Will the Bucs Fitzmagic strike again vs Eagles?
Many people including me figured that the Saints would roll to an easy victory yesterday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Underdogs in the Big Easy the Bucs Fitzmagic struck as they pulled an upset over the Saints 48-40. Ryan Fitzpatrick outdueled Drew Brees yup you read that right.
It's Fitzmagic Monday 🙌
Ryan Fitzpatrick steals the show with an EPIC 4️⃣passing and 1️⃣rushing touchdown performance 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Now that's how you kickoff the new season 👏 pic.twitter.com/JcSXyDzkkV
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) September 10, 2018
Accounting for five total touchdowns Fitzpatrick looked like Aaron Rodgers as the Saints defense had no answer for him. The Bucs next test will be the defending champs who certainly will have all eyes on Fitzpatrick.
When you’re hot you’re hot
Fitzpatrick is one of the most up and down quarterbacks in NFL History. He can look elite and light up a defense one week and then toss six interceptions the next week. With starting quarterback Jameis Winston suspended for the first three games the Bucs season looked like it would be a rough one. However, Fitzpatrick proved at least for this game that the Bucs are in good hands.
Ryan Fitzpatrick GOES OFF on the road against Saints. pic.twitter.com/uLAMoTFw5a
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) September 9, 2018
The 35-year-old has never looked better. He completed 21 of 28 passes for a career-high 419 yards with four touchdowns through the air and one rushing touchdown. Now certainly you can’t expect this kind of performance again but the Eagles certainly have to come prepared.
Slowing down the MVP frontrunner
As crazy as it sounds Fitzpatrick is the MVP front-runner for the moment. With weapons like Desean Jackson and Mike Evans who both caught touchdowns and went over 100 yards the Bucs certainly have the firepower needed to pull another upset. But the Eagles are no pushovers. The Eagles will also welcome the return of Nigel Bradham to go along with Jordan Hicks. Hicks was everywhere last week disrupting the Falcons offensive plans.
With Fletcher Cox leading the way up front and Ronald Darby shining on the back end, the Eagles stifled the Falcons holding them to just 12 points. Matt Ryan looked out of sorts all night long. However the secondary will face another tough task this week. Julio Jones went for 10 catches for 169 yards last Thursday. Evans is certainly capable of producing the same and Jackson is always looking to impress against his former team.
Stop the magic
The story of Fitzpatrick’s career has been inconsistency. He has never led a team to the playoffs. The Harvard graduates best season came back in 2015 where he led the Jets to a 10-6 record throwing 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions but they still missed the playoffs. While this is certainly the feel-good story of the week the Bucs Fitzmagic is about to run out.
Eagles will face a Bucs team that put up 48 points tying their franchise record, 529 yards
Ryan Fitzpatrick 417 yards, 5 total TDs
DJax 2 TDs, 146 yards
Mike Evans 147 yards
Any trip to Florida in Sept is tough. Forecast says real feel 101° and humid
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 9, 2018
At the end of the day, Fitzpatrick is what he is and look for him to come back down to earth in week two. With some extra time to develop a game plan, Jim Schwartz will have the defending champs ready to do battle with the bearded quarterback.