The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the New York Jets at 1:00 p.m. today, and this live blog will be frequently updated throughout the game with key plays, injury updates, and more.
4:30 p.m. The Jets offense got possession with :34 seconds remaining. Geno Smith hit Kellen Winslow for a 25-yard completion before spiking the ball at the Jets’ 45.
On second down, Smith was flushed from the pocket and scrambled to the outside for 10 yards, taking a late hit from linebacker Lavonte David, which drew a 15-yard penalty that immediately put the Jets in field goal range.
In stunning fashion, Jets kicker Nick Folk nailed a 48-yard field goal to snatch the win from the Bucs’ hands. Final Score: 18-17.
4:15 p.m. With :38 left, the Bucs regained the lead and possibly clinched the game on a 37-yard field goal attempt by kicker Rian Lindell. It was set up by a huge 37-yard reception by Vincent Jackson on third-and-10.
3:54 p.m. The Jets have taken the lead 15-14 with a 30-yard field goal.
3:45 p.m. With the game still 14-12, the Jets caught a break due to a holding call by Leonard Johnson on third-and-6 at the Jets’ 28. With 10:40 remaining in regulation, it all adds up.
3:37 p.m. I mentioned this in my preview on Sports Talk 1040 this morning — the Buccaneer offense won’t change its identity against a Jets defense that continually keys in on Doug Martin. He’s had a tough time running the ball today, with 19 carries for 40 yards rushing.
Bucs QB Josh Freeman – 10 of 14 for 106 yards passing, 1 TD, 1 INT
Jets QB Geno Smith – 12 of 20 for 132 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Bucs RB Doug Martin – 11 carries for 30 yards rushing, 1 TD
Bucs WR Vincent Jackson – 4 catches for 78 yards receiving
Bucs WR Mike Williams – 2 catches for 24 yards receiving, 1 TD
Jets TE Kellen Winslow – 4 catches for 33 yards receiving, 1 TD
Jets WR Jeremy Kerley – 3 catches for 45 yards receiving
2:31 p.m. Dashon Goldson drew his second unnecessary roughness call on a defenseless receiver, which set up a Geno Smith touchdown throw to former Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. Bucs still lead 14-12. If he keeps this up, we’ll be seeing a lot of FedEx trucks stopping at One Buc Place this season.
2:24 p.m. Mason Foster is having a career game. The Bucs middle linebacker forced a fumble and had a sack for a 19-yard loss. His forced fumble came at the Jets’ 11-yard line that was recovered by Akeem Spence. One play later, Doug Martin punched it in to score, giving the Bucs a 14-5 lead. Foster’s 19-yard sack came immediately following a Josh Freeman interception, and essentially saved the drive.
2:03 p.m. This Buccaneer defense looks noticeably improved, although there are still things that need to be cleaned up. There’s been pressure upfront,and Darrelle Revis has already had two pass breakups, even though the Jets are shying away from throwing towards him. This unit is still susceptible to the big play, however. The defense gave up a 22-yard pass play to Tommy Bohanon, setting up a field goal to make things 7-5.
1:57 p.m. Josh Freeman and the offense have finally settled down. With prime field position at the Jets’ 44-yard line, Freeman hit Vincent Jackson on two consecutive plays, before firing a laser to Mike Williams for a 17-yard touchdown. Rian Lindell hits the extra put, giving the Bucs a 7-2 lead and settle the crowd down at MetLife Stadium.
1:27 p.m. A facemask penalty pinned the Bucs into their own end zone on the team’s second offensive possession. Josh Freeman was sacked in his own end zone for a safety, giving the Jets a 2-0 lead and setting up an absolutely disastrous start for the Buccaneer offense.
1:15 p.m. The Buccaneer offense had one of the sloppiest opening drives of an NFL football game in recent memory. Josh Freeman hit Vincent Jackson for a 20-yard pickup on third down, and things fell apart quickly, due to a headset malfunction. The Bucs had issues with the headset in New England as well. The Bucs were forced to take a timeout and were slapped by two delay-of-game penalties, setting up a third-and-35 from the Bucs’ 24 yard line.
Here are today’s inactives for the Bucs:
LG Carl Nicks
TE Tom Crabtree
FB Erik Lorig
QB Dan Orlovsky
CB Rashaan Melvin
DE William Gholston
DT Chris Jones
Here are your inactives for the Jets:
QB Mark Sanchez
LB Danny Lansanah
OG Will Campbell
OT Ben Ijalana
OT Oday Aboushi
DL Quinton Coples
LB Scott Solomon