Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) warms up before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers at Jets final score: Jets Top the Tampa Bay 18-17: Quick Hits


The regular season is here! The Jets defeated the Tampa Bay Bucs on a final minute field goal 18-17 highlighting Geno Smith’s first start. How did they do it? Here are the quick hits from the games:

1) Up and Down Offense – Geno Smith had a very uneven game that had a fumble and an interception but also led three nice drives. He had a chance to put the game away with a first down with 2:21 left but could not. He led a final drive with 35 seconds left that led to a Folk 48 yard field goal with 2 seconds left. He was 24 of 38 for 256 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. One was a 13 play field goal drive and the other a touchdown drive in the two-minute drill followed by a go ahead 14 play drive that led to a 30 yard field goal. Smith showed poise at times stepping into his throws under pressure but also backpedaled when the rush came at times and threw off the back foot or could not escape. He was more comfortable in the second half with his decision-making especially. However he could not get what could have been a game clinching first down going 3 and out with 2 and a half minutes left. Smith showed an ability to scramble well when the play breaks down picking up a couple of key first downs. The running game was nearly non-existent as the Bucs won the line of scrimmage battle. Bilal Powell had 29 yards on 12 carries and also 3 catches for 29 yards. Chris Ivory had 10 carries for 15 yards. The interior of the Jets line had trouble both pass and run blocking. Kellen Winslow was a big factor 6 catches for 54 yards and had a touchdown. Stephen Hill started to assert himself as the game went along having 7 catches for 79 yards. Kerley had 3 catches for 45 yards. Holmes had 1 catch and was a non factor. Offense got too cute at times with reverses and Wildcat. Gates caught 1 ball and injured himself.

2) Pressure defense folds- The Jets played very well until the final drive where the defense folded but they were bailed out by Geno Smith and the offense. On a 3rd and 10 Dawan Landry missed a tackle on Vincent Jackson who took it to the Jets 30 and in position for a go ahead field goal. The Jets recorded three sacks (Wilkerson, Barnes, Richardson) as well as a safety in the first half. They also bottled up Doug Martin who did not do much other than a 17 yard run before the two minute warning and 5 yard touchdown run in the first half. The Jet secondary was not good as Cromartie was beaten by Vincent Jackson a couple of times allowing over 100 yards and Milliner was exposed in coverage. Antonio Allen was not good in coverage either. He also missed a key tackle that kept a Tampa drive alive. The Jets controlled the line of scrimmage and were able to hold the edge. Kenrick Ellis, Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison played well up front. Dawan Landry had a key interception. The Jets had a hard time getting off the field on 3rd downs in the second half as the Bucs converted some 3rd and 7s and 3rd and 9s.

3) Special teams – Nick Folk allowed only 1 kickoff return and made a 43 yard field goal. Jeremy Kerley was again underwhelming as a punt returner. Robert Malone pinned the Bucs inside their own 10 twice and had an 84 yards punt (not a misprint). The coverage teams played well with the exception of a low punt that was returned past the 40 yard line. Ellis Lankster performed a belly to back suplex on one of his tackles (a wrestling move). The Jets were not allowed a kickoff returns as all kicks were out of the end zone for touchbacks.

4) Injuries – Nick Mangold left the game in the 3rd quarter with an elbow injury and returned after one series. Jeff Cumberland, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley were knocked out of the game by Dashon Goldson hits. Cumberland did not return. Santonio Holmes, Kenrick Ellis and Dee Milliner all returned from injury. Clyde Gates injured his ankle on his only catch.According to Fox’s Jay Glazer, in addition to a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder Mark Sanchez also dislocated the shoulder. Recovery time is 4-6 weeks at a minimum. NFL Network reported that Sanchez was going for a 2nd opinion from noted Orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday regarding how to handle his partially torn labrum. It is possible we have seen the last of Mark Sanchez in a Jets uniform.

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  • Bennny K

    How many pressures and sacks did Tampa have that were missed assignments? Geno did a damn good job in light that he was running for his life and had no running game except his own. He was the leading rusher for the Jets.

    • Frank Antonelli

      Geno accounted for over 300 yards of offense. We had more yard more first downs, etc. Once Geno gets some seasoning these type of games will be blow outs in our favor.

  • Frank Antonelli

    I told all of you!!!!

    JETS WIN!!!! Haters can kiss Rex’s a$$!!!!!!

    P.S. Media circus clowns will actually have to talk about the game. Hope that crow tastes great.

    P.S. Mevis, welcome to a losing season, you deserve it you piece of trash.

    • Bennny K

      Awesome!!! Screw Mevis and the Media!

    • Paul Newbold

      He’d rather you kiss his feet. LOL Any way nice to squeak out a win!

  • Craig Hoffman

    I couldn’t pin which guard was getting killed but I believe it was Vlad on missed assignments. It seemed to come from the left side. Ducasse did have the block that allowed Smith’s TD pass though.

    • Paul Newbold

      There was a lot of missed assignments, Vlad is sub par, we knew that the last two seasons! This line needs time to develop. Overall it was sloppy in thee trenches. Good to get that win though!

  • Paul Newbold

    Nice to get the win! This game raised more questions than it provided answers however.

    • Frank Antonelli

      Only in your mind!

      • Paul Newbold

        No answer at safety, no answer at RB and the “improved” offensive line had to leave a lot of fans questioning it. This D will get better, but realistically they went up against Josh Freeman. The run D had a great day! Frank, I’ll leave this blog to you, you seem to know it all!

        • Frank Antonelli

          A little sensitive are we??? We ran the ball for 90 yards against the number one ranked rushing defense last year. Geno had a good chunk of that but he is part of the running game and gives us a legitimate weapon which Mark never did. The Bucs only ran the ball fro 65 yards and the running totals were low around the whole league. Just giving you a little perspective! I’ll take out gaining the opposition every time no matter what our total is. The offensive line is a work in progress but the pieces are there for it to be a strong unit. The D was great and don’t diminish it by pulling a Cimini. That performance was excellent regardless of the opponent.

          • Paul Newbold

            I bow to your wisdom :)

  • Craig Hoffman

    Heck of a win for the Jets! I had to rewrite this twice in the final minute and I am really glad about it. Really good defensive effort except for that last drive. Very happy with the heart the team showed.

    They should have won this game15-14 because Geno had a chance to get a 1st down and run the clock out and couldn’t and the defense had a 3rd and 10 before the long completion to Jackson. They have to finish but this team will get better as the year goes on and learn that killer instinct.

    • Frank Antonelli

      The defense scored 2 points and gave up only 10 points since the fumble on the five yard line basically gave them 7 points. The defense was AWESOME. Milliner played well and will keep getting better, he certainly wasn’t abused all day long as someone said he would be. I stick to my prediction that Milliner will be the defensive rookie of the year.

      • Craig Hoffman

        I wouldn’t go as far as to say Milliner played well but he did improve as the game went along. His development will be the difference between this being a good defense or a great defense. That and a second safety stepping up.

        • Frank Antonelli

          Well Greg Logan from Newsday also thought Milliner played well:

          “Milliner played well despite being beat on a 17-yard TD pass to Mike
          Williams, and Richardson had seven tackles and shared a sack of Freeman.
          “I didn’t make too many mistakes, and I knew all my assignments,”
          Richardson said. “It was a pretty good game.”

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  • matr dontelli iii

    the team that played better won. we had five rookies on the field and two rookie coordinators coaching them. the defense was EXCITING and should get better AND we were without coples! for all his warts, sanchez is all in and doing what he can to help on the sidelines, being there in the first place being the greatest help. even sanchez never got called for two delay of games after a timeout, one is his limit! this game was very 2009ish. even without a 2014 draft pick i’ll take richardson over the injury-prone, chump cornerback with the bush-league slap at the ball after wilson’s fair catch any day. time will show that we won that trade and that corner is playing for the right coach on the tampa bay chumpaneers. the sky is the limit for this team. they have the talent to overcome some mistakes. they simply need to limit them. there were a lotta woulda, coulda and shouldas and there always will be. they played hard to the end when it seemed so unlikely that they could win. and they pulled it out. the team that played the better game won.

    • Frank Antonelli

      RIght on. The statistics also bear that out. The Jets had quite a few more first downs and a nice edge in yardage as well. Once Geno gets more experience this is the type of game that the Jets will win easily.

      • matr dontelli iii

        Fansided, in their infinite stupidity, has chosen to combat their lack of hits by littering a jets fan site with posts from inept writers, including done idiot named Victoria who writes mehtaish articles. Among their moronic drivel pissing me off here is an article by a jerk named Sanchez, how fitting is that! Claiming that the bucks outplayed the jets and won on whAtever he called the penalty. They held their wonder boy tailback to 65 yards on what? Two point something a carry? They made heir offensive line look live my aunts strainer on Sundays. We outplayed them in every facet of ghe game. we made a late mistake to give up the lead and they nade a later mistake to give up the game. This site is gonna lose me if I gotta look at that crap all the time. I stay away from the daily news, espn, wfan because I don’t wanna hear anti jets propaganda. That’s shy I go to jets fans sites. Since they have no readership they’ve gotta try to get hits by putting their trash in our faces

  • matr dontelli iii

    if Alex Rodriguez played football he would have done what the injury-prone corner did after Wilson’s fair catch!