Ryan Fitzpatrick torched the Philadelphia Eagles as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to shock the NFL.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by Ryan Fitzpatrick have managed to upset a pair of the NFC’s elite. The Bucs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-21 thanks to some more “FitzMagic.”
Fitzpatrick threw for 402 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 82 percent of his passes in another terrific performance.
In back-to-back games, Fitzpatrick has torn apart the Saints and Eagles. He has nine total touchdowns on the year and has the Tampa Bay offense firing on all cylinders.
Fitzpatrick connected with DeSean Jackson on a critical third down to seal the game. The defending Super Bowl champions were conquered.
The fourth quarter opened up with a brutal fumble by Mike Evans. The Bucs top wideout had a great day before the miscue. After dominating the Eagles defense all day, momentum quickly shifted towards the Super Bowl champs.
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Late in the third quarter, the Eagles marched down the field for six. Jay Ajayi found the end zone on a two-yard plunge to cut the Bucs lead to 13.
Tampa started off the second half on the right foot. Philadelphia’s head coach Doug Pederson tried to go for it on fourth down but Lavonte David stuck Zach Ertz just short, and the Bucs had solid field position on their first drive.
The Bucs took advantage and Fitzpatrick connected with Mike Evans for his fourth touchdown throw of the day.
Early in the first half, the offensive execution was subpar. The Bucs had multiple mistakes which kept the Eagles in the game. Thankfully, the magic returned in the second quarter.
Seemingly out of nowhere, O.J. Howard redeemed himself for an earlier miscue and took a crossing route 75-yards to the house. In a blink of an eye, the Bucs were up, 13-7.
With halftime looming, the Buccaneers drove down the field to extend their lead to 20-7. Fitzpatrick picked apart the Eagles on his way to finding Chris Godwin in the end zone.
It didn’t take long for the Bucs to click. On the first play of the game, Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with DeSean Jackson for a 75-yard touchdown. Just like that, Tampa Bay was up seven.
Jackson had a phenomenal day he came down with four passes for 129 yards and a touchdown.
Tampa Bay’s defense should also be acknowledged. In the first half, the Eagles put together a handful of methodical drives, but it felt like a massive improvement compared to last week.