New York Jets v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse #10 of the New York Jets fails to haul in a pass in the end zone by quarterback Josh McCown while getting pressure from cornerback Vernon Hargreaves #28 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of an NFL football game on November 12, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

In an ugly game in Tampa Bay, the New York Jets limp into their BYE week at 4-6 after an ugly offensive showing.

  • New York Jets: 10 (4-6)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 15 (3-6)
  • NFL Week 10, Final, Box Score
  • Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

The New York Jets were cocky, arrogant and perhaps editing too many #JetsDanceToAnything videos over their mini-BYE week. Well, this is a classic good news vs. bad news scenario.

The bad news is the Jets’ postseason hopes are nearly toast after losing their sixth game of the season. The good news? They can get back to their dance moves heading into their Week 11 BYE week.

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In Week 10 of the NFL season, revenge was on the mind of multiple players involved in this game, yet that didn’t result in much offensively. In one of the ugliest games of the season, there are few highlights to show.

Early in the second quarter, Josh McCown tried to go to his favorite receiver Robby Anderson deep, but it resulted in a Brent Grimes interception which he returned 28 yards to the Jets 32-yard line.

How would the Jets defense respond? The answer to that question was discovered one mere play later …

The former New England Patriot Darryl Roberts came away with his first career interception. Unfortunately, the Jets offense couldn’t capitalize with their fifth third-and-out of the game.

The poor flow offensively would continue for both teams throughout the contest:

  • Both teams finished with 12 drives apiece
  • Less than 220 yards passing for both teams
  • Yards per play (sub-4.5 for Jets and Bucs) were abysmal as well

A real plus in this game was getting back cornerback Morris Claiborne who missed the Jets’ last game against the Buffalo Bills. Throughout this game, he shadowed top wideout DeSean Jackson in this game and really marginalized his impact, which was vital considering that star wideout Mike Evans was suspended for this game.

Sadly, Claiborne’s foot injury was reaggravated and the corner didn’t return following his injury in the first half.

Fast forward through the epic battle of the field goal and finally, the first touchdown of the game was scored, although it wasn’t for Gang Green.

Ryan Fitzpatrick did a simple play action route and Charles Sims runs right by Demario Davis for the easy, walk-in touchdown.

This is something that has plagued Davis throughout his career, although he has made improvements in this area throughout this season.

The two-point conversion would prove unsuccessful, making it a 15-3 ball game with just over six minutes left in the contest.

Something we marked as a key to the game in our pregame coverage wasn’t executed until late in the fourth quarter: Feed Austin Seferian-Jenkins the ball. It’s a head-scratching decision from offensive coordinator John Morton; maybe ASJ should yell at him in the postgame? He did say he was cool with that from his players …

He finished with six receptions for 67 yards, all of which came in the final moments of the game. That’s unacceptable.

Although believe it or not there was a Jets highlight, it just came in garbage time.

Make that four straight games that Anderson has come away with a touchdown, so at least that streak continues for the Jets.

But it was too little, too late and the Jets comeback bid fell just short losing to the lowly Buccaneers.

While the Jets had dreams of snapping their postseason drought, the reality was a brutal truth on the road. Speaking of road trips, things are only going to get tougher for Gang Green with games against the Carolina Panthers, the Kansas City Chiefs, and then two road games against the Denver Broncos and the New Orleans Saints.

More bad news,  as the Jets have likely pushed themselves out of premiere draft positioning as well. Purgatory and mediocrity is the worst place you can be in the NFL and the Jets will embrace the loneliness of that during their bye week.

 NEXT: Remembering New York Jets' First Visit to Raymond James Stadium 


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Paul A. Esden, Jr.

People call me Boy Green for my unwavering dedication to all things New York Jets. I work at The Score 1260 in Syracuse and I’m extremely passionate about sports. I aspire to continue my rise through the business and hopefully I’ll end up working for the New York Jets in some capacity.