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September 6, 2013 @ 7:57 am
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Bucs' Five Keys To Victory At Jets

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Arcia
Gil Arcia

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What are the five things the Buccaneers need to focus on as they open the season in New York against the Jets? Can the season start on a downward spiral just after one game? PewterReport.com lists five keys that can help Tampa Bay avoid a potential upset.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers open the season Sunday against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. This week the players have sounded ready for the opener without a trace of their preseason performances on their minds. Although they open against an opponent outside of the conference, every game is important in a 16-game season. 

The following five keys for a victorious Sunday afternoon should help Tampa Bay kick off the season in the win column.

Key 1. Doug E. Fresh You’re On
It’s fair to assume the Bucs will be heavily relying on their 2012 rookie Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin in 2013. In order for Tampa Bay to get off to a quick start is to get the player formerly known as “Muscle Hamster” running and running hard out of the gates.

Martin recorded 1,454 yards last season so the Jets defense will zeroing in on the second year back out of Boise State. Fortunately for Martin, he’s a great receiving option out of the backfield and his 9.6 yard average per reception is rookie campaign proves that.

“The Dougernaut” will have to be more than a running back on Sunday and that shouldn’t be an issue for him. With that said, the stage is set. Mr. Martin, you’re on.

Key 2. Revis’ Replacement Is No Revis
The Jets went out and drafted Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with the 9th overall pick in this past April’s draft. With hopes of one day filling the hole left behind from the Darrelle Revis trade, to this point, the rookie has failed to impress.

Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman should test the rookie early and often throughout the game. Wherever Milliner is, Freeman should focus his attention there. Odds are he’ll have success throwing towards his direction.

Key 3. Don’t Let Smitty Beat You
The Jets officially announced that rookie quarterback Geno Smith will be starting under center Week 1 against the Bucs. This can be a good thing but can also be a bad thing. Not knowing what Smith can do will be the biggest challenge.

However, the Bucs should not hold back. They should get into his head by pressuring and hitting him early because during preseason there were times where he was flustered as the pocket collapsed. 

And if he does beat the Bucs defense, they need to make adjustments quickly. That element of unknown that hangs over what Smith can do can ultimately come back and bite Tampa Bay. The end result will not be pretty if that happens.

Key 4. The Relocation Of Revis Island
The fact that Darrelle Revis is no longer a New York Jet and is going against them in Week 1 is a big deal in itself. The hype and storylines are already there. But it won’t be so much about “Revis Vs. Jets” or “The Return of Revis,” it’ll be more along the line sof how will Revis look once he is in full game mode.

Fortunately for the Buccaneers, even if Revis is not 100 percent, he is still the best player on the field. He should draw rookie quarterback Geno Smith’s attention away from him which will basically cut the field in half. 

That’s the Revis factor and it should be on full display Sunday. He just needs to protect that $96 million knee.

Key 5. Must win? Sure is.
It’s hard to say that the season opener is a must-win. But if you look at the next two opponents for the Buccaneers this is a game the Bucs should win. 

New Orleans and New England are scheduled back-to-back the next two weeks. It’s already going to be a tough stretch of games to start the season given the microscope that is hovering over this Buccaneers team. More importantly, the season can be lost very early and that needs to be avoided.

A 1-2 record, although not impressive, is better than 0-3 to start 2013.

PewterReport.com Predictions
Gil Arcia: Buccaneers 27, Jets 16
Mark Cook: Buccaneers 23, Jets 13
Scott Reynolds: Buccaneers 20, Jets 10
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    Right you are Dman.The OL is the highest paid in the league. The DBs also. We have 8 players on this team who have been to the pro bowl, and 3 young ones who are probably going soon. That means almost half the starting line is pro bowl caliber players. Huh!? And we lose to what many believe is the worst team in football?
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    Good try Bucs. Some weeks you just face a more talented team. There was nothing the Bucs could have done differently. I mean, the Jet rushing attack is awesome, they have the best QB in the league, their WR's and TE's are a fantasy football dream team and most importantly, they have a coach who is solid as a rock with the whole team behind him. Don't worry Bucs, it will get easier. The Saints will be coming to town next week, followed by the Pats in New England. A virtual cakewalk.
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    This was a complete joke. There are no excuses. Glazers need to tell the whole crew this is a contract year - Dominick, Schiano, Sullivan, Josh. For all those saying not to over react with the preseason, those of us sounding the alarm stand vindicated. On paper we should be better than this. Coaches not preparing, players not performing. The O-line got crushed. Freeman throws the ball to his first option regardless of whether he is open. D line doesn't get pressure without blitz help. Time to shop for a new QB. A new MLB, TE, some pass rushers and O lineman that play to their contract value. There are no excuses.
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    Slop.. pure slop. Freeman was average at best Olgletree needs to go so we can bring back Hairman. OL sucked! They couldn't pass or run block. Is Nicks that good? TEs are terrible. DBs gave up well over 250 yards passing to a rookie. Only positives were the kickers, Paige as a returner, and the DL had a decent pass rush. 13 penalties! Outplayed, but really OUTCOACHED. I wish my prediction was wrong, but I was saying for weeks that everyone was dising the Jets.
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    Boys and Girls I got this. We need a new Mantra!!! Last year it was "Toes on the Line"!! I might suggest..."Head in the Game"!!! Horrible!!! Where is the famous Schiano discipline?????
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    I would say the key to the game is not committing turnovers or penalties. Especially stupid penalties.
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    First Buc series against the Jets made me puke! First Buc defensive play made me puke again! Second Bucs series . . . . You know. 4:30 4th. Poor play calling. Good Josh we win. Bad Josh we lose. GOOD JOSH, GO DEFENSE,,, Lavonte David STUPID STUPID STUPID!! This loss is not on Josh.
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    Dont even try to put this on David! Smith pulled that crap earlier in the game when he was going out and and then turned up field when the defender pulled up to avoid a penalty. Freeman stared down every frickin receiver, made poor throws and was no threat at all. They should have rolled them by 4 td's! Schiano better tighten his team up because they are the sloppiest team in the league.
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    This team is going to win a lot of games this year. The offense just needs to match the out put from last season with less turnovers. The defense will be much better. There will a lot of big plays in the backfield made by the defense instead of giving up big plays like last year. I think Akeem Spence is going to have a great game and a big season along with fellow rookie Johnthan Banks. If Eric Page can be the answer at KR/PR he could make a big impact on this season compared to the horrible returners we had last year. The comments about Foster lack of cover skills won't be a factor because he won't be on the field when they play nickel and dime. Freeman is going to be Freeman, he will never be a elite QB. I am hope he can be a average QB. I think they should do timing routes with Vincent Jackson on the sidelines to cut down on interceptions and maybe draw pass interference calls on the under thrown balls. Freeman would not have to think he would just react. Locking on to one receiver is what he excels at so might as well use it to the teams advantage.
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    Well I think they figured out what to do with Foster on passing plays, send him on blitzs. The coaching was terrible from start to finish. I am disgusted.
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    The Bucs clearly have more talent than the Jets; so IMO, there is only one key to winning this game: DON'T PLAY DOWN TO THE LEVEL OF THE COMPETITION! :-)
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    Key #1 win the turnover battle. More possessions from creating turnovers is the top priority. Key #2 control the clock with the rushing attack. The Bucs have a stable of backs. They need to use them to keep everyone fresh for the season. Key #3 exploit the jets secondary. DRC and Milliner should both be at a disadvantage. WR's D Jax and Mike Williams need to have big days and I am confident they will.
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    The current Buccaneer defensive philosophy was originally developed by Butch Davis, Greg Schiano, and Chuck Pagano while at the University of Miami. It is built on an attacking style of defense where the secondary plays an important role in putting pressure on the QB. The link at the end explains the defensive philosophy and sheds light on why we took Mark Barron, a strong safety in the first round last year. Pay close attention to paragraphs 3 and 4. You will see that the strong safety is the key to Schiano’s defense. The trade down in the 2012 draft that enabled us to trade back and take Doug Martin was no gamble gone awry. Barron was the target all along. Schiano played Barron deep out of necessity and stubbornly played his defense anyway without the personnel to make it work. It cost us some games but what happened with Talib and Wright perhaps made it unavoidable.This year Schiano has all the parts in place to bring Barron down into the box and execute his defense as he originally intended. They now have the secondary and manpower to make blitzing and the pass rush more effective. Revis, Goldson, and Banks are as advertised. And with Barron, this could easily be the best secondary in the NFL. It is now possible to play man-to-man, alone on an island pass defense that simply could not be done last year. There may not be as much blitzing as last year, but expect to still see a lot of nickel and dime defense as it’s in the wheelhouse of the Schiano defensive philosophy. Barron gets a lot better and so does everybody else on defense. While I’m not necessarily a fan of this defense, I think it can be avery effective defense if not over-used or becomes predictable to opposing offenses!.... http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2012/03/19/the-tampa-bay-buccaneers-2012-defensive-philosophy/
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    macabee, Thanks for the great post! I learned something valuable.
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    Owlykat: Our pass defensive woes last season weren't due to scheme. You can't line up with a new street free agent CB every week and expect to find success. Let's see what happens this season with a more talented defensive roster. I suspect most of us wouldn't be able to recognize a "Rutgers" defense or Monte's Tampa 2 and explain the difference. I remember people used to joke that John McKay ran college plays. I always asked those folks to draw me up two plays and explain the difference. No one did.........or could.
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    Here is my Five Keys for a Buc victory over the Jets. 1. Don't expect anything from Revis. 2. Put a heavy pass rush on Smith and send that LB or Safety on almost every play. 3. Let Banks and Johnson go man on man with the outside Receivers. 4. Have Freeman pass short and run Josh run. 5. Coach, speed up everything and do a better job in your time management of the clock. Go Bucs! Be the Team!.
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    If Schiano wants to depend on Doogie to win, he should have given him a lot more reps in the Preseason. Don't expect top running out of Doogie tomorrow, but that won't be his fault. The stars who were overprotected in Preseason by Schiano will only play ordinary this gaime, but they will get better by the time of the New Orleans game, but their play in this game will be because of Schiano;s choices. If Freeman plays at an elite level in this game and the tips Reavis gives the defense helps them to greatly improve their play, that is what it is going to take for the Bucs to win. However, I wouldn't expect that since Schiano is continuing to force the Bucs to play a college defense he used at Rutgers that has never proven itself when used in the NFL, and he continues using a sub par defensive coordinator who was a bust with the Giants. Don't be surprised if the Bucs lose this game, especially since Schiano will continue starting a MLB who is always a step slow covering the passes over the middle, You know Ryan is going to see that in the film and will punish the Bucs exploiting that weakness the whole game.
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    If Schiano wants to depend on Doogie to win, he should have given him a lot more reps in the Preseason. Don't expect top running out of Doogie tomorrow, but that won't be his fault. The stars who were overprotected in Preseason by Schiano will only play ordinary this gaime, but they will get better by the time of the New Orleans game, but their play in this game will because of Schiano;s choices. If Freeman plays at an elite level in this game and the tips Reavis gives the defense helps them to greatly improve their play, that is what it is going to take for the Bucs to win. However, I wouldn't expect that since Schiano is continuing to force the Bucs to play a college defense he used at Rutgers that has never proven itself when used in the NFL, and he continues using a sub par defensive coordinator who was a bust with the Giants. Don't be surprised if the Bucs lose this game, especially since Schiano will continue starting a MLB who is always a step slow covering the passes over the middle, You know Ryan is going to see that in the film and will punish the Bucs exploiting that weakness the whole game.
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    Sorry Gil, but there's no way the season is lost if the bucs lose this game that's just ridiculous. A major key to success in this game will be 1. How well the lbs (foster in particar) stop the short passing game since the jet offense focuses on high percentage passing (slants, quick outs etc). 2. How well the oline protects (looking at Carimi) given the strength of the jets dline and blitz scheme, as well as rb pass pro which didn't look so good so far. 3. And most important turnovers. Doubt that this game will be a blowout, but it would be a major relief to most of our fans if schiano and Sullivan keep the pedal to the floor and score relentlessly. Win or lose though, the reality is there will be 15 hopefully more games, and each one is a possible win
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    You are correct buc1932. But if the Bucs can't beat the Jets, there will be 15 more games and each is a possible win, but the next three at least will be probable losses too, leaving us 0-4 by the break, but Schiano has no way to save the season if Freeman is a bust, and he has no MLB to replace Foster with because he foolishly let Goode go, who was the most valuable player in the Washington game and proved he cover passes, getting a pick 6 and a breakup on another pass, and also let all the Bucs in tackling in that game. If we end up 0-4 with all the great talent we have, it will be Schiano's own fault.
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