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September 8, 2013 @ 5:17 pm
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Bucs' Five Keys To Victory At Jets - Revisited

Written by Gil
Gil Arcia


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The Buccaneers drop their season opener to the Jets 18-17 in New York. Inconsistencies and miscues plagued Tampa Bay from the start of the game. They seemed to have gotten things going in the middle of the game but the wheels quickly fell off, much like the keys needed to start 1-0.
The Bucs had a rough time with the Jets in New York which results in the team starting 0-1 on the season.Before every game each week beat writer Gil Arcia comes out with his Five Keys To Victory then after the game takes a look at how the team fared in meeting the objectives. The following is an analysis on how Tampa Bay did against the keys to victory as well as grades.

Key 1. Doug E. Fresh You’re On
The Jets’ gameplan was to limit Doug Martin’s performance. They succeeded.

Tampa Bay second-year running back finished the game with 24 carries for 65 yards and one touchdown. The bulk of those yards came on the final drive when the Bucs were trying to get into field goal range and New York was just trying to keep plays in front of them to protect their lead. 

His one touchdown came in the second quarter from five yards out. The play was setup by the Bucs defense just the play before when linebacker Mason Foster got to Jets quarterback Geno Smith for a sack which forced a fumble, recovered by the Buccaneers’ rookie Akeem Spence.

Martin’s 2.7 yards per carry average is his lowest when carrying the ball 24 times or more. To his defense, the offensive line did not provide much wiggle room the entire game as they could not find an answer for the Jets defensive line.

Key 2. Revis’ Replacement Is No Revis
Jets’ rookie cornerback Dee Milliner had a questionable preseason and was becoming a liability on the field for the coaching staff. Against the Bucs, although it started rough for the Alabama product, he did settle down in the second half.

Milliner was burned twice by Tampa Bay receiver Mike Williams in the second quarter, which one resulted in a touchdown where Milliner never turned around. That’s something the Bucs appeared destined to do the entire game.

The second half was different for the rookie as he was able to tighten up his coverage on Williams, limiting Williams to just one catch. Overall, the Bucs did not continue to exploit that matchup enough.

Key 3. Don’t Let Smitty Beat You
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith did not beat the Bucs. He didn’t play bad enough to lose the game for the Jets either. 

In the first half Smith was 12-for-20 for 132 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also fumbled inside his own five-yard line which lead to a Buccaneers touchdown on their following offensive play. 

The rookie finished strong as he completed passes when he had to and scrambled when he needed to (six carries for 47 yards). Smith also drew the personal foul call on Bucs linebacker Lavonte David as he ran for the sidelines. That of course put New York in field goal range which lead to the game winning field goal.

Smith's final numbers were 24-for-38 for 256 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked five times.

Key 4. The Relocation Of Revis Island
Darrelle Revis was welcomed back to New York with lots of boos from the Jets faithful at MetLife Stadium. But the Jets fans continued to boo the veteran cornerback for many reasons.

Revis had two pass breakups and allowed one completion for 13 yards after throwing his way five times in the first half of Sunday’s game. But the Jets adjusted their game plan and started going away from the All-Pro cornerback for the remainder of the game. Revis ended the game registering one tackle.

Key 5. Must win? Sure is.
Well, the Buccaneers now face a potential 0-3 start after dropping Sunday’s game against the Jets and looking ahead to their next two opponents. The idea of a rough start to the season is now a possibility on the back the minds of many.

The Bucs had many chances to pull ahead in this game. Miscues on the field, problems with communication from the sidelines, and penalties are all just a few examples of multiple things that went wrong for the Bucs Sunday. It was a case of the defense doing just enough throughout the game, but the offense let them down.

For Tampa Bay, it is important that they avoid a rough start or it can quickly turn into a long season.

PewterReport.com Predictions
Gil Arcia: Buccaneers 27, Jets 16
Mark Cook: Buccaneers 23, Jets 13
Scott Reynolds: Buccaneers 20, Jets 10

FINAL SCORE: Jets 18, Buccaneers 17
Last modified on Sunday, 08 September 2013 18:00

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    I cannot believe Schiano statement that now that they know the opponents are going to focus on Doug Martin they will have to prepare for it. Wake up Schiano didn’t you know that before the Jets game?
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    All these posts would be more positive in every regard had Lavonte not made that last mistake...or even if Folk missed the ensuing FG. Freeman played as he normally does - slow start and decent finish. Martin, as with any RB, can only do as well as things are blocked, although he could catch the ball better. Disappointing result, but no real surprises.
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    Defense had moments that looked like the old days, but they too often seemed to find away to make the young rookie look like a star. Our Coaching has to do a better job adjusting to the opposing team's play. If we cannot run in the middle find a way to mix it up to confuse the defense. Without Martin having a Martin kind of day we are an average team at best. Please get us a TE.
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    Today was the fourth time in the Schiano era that Freeman left the field for the last time with a lead only to lose. It's the most he can do. What has to to be realized is that the Bucs have neither the heart, character nor discipline to close out games. These guys in a word are losers, doing what losers do, working as hard as possible to never succeed. And all the Doug Martin nonsense should stop also, he couldn't run or catch today, and if memory serves, the game plan was based on him. He sucks. Lastly, its time Penn gets released. It has simple been the most prolific downfall of a talented player in nfl history. He literally is embarrassing himself and his family. Brace yourselves boys, this is four wins if we're lucky.
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    It looked like the offense was not prepared (coached up) to play. Freeman played good enough to win and made some very good passes to one of the best tandems in football (V-Jax & Williams). The Bucs have the players to be competitive, but the coaching is suspect. A good coaching staff would have this team winning. And, I am tired of the media, coaching staff and the front office of the Bucs putting their woes on Freeman. He gave this team a chance to win!
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    Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy! This team was NOT prepared (as many of us felt might be the case after watching preseason). Coach to blame. Once again, the Bucs made a rookie QB look like all-pro. Freeman continues to stare down his receiver. With any luck, Bucs may go 7 - 9 this year again.
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    This is not a great time for any Buc fan, but it's not the time to B and whine either. You guys are right about Freeman, he looked horrible and like last year even though he played badly, he put us ahead and gave us a chance to win. A win that once again the defense was not able to deliver. I'm not going to complain about coaching as I made my views known before the season started. I did see some encouraging things so I'm not giving up on my Bucs. Just a bad day, but I've been there before and there will be better days. Go Bucs!
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    defense was awesome. special teams were awesome. offense is only as good as its leader(even if he isn't a captain). freeman handles the ball every time and just when the defense gave the bucs momentum, freeman gave it right back to the jets. was the fix in? did jersey wise guys get to him? i am just kidding-jersey wise guys wouldn't pay freeman for something he is guaranteed to do for free! and i love how he offered his sage advice to lavonte david about learning from his mistake, as though that's the reason the bucs lost.
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    Freeman no bueno...
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    I agree Horse. Let's not get lost in how bad the coaching and offense was and forget how well the defense and special teams played. But Freeman and Penn were so incredibly horrible. They looked just as bad as the preseason!
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    Big positives were Special team and Revis looked outstanding - and of course Vjax. What a waste of Revis's and Vjax's efforts.
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    Gil; I agree. It was disappointing, but the Defense looked good except for the end of the game "Prevent Defense" scheme.
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    The Prevent a Win for your team Defense
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