Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will try to make it two wins in a row against AFC East teams when he faces the Miami Dolphins Sunday.
Fitzpatrick says he didn't play as well as he can in a 15-10 win over the New York Jets last Sunday. But with receiver Mike Evans returning from a one-game suspension – and all the other talent on offense – he believes the Bucs (3-6) can begin to stack up a few wins.
"This league is kind of about getting on runs and unfortunately we went through a bad run for a little bit there,'' Fitzpatrick said after helping the Bucs snap a five-game losing streak. "But if we can just continue to stack up some of these wins, you never know what's going to happen. I know, I'm 100 percent positive, the belief in that locker room is that we can do it. We can continue to go out there and we're talented enough to win these games. It's not like we're going into these games and we don't have a shot at it. We've got some really good players here. It's just a matter of me distributing the ball and getting them going and I think that confidence can turn into more wins.''
What gives Fitzpatrick confidence he can help the Bucs out of the hole they have dug for themselves? For starters, he expects to be better after shaking off the rustiness against the Jets last week.
Fitzpatrick completed 18 of 36 passes for 187 yards with a touchdown and interception vs. the Jets but says he could've played better.
"I think I left a lot out there just in terms of I think I could've made some better decisions, maybe some quicker decisions on some of the stuff that we had,'' Fitzpatrick said. "I came away from watching that game obviously happy and excited that we won but kind of excited about the prospects of getting another shot at it and hopefully doing a better job. Because there was some plays out there that I could've made that would've made us a lot more effective.''
A year ago, the Dolphins began the season 1-4 under first-year coach Adam Gase but got hot and won seven straight games and nine of their last 10 to finish 10-6 and earn a wildcard playoff spot. Gase said it's not that difficult to change momentum during the season.
"It's really not that hard because if guys just focus on one week at a time, it swings so fast,'' Gase said. "You know, you put one good game together, it's really easy to kind of carry that over. The confidence can really pop for you just from one week to the next.''