New York Jets vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Game Information
Location: Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Florida
Attendance: 57,911

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) For Ryan Fitzpatrick, beating the New York Jets was not as much about getting the best of his old team as it was helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get back on track.

Filling in for the injured Jameis Winston, the 34-year-old quarterback was steady if not overly impressive in leading the Bucs to a 15-10 victory that snapped a five-game losing streak.

"I didn't play great by any stretch of the imagination. But we won the game, and I'm getting too old now to worry about that other stuff," Fitzpatrick said. "My job filling in right now is to do the best I can and try and grind out wins. That's what we did today."

Tampa Bay (3-6) sacked Josh McCown six times, nearly doubling its total for the entire season. The Jets (4-6) were held to less than 200 yards of offense until late in the fourth quarter, when McCown took to the air almost exclusively after Fitzpatrick's 6-yard touchdown pass to Charles Sims put the Bucs up 15-3.

"The quarterback was getting hit. He wasn't comfortable all day, and that's what football is all about," Bucs cornerback Brent Grimes said. "If you can make the guy that's controlling the game uncomfortable, it's going to be a lot easier for everybody."

Fitzpatrick, facing the team for which he played the past two seasons, completed 17 of 34 passes for 187 yards and was intercepted once.

The 13th-year pro, one of just four players in NFL history to throw TD passes for seven different teams, led a nearly eight-minute drive that produced a field goal in the first quarter. He finished a 15-play, 81-yard march, also lasting more than seven minutes, with his TD pass to Sims.

"Gritty, that's what Ryan is. He's a get-it-done kind of guy. He's going to make some plays that you don't expect him to and he might miss a couple plays you'd like him to make," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. "He's a tough guy. He's a competitor, and you can't have enough of those kinds of guys on your team."

McCown, also facing one of his former teams, was 23 of 39 for 263 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Robby Anderson caught a 38-yard TD pass in the final minute for the Jets, scoring for the fourth straight game to give New York one last chance.

But Tampa Bay's Chris Godwin recovered the ensuing onside kick, ending any hope of New York completing a comeback.

The loss was especially disappointing for the Jets, considering how well they played in beating Buffalo the previous week.

"Very frustrating," McCown said. "(But) we understand this is the National Football League. You've got to bring your A-game every week. We just didn't come out and play at the level we're capable of."

Winston hurt his shoulder on Oct. 15 and made three more starts before the Bucs decided to shut him down for a minimum of two weeks. The Bucs also played without leading receiver Mike Evans, suspended one game by the league for his role in a sideline skirmish the previous week at New Orleans.

In addition to turning the ball over twice and allowing six sacks, the Jets hurt themselves with several costly penalties.

Jets coach Todd Bowles was unable to explain how his team could play so well against the Bills, then struggle against an opponent that had lost five in a row.

"You don't explain it. It's week by week," Bowles said. "You've got to show up every week in this league or you'll get it handed to you. We didn't show up today."

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

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. More than 100 yards came on New York's last two possessions, with McCown throwing on almost every play to try to cut into a 12-point deficit.

SACK CITY

The Bucs entered the game with eight sacks, last in the league. Six players - Robert Ayers Jr., Gerald McCoy, Kendell Beckwith, Darryl Tapp, Clinton McDonald and Will Clarke - got to McCown.

INJURIES

Jets: Played without RB Matt Forte, who didn't practice all week because of swelling in his surgically repaired right knee. ... CB Morris Claiborne left in the first half with a foot injury.

Buccaneers: CB Vernon Hargreaves III left the game in the second half with a sore hamstring and did not return.

UP NEXT

Jets: Bye. Next game at home vs. Carolina on Nov. 26.

Buccaneers: At Miami next Sunday, beginning stretch of three consecutive road games. Rescheduled from Sept. 10 because of Hurricane Irma.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Buccaneers
00:54 Patrick Murray 29 yd FG 0 3

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Buccaneers
00:00 Chandler Catanzaro 47 yd FG 3 3

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Buccaneers
10:42 Patrick Murray 49 yd FG 3 6
00:29 Patrick Murray 37 yd FG 3 9

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Jets Buccaneers
06:05 Charles Sims 6 yd pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (failed 2pt Rush) 3 15
00:28 Robby Anderson 38 yd pass from Josh McCown (Chandler Catanzaro kick) 10 15

Team Stats
  New York Tampa Bay
1st Downs 15 17
Total Yards 275 271
Passing 219 181
Passing Completions/Attempts 23-39 17-34
Yards/Pass 4.9 5.2
Rushing 56 90
Rushing Attempts 19 31
Yards/Rush 2.9 2.9
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Possession 28:06 31:54

New York Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Josh McCown 23 39 262 6.7 1 1

Tampa Bay Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Ryan Fitzpatrick 17 34 187 5.5 1 1

New York Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Bilal Powell 10 30 3.0 0 21
Elijah McGuire 8 22 2.8 0 6
ArDarius Stewart 1 4 4.0 0 4

Tampa Bay Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Doug Martin 20 51 2.5 0 8
Charles Sims 3 20 6.7 0 21
Jacquizz Rodgers 3 12 4.0 0 5
Ryan Fitzpatrick 3 9 3.0 0 7
Peyton Barber 2 -2 -1.0 0 -1

New York Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Robby Anderson 4 85 21.2 1 38
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 6 67 11.2 0 28
Elijah McGuire 4 36 9.0 0 13
Jermaine Kearse 4 35 8.8 0 14
Chad Hansen 3 33 11.0 0 17
Bilal Powell 1 6 6.0 0 6
ArDarius Stewart 1 0 0.0 0 0
Neal Sterling 0 0 0.0 0

Tampa Bay Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
DeSean Jackson 6 82 13.7 0 22
Chris Godwin 5 68 13.6 0 20
Adam Humphries 2 17 8.5 0 13
Charles Sims 3 10 3.3 1 6
Cameron Brate 1 10 10.0 0 10
Doug Martin 0 0 0.0 0
Freddie Martino 0 0 0.0 0

New York Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Darryl Roberts 8 0 0 0
Demario Davis 6 1 0 0
Jamal Adams 5 0 0 0
Buster Skrine 5 0 0 0
Marcus Maye 4 0 0 0
Leonard Williams 3 1 1 6
Freddie Bishop III 3 3 0 0
Darron Lee 3 1 0 0
Steve McLendon 3 2 0 0
Jordan Jenkins 2 1 0 0
Josh Martin 2 1 0 0
Morris Claiborne 1 0 0 0
Muhammad Wilkerson 1 0 0 0
Robby Anderson 0 0 0 0
Terrence Brooks 0 0 0 0
Kony Ealy 0 0 0 0
Lachlan Edwards 0 0 0 0
Rashard Robinson 0 0 0 0

Tampa Bay Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Lavonte David 7 1 0 0
Justin Evans 6 1 0 0
Gerald McCoy 4 0 2 14
Ryan Smith 4 0 0 0
Kwon Alexander 3 1 0 0
Robert Ayers Jr. 3 0 0 0
Chris Baker 3 0 0 0
Brent Grimes 3 0 0 0
T.J. Ward 3 0 0 0
Kendell Beckwith 2 0 1 8
Darryl Tapp 2 0 1 6
Vernon Hargreaves III 2 1 0 0
Will Clarke 1 0 1 8
Clinton McDonald 1 0 1 7
Javien Elliott 1 0 0 0
Peyton Barber 0 0 0 0
Chris Conte 0 1 0 0
Chris Godwin 0 0 0 0
Freddie Martino 0 0 0 0
Josh Robinson 0 0 0 0
Ryan Russell 0 0 0 0
Keith Tandy 0 0 0 0

New York Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Darryl Roberts 1 0 0

Tampa Bay Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Brent Grimes 1 28 0

New York Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
JoJo Natson Jr. 3 54 18.0 0 24

Tampa Bay Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Chris Godwin 0.0

New York Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
JoJo Natson Jr. 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2

Tampa Bay Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Bernard Reedy 3 48 16.0 0 44

New York Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Chandler Catanzaro 1 1 100.0 47

Tampa Bay Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Patrick Murray 3 3 100.0 49

New York Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Lachlan Edwards 7 354 59

Tampa Bay Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Bryan Anger 6 260 59