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Lavonte David, Jameis Winston integral to Bucs' chances in Indy

TAMPA, Fla. -- Today in "Tampa Two" we highlight a pair of players who will have key roles when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) face the Indianapolis Colts (5-5) at Lucas Oil Stadium:

Lavonte David: He's coming off a game in which he had six tackles and two interceptions, with one pick returned for a touchdown. The standout performance against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday was an example of what the Bucs expected from David after he signed a five-year, $50.25 million extension in August. However, he didn't make many splash plays during the season's first half. More flash moments in Indianapolis would extend David's momentum. Linebacker Kwon Alexander is expected to play against the Colts, but if the rookie's four-game suspension is upheld, David will have to do more to compensate. So the Bucs need David at his best for a possible playoff push in December. When asked Wednesday if there's a tendency to try to do too much after signing an extension, David said, "There's added expectations from everybody outside, and also from yourself. That's why I just had to take a step back and visualize everything. I wasn't playing my game the way I usually play. I was able to analyze myself, study myself, calm down, let the game come to me."

Jameis Winston: Can he repeat his fantastic outing from Philadelphia? Winston didn't look like a rookie, throwing five touchdown passes with no interceptions last Sunday. There will be chances to exploit the Colts' defense, which ranks 29th in the NFL against the pass (278.9 yards per game). On Wednesday, Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said Winston's execution against the Eagles showed that the rookie belongs in the NFL and that Winston is "going to be somebody." Winston has thrown nine touchdowns and two interceptions since tossing four picks in a loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 4. He's looking for his first 300-yard passing day, and the Colts have allowed at least that much three times this season. Consider Winston motivated after he described his road mindset this way Wednesday: "When you are on the road, Tampa Bay is already viewed as the lower team to everybody. So we have a bigger chip on our shoulder going on the road, because we know we have to bring our A-game to have to go in somebody else's house and possibly beat them."