The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a rough go of things for the first eight games this season, as they entered Sunday’s contest against the New York Jets with a 2-6 record. The coaching staff, the players and anyone else involved in the organization was certainly ready to stop the five-game losing streak they were currently on, and that’s just what they did by defending their home turf and getting their third win of the year by a score of 15-10.

As most probably predicted with a matchup between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown, this game started slow. The game started with three consecutive punts, two by New York and one by Tampa Bay. However, following the Jets’ second punt, the Buccaneers began to settle down on offense and orchestrated a 17-play, 77-yard drive that ended with an easy Pat Murray field goal. That put the Bucs on the board first with a score of 3-0.

The next three drives by the Jets went: punt, interception, punt, and that was due to some new life on the Buccaneers defense. The Bucs defense looked relaxed to start this game, which was a good thing after watching them looked stressed in the preview weeks. As the game went on, their relaxation and comfort turned into controlled aggression and some big stands that limited a shut out for a good portion of the first half.

With a little over seven minutes to go in the second quarter, the Jets began a drive at their own 20 yard line that would be the best they would go on all game. After 51 yards on 16 plays, the Jets were able to tie up the score 3-3 going into the half.

The Buccaneers opened up the second half with back-to-back catches for rookie Chris Godwin, who was playing Mike Evans’ role on Sunday, as Evans was suspended for last week’s altercation in New Orleans. After Godwin got his, DeSean Jackson caught a 19-yard pass that got the team into field goal range, in which Murray regained the lead for the Buccaneers 6-3.

Following that field goal, there was quite a bit of time that went by without much good offense for either team. Two punts by the Jets and two punts by the Buccaneers put the ball back in the hands of the Jets with the clock running down in the third quarter. As the Jets were moving the ball down the field, linebacker Kwon Alexander forced a fumble on Jets running back Bilal Powell to give the ball back to Tampa Bay in good field position. The Bucs were able to capitalize in the form of their third field goal, and the lead was extended to a score of 9-3.

The Jets’ responding drive went backwards right away, as defensive end Darryl Tapp got his first sack as a Buccaneer. That eventually helped force a three-and-out, which continued the trend of a bad offensive day for the Jets.

With the lead and the ball, the Buccaneer finally took control of things by completing a 15-play, 81-yard drive with a touchdown. The touchdown was a swing pass from Fitzpatrick to running back Charles Sims. That was the first touchdown at home for the Buccaneers since their October 6th game against the Patriots.

After a failed 2-point conversion attempt, the score became 15-3 in favor of the Bucs, and it was within their favor that the game would end. The Jets went on to score a touchdown via wide receiver Robby Anderson in the back of the end zone with less than a minute to go, but they ultimately fell short 15-10.

Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick finished the game 17-for-34 with 187 yards, a touchdown and an interception. DeSean Jackson was his main target with 82 yards on six catches, and Chris Godwin was next with 68 yards on five catches – both tied the team-lead in targets with 10. Doug Martin led the Bucs in rushing yards and carries with 51 yards on 20 attempts. Charles Sims had 20 yards on the ground on three carries, but added 10 receiving yards on three catches, one of which was a touchdown.

The real highlights, however, were on the defensive side. The Bucs, who have struggled to get to the quarterback, had six sacks on the day. Darryl Tapp, Kendell Beckwith and Will Clarke all got their first sacks of the season and first sacks as members of the Buccaneers. Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald and Robert Ayers got the two other sacks. Linebacker Lavonte David continued his stellar year with eight tackles, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. He’s having an All Pro year. Cornerback Brent Grimes got the one interception for the defense on Sunday, and also added three tackles.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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SCLOBERNOCKER
4 years ago

Fantastic performance by the D today as seems to be the norm at home. O was more of the same. Anemic. D need to show they can string a few good games together, especially away from RayJ. How bout that LB group? Best batchnin this team by a nautical mile.

cgmaster27
4 years ago

Fantastic defensive performance today. Why has it taken 8 weeks to consistently blitz linebackers? This was a completely different defense today for the Bucs. We all know the jets aren’t explosive but we all thought mcclown would complete 70% and get a td or two. It really is mice not having to truly worry about kicks anymore. Would’ve been nice to say that during the early part of the season. Offense was still pretty predictable and boring as ever. Godwin is legit, that kid has great hands and some shifty moves. Me and my brother could still call out most… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

I always crack up when folks claim they can call out the plays. I suppose if you limit it to predicting run or pass you might get more right than wrong, but that’s not calling the play out of the hundreds in the play book. Now when Coach MacKay was here he did call “28 Pitch” aka “Student Body Right” a lot and most could name that one.

cgmaster27
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

Nope Scu, I can predict first down being a run up the middle 75 percent of the time and be right. When simms is in on second down, pass to him. Sure enough there it was. It’s personel, it’s not hard to do. My point is if I can, you don’t think defenses can pick apart our tendencies?

Horse
4 years ago

Great to have a win and shut up those Jet fans from the get-go. I have no clue how the Jets won 4 games, they were awful.. I thought our offense played about the same and the defense really played good. Go Bucs!

Naplesfan
4 years ago

Ugly win by the offense, pretty nice by the defense. Lavonte was monster, Kendall looked great … six sacks! And a couple of take-aways, and 3 out of 3 by Patrick. Play calling was so-so, too many offensive penalties, run blocking was mostly non-existent, Fitz’s passing was pretty sloppy .. all in all, ugly on the offensive side.

But a win is a win. We probably won’t see many more this season.

macabee
4 years ago

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said “We won the game, and I’m getting too old to worry about the other stuff”. ‘Bout sums it up for me. It was a win and I’ll take it. Go Bucs!

cgmaster27
4 years ago

TRevor, question since you watch way more film than I. Is oj just not running a lot of routes, or is he just not getting looks? Yeah I get it he’s a good blocker, but why draft him to not use him in the passing game?
He didn’t even get a target this game as far as I could see.

pinkstob
4 years ago

I agree with the comments above. Great defensive and poor offensive performances. I really hate the Jets (both NY teams really) so one out of two ain’t bad. It’s great to get a win!

scubog
Reply to  pinkstob
4 years ago

We defeated them both this season my friend.

Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Great win, Bucs D came back strong Offence without Evans struggled but having a QB that played steady without personal fouls and fumbles gave the defence some inspiration, I feel the Bucs actually wanted to win today!
Next week they have another team that can be beaten and with Evans back maybe both O and D will come to a game same day and 2 wins in a row very possible.

cgmaster27
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Fitzpatrick was awful today, spin it how you want.

Mike.Seven
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Spin, Fitzpatrick was without Evans and had 16 passing first down Key factor was he held the ball and keep Bucs defence off field, Key factor defence got to rest something they are not used to ,No fumbles personal fouls and quick 3 and outs

Buc-in-Philly Fan
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

We would have faired better if Winston was in the game. We get what you are trying to lay down but you are incorrect with what you are trying to suggest. Fitzpatrick is NOT a better option over Winston and for you to infer that makes you look silly Mike.Seven!!!

cgmaster27
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

On 12 total drives for the Bucs they had 5, 3 and outs and a pick. Stats are easy to find if you just look for them. Bad throws, no accuracy and a turnover. Your trying to hard and I just have to ask were you even watching the game?

scubog
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

That was about as pedestrian a QB performance as I have seen. The Defense excelled, at least in part, because they were facing an even more pedestrian QB than the one we trotted onto the field. Heck, they still almost blew it when they decided to start celebrating before the game was over and McCown hit them with a deep TD pass.

chefboho
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Fitz completed a mere 50 percent of his passes and had plenty of over throws and the interception was just as bad. I know you’re not nieve enough to believe that this was considered a “good performance” he survived and the defense pulled it out. YOur really reaching in this one mike.seven

Horse
4 years ago

The field position was a big difference for the office today.

RootsCrew
RootsCrew
4 years ago

Really good performance by the defense. Good to see them put in a solid day. LVD is having a monster year. I hope Kwon can level out his play soon. Happy we finally got to the QB & didn’t mess around with fancy schemes. Just get downfield & hit the OL in the mouth. Offense (our HC speciality) is still severely lacking. Poor OL play over the last 3-4 games is really killed any chance of having a balanced offense. We can’t run on teams with poor rush defenses. That’s a problem. Good that DJax was worked in differently this… Read more »

chefboho
Reply to  RootsCrew
4 years ago

Fitz was 0-5 with an interception on throws over 20 yards. Not exactly sure how that’s better than jameis?

Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Next week Fitzpatrick will have the one receiver that accounted for most of the offence of this team, In Jets games, he was suspended due to the small mind of # 3. Fitzpatrick did the one thing that has been missing in the past 6 loss “keep defence off field most of the game “

Mike.Seven
4 years ago

chefboho ,cgmaster27
It was a simple formula first time in seven games the Offence of Bucs outscored the team they were playing funny it happen with out number 3 to lose the game for them. If the other team offence is on sidelines less time to score points for their team. And to me, it looked like the team played harder they had hope, I do not think this team is buying into the mouthpiece of #3
their not young stupid college kids.