 1970 merger behind Rice's 36.Mike Evans had six catches for 179 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown from Fitzpatrick . It was Fitzpatrick's fifth TD pass of at least 50 yards this season 鈥?most in the NFL.And it wasn't enough."We can't turn it over seven times in two weeks," Koetter said. "That's obvious." Nick Mullens is getting an extended look as the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback, and an important test awaits Sunday.Mullens will make the first road start of his NFL career against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his first chance to show how he handles a hostile environment after making his first two starts at home.After the 49ers lost No. 1 quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a season-ending knee injury in Week 3, C.J. Beathard got the first crack at replacing him.Beathard failed to impress over five starts, and the 49ers (2-8) turned to Mullens, who hadn't played a snap in the NFL before his Nov. 1 start against Oakland.He threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns in that victory and played solid again in a Nov. 12 loss to the New York Giants. Now Mullens Buccaneers Caleb Benenoch Jersey , an undrafted free agent who spent all of last season on San Francisco's practice squad, will have his poise tested on the road."That definitely is a big challenge," Mullens said Wednesday. "I haven't played on the road yet. But I think this team is excited. It's important we start fast. It's important for me to keep my same mindset. Don't let the environment impact the way you play."Mullens has completed 71 percent of his passes for 512 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in two games. Those numbers, along with the leadership he has shown, have placed him squarely in the 49ers' thoughts regarding next season. Assuming Garoppolo makes a healthy return by training camp, which is expected, Mullens will be a legitimate contender for the backup role.But coming off a bye week, he's trying to help the 49ers finish this season strong after a disappointing first 10 games. Tampa Bay's defense, on paper, would suggest Mullens can find his comfort zone Sunday.The Buccaneers have allowed the fifth-most yards per game in the NFL (395.9), and they sport the league's worst turnover ratio at minus-23.Tampa Bay (3-7) has not generated a single defensive takeaway since Justin Evans made a first-quarter interception in the third week against Pittsburgh. Entering Sunday, the Buccaneers have played 32 consecutive quarters without a takeaway.The 49ers haven't been much better with a minus-15 turnover ratio, second-worst in the NFL."I think that's one of the reasons for both teams not having much success Buccaneers Ryan Jensen Jersey ," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said.Mullens has a unique method for trying to prepare for a road game, one that he used even before becoming the 49ers starter.He found audio files of artificial crowd noise, via Apple Music, slips on his headphones and listens to it at home, calling out signals over the noise as if he was at the line of scrimmage."I have a very strict routine that I try to stick to, and it helps me prepare," Mullens said. "And that does involve calling out the plays and envisioning the plays and seeing them in your head."Given that preparation, it was somewhat surprising to hear Mullens say that he actually did take a couple days off during his bye week and spent it with his wife.Shanahan said he didn't talk much to Mullens during the break."You let him get away," the coach said. "He's heard enough of me for the time being."NOTES: Garoppolo, who until recently was using crutches in his recovery from surgery for a torn ACL, has been cleared to at least watch practice from the sidelines, which he did Wednesday as a light drizzle fell. . Receiver Pierre Garcon (knee) did not practice but did agility work on the side. Guard Joshua Garnett (thumb) was held out. Linebacker Reuben Foster (hamstring) and center Weston Richburg (knee) both were limited.


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