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CINCINNATI (AP) — When Jessie Bates returned an easy-as-it-gets interception for a touchdown Rashan Gary Jersey, the Bengals seemed to have the game in hand. Ryan Fitzpatrick was just getting warmed up on the Buccaneers sideline. interception and led Tampa Bay on a late flurry that tied the game. Randy Bullock’s 44-yard field goal on the final play salvaged a 37-34 victory for Cincinnati and left the Buccaneers with a question about their quarterback.Which one is the starter now?“Today is not the day I need to decide that,” coach Dirk Koetter said.He can’t put it off for long. The Buccaneers (3-4) have the NFL’s top-ranked offense but keep hurting themselves with turnovers. Winston has seven by himself in the last two games, including the four on Sunday that matched his career high. He moved back into the starting job after serving an NFL suspension to start the season, but hasn’t played up to the standard that Fitzpatrick set as his fill-in.“I can’t play like that,” Winston said. “I was heaving balls all over the place and not giving our team a chance to win.”The Bengals (5-3) head into their bye with a defense that’s one of the worst in franchise history so far and an offense that’s totally erratic. They were coming off a 45-10 loss in Kansas City on Sunday night that was their second-worst drubbing in coach Marvin Lewis’ 16 seasons.They got ahead of the Bucs by 21 points with an impressive first half — Joe Mixon ran for more than 100 yards and Tyler Boyd had more than 100 yards in receptions. In the second half, they managed only 95 yards, 50 of them in the final drive.“I’m not pleased with how we played,” Lewis said.Five takeaways from Paul Brown Stadium:WINSTON’S WOESWinston has six interceptions and a fumble in the last two games. Turnovers have been his biggest problem during his four seasons in the NFL. He has thrown at least two interceptions in five straight games, tied for most in the league since 1990. It was the third time in his career he’s thrown four in a game. The problems have been more pronounced this season: He has 10 interceptions, one fewer than all last season.FITZY’S BACKFitzpatrick put up big numbers as the stand-in, helping the Bucs become the league’s top-ranked offense. He had only a couple of minutes to warm up before replacing Winston after the fourth interception, but he showed no rust. Fitzpatrick went 11 of 15 for 194 yards with a near-perfect passer rating of 154.9.“It doesn’t take a lot to get this thing going,” Fitzpatrick said Hakeem Butler Jersey, moving his arm in a warmup motion.BIG PLAYSFitzpatrick’s 72-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans was his fifth of at least 50 yards this season, most in the NFL. DeSean Jackson caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Winston 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.BAD DEFENSEIn the past three games, the Bengals’ defense has allowed 481, 551 and 576 yards along with a total of 107 points. It’s the first time in franchise history that the Bengals have given more than 500 yards in back-to-back games. The Bucs’ 576 yards are the fourth-most allowed in franchise history. The club record for 500-yard games allowed is three in 2014. Up next: Drew Brees and the Saints.“We gave up a thousand yards on defense today,” Brown said.The Bengals lost end Carl Lawson to a severely injured right knee. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick left for a while after aggravating his left Achilles’ tendon that limited him last week.OFFENSIVE EXTREMESThe Bengals had 307 yards and 16 first downs in the first half, when they opened a 21-point lead. In the second half, they managed only 95 yards and five first downs on six possessions. They were held without a first down in the second half until 4:22 was left in the game. GLENDALE, Ariz. — If he stays healthy.Those words have shadowed Sam Bradford through most of his injury-plagued eight seasons in the NFL.And it looms large again as the 30-year-old quarterback went through the first practice of Arizona Cardinals training camp Saturday.“I think you have to be optimistic,” he said. “I think if you’re not optimistic, then the odds of staying healthy and the odds of playing well, they’re probably not that great.”Injuries have limited Bradford to 80 games in his eight seasons. He’s twice torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and another left knee injury wiped out nearly all of his 2017 season in Minnesota.When the Cardinals found themselves without any quarterbacks following the retirement of Carson Palmer Chris Lindstrom Jersey, they turned to Bradford, who — when healthy — has put up strong numbers.But Arizona also pulled off a deal that got them Josh Rosen in the draft, and Rosen has been impressive in offseason workouts. But for now, this is Bradford’s team.“I want Josh with the mentality that he wants to start,” first-year Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said. “I don’t waver that Sam is our starter. It’s his job to lose and competition makes us better across the board.”The Cardinals brought Bradford along slowly in the offseason and didn’t make him a full participant in workouts until the three-day mandatory minicamp.“His knee, talking to him, is stronger than it’s ever been,” Wilks said. “I think the plan that we created and put in place for him back when we signed him has been phenomenal, just with the training staff, physical therapy, strength and conditioning.”Bradford would say only that his knee feels the best it has since the injury.“I feel good right now,” he said. “My body’s’ in a good place and I think now we’ll see the benefits of the plan we had throughout OTAs and throughout the spring.”Bradford signed a two-year, $40 million contract with the Cardinals http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kaleb-mcgary-jersey, with $15 million guaranteed. But this is about more than money for Bradford, whose career earnings are listed at $124 million. He signed the largest rookie deal in history as the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, a contract that guaranteed him $50 million before he threw a pass.The next season, rookie contracts were slotted at lower levels as part of the new labor agreement.So what keeps Bradford going, rehab after grueling rehab?“Just getting back out there and playing football,” he said. “I think you just realize how much you enjoy it, how special it is to be out there, to play the game. That’s really why I do this, why I continue to come back, it’s to be there on Sundays and to be out there with my guys and play football again.”Bradford’s love of the game is clear to Wilks.<noscript></noscript>“That’s what you see,” the coach said. “He’s made enough money that he’s taken care of his family for the rest of his life. But his passion and love for the game and wanting to compete — and I think he has a lot doubters out there.”When he can play, Bradford plays well.The only full game he played a year ago — Minnesota’s season opener against New Orleans — he completed 27 of 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. In his 15 starts with the Vikings in 2016, Bradford completed 72 percent of his passes for a career-high 3 Kendall Sheffield Jersey ,877 yards and 20 touchdowns with five interceptions.Since the end of OTAs, he’s kept up individual workouts, simulating quarterback moves as he works to further strengthen his knee. Bradford understands that injuries come with his line of work.“They happen. It’s football,” he said. “That’s not really where my mind is. It’s not something I think about. My mindset is just going out to practice every day, learning as much about this offense as I can, being a good teammate, being a good leader, being as good a quarterback as I can be.”