Buccaneers hold off Eagles behind four Ryan Fitzpatrick TD passes

AP

Ryan Fitzpatrick has worn a lot of helmets over the course of his NFL career and he’s had his share of good moments, but he’s never had a two-game run like the one that’s kicked off this season.

Fitzpatrick threw four touchdown passes for the second straight week, something only Drew Bledsoe had done to start a season, and the Buccaneers held on for a 27-21 win over the Eagles in Tampa.

Fitzpatrick, who had started for five other teams against the Eagles over the course of his career, started the game with a 75-yard touchdown to DeSean Jackson and then added another 75-yarder to O.J. Howard later in the first half. Chris Godwin and Mike Evans caught the other touchdowns and Fitzpatrick ended the day 27-of-33 for 402 yards to continue as improbable a storyline as we’ve got through two weeks of games.

The Eagles found themselves down 27-7 after Evans’ score and they were playing without several offensive pieces thanks to injury, but Nick Foles was able to rally them back within a score by throwing a touchdown to Nelson Agholor with just under three minutes to play. Fitzpatrick hit Jackson and Evans for first downs on the next drive, however, and the Eagles lost their first game of the year.

A report on Sunday indicated that Foles won’t be starting their next game as Carson Wentz is on the verge of returning to action. If that’s the case, he’ll go out on the back of completing 35-of-48 passes for 334 yards and that touchdown to Agholor.

Jameis Winston will definitely be missing one more game for the Buccaneers because of his suspension and it’s going to be awfully difficult for the Buccaneers to justify pulling him out of the lineup unless Fitztragic replaces Fitzmagic against the Steelers next Monday night.

56 responses to “Buccaneers hold off Eagles behind four Ryan Fitzpatrick TD passes

  1. Yeah but a hobbled injury prone Wentz (anyone remember his elbow injury the year before) will fix their problems. Cant wait to hear what Lane Johnson runs his mouth about this week.

  2. I don’t know if the Eagles didn’t take the Bucs seriously but the Eagles could not defend the deep pass at all today. It was pretty much the same last week with Julio Jones but the Falcons couldn’t capitalize on Julio’s big day.

    The Bucs deserved the win. The Eagles couldn’t stop them.

  3. Hahaha as an Eagles fan I love the bitter/can’t get over it comments. Eagles did not play well today. Bucs did. Give credit where credit is due. But the angry fans that hate The World Champion Philadelphia Eagles are really still hurt and The Eagles are in your heads. The Eagles will be there ast the end book it.

  4. Totally Sad. I see shades of the 2016 season were the secondary is the Achilles heel again. Foles is okay for a stand up player but what good does it do when your secondary is like a piece of swish cheese especially on the Jackson reception were the defender is off about 5 feet. This team needs to do some soul searching cause what I see, it will only get worst. Time for some shaking down and man up..

  5. llcamino says:
    September 16, 2018 at 4:32 pm
    Yeah but a hobbled injury prone Wentz (anyone remember his elbow injury the year before) will fix their problems. Cant wait to hear what Lane Johnson runs his mouth about this week.

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    Wentz has never had an elbow injury

  6. “EAGLES = one year dynasty”. Pretty much everyone that wins the Superbowl is a 1 year dynasty. This is why what the Pats have done is so special. That being said, as an Eagles fan, If having the joy of seeing your team win it all means that you’ll be called a 1 year dynasty, I’ll take it every time. Some teams never get to be called a 1 year dynasty.

  7. Every team will get up for the game against the SB champs. Expect the Eagles to have tough games all season long…

  8. Abysmal play calling by Pederson today. Defense, with a returning Bradham, was equally abysmal. However, with Wentz and Jeffrey returning shortly, you can’t make a judgement on this team until we see them play. Eagles started 1-1 last year, but a long way to go to repeat.

  9. Fitzpatrick looked real good today. Props to the Buccaneers. They’ve come out of the gates hot. And it looks like Fitzpatrick is on a hot streak.

    The Eagles secondary didn’t look good allowing those long touchdowns. Eagles looked like they were starting to come back at the end but earlier mishaps didn’t allow that. Through the first two games the offense could be a lot better, but regression is to be expected after losing Reich to the Colts and DeFilippo to the Vikings and with a new coordinator.

    It’ll be interesting to see what the offense looks like when they get Wentz and Jeffrey back. Also, another thing I’m wondering is what kind of Wentz comes back from injury. Will he be a little cautious because of his knee?

    I think they’ll be okay but I think we should temper our expectations.
    Also, can whoever keeps going on different articles saying Doug Pederson is the best coach in the NFL please stop. He’s a good coach but that’s taking it a little too far.

    P.S. I hope Fitzpatrick keeps Winston on the bench

  10. This Eagles fan always finds it amusing how prone people are to overreact on a week-to-week basis. Eagles lost to the Chiefs week two last year and went on to win the Super Bowl. They were also playing without Wentz, Jeffery, Sproles, Peters and Wallace, among others. That being said, congrats to the Bucs, that offense looks legit and we could not stop you guys today. I’m happy we battled back and made it a game, but you guys deserved that W today. Hopefully we get a chance to meet again in the postseason, but either way this Birds fan hopes Fitz continues to play like he has these first two weeks. That’s one entertaining offense to watch when it’s firing on all cylinders.

  11. Fitzpatrick is good, always has been. He’s been on some bad teams. Now he has weapons to play with. Eagles are a joke. They should be 0-2. Enjoy your superbowl fluke.

  12. llcamino says:
    September 16, 2018 at 5:33 pm
    I was wrong…i can admit it. It was fractured ribs in the preseason. Elbow soreness after first season.
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    it doesn’t matter because you’re wrong that he’s injury prone. The soreness in the elbow was because he threw so much his first year. Yeah, he cracked his ribs. they held him out because he was the number three guy at the time. He was back by week one when he was named the starter. As for this injury, everyone understands it was a fluke. It’s very weird to get hit like that.

  13. Bucs played a great game. Hope to see them in the playoffs at full strength. I miss DJax too (thanks Chip).
    FLY EAGLES FLY!

  14. Yeah, this is Fitz-fizzle and Blaine Gabbert seeing The Big Paydays of Cousins and Keenum, thinking: “Yeah, I’d like to get paid, too, for putting up a few good games!” (rolling eyes with a smirk thrown in)

  15. Get back to me week 10. Then maybe I’ll worry about a bad game. PS the Bucs wrs and TEs might be the best group in the league. Evans and Howard are beast. Hope to see you in the playoffs.

  16. Wait I thought the Eagles were the model franchise and best team in the history of the universe? That’s what the media and Eagles fans have been telling me. How do they lose to the Bucs with a backup QB? Is their Super Bowl MVP QB not good enough?

  17. Great game by the buccs. Very frustrating as an eagles fan but Tampa was the better team today. I think ajayi missing almost the whole 1st half really hurt Philly n I was too late for their 2nd half comeback attempt. At least we have the comfort of knowing well be getting some of the better players at their positions back with wentz, Jason peters and alshon. Our offense is in desperate need of some more firepower.

  18. Bucs going 0-3 to start the season, Fitz sucks, fire everyone,

    Fitz is streaky, can’t do the job.

    Blah blah blah

    2 weeks of 400 plus yards passing. 2 wins in a row.

    If this is streaky, or sucky, I’ll take it

  19. Rdog says:
    September 16, 2018 at 6:37 pm
    Wait I thought the Eagles were the model franchise and best team in the history of the universe? That’s what the media and Eagles fans have been telling me. How do they lose to the Bucs with a backup QB? Is their Super Bowl MVP QB not good enough?
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    Are you really expecting this years sb champ to be undefeated? I bet youve been waiting about 10 months to type that, havent you? Eagles lost in week 2 of last season as well.

  20. steelcurtainn says:
    September 16, 2018 at 7:12 pm
    Eagles are still better then the patriots

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    Apparently every team is better than the Steelers

  21. bkgrime says:
    September 16, 2018 at 7:06 pm
    Tampa always have had Philly’s number ever since the 2002 NFC Championship game. Good game, men.
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    Actually the eagles are 4-3 vs buccs since that game.

  22. bird2urmother says:
    September 16, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    bkgrime says:
    September 16, 2018 at 7:06 pm
    Tampa always have had Philly’s number ever since the 2002 NFC Championship game. Good game, men.
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    Actually the eagles are 4-3 vs buccs since that game.
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    I must have selective memory. I just remember Jameis going off vs them, Week 1 of 2003, and today. So really 4-4 including the NFC championship game. Nevermind, you win. I stand corrected.

  23. The owner and coach are going to have to have a serious meeting because they’re facing a tough decision. It’s obvious the Bucs are much better off without Jameis Winston on the team. The fan base will be watching this decision carefully, as will every coach in America. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are trade talks happening right now behind the scenes involving Winston. The Bucs will have to trade him or release him, otherwise you could have a fan revolt on your hands.

  24. As far as Winston goes, he came into a building situation with no real veteran to teach or show the way. If you can remember back to last year, Winston performed better after sitting and watching Fitz. Maybe, just maybe, Winston has been watching, listening and paying attention to what everyone has been saying and how it is supposed to be done.

    However, if Fitz pulls off another win and stacked yards next week, it will be really silly to put Winston back in after he comes back. Getting rid of him wouldn’t be the best of ideas. Not yet anyway. Let’s just wait and see where this goes.

    Our D played better today, but I hope we can do better next week.

    Go Bucs

  25. tylawspick6 says:
    September 16, 2018 at 4:39 pm
    Where was Goodell in this one handing Philly the 2 free TDs?

    Better make the phone call into Rogie at 345 Park Ave!

    Great job by your Pats today. Oh wait…Goodell probably handed the Jags that win.

  26. For those keeping track, this year and last the Bucs are 4-1 when Fitz starts. They’re 2-11 when he doesn’t.

  27. Congrats to the bucs for doing something the patriots, falcons (twice), and vikings could not – beat the Eagles. If you are a bucs fan and happy with their performance, you need to get a clue. At the end of the day, you still beat Nick Foles without Alshon Jeffrey and key players. – It wouldnt even have been a contest with Wentz in there – Fitz on the other hand is better than anything Winston will ever amount to. And to those who like to keep stats, remember the Eagles still win with Foles, your defending super bowl champion and MVP.

  28. Looks like the horseshoe up the Eagles arse has finally expired. The fairytale is over.

    Crash Eagles Crash.

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