Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's big game gets Tampa Bay Buccaneers off to fast start
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers insisted all along that they weren't overly concerned about having to open the season without suspended quarterback Jameis Winston.
That's because Ryan Fitzpatrick not only is an experienced backup who's one of just four players in NFL history to throw touchdown passes for seven different teams, but he has proven he can win games, too.
No one, however, could have anticipated him launching his 14th season quite the way he did, throwing for a career-best 417 yards and four TDs without an interception on the road to key a 48-40 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Fitzpatrick also ran for a touchdown, improving to 3-1 as a starter since joining the Bucs before last season.