I’m not believing what my eyes currently see. Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is SHREDDING defenses to the tune of back-to-back 400 yard, 4 touchdown games. What’s more impressive, is it’s come against two NFC playoff teams in the Saints and Eagles. Last year, we had enormous hope for this Tampa Bay offense thanks to the abundance of weapons and a promising young QB in Jameis Winston ready to make the jump. That didn’t happen. Winston was then suspended the first three games, allowing Fitzpatrick to step in as the starter. By the looks of it, he’s not giving the job back anytime soon as he enters QB1 territory. Yes, I know that’s as crazy as it sounds.
Week 3 represents the last week of Winston’s suspension, so we know Fitzmagic will be starting this contest. What makes it even better, is the matchup is at home against the 0-1-1 Steelers. In case you live under a rock, the Steelers just faced off against RSJ sensation Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Mahomes threw for 326 yards and 6 (yes, 6!) touchdowns against this awful Steelers defense. The Steelers even struggled with containing the Browns offense in Week 1’s monsoon, so you’d have to imagine that Fitzpatrick and his arsenal full of pass catchers are ready to put their steel rods in the arched over behinds of Pittsburgh’s defense. He should firmly be in the QB1 discussion (maybe No. 1 overall?!) in Week 3 on Monday Night Football. Fitzpatrick can’t afford to have a down Week 3 knowing the return of Winston is looming over the team.