Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
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Tom Brady: We all have to match Rob Gronkowski’s greatness

Tom Brady: We all have to match Rob Gronkowski’s greatness

Ryan Fitzpatrick highlighted a 417-yard, four-touchdown performance with two scoring strikes of more than 50 yards, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stunned the New Orleans Saints 48-40 on Sunday. "Quite a start, huh?" And he was running the ball, phenomenal game. "And yet it turned into one of those games where we were throwing it more than we'd like".

The 21-year-old Buccaneers running back is inactive for his team's Week 1 game against the Saints. He consistently found holes in the Saints' defense, especially to Mike Evans, who had a big game. "But then I'll get ready for the next one - the next one will be all that matters". "Everybody gets beat", Lattimore said.

"I like my odds again anybody - not just him", Evans said.

DeSean Jackson caught scoring passes of 58 and 36 yards to highlight his five-catch, 146-yard day before leaving with a concussion. "I'm glad we showed it today, but now it's about consistency". They put together a frantic offensive flurry in the fourth quarter.

"The talent level in that huddle, with guys that can go up and make plays, it's a pretty special group", Fitzpatrick said.

T.J. Watt, Steelers, blocked Zane Gonzalez's 43-yard field-goal attempt with 9 seconds left in OT. New Orleans was considered a Super Bowl contender.

The Saints are considered one of the NFL's marquee teams but their defence struggled Sunday against Tampa Bay, who won just five games last season. "Nothing carries over from a year ago".

"Definitely. I think there is a lot we need to take from it", he said.


Consider the convergence of these two occurrences: 88 combined points broke a record for an National Football League regular season opener that had stood since 1947 (Eagles 45, Redskins 42) and both starting quarterbacks were 35 or older.

New Orleans' Drew Brees was 37 of 45 for 439 yards and three TDs. The All-Pro tight end caught seven passes for 123 yards and a touchdown against the Houston Texans, including a spectacular 28-yard grab against double coverage near the end of the first half. Receiver Michael Thomas set a team record with 16 receptions.

Tampa Bay scored on six of its first seven possessions.

It was Tampa Bay's eighth conversion in 13 third-down opportunities. He had eight completions of 20 or more yards.

The Saints punted only once in the first half, and were only one score down after Thomas' 6-yard touchdown catch made it 31-24 shortly before halftime.

Clayton Fejedelem, Bengals, jarred the ball loose from Jack Doyle with less than 35 seconds left, scooped it up and sprinted down the sideline 83 yards for a touchdown to seal Cincinnati's win.

-LB Demario Davis led the Saints in tackles on Sunday in his New Orleans debut.

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