Thank God for Ryan Fitzpatrick.

That must be what Jameis Winston is thinking after another forgettable performance Sunday, a performance that played no small part in the Buccaneers' third straight loss, this time a lopsided 27-7 beatdown at the hands of the Broncos.

Winston chucked two more interceptions in defeat, giving him eight for the season. As a rookie in 2015, Winston threw 15 total, against 22 touchdowns. (By comparison, Fitzpatrick has launched 10 picks in '16, including nine in his past eight quarters.)

The sophomore slump is real in Tampa Bay, Winston is struggling and first-year coach Dirk Koetter is concerned.

Exactly how concerned?

"Very," he said, via the Tampa Bay Times. "I'm very concerned."

If there's a bright spot, Koetter sounds like he thinks things could be worse.

"He's not regressing, but we've got to take care of the football," the coach continued. "I mean, we've got to take care of the football. We can't turn it over three times in a half. We just can't do that.''

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