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Halftime Report: Jets vs. Buccaneers

Posted Nov 12, 2017

A quiet first half for both teams

The Buccaneers won the coin toss and elected to defer, giving the New York Jets the ball to start the game. A quick three-and-out, aided by a couple penalties, forced the Jets to punt from their own nine-yard line.

The Bucs would then go three-and-out themselves and punt from midfield on their first possession.

From there, the two teams traded drives before Tampa Bay struck first, hitting a 29-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter and putting the Bucs up 3-0.

On the Bucs’ next possession, punt returner Bernard Reedy would almost make it to the house, but settle for a nice 44-yard return, setting Tampa Bay up at midfield. However, a third-down sack by the Jets’ would prevent the Bucs from advancing it.

On the Jets’ next possession, quarterback Josh McCown would air the ball out only for it to be picked off by Bucs’ cornerback Brent Grimes, who returned it 28 yards. Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would be picked off on the very next play, giving Jets the ball back, but this time at their own five-yard line.

Despite a monster sack by Bucs’ defensive end Will Clarke that dropped McCown for eight yards, the Jets would convert on third-and-14 to keep their drive alive just before the two-minute warning.

The Jets would be kept out of the end zone with help from another sack on McCown, this time by rookie linebacker Kendell Beckwith, the first regular season sack of his NFL career. They would settle for a 47-yard field goal to even up the score before the half.

The Bucs will get the ball back to start the third quarter.