Bucs-Saints: Ryan Fitzpatrick is outdueling Drew Brees

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
Published September 9 2018

FitzMagic reigns in the Superdome.

Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has accounted for three Bucs touchdowns — running for one and throwing for two — as Tampa Bay took a 31-24 lead over New Orleans in the second quarter Sunday. The 31 points in the first half tied a Tampa Bay franchise record.

Fitzpatrick's second TD pass came on this nifty throw and catch by Chris Godwin on third-and-6. (See video below):

It's been quite a debut for Bucs play-caller Todd Monken. Dirk Koetter has called plays since his arrival in Tampa Bay as offensive coordinator in 2015 but delegated those duties to Monken in the preseason. Despite some speculation and drama over who would do the duties once the season started, Monken has called plays Sunday in New Orleans,

And the Bucs have scored on all offensive four possessions — three touchdowns and a field goal. However, it looked like Koetter is still chomping at the bit to call a play. Fox cameras caught him about to say something into the headset before catching himself right before the call on the Godwin touchdown.

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