To no one’s surprise, the accolades continue to roll in for Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 14-year veteran was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week Wednesday morning for his fantastic performance in Tampa Bay’s 48-40 win over the Saints Sunday.
Fitzpatrick threw for 417 yards, four touchdowns and a near-perfect 156.2 passer rating in the win. He also became the first Buccaneer quarterback in history to have at least four touchdowns passing and also, a rushing TD game.
And, the Bucs set another record with 48 points in a road game for the first time in franchise history Sunday.
After trailing 7-0, Fitzpatrick led four consecutive scoring drives as the Buccaneers built a 31-17 lead at the half. The, when he hit WRs Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson with second half touchdowns, the Bucs led 48-24 and cruised to their opening division win.
There had been some debate about Packers QB Aaron Rodgers heroic efforts Sunday night, where he threw three TDs in a 24-23 comeback win over the Bears, earning him NFC honors. However, Fitzpatrick’s gaudy numbers in a road game that the Bucs were nine point underdogs seems more impressive.
It is also the sixth time that Fitzpatrick has been named an offensive player of the week having previously done so with the St Louis Rams in ’05, the Texans in ’14 and three times in 2015 – 16 with the Jets.
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