If Jameis Winston winds up being sidelined for an prolonged interval, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers really feel lucky to have Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Winston’s string of forty consecutive begins ended Sunday due to an injured throwing shoulder, and Fitzpatrick was regular _ if not overly spectacular _ in serving to the group beat the New York Jets 15-10 to finish a 5-recreation dropping streak .
The Bucs have shut Winston down for no less than two weeks in hopes the situation of his sprained AC joint will enhance.
Sunday’s begin towards considered one of his six former groups was the 117th of Fitzpatrick’s profession . The Bucs (three-6) had no complaints concerning the consequence.
“That was not a murals, however you do not apologize for wins, both,” coach Dirk Koetter stated.
“I assumed it was superior,” Fitzpatrick added. “That is the kind of win that may kick-begin a season.”
The final-place Bucs nonetheless face a troublesome path towards relevance within the robust NFC South, particularly with Winston’s standing unsure.
Fitzpatrick, dealing with the staff for which he performed the previous two seasons, accomplished 17 of 34 passes for 187 yards, one landing and an interception. Patrick Murray kicked three area objectives, and Charles Sims scored on a 6-yard reception to place the sport out of attain for the sputtering Jets (four-6).
Defensively, the Bucs sacked Josh McCown six occasions, pressured two turnovers and restricted the Jets to fifty six yards dashing.
Though New York wound up with 275 yards of offense, about half of it got here on its remaining possessions with McCown making an attempt to chop right into a 12-level deficit.
“Six sacks and cease the run recreation. That is going to work most weeks,” Koetter stated.
McCown, additionally dealing with certainly one of his former groups, was 23 of 39 for 263 yards, one landing and one interception. Robby Anderson caught a 38-yard TD cross within the last minute for the Jets, scoring for the fourth straight recreation to provide New York one final probability.
Tampa Bay’s Chris Godwin recovered the following onside kick, ending any hope of New York finishing a comeback.
“We perceive that is the Nationwide Soccer League,” McCown stated. “You have to deliver your A-recreation each week. We simply did not come out and play on the degree we’re able to.”
The Jets, who have been coming off a thirteen-level victory over Buffalo, have a bye subsequent week.
“All of us gave up performs and we’re all accountable and accountable,” New York coach Todd Bowles stated. “We’ve to look ourselves within the mirror. We’ve got two weeks, and we now have to get again to work.”
Fitzpatrick will make his second begin for the Bucs subsequent Sunday at Miami.
“Gritty, that is what Ryan is. He is a get-it-carried out sort of man. He will make some performs that you do not anticipate him to and he may miss a pair performs you need him to make,” Koetter stated.
“He is a troublesome man,” the coach added. “He is a competitor, and you may’t have sufficient of these type of guys in your group.”
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