Ryan Fitzpatrick helps Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat New York Jets 15-10, end 5-game skid

WFTSPublished: November 13, 2017
Published: November 13, 2017

For Ryan Fitzpatrick, beating the New York Jets was not as much about getting the best of his old team as it was helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get back on track. Filling in for the injured Jameis Winston, the 34-year-old quarterback was steady if not overly impressive in leading the Bucs to a 15-10 victory that snapped a five-game losing streak. "I didn't play great by any stretch of the imagination. But we won the game, and I'm getting too old now to worry about that other stuff," Fitzpatrick said. "My job filling in right now is to do the best I can and try and grind out wins. That's what we did today." Tampa Bay (3-6) sacked Josh McCown six times, nearly doubling its total for the entire season. The Jets (4-6) were held to less than 200 yards of offense until late in the fourth quarter, when McCown took to the air almost exclusively after Fitzpatrick's 6-yard touchdown pass to Charles Sims put the Bucs up 15-3. "The quarterback was getting hit. He wasn't comfortable all day, and that's what football is all about," Bucs cornerback Brent Grimes said. "If you can make the guy that's controlling the game uncomfortable, it's going to be a lot easier for everybody." Fitzpatrick, facing the team for which he played the past two seasons, completed 17 of 34 passes for 187 yards and was intercepted once. The 13th-year pro, one of just four players in NFL history to throw TD passes for seven different teams, led a nearly eight-minute drive that produced a field goal in the first quarter. He finished a 15-play, 81-yard march, also lasting more than seven minutes, with his TD pass to Sims.

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