Tampa, FL – Ryan Fitzpatrick got revenge on the New York Jets as he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 15-10 victory over his former team.
Offense for both Tampa Bay and New York were nonexistent in the first half. The first three drives for the Jets were three-and-outs, only broken up by an interception from Brent Grimes. The Buccaneers scored a field goal early in the first quarter to put them up 3-0, but they squandered the Grimes interception by throwing an interception to Darryl Roberts. Chandler Cantanzaro kicked a 47-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter to tie the game at three.
The Buccaneers took control of the game following halftime. Their first drive of the second half resulted in a 49-yard field goal, putting them back out front, 6-3. After four three-and-outs between the Jets and Buccaneers, Bilal Powell fumbled the ball at midfield that the Bucs recovered. That set them up for a 37-yard field goal that extended the lead, 9-3. The lead grew to 12-3 with a 37-yard field goal late in the third quarter.
The Buccaneers put the seal on the game in the fourth quarter. After forcing the Jets sixth third-and-out of the game, Tampa Bay drove to New York’s six-yard-line where Fitzpatrick threw a short pass to Charles Sims III and ran it into the end zone for a touchdown. They went for a two-point conversion, but failed. The score increased to 15-3.
The Jets weren’t about to go away quietly. Despite failing on a fourth-down conversion, they got the ball back after the two-minute warning. The Jets got the Bucs’ 38-yard-line where Josh McCown launched the ball to Robby Anderson in the end zone for a touchdown. The Jets cut the score to 15-10, but the Buccaneers recovered the onside kick and kneeled it for the win.
The Jets (4-6) will have an extra week to game plan before hosting the Carolina Panthers on Nov 26 at 1:00 pm.
The Buccaneers (3-6) visit the Miami Dolphins next week at 1:00 pm.
- The only flag the Jets hate seeing more than the white flag is the yellow flag. Penalties have been an issue all year for New York, and the story was no different today. The Jets accumulated eight penalties for 77 yards. Those penalties put the Jets in a bad position and the Buccaneers in a good position. Going forward, New York has to be more disciplined if they want to win games.
- Most of the throws McCown made in the game, there was a hand in his face. The offensive line did a poor job protecting the quarterback. McCown was sacked six times in the game. Coming into the game, Tampa Bay had eight sacks, which was fewest in the NFL.
- It wasn’t just the passing offense that suffered as a result of the offensive line. The rushing offense also had trouble gaining big yards on the ground. The longest run the Jets had was Powell running for 21 yards on a carry early in the game. Between him and Elijah McGuire, the Jets’ running backs totaled 52 yards. Most of the rushing attempts by New York were either stuffed at the line of scrimmage or in the backfield for a loss of yardage.
- The defensive backfield for the Jets had problems covering the Buccaneers’ receivers. DeSean Jackson took advantage early on of Morris Claiborne, who was battling an injury throughout the week. Jackson finished the day with six receptions for 82 yards. Chris Godwin had as good of a day, tallying five receptions for 68 yards.
- On a more positive note, Robby Anderson continues to prove he’s a reliable target. He caught the last touchdown in the game, extending his streak of games with a touchdown reception to four. Along with the touchdown, Anderson recorded 85 yards on four receptions.
- The rush defense for the Jets continues to impress. While the Jets only had one sack against Fitzpatrick, the front seven was a brick wall to Doug Martin. Martin had 51 yards on 20 carries, averaging 2.55 yards per carry. The rush defense has improved dramatically since allowing LeSean McCoy to rush for over 100 yards in Week 1.