by Ira Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune
The Bucs ended up with more penalties (13) than first downs (12), and many of the flags were particularly costly. Five of New York's 22 first downs came via Tampa Bay penalties, including a holding call against second-year cornerback Leonard Johnson and personal fouls against safeties Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron.
After Jets safety Dawan Landry intercepted Josh Freeman, Barron was flagged for unnecessary roughness late in the first half as the Jets faced a third-and-21 situation. Given new life, Smith capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to ex-Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow.
“Penalties hurt us a lot today,'' Barron said. “Do I feel bad about (mine)? No, because I was just playing football. I hate that it happened and I'm going to hate the letter (NFL fine) that comes with it, but that's just me playing ball.''
Johnson, who led all players with nine tackles, was called for a hold on third-and-5 while Jets quarterback Geno Smith was being stopped for a 1-yard run. Instead, the Jets drove 65 yards in 14 plays and took a 15-14 advantage on Nick Folk's 30-yard field goal “No one wants to take penalties, but we have to find a way to win,'' Johnson said. “Now, we have no choice but to rebound from a tough loss. Great teams bounce back.''