Instant Analysis: Bucs hang on for a crucial win vs. Jets


"It's very ironic", the veteran told reporters of making his first start for Tampa Bay against the most recent of his six former clubs.

ABOUT THE JETS (4-5): Jordan Jenkins put forth a strong performance against the Bills, recording a pair of sacks - including one that forced a fumble.

Their coverages looked tighter in the secondary. Murray missed 2015 and played just two games with the Cleveland Browns in 2016. They were able to get off the field on third down, allowing the Jets to convert just 3 of 15 tries.

The Bucs will get the ball back to start the third quarter.

It wasn't a flawless day, though.

Offensively, backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick did his job stepping in for Winston. 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. He took off immediately when no options were available. Nevertheless, the Buccaneers needed just one touchdown to beat the Jets 15-10 and snap their five-game losing streak.

Nobody would have predicted that the New York Jets would have a better record than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers entering week 10 of the 2017 National Football League season. It wasn't until Charles Sims' 21-yard run in the fourth quarter that the unit, or the offense, showed any viable threat to score. Fitzpatrick, who spent two seasons with NY before signing a one-year contract with Tampa Bay in May, will start in place of Jameis Winston due to a shoulder injury that will sideline him at least two weeks. Shell struggled some in the run game as did the rest of the OL but his play in pass protection was a bright spot for an offensive line that struggled to block Tampa's front four.

Despite finishing with 275 yards to Tampa Bay's 271, the Jets failed to move the ball with any consistency for more than three quarters. The offense continues to underachieve, despite one of the most talented groups in the league.