Here are three keys to victory for the New York Jets over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It has now become a revenge week as the New York Jets fly to sunny Florida to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This was supposed to be a big test as the Jets faced off against a team in the thick of the playoff race. Instead, the Bucs sit at 2-6 barely hanging on. Instead of facing Jameis Winston and Mike Evans, the Jets will be facing DeSean Jackson and some guy named Ryan Fitzpatrick. The beard is back! Fitzpatrick will be looking to get back at the Jets for letting him go, and Josh McCown spent time early in his career with the Bucs so he may have something to prove as well.
Historically, these two teams have played 11 times and the Jets have won ten of them. How often have we talked about domination like that? The only time Tampa Bay has topped New York was back in 1984 and the Jets have scored 62 points in a game during this series. The last time these two teams met was Geno Smith’s debut in 2013. On that afternoon at MetLife, Smith led the Jets to a game-winning Nick Folk field goal and off they went, at least we thought.
New York is entering this one as the favorite, on the road! Now there is a statement that is unexpected. Last week, the Bucs got destroyed by the New Orleans Saints 30-10 while the Jets beat up on the Buffalo Bills. The score was 34-21 but watching the play on the field you could see it wasn’t that close. New York manhandled their neighbors from upstate NY. The Jets may be 1-3 on the road coming into this one, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get this one done. Here are the weekly three keys to victory: