"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. Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, replacing injured Jameis Winston, finished throwing 17-for-34 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown with one interception. 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. The Jets held the ball for three minutes, taking the ball 65 yards down the field and turned the ball over on downs. It was the key to fending off the rally from McCown, who racked up over 100 passing yards and a touchdown after having just over 100 passing yards through three and a half quarters. 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. The onside kick was recovered by the Bucs to make the final result academic, however.
The Jets are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five in week 10 while the Bucs are 16-6-1 in their last 23 ATS in November and 1-4 ATS in their last five against a team with a losing record.
The Bucs have had a awful season but they have been very good against the spread in November over the years and they are hoping that trend will continue here as they have fallen well short of expectations this season and are a awful 2-6 on the year.
He was sacked six times, which was an unusual development for a Bucs team that only had eight on the season coming into the game.
Up next, the Buccaneers hit the road to Miami to take on the Dolphins Sunday.