On Sunday the New York Jets travel to Tampa Bay to take on the disappointing Buccaneers. While the Jets are trying to get back in the playoff race, the Buccaneers are trying to save their season.
After starting the season with two wins in their first three games, Tampa Bay has fallen on hard times losing their last five games. In his second season as head coach, Dirk Koetter had big expectations in his second season at the helm.
However, after losing three straight games by a combined 13 points, the Bucs have been outscored 47-13 in losing to fellow NFC South opponents Carolina and New Orleans in the last two weeks.
This is the just the 12th all-time meeting between these two franchises. The New York Jets have won 10 of the previous 11. The Buccaneers only victory took place in December 1984 when the Buccaneers defeated the Jets 41-21 in the final game of the season.
BUCS DEFENSE STRUGGLING
Entering Sunday’s game against the Jets, the Buccaneers defense ranks 28th in the NFL in yards allowed. They have allowed over 400 yards in five of their eight games this season.
They rank 25th in the NFL in points allowed, having allowed at least 30 points in three of their last four games.
RYAN FITZPATRICK GETS THE START
Former New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will face his former team on Sunday when he starts for injured Jameis Winston. Winston is out for at least two weeks with a shoulder injury.
Fitzpatrick will be making his first start of the season, but has appeared in three other games this season. Last season he started 11 games for the Jets.
JETS DEFENSE FORCES TURNOVERS
The New York Jets have forced 16 turnovers this season, sixth best in the NFL. They have forced two or more turnovers in six of their last seven games.
ROBBY ANDERSON STEPPING UP
Anderson has caught a TD pass in each of his last three games. He has 13 receptions for 187 yards and 3 TD over that span.
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