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Rapid Reaction: Buccaneers vs. Jets

Posted Nov 12, 2017

Recapping the Buccaneers' Week 10 win against the New York Jets.

It was another quiet first half for the Buccaneers. The good news is, it was also a quiet first half for the New York Jets, as well. The Bucs struck first on a 17 play, 77-yard drive that resulted in a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter to put Tampa Bay up 3-0.

The first half saw two sacks by the Bucs defense, the first by defensive end Will Clarke, dropping Jets’ quarterback Josh McCown for a loss of eight. On the same drive, rookie linebacker Kendell Beckwith would record another sack, the first of his NFL career.

The Jets tacked on a field goal right before the half expired, evening the score at three apiece, leading into halftime.

After winning the toss at the start of the game and electing to defer, the Bucs started the second half fast, with a couple quick hits to rookie wide receiver Chris Godwin before a 19-yard completion to wide receiver DeSean Jackson up the middle. The drive would result in a Patrick Murray 49-yard field goal to give the Bucs the lead back.

With 2:55 left in the third, linebacker Kwon Alexander forced the ball out of Jets’ running back Bilal Powell’s hands. Initially ruled down by contact, Tampa Bay successfully challenged the play and got the ball back at the Jets’ 44-yard line.

The Bucs’ capped the drive with a 37-yard field goal, keeping kicker Patrick Murray busy. The Bucs led 9-3 going into the fourth quarter.

Tampa Bay would come up with yet another sack to start the fourth quarter, with newly acquired defensive end Darryl Tapp dropping McCown for a loss of six. The teams would trade punts before the Bucs scored their first touchdown of the day. Fitzpatrick connected with running back Charles Sims on a six-yard pass, capping a 15 play, 81-yard drive with 6:10 left to go in the game. The Bucs would not convert on a two-point conversion attempt, leaving the score 15-3.

Back-to-back sacks by defensive tackles Robert Ayers Jr. and Gerald McCoy on the ensuing Jets’ possession would bring up a fourth-and-sixteen, but the Jets would convert and drive down the field. However, it wouldn’t be enough as the Bucs took over on downs after a fourth-and-six incompletion in the end zone by McCown just before the two-minute warning. 

A quick three-and-out for the Bucs forced Tampa Bay to punt with just under two minutes to play. New York made quick work of scoring, with McCown connecting on a 38-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson in 1:25. The Jets went for an onside kick but it was recovered by the Bucs’ Chris Godwin and the Bucs would snap their five-game losing skid, topping the Jets 15-10.