The Jets came out of last week’s win over the Bills feeling good enough to dance.The team played its best game of the season, kept its slim playoff hopes alive and became internet sensations for their fourth-quarter dance moves.The 4-5 Jets come to Florida this week hoping to keep the good feelings going against a struggling 2-6 Buccaneers team that has lost five straight. The Jets have a bye after this one, creating a demarcation line in their season. Win this and they will be 5-5 entering the home stretch. Lose it and there will be questions about 2018.
“I think it’s huge because it leaves everything out in front of us,” Jets quarterback Josh McCown said of getting to .500.The Jets ended a three-game losing streak in resounding fashion on a Thursday night against the Bills in front of a national TV audience. That has led to lots of pats on the back for a team not used to this kind of success. It will be interesting to see how they handle the attention.
The locker room was loud and loose this week, which could just be a happy team or it could be a team that believes it has arrived. If it’s the latter, the Jets could be in trouble. Coach Todd Bowles said he is not worried about overconfidence.We’re 4-5. We’ve got nothing to be overconfident about,” Bowles said.
The Buccaneers are limping into this game. A team that entered the season with high hopes has been disappointing all year. Now, quarterback Jameis Winston is out with an injured shoulder, and wide receiver Mike Evans is suspended. That leaves former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick leading Tampa Bay. The revenge of Fitzpatrick is a fun storyline for the media, but not one the Jets players are buying into.“It’s not about Fitz,” nose tackle Steve McLendon said. “It’s about the Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing Sunday at 1 o’clock.”Bowles has implored his team that he wants them to find another gear after last week’s win.
“Well, for me the next gear is cleaning up the mistakes,” Bowles said. “Obviously, finishing the end of the ball game with not as many penalties, just cleaning up all the little things, we can be even better and try to finish out games even more.
”The New York Jets (4-5) — led by quarterback Josh McCown, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins — meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6) in NFL Week 10 action on Sunday, November 12, 2017 (11/12/17) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
The Buccaneers, coming off a loss to the New Orleans Saints, are led by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and wide receiver DeSean Jackson.The Buccaneers are set to take on the Jets in the tenth week of the regular season at 1:00 p.m., with the game being available in several markets throughout Florida.
The game will be broadcast by CBS in Tampa, Fort Myers and Miami. The game will also be available in parts of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. For those living outside the broadcast zones, Buccaneers.com will be streaming a live radio play-by-play. Below is more information on how to watch Sunday’s game.
TAMPA, Florida (AP) – Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown are survivors, aging quarterbacks who keep getting opportunities to prove their worth to NFL teams.One of them has started 116 games over 13 seasons with seven teams, while the other has 69 career starts spread over 15 years with eight clubs.Together, that’s 185 starts for nearly half the league, a number that will grow Sunday when Fitzpatrick, one of just four players in league history to throw touchdown passes for seven franchises, makes his first start for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6).Interestingly, career start No. 117 comes against the New York Jets (4-5), his employer the past two seasons.McCown, a little more than halfway through his first season with the Jets, also is facing one of his former teams.
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, who recruited the 34-year-old Fitzpatrick to be Jameis Winston’s backup, marvels at the longevity of both quarterbacks.
“Those are both great examples. It shows you what a quarterback in the NFL is. There (are) 32 teams and you make up your own number where you think the number is of teams that like their starter, let alone like their backup,” Koetter said.”Every year media (and) fans, they’ve always got their eye on the next five guys out of college or who is going to be a free agent because every team wants that guy and they’re searching,” Koetter added. “Well, there just isn’t that many of those guys. So guys that are smart, tough (and) can do it pretty (well) can make a great living.”
Fitzpatrick replaces the injured Winston (shoulder), ending the third-year pro’s streak of 40 consecutive starts to begin his career.
McCown, 38, actually played a major role in the Bucs positioning themselves to draft Winston No. 1 overall, going 1-10 as a starter in 2014 – his only season in Tampa Bay, which finished a league-worst 2-14.It was a year McCown, who’s also played for the Cardinals, Lions, Raiders, Panthers, Bears and Browns, would just as soon forget.”Well, that was a really rough year,” said McCown, who’s thrown for 1,980 yards and 13 touchdowns vs. seven interceptions this season.
“For me, it’ll be like just another trip. I’ve moved on past that at this point, and obviously I’ve done that with different stops and different places in my career,” McCown added. “I’ve kind of had some practice at it, so it’ll just be another game.”
He had the best season of his career two years ago, leading the Jets to 10 wins while throwing for a personal-best 31 TDs. New York entered 2016 with heightened expectations that Fitzpatrick and his teammates were unable to fulfill.
The quarterback contemplated retirement before getting a call from Koetter. He didn’t mind accepting a role behind a young quarterback with a promising future, and he’s had no regrets about staying in the game.
“I think it’s ironic that I move on to another team and the first start that I’m going to have is against the Jets, but I’m excited for the opportunity,” Fitzpatrick said.
“I know there’s the stuff with me, obviously being there the last two years, but more than anything just trying to do my best for this team,” he added. “We’re sitting at 2-6 and disappointed with how this season has gone so far, so just trying to fill in and find a way to get us a win.”
Anderson and Jermaine Kearse have combined for eight TD catches this season, tied for fourth in the league with Dallas’ Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley, and Miami’s Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills.
EVANS SITS: The Bucs will be without leading receiver Mike Evans, suspended one game by the NFL for his role in a skirmish he entered after Winston came off the sideline to confront New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Evans ran up from behind and knocked the Saints rookie to the ground, and was disciplined for violating league rules on unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness.