Week 5 Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12, New York Jets 14
What you need to know
The Buccaneers came into Sunday as one of only four undefeated teams in the NFL, but that came to an end against the wounded Jets. Carnell Williams did not play in the game because of foot and hamstring injuries and the Tampa Bay offense never really found a rhythm. Michael Pittman filled in for Williams and ran for 46 yards on 13 carries and was targeted eight times. The offense was able to move the ball early as Matt Bryant capped off the first and third drive of the game with field goals, but they were unable to put the ball in the end zone the whole game.
Brian Griese was sacked two plays in a row on the second drive of the game, but was only sacked one more time for the remainder of the game and had 27 completions on 47 attempts and one interception. Michael Clayton continued to be a non factor in the game as he was only targeted one time and ended the day with no receptions. Joey Galloway looks like he is Grieseís favorite receiver since he was targeted 11 times and ended up with five catches for 87 yards.
The Buccaneersí defense was able to cause two fumbles and one interception, while the team only turned the ball over once, which is usually a recipe for success, but 11 penalties for 87 yards along with going two of 14 on third down prevented them from winning. Ronde Barber had an interesting day with five tackles, an interception and a personal foul after accidentally punching a referee in the face.
After starting the season 1-3 and depending on Brooks Bollinger to run the offense last week, all eyes were on Vinny Testaverde to get the Jets back on track, and he didnít disappoint the fans. Testaverde and the Jets didnít put up very impressive numbers Sunday, but the team was very effective and eventually took the lead for the first time in the game on the first possession of the second half when Testaverde went three for three and threw for 32 yards in the series. Testaverde finished the day with 169 yards passing and 13 completions on 19 attempts.
Curtis Martin didnít look like his nagging injury was bothering him as he ran for two goal line touchdowns even though he only rushed for 59 yards. His second touchdown was the turning point of the game when coach Herman Edwards decided to forgo the field goal and go for the touchdown on fourth down. With one yard between the Jets and a touchdown, they handed the ball to Martin and he barely got in the end zone when he was hit in the air after leaving his feet.
Laveranues Coles was the only receiver who saw much action for the Jets and was targeted seven times, finishing with six receptions for 89 yards. Although he caught almost half of Vinny Testaverdeís completions, he did not have any big plays in crucial drives.
Herman Edwards will not be very happy with the three turnovers committed by his team, but his defense did sack Griese three times and quickly prevented the Tampa Bay offense from finding a rhythm early, which continued throughout game. The defense was crucial in the Jets win, and Jonathan Vilma led the team with 11 tackles, while Ty Law had the lone interception and Dewayne Robertson had two sacks.
What you ought to know
|QB Brian Griese, Pass: 27 - 42 - 226 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 8 - 0|
Griese had a rough day against the Jetsí defense failing not just to pass for a touchdown but failing to lead his team into the end zone. He threw for 226 yards with 27 completions on 42 attempts. Ty Law intercepted him twice, but one was called back because of a defensive pass interference call. Griese was sacked two plays in a row on the second drive of the game and he never really found a rhythm from that point in the game, even though he was only sacked one more time.
Starting for the injured Cadillac Williams, Pittman did not rush for very many yards ending his day with 46 rushing yards. But he was very involved in the offense and had a productive day for fantasy teams that get points for receptions. He caught seven passes thrown his way, which was two more than any receiver on the team, totaling 41 receiving yards.
Graham was a non fantasy factor only rushing for 18 yards on seven attempts.
|RB Mike Alstott, Rush: 3 - 12 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets)|
Alstott was a non fantasy factor only rushing for 12 yards on three attempts and catching one pass for nine yards.
Galloway has become Brian Grieseís favorite target and seems to be the Buccaneersí only viable passing option. It seems as though Galloway has made the team forget that Michael Clayton is on the team. You know that every time Griese drops back in the pocket at a critical point in the game, he is looking to throw the ball to Galloway, who ended his Sunday with five receptions for 87 yards. His longest catch of the game was for 26 yards, but it was the last play of the game in a desperate attempt to score.
Hilliard was actually targeted seven times but caught five passes for only 27 yards, so he didnít have a very productive day.
Shepherd was a non factor in the game catching one pass for nine yards.
Clayton was a non factor only seeing one target thrown his way that fell incomplete.
Smith had a big first game of the season and has been quiet since, but he has been efficient all year and is becoming a viable tight end on this team. He was targeted eight times by Griese on Sunday and caught five passes for 46 yards with his longest catch for 17 yards.
Becht was not much of a receiving option catching two passes for six yards.
Despite his team losing, Bryant had a great fantasy day kicking four field goals for 35, 36, 43 and 30 yards with no extra points. He made all the field goals that he attempted.
The Buccaneers held Curtis Martin to only 59 rushing yards on 23 attempts but did allow him to run for two goal line touchdowns, one which was the turning point in the game. It looked like the Tampa Bay defense put together a goal line stand, but Herman Edwards decided to go for the end zone on fourth down and Martin barely made it over the goal line when he was hit in the air. Derrick Brooks and Simeon Rice led the run defense with nine tackles and one sack combined.
Vinny Testaverde only threw for 169 yards and one interception against the Tampa Bay pass defense, but he was effective with 13 completions on 19 attempts. The Buccaneers were able to sack Testaverde two times, but they failed to put a lot of pressure on him and he looked pretty comfortable in his first start and was able to make plays when they were needed. Ronde Barber had the lone interception in the game and was second on the team with five tackles.
We are in week five, and Testaverde is the fourth quarterback used by the Jets this year, so weíre guessing all the Jets fans had their fingers crossed in hopes that Testaverde would bring some hope to the ball club, and it looks as though he did. He did not have very impressive fantasy numbers throwing for 163 yards and 13 completions on 19 attempts, but he did seem to have command of the offense, and the players looked like they believed the team could win with him at quarterback. He did not have any touchdowns and he did throw an interception, but he was able to make crucial throws when the Jets needed them.
Martin didnít rush for many yards on Sunday, ending his day with 59 rushing yards on 23 carries, but he did score two touchdowns and one on a crucial fourth down play to give his team the lead in the game. He looked to be running well and was not afraid to throw his body around on the goal line to put his team ahead.
Blaylock has been talked about with Martinís nagging injuries but Martin looked healthy and Blaylock was a non factor in the game, rushing for one yard on three attempts and catching one pass for three yards. He left the game with a broken foot that will reportedly sideline him for a long while.
Coles seems to be the only go to receiver on the team or maybe Testaverde just trusts Coles more to make plays than the other receivers because he was the only receiver on the Jets that put up decent fantasy numbers. He finished his day with six receptions for 89 yards and a long reception of 31 yards in the Jetsí first drive which led to a missed field goal.
Cotchery was not much of a fantasy factor catching two passes for 14 yards.
McCareins was targeted four times but did not have a reception in the game.
Jolley was the most productive tight end for the Jets catching all three passes thrown his was for 46 yards, and his longest catch was for 22 yards in the fourth quarter, but the drive ended with an interception.
Baker only had one catch for 11 yards and was not a much of a fantasy option on Sunday.
Rookie kicker Mike Nugent had a rough day missing a 40 and 48 yard field goal. He made both of his extra points.
Itís hard to say anything bad about a defense that doesnít allow a touchdown to a team that was previously undefeated. The New York Jetsí rush defense only allowed the Buccaneers, who were without Cadillac Williams, to rush for 84 yards. Jonathan Vilma had a good game leading the team with 11 tackles.
Dewayne Robertson sacked Griese on two plays in a row early in the game preventing him from finding a rhythm against the Jetsí defense. The New York defense ended up with three sacks and allowed Griese to throw for 226 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Ty Law had an interception in the second quarter and also had another interception that was called back because of defensive pass interference.