Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Thomas Bassinger, Times staff writer

Thomas Bassinger, Times staff writer

It all began late 1991 with a Nintendo controller and a game cartridge that read, in gold block letters, "Tecmo Super Bowl" (Ready! Down! Hut! Hut! Hut! Hut! Hut!). That's when a young Thomas Bassinger discovered the fearsome Ronnie Lott, the dominant QB Eagles and the superhuman Bo Jackson and spent countless hours taking their 8-bit counterparts up and down the football field (Remember Wayne Haddix, Bucs fans?). He's been hooked on football and statistics ever since. Today, he contributes to coverage of the Buccaneers and the NFL for the Tampa Bay Times. He is the author of the Turning Point postgame analysis and studies All-22 game film for the weekly scouting report of the Bucs' upcoming opponent. Follow him on Twitter during the games @tometrics.

For the second straight week, Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week. [TAILYR IRVINE | Times]

Buccaneers-Eagles All-22: Why Ryan Fitzpatrick and Fitzmagic could be real

It’s just a mirage.At any moment now, Ryan Fitzpatrick will come crashing back to Earth. He’ll go back to being the Fitzpatrick of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Quarterbacks...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deal with it. [Associated Press]

Buccaneers AfterMath: We have a quarterback controversy, Tampa Bay

TAMPA — Jameis Winston isn’t here. Ryan Fitzpatrick is.And in place of the suspended Winston, Fitzpatrick passed for 402 yards and four touchdowns Sunday and led the Buccaneers to a stunning 27-21 upset over the defending...
Published: 09/17/18
Bucs tight end O.J. Howard breaks away for a 75-yard touchdown in the second quarter. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]

Bucs-Eagles: O.J. Howard shakes off turnover, bounces back with big play

TAMPA — Ryan Fitzpatrick took a step backward Sunday. He threw an interception.Well, technically, it was an interception, but the first-quarter turnover wasn't really his fault. His pass, like most of his 32 others, was on target...
Published: 09/16/18
Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass during the fourth quarter. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Bucs-Eagles: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 27-21 win

Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs' 27-21 upset win over the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles on Sunday:8Times in team history that the Bucs have started 2-0. They last did it in 2010. They went on to...
Published: 09/16/18
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz won’t play Sunday against the Bucs, but he still might have an impact. [Associated Press]

Sound-Smarter-Than-Your-Friends Guide to Eagles-Buccaneers: The key to Philadelphia’s red-zone success

After torching the Saints in Week 1, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been the talk of the NFL. Yeah, there has been some chatter about some guy named Aaron, but whatever he did probably wasn’t as amazing.Now,...
Published: 09/15/18
Eagles coach Doug Pederson, right, on his fourth-down decision-making:

Eagles-Buccaneers: Doug Pederson is fearless on fourth down. Will other coaches follow suit?

“I have spent my whole life scared. Frightened of things that could happen, might happen, might not happen. Fifty years I spent like that. Finding myself awake at 3 in the morning. But you know what? Ever since my diagnosis, I sleep...
Published: 09/14/18
Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick earned NFC offensive player of the week for his performance in Tampa Bay's 48-40 victory Sunday at New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

NFL picks Week 2: Our Bucs coverage team makes its predictions

The Bucs enter stage 2 of their season-opening gauntlet against defending champions.The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles arrive at Raymond James Stadium. They were 3.5-point favorites as of Thursday morning and the Bucs -- already...
Published: 09/13/18
Updated: 09/14/18
Saints running back Alvin Kamara caught nine of 12 targets against the Bucs on Sunday for 112 yards and a touchdown. [Associated Press]

Buccaneers-Saints All-22: Sooooo, about that defense ...

Still savoring the Buccaneers’ season-opening 48-40 win over the Saints? Before we completely turn our attention to the visiting Super Bowl champion Eagles, here are some of my observations after watching the All-22...
Published: 09/12/18
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed six pass plays of at least 30 yards and averaged 14.9 yards per attempt Sunday, setting a new Bucs record. [Associated Press]

Buccaneers AfterMath: How Ryan Fitzpatrick stunned the Saints

They did it. They really did it.Your Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off the biggest shocker of Week 1 in the NFL, upsetting the heavily favored Saints 48-40 on Sunday in New Orleans.Ryan Fitzpatrick, the quarterback without a home,...
Published: 09/10/18
Bucs wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) celebrates his first-quarter touchdown reception with wide receiver Chris Godwin. [AP Photo/Butch Dill]

Buccaneers-Saints: A by-the-numbers look at the Tampa Bay’s 48-40 win

Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs' 48-40 upset win over the Saints on Sunday:48Points the Bucs scored Sunday, tying a franchise record for points scored in a regular-season game. They last scored 48 points...
Published: 09/09/18