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Week 10 Game Recap: New York Jets 10, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15
What you need to know
* Penalties, pressure, and punts; those three things spelled doom in Tampa Bay. New York, one of the most penalized teams in the NFL, added eight more penalties to their total. Guard, Brian Winter racked up holding penalties against Gerald McCoy while Austin Seferian-Jenkins
was also flagged multiple times. Those penalties directly correlated with Tampa Bay's pass rush. McCown was sacked six times as Tampa Bay defenders routinely penetrated the backfield. Punter Lachlan Edwards punted seven times and will need the Week 11 bye week to recover.
* Four-in-a-row. Robby Anderson
extended his touchdown streak with a late fourth quarter touchdown grab.
* Seferian-Jenkins was held catch-less for the first 54 minutes, but added six grabs in 'garbage time'.
Tampa Bay played without Jameis Winston
, who is resting his injured shoulder, and Mike Evans
, who served a one-game suspension for his part in a sideline brawl against New Orleans in week 11. Brent Grimes had a beautiful interception of Josh McCown
early in the 2nd quarter that Ryan Fitzpatrick
followed up with an interception of his own on the very next play. Patrick Murray
was 3/3 on field goals, including a successful 49 yard attempt. Lavonte David recovered a Bilal Powell
fumble late in the 3rd quarter.
New York Jets
|QB Josh McCown, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 39 - 262 - 1 TD / 1 INT|
Out-of-sync for all four quarters. That's the simplest way to describe McCown's afternoon. Offensive coordinator, John Morton, schemed a conservative game-plan against Tampa Bay's 28th-ranked defense, but New York's execution was poor. The ground game was never established and the offensive line had trouble blocking Gerald McCoy and Co. McCown was sacked a season-high six times as he failed to complete at least 60 percent of his passes for the first time this season. In the first half, McCown threw an ugly interception as he overshot Robby Anderson
on a deep post route. McCown would somewhat atone for this error by connecting on a late 38-yard touchdown strike to Anderson. McCown dropped a dime to Anderson who was streaking down the right sideline. New York enters its bye week with a 4-6 record and its playoff hopes appear grim.
|RB Elijah McGuire, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 22 - 0, Rec: 4 - 36 - 0 (7 targets)|
was inactive, so McGuire served as Powell's back-up. The talented rookie primarily made an impact as a receiver. Showing smooth hands and improved route running, McGuire was sent out on wheel routes and was used on designed screen passes. He had a long gain of 13 yards on a third-and-long.
|RB Bilal Powell, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 30 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (2 targets)|
was inactive, so Bilal Powell
started. New York's offensive line had trouble blocking Tampa's Front 7, limiting Powell's opportunities. Powell had one long run of 21 yards on a toss, but otherwise, was completely contained.
made some tough grabs over the middle of the field, but also had some bad drops. He had a long grab of 14 yards on a deep drag route.
Four-in-a-row. For the fourth straight week, Anderson scored a touchdown. Late in the fourth quarter, McCown and Anderson hooked up for a 38-yard score on a deep sideline route. McCown dropped in a back shoulder dime as Anderson scooted into the end zone. Outside of the scoring play, Anderson was a fixture on 3rd downs and made some tough grabs over the middle. Anderson was targeted on McCown's lone interception, but McCown air-mailed him.
|WR Chad Hansen, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (4 targets)|
Playing in-place of the suspended Jeremy Kerley
, the rookie out of California was solid. Operating out of the slot, Hansen was deployed on short-to-intermediate routes. Hansen did a nice job finding soft spots in the zone for short gains.
Playing against his former team, Seferian-Jenkins was held catch-less for 54 minutes. Seferian-Jenkins, however, made an impact as New York was attempting a late rally. Seferian-Jenkins found space on in-breaking routes over the middle of the field. He had a long catch-and-run of 28 yards on a deep seam route.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 34 - 187 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 9 - 0|
Fitzpatrick got the start while Jameis Winston
rests his injured shoulder for "at least a couple of weeks". He had to work without Bucs top receiver Mike Evans
, who served a one game suspension for a sideline brawl last week. In Evans' absence, Fitzy concentrated his throws on Desean Jackson and rookie Chris Godwin
, who were both targeted 10 times. Tight ends Brate and Howard weren't a big part of the game plan, as Brate was targeted three times and Howard none. Fitzpatrick and the offense led a long, methodical drive that ate up much of the 1st quarter, converting 3rd downs with passes to Jackson, Brate, and Godwin before eventually having to settle for a field goal. Fitzpatrick unfortunately gave the football right back to the Jets after Tampa Bay's Brent Grimes intercepted Josh McCown
in the 2nd quarter. Chris Godwin
ran a deep crossing route on the next play, and Fitzpatrick threw the ball behind him, giving the trailing defender a play on the ball.
Fitzpatrick found Charles Sims
for a short touchdown reception late in the 4th quarter to put the game on ice. The score capped off another lengthy offensive drive. Sims lined up to the left of Fitzy in the shotgun, then took off right on a shallow crossing route. Fitzpatrick led him perfectly, allowing Sims to catch it in stride and beat pursuing linebacker Demario Davis to the right pylon for the score. Fitzpatrick was forced to scramble on the ensuing 2 point attempt, and gave a valiant effort before being taken down hard inside the 1 yard line.
|RB Doug Martin, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 51 - 0 (2 targets)|
Martin got the start but was mostly bottled up by the Patriots front seven. The Bucs ran a lot on first down, constantly finding themselves in 3rd down situations that Fitzpatrick had to throw his way out of. Martin had a 15 yard run negated by a holding penalty on the opposite side of the line in the 3rd quarter. He was targeted twice out of the backfield but could not secure a catch. Jacquizz Rodgers
spelled Martin for a couple of brief drives, and Charles Sims
handled 3rd down work.
|RB Charles Sims, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 20 - 0, Rec: 3 - 10 - 1 (4 targets)|
Sims saw his first action early in the 2nd quarter, catching a swing pass out of the backfield for a short gain. Sims picked up a 3rd and 15 conversion with a 21 yard run around left end in the 4th quarter, and then sealed the game with a touchdown reception to cap the same drive. Sims lined up on the left side of Fitzpatrick in the shotgun, then took off right on a shallow crossing route, catching the ball and beating pursuing LB Demario Davis to the pylon.
Rodgers entered the game during a long 1st quarter drive, relieving Doug Martin
for a few snaps after the offense extended the drive with several 3rd down conversions. Rodgers carried the ball a couple more times late in the 4th quarter, finishing with 3 carries total and no targets.
Barber saw himself demoted back to special teams duties after a season-high in carries Week 9. Barber did receive a couple of carries on offense that went for no gain, but appeared to be back behind Martin, Rodgers, and Sims in the backfield pecking order.
Jackson and rookie Chris Godwin
started at the outside receiver positions with Mike Evans
absent due to a one game suspension. Djax and Godwin both collected a team-high 10 targets, with Djax posting the slightly better overall statline. Jackson hauled in his first target for a nice catch and run on a crossing route in the 1st quarter, then helped extend the lengthy drive with a short reception on a slant and a deep corner route that picked up 15. Fitzpatrick found him running a seam route from the slot early in the 3rd quarter for another solid gain, then hit him on a deep post on the next play for a gain of 22, Tampa's longest play of the day. Jackson bounced up after being clobbered by DB Buster Skrine on a sideline catch in the 3rd, drawing an unnecessary roughness penalty for helmet-to-helmet contact.
|WR Chris Godwin, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 68 - 0 (10 targets)|
Godwin got the start for Mike Evans
while the star receiver served his one-game suspension. The rookie tied Desean Jackson with a team-high 10 targets. Godwin lined up wide left and caught a curl route to convert 3rd and 7 and extend the Bucs first scoring drive in the 1st quarter. Fitzpatrick hit Godwin on a skinny post for a gain of 20 on the first offensive play of the 2nd half. Godwin caught a deep comeback down the left sideline late in the 3rd and nearly broke a tackle for a much bigger gain on the play. Fitzpatrick targeted Godwin on deep ball down the right sideline on the next play, but couldn't connect against tight coverage. . Godwin caught another short curl route in the 4th and spun away from several tacklers for extra yards. Godwin also recovered New York's onside kick attempt at the end of the game, securing the win for the Bucs.
Humphries started in his usual slot position, but had a quiet day in Evans and Winston's absence. Humphries made a nice move to get open on a skinny post in the 1st quarter, but contact from a defender knocked the ball away as he was securing it. Humphries caught a bubble screen from the right slot for a short catch-and-run in the 3rd quarter, and a crossing route in the 4th for another short gain.
|TE Cameron Brate, 33 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (3 targets)|
Brate and rookie TE OJ Howard were not a big part of the game plan in Winston and Evans' absence. Brate flexed out into the slot and picked up 10 yards on an out route to convert 3rd and 9 late in the 1st quarter, his only catch. He was targeted two more times on the day, well behind Desean Jackson and rookie WR Godwin.