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Gameday- Bucs open at home with Eagles

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Sep 9, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) looks to throw against the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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Who: Buccaneers (1-0) vs. Eagles (1-0)

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa.

When: Sunday 1 p.m.

Spread: Eagles by 3 (Courtesy VegasInsider.com)

Will “Fitzmagic” continue?

It’s been a week since an amazing opening Sunday performance by veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He was nothing short of brilliant in the Superdome last Sunday throwing for four touchdowns and running for another, as Tampa Bay put 48 points up on the board with an opening win over the Saints.

Now, can Fitzpatrick sustain the “Fitzmagic” in the Buccaneers home opener? The Eagles defense will be more formidable than what the Saints was, but Fitzpatrick is also playing at home in this instance.

Will he be decisive and accurate with a football like he was in week one? Or will he be “Fitztragic” like the New York Jet fans began to call him, when he made bad throws and interceptions in the Big Apple?

Time to find out.

Rattle Nick Foles

Make no mistake, the veteran foals was tremendous in the postseason run and the Superbowl win in February over the Patriots. And he was good, not great, last Thursday night in the opening win over Atlanta at home.

However, the reality is full says not played a game and a hostile environment like what Raymond James Stadium will be since last December, can the Bucs pass rush that has former Eagles Vinny Curry and Beau Allen chomping at the bit to get after Philly . Plus, the likes of Jason Pierre-Paul and Gerald McCoy are also raring to go, and try to unsettle Foles.

If they are able to and get the Bucs fans up to full volume, then it could be a rough day for the Eagles on offense.

Will the Bucs get their act together and start 2 – o?

In each of the last two seasons, Dirt Koetter’s team has won the opening game only to lose the second game of the season. As we have alluded to, the Buccaneers played brilliantly on offense in New Orleans last week, but will this be a strong, average or poor performance in front of the home crowd?

Tampa Bay has not been 2 – 0 since the 2010 season under Raheem Morris, and that’s three head coaches ago.

If the Buccaneers want to become a playoff team, a fast start is always helpful. That is within their grasp on Sunday afternoon.

Will they be able to squeeze it?

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