After five straight losses and a rough couple of weeks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers notched a much-needed 15-10 win over the New York Jets to improve to 3-6 overall. The Buccaneers kept the Jets out of the end zone until there were 31 seconds to go, with Robbie Anderson snatching a 38-yard touchdown on a deep fade route, beating Grimes downfield.
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They were able to generate pressure, getting a season-high six sacks from newcomers Will Clarke and Darryl Tapp and Robert Ayers, Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald and linebacker Kendell Beckwith, whose role standing up at the line of scrimmage - something the Bucs unveiled against the Buffalo Bills - is starting to make an impact.
He was sacked six times, which was an unusual development for a Bucs team that only had eight on the season coming into the game.
After a 3-3 tie at halftime, the Bucs opened the third quarter with a nine-play, 44-yard drive that resulted in Murray's 49-yard field goal and a 6-3 advantage.
On the Bucs' next possession, punt returner Bernard Reedy would nearly make it to the house, but settle for a nice 44-yard return, setting Tampa Bay up at midfield. It capped a 15-play, 81-yard drive. They played against a familiar face in QB Ryan Fitzpatrick who started in place of the injured Jameis Winston. McCown, a 15-year veteran who started 11 games for Tampa Bay in 2014, was 23 of 39 for 263 yards. It was an active day in the Bucs' secondary.
Buccaneers: CB Vernon Hargreaves III left the game in the second half with a sore hamstring and did not return.
With Mike Evans out, DeSean Jackson helped fill the void by emerging as Fitzpatrick's primary weapon. The Jets played without inactive RB Matt Forte (knee). I'm even going to go as far as saying the Jets will have 5 or more sacks in this game.
He's baaaaaackkkkkkk. The New York Jets have the opportunity of a lifetime in a season that no one expected.