Bucs defense dominates in 15-10 victory over Jets
Roy Cummings, Florida Football Insiders, published 13 November 2017

Back in the day, the Buccaneers won a lot of games playing the kind of football they played against the Jets on Sunday. They called that style of play Buc Ball and as tedious as it was, it was nonetheless a winning brand of football.

It was again on Sunday, when the Bucs defense was so dominant it almost didnít matter what the Bucs offense did. Good thing, too, because the offense didnít do much during what proved to be a 15-10 slump-busting victory.

The Bucs put together only two long drives and only one of those resulted in a touchdown, but that was enough to break their five-game losing streak as their defense proved to be too much for what had been a surprisingly competitive Jets team.

The Bucs, who came into the game with a league-low eight sacks, generated six against the Jets, forced two takeaways and allowed New York to convert just three of its 15 third-down tries. That was enough to support an offense that struggled yet again to find its rhythm, settling for three Patrick Murray field goals and a 6-yard

Fitzpatrick was making his first start of the season in place on an injured Jameis Winston (shoulder) but the change of quarterbacks did little to spark the Bucs offense, which gained just 272 yards. Though the unit kept it together well enough to get three points out of a 17-play drive that took up most of the first quarter, it mustered little else during a tedious first half of football.

The Bucs started their other four first-half possessions at their own 41-, the 50, the Jets 32 and their own 35-yard lines, but went three and out three times and one play and out the other. The one-and-out was the result of Darryl Roberts interception of a Fitzpatrick pass that came just one play after Brent Grimes made a spectacular over the shoulder pick of a Josh McCown throw.

Grimes returned the ball to the Jets 32 but Fitzpatrickís throw deep down the middle for rookie Chris Godwin was underthrown just enough to allow Roberts to step in front of it and take it away. The exchange of picks were part of a strong defensive effort by both teams, the Jets and Bucs combining for just 213 yards and a field goal each during the first half.