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More amazing numbers from Ryan Fitzpatrick’s first two games

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Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

By now you probably have heard something about the first two remarkable games Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has started with in 2018.

And, if you haven’t? We’ll, we are here to enlighten you with some of the staggering, and even record breaking tallies. So, here goes:

Fitzpatrick hit DeSean Jackson with a 75 yard bomb on the opening play of the game Sunday against Jackson’s old team the Eagles. Here it is:

That play is the Bucs longest touchdown play on the opening play of any game in their 43 year franchise history.

Further it was a record setting moment for Jackson, as it was his 28th career touchdown of 50+ yards, passing Hall of Famers Lance Alworth and Terrell Owens for the third-most such touchdowns in NFL history, trailing only Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Randy Moss.

Now, that’s elite company for Buccaneers speedster.

Later in the first half, Fitzpatrick hit tight end O.J. Howard with another 75 yard TD pass, although 50 of was Howard weaving to the sideline and showing off great speed, as a big man.

Still, it set another Bucs record. It’s also the first time in Bucs history that they had two 75 yard or more touchdown receptions in the same game.

Next, when Fitzpatrick hit Mike Evans with a third quarter TD pass, it has his fourth of the game, which marked the first time in Bucs history that a QB had done that in back to back games, much less, in the first two games of the season.

Speaking of the first two games of an NFL season…

Fitpatrick throwing for 400 or more yards and four or more touchdowns in the first two games is once again, the first time in the NFL’s 99 year history that any quarterback has done that.

It’s stunning that out of Hall of Fame players like Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tom Brady that they have never done that in the first two games of a season.

Yet, Ryan Fitzpatrick has.

Back to Evans, in just starting his fifth season, he already has 34 career TD catches and that has him tied with Bucs great tight end Jimmie Giles for the all time team lead.

And once more back to Fitzpatrick, in his two games, he’s now tallied four TD passes of 50+ yards.

Only Joe Namath of the Jets (1972) previously had four touchdown passes of 50+ yards in a a team’s first two games of a season.

Again, no one anywhere, saw this kind of production coming from the Bucs passing offense and “Fitzmagic” in particular.

Oh, and it’s the Bucs first 2-0 start, since 2010.


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