"That is Drew Brees that did that," the Buccaneers' rookie said Wednesday. "I'm no Drew Brees, but you've just got to go to the next game because they're coming with a different attitude, because they're like, 'Drew Brees just did this to us.' So they're going to try to play even harder. And so they're going to rise up to the occasion, and we have to be there to match their intensity."
Brees was the latest quarterback to rip the Giants (4-4), who rank last in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 315.4 yards per game. He became the eighth quarterback in NFL history to throw for seven touchdowns in a single contest.
The miserable day was a continuation of a worrisome trend for the Giants, who have allowed at least 300 yards passing in four games this season.
Winston, meanwhile, will enter Sunday's matchup at Raymond James Stadium with momentum. He has thrown for four touchdowns and no interceptions in his past three games. He posted a season-best 93.0 QBR in an overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8, helping the Bucs to improve to 3-4.
"Drew Brees had a crazy-hot day," Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said. "They blew a couple coverages -- just mental stuff more than physically a guy getting beat. But Drew Brees got hot down there in the [Superdome] and had them rolling. I think that game was not the norm at all for the Giants' defense, and I'm sure we'll have our hands full on Sunday."
Winston isn't taking New York lightly either.
"You can see opportunity in so many things, but the Giants are a great football team," he said. "They're leading their division. Like I always say, '[In the] NFL, you've got to focus on the next game.'"