We will call this our “tale of the tape”. Just like when boxers have a match coming up, and they compare the height, reach, weight, ..etc., we are going to do the same with the matchup. We will look at the overall series between the two teams, the last time they played each other, and other similar points. Here is our first one, for the Jets and the Bucs:
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Schiano: 0-0||Ryan: 1-0|
|LAST GAME||12/13/09: Jets 26 at Buccaneers 3. New York RB Thomas Jones rushes for 99 yards on 23 carries & adds 2 TDs. Jets K Jay Feely converts 4 of 5 FG attempts (40, 24, 49, 49).|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||10/9/05: Jets 14, Buccaneers 12. New York RB Curtis Martin rushes for 59 yards & 2 TDs. Jets WR Laveranues Coles catches 6 passes for 89 yards.|
Coach Ryan is 3-1 for his career as a coach on kickoff weekend, and looking for a third straight win against the NFC.
Don’t count out these Bucs, as they are a young, up and coming team. Last year, they had a 3,500 passer in Freeman, a 1,200 rusher in Doug Martin, and a 1,200 yard receiver in Vincent Jackson, the first time they have had that prolific of a trio on team history. Doug Martin’s 1,926 yards from scrimmage were the third most in NFL history for a rookie.
Can the Jets continue their good fortune against Tampa Bay? Overall, they are 6-0 against the Bucs at home. Talk about playing well, Antonio Cromartie and his 25 INTs since 2006, fifth-most in the NFL during that time period.
The Bucs should not only worry about Santonio Holmes, if he plays. Stephen Hill did catch 2 TD passes during week one of last season.
We will have a more extensive preview of the game on Saturday.