History says Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers are due for a letdown vs. Eagles
Fitzpatrick was a surprise Week 1 star, but his numbers as a starter point to a fall back to Earth
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have enough reasons to be concerned entering Week 2.
The veteran journeyman is coming off one of the best performances of his career -- against an anticipated contender in the New Orleans Saints, no less. His Week 1 numbers: Just a 75-percent completion percentage, 417 passing yards and five total touchdowns. But as difficult as those stunning totals would be to replicate, Fitzpatrick's history gives even more evidence of a Sunday step back against the defending Super Bowl champions.
As SportsRadio 94 WIP's Howard Eskin noted Saturday, the 35-year-old gunslinger is just 2-10 in games immediately after he wins as a starter, meaning he's had back-to-back victories as a starter just twice in his career.
Prior to his win over the Saints, WIP's Eliot Shorr-Parks added, Fitzpatrick was just 7-11 in games immediately following three-touchdown performances from the former New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals signal-caller.
So Sunday's showdown with the Eagles and their title-winning front seven, which limited the Atlanta Falcons to 12 points in the first game of the season, may be even more difficult than it would've appeared right after the "Fitzmagic" of Week 1.
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