FitzMagic will never die — myself, and many others who enjoy football learned as much in Week 8. It sure looked like FitzMagic was over during his poor performance against the Bears in Week 4 where he completed just 50 percent of his passes and threw an interception, but the magic found a new spark on Sunday.
The Buccaneers were getting cooked by the Bengals on Sunday, and Jameis Winston had a big part in that. He completed just 18 of his 35 passes for 276 yards, one touchdown, and four picks — the last one going for a touchdown.
That’s when Dirk Koetter called on Ryan Fitzpatrick, hoping he could rekindle the FitzMagic late in the third quarter down 34-16. The Buccaneers scored on three out of four Fitzpatrick drives, which included the Bucs converting on a two-point conversion to tie the game at 34 apiece. In just a handful of minutes, Fitzpatrick went 11-of-15 for 194 yards and two touchdowns. FitzMagic was officially back.
Here’s Fitzpatrick, possessed by his own sorcery:
The exact moment Jameis Winston's career ended in TB— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) October 28, 2018
R.I.P. in peace pic.twitter.com/N0QJYFERuy
Unfortunately, the Buccaneers’ defense is on a whole ‘nother level of dumpster fire, and allowed the Bengals to quickly get up the field in a minute for a game-winning 44-yard field goal in regulation.
However, being the leader that he is, FitzMagic wasn’t going to just stand there as the attempt was made. Though I’d say he’d need a much deeper breath to create a front that would hinder a field goal attempt:
Fitzmagic tried to cast a spell on the Bengals kicking unit pic.twitter.com/JUTAROXbLT— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 28, 2018
Regardless of the Bucs still coming out of the game with the loss, knowing FitzMagic is back brought the Bucs at least a glimmer of hope. Winston has been awful since his return, throwing 10 interceptions in the three and a half games he’s played in. He’s slowed down what was a hot start from DeSean Jackson, who reportedly requested a trade recently.
The Buccaneers may be willing to admit sooner rather than later that Winston isn’t their quarterback of the future. That’s certainly not to say that Fitzpatrick is, but if the bodies of work between the two quarterbacks are being compared, Fitzpatrick gives them the best chance to win in 2018. However, if Koetter and the Bucs decide to keep trying to win with Winston, the quarterback could end up getting everybody fired.
No matter the direction the Buccaneers decide to go from here on out (UPDATE: they chose magic), it was nice to get another FitzMagic experience when we all thought it was dead and gone.
In reality, FitzMagic is seasonal. He’s going to stink up the joint when FitzMagic is out of season, but will eventually come back around to bringing his wizardry to a football field. Because of FitzMagic’s unpredictability, leaning on it is dangerous, and if it’s done too long, can be catastrophic. But it sure is a fun ride.
Here’s what else stuck out from Week 8.
“The best opportunity for sex”
Daryl Johnston had a little slip up on his words amid the FitzMagic resurgence. In fact, it’s probably what sparked THIS:
Just looking for the best opportunity for sex pic.twitter.com/9yNrksViIS— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 28, 2018
FitzMagic gets the people going.
Todd Gurley doesn’t give a DAMN about your fantasy team
The Rams had a third-and-10 just outside of the red zone and over a minute remaining in their game against the Packers. A first down seals the game, so naturally Sean McVay calls Todd Gurley’s number to get the job done, which he did.
In fact, he could have scored a touchdown. Instead, he made sure he stayed in bounds, and went down at the Packers’ five-yard line.
Somebody somewhere lost a fantasy game because of this play. Whether they needed those six points from Gurley for a one-point victory, or even another yard to edge out one of those especially close tenth-of-a-point victories.
If you are one of these people, leave proof in the comments or my Twitter mentions. I want receipts of your misfortune.
Michael Dickson needs to get Rookie of the Year consideration
If you aren’t up to speed on who Dickson is, here’s a quick rundown: the Seahawks traded up in the fifth round to draft him this past April, and was by far the country’s best punter last college football season. Here’s his 2017 resume:
He averaged 47.4 yards per punt, third-best in the country, and did that over 84 punts. (The two guys who averaged more yards punted 70 times or fewer each and still only beat him by up to 0.2 yards per boot.)
And yet, we’re not here to talk about his punts. Today, we’re going to discuss this amazing fake punt scamper for nine yards:
It looked like the Seahawks may have been thinking of taking a safety there. Whether or not that was indeed the plan, the run was a damn good one by Dickson.
His quote after the game? Even better:
Michael Dickson: “Yeah, I’ve got big balls. They call me Big Balls Dickson.”— Matt Calkins (@Matt_Calkins) October 28, 2018
Big Balls Dickson is bringing Big Dickson Energy, y’all.
The Seahawks played some baseball
The Seahawks moved to 4-3 on the season after beating the Lions, 28-14. After their third touchdown, Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett celebrated with a little baseball, since a World Series is going on between the Dodgers and the Red Sox. Specifically, a hit-by-pitch, and fight.
However, I’d like to give the Seahawks props for putting in the extra effort and putting on a better show when it came to the retaliation. It was also great acting by Doug Baldwin. He’s got a clear career path post-NFL in acting or wrestling (it’s the same thing, LMAOOOO).
This is a thing Hue Jackson actually said
After the Steelers ran all over the Browns on Sunday, 33-18, we got this gem from Browns head coach Hue Jackson (which is actually more frightening than a gem if you’re actually a Browns fan but whatever) who went into the half with all of his timeouts:
Hue asked why he didn’t use timeouts late in the second quarter: Honestly I don’t even recall that.— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) October 28, 2018
That’s right! He doesn’t recall something from the second quarter of a game that happened hours earlier. Not concerning at all. Nope. Not one bit.
The loss put Hue Jackson’s Browns record at 3-36-1, with his overall record at 11-44-1. According to ProFootballTalk’s Michael David Smith, that’s the second-worst coaching record in NFL history:
There have been 219 coaches in NFL history who coached at least 40 games in their career. Jackson ranks 218th in career winning percentage.
If he can’t recall something that simple from a game, when a guy like Sean McVay can remember entire plays on very specific downs, it probably explains why his record is as bad as it is.
This resourceful gentleman
NFL games can get expensive. Just to get into the building is an accomplishment by itself. For Panthers fans, the median ticket price in 2018 will cost you 238 large.
So you’d understand that this particular fan didn’t want to pay for fried chicken inside the stadium, which would probably run him at least another 20 some-odd dollars.
Plan B? Bring your own chicken into the stadium:
Salute to you, Fried Chicken Man. I’m sure it’s better than whatever you could have bought in the stadium, anyway.
The Steelers brought back their old uniforms
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced in May that they’d be wearing their throwbacks from the 1970s. They looked just as clean on Sunday as when they unveiled them five months earlier.
Let us admire:
Ah yes, that’s the stuff.
In 1979, then-Hawkeyes coach Hayden Fry asked the Steelers for their permission to overhaul Iowa’s uniforms in the Steelers’ image. The Steelers were at the height of their Steel Curtain days, and the Hawkeyes wanted to look like them, so they did.
Regardless, the uniforms are good, and I wouldn’t be mad in the slightest if they decided to wear them more often.
The Rams’ field was terrible
Speaking of college football leaking its way into the NFL, the grounds crew at The Coliseum wasn’t able to mask that USC played a game on that field just hours earlier on Sunday. USC’s end zone was bleeding through the paint job for the Rams.
Here’s a picture from when the work was being done. While you can still see through it, it didn’t look nearly as bad while it was getting done. But of course, the coat was much more fresh then, too:
The Rams are way too good to be playing on a field that’s not painted well, and has generally poor conditions. That’ll be resolved in a couple of years when their shiny new stadium in Inglewood is built.
Until then, the Rams will be representing the Pac-12.
OTHER THINGS FROM WEEK 8 IN THE NFL
- The Colts-Raiders announcer dropped a perfect ‘Billy Madison’ reference when Jack Doyle scored
- The refs cheated the Browns and helped the Steelers — again
- Here’s how the Steelers brain farted on a free kick against the Browns
- Panthers give VIP treatment to Chancellor Adams on the week of Rae Carruth’s release