Jets' rookie quarterback Geno Smith was up-and-down in his debut that saw him throw the first touchdown pass of his career to tight end Kellen Winslow. Buccaneers' linebacker Lavonte David hit Smith as he was out-of-bounds and the play resulted in a penalty that set up kicker Nick Folk for the game-winning field goal.
The Bucs were expected to wipe the floor with the Jets after upgrading their defense and in anticipation of playing a rookie quarterback. The Tampa Bay offense struggled to score points, however, and wide receiver Mike Williams left the game due to injury. In addition to Williams' injury, star running back Doug Martin was held to just 65 rushing yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
While the Jets' offense was not extremely impressive, New York was able to score four times ... though three of those opportunities came on field goal tries. The game served as a reminder that both need to improve on offense and that both squads have quality defenses.
John B of Gang Green Nation will take a win anyway he can get it:
I am sure many people will dismiss this win and say the Jets got lucky. You know what? A lot of those people also probably said the Jets are going to be the worst team in the league and wouldn't even keep it close today. If a team is going to have a surprise run, it needs a few wins like these. These are the kinds of games that can serve as a springboard for a great run. Will it? I don't know, but let's have hope.
Sanders Philipse of Bucs Nation is worried about Tampa Bay's offensive production:
Their offense consisted of Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, with everyone else combining for just 4 receiving yards. Penalties further limited Tampa Bay, as they collected 13 on the day, with the final crucial one
Unless that changes, the Buccaneers are looking at a season of classic Buc Ball: good defense, and a struggling offense limited further by penalties. With games against the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots coming up and an 0-1 record, Tampa Bay may have a problem.
Next up for the Jets is a Thursday Night Football matchup against AFC-rival New England Patriots. The Bucs will take on the Saints in Tampa Bay for their home opener in Week 2.