Ryan Fitzpatrick l © Derick E. Hingle | 2018 Sep 9 l USA TODAY Sports
Ryan Fitzpatrick l © Derick E. Hingle | 2018 Sep 9 l USA TODAY Sports

The most common initial reaction to the Jameis Winston three-game suspension paired with an opening slate for the Bucs in New Orleans, vs. Philadelphia and vs. Pittsburgh was that Dirk Koetter's Tampa Bay club just might start out 0-3, the season essentially over just as it was getting underway.

So after Ryan Fitzpatrick's five-TD, 453-total-yard destruction of the Saints en route to a 48-40 Bucs upset of the reigning division champs, perhaps we'll hold off on any more instant reactions, like Fitzpatrick could relegate Winston to backup upon Winston's return from suspension.

For now, the Bucs will settle for likely being the biggest surprise of Week 1, when they unloaded on a Saints 'D' many thought was ready to join the ranks of the NFL's elite. Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams? They were part of a New Orleans secondary that surrendered 8.5 yards per play, including 50- and 58-yard scores to DeSean Jackson and a 50-yard TD to Mike Evans. The Bucs' top two receivers combined to convert 12 chances into 293 yards and three touchdowns.

The Saints offense certainly did its part. Drew Brees was almost as flawless as Fitzpatrick, finishing 37-of-45 passing for 439 yards and three touchdowns, and Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas looked like, well, Kamara and Thomas in combining for more than 300 yards of offense and four scores.

But those who anointed the Saints 'D' might want to temporarily walk that back, just as those burying the Bucs sans Winston probably should give it up for Fitzmagic. For now.