The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2-0 after a 27-21 upset over the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs got another stellar performance from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Fitz completed 27/32 passes for 401 yards and five touchdowns. The backup quarterback is currently filling in for starter Jameis Winston and has not made one bad decision in the first two games.
Fitzpatrick is one of only four NFL quarterbacks to throw a touchdown for at least seven different teams. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson finished the day with four receptions and 129 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown strike on the first play of the game. Tight end OJ Howard also had a 75-yard touchdown catch and run and wide receiver Mike Evans finished the afternoon with 83 yards on ten receptions.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles finished 34 of 46 with no interceptions. Corey Clement scored on a 15-yard run in the first half, and Jay Ajayi’s 2-yard TD run began Philadelphia’s rally from a 27-7 deficit.
The Browns are now winless in 19 straight games
The New Orleans Saints needed a 44-yard field goal from former Georgia State standout Wil Lutz and Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez pushed the second of his two missed field goals wide right in the final seconds as the home-standing Saints saw off the Cleveland Browns 21-18 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Drew Brees went 28/35 for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Former Norcross High School running back Alvin Kamara had 99 yards of offense on 21 touches. Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams took away the Saints running game early and often, holding the black and gold to 62 carries on 23 attempts (2.69 yards per carry). Wide receiver Michael Thomas caught 12 passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns Sunday. Through two games, Thomas has 28 catches, breaking former Falcon legend, Andre Rison’s record of 26 catches set in 1994.
Next week, the New Orleans Saints travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Carolina will host the Washington Redskins in week three. Tampa Bay will host the Pittsburgh Steelers at home next Monday night.