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Bucs lead Jets 14-12 after ugly half for both sides

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The best word to describe the two offenses in the Buccaneers-Jets tilt at MetLife Stadium on Sunday is offensive.

The Buccaneers lead 14-12 after a half that featured a lot of turnovers, penalties and assorted other miscues that made lovers of offensive football wince regularly. The Jets closed within two with 34 seconds to play in the half on the first touchdown pass of Geno Smith’s career. It was a seven-yard toss to Kellen Winslow, who had an 18-yard catch to set it up on the previous play.

Those two throws represent some of the best of what Smith has done in his first NFL start. The other column has plenty of representation, however. Smith was intercepted on an overthrown pass, stripped on a sack at his own five-yard line and took an 18-yard loss on another sack when he kept dropping back with nowhere to go. He’s 12-of-20 for 120 yards overall.

His receiving corps has taken a pair of hits after tight end Jeff Cumberland and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley took a pair of hits to the head from safety Dashon Goldson.

Josh Freeman followed Smith’s interception with a horrid throw of his own that was picked off by Dawan Landry. Freeman had pretty much settled down after a rough start to the game at that point, but the interception opened the door back up for the Jets.

There have been 13 accepted penalties for 102 yards between the two teams, slowing whatever momentum either team has been able to get on offense more often than not. It all adds up to a game that looks like it could be decided by which team makes the last big mistake.

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12 Responses to “Bucs lead Jets 14-12 after ugly half for both sides”
  1. green41563 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:44 PM

    Say whatever you want about Geno. But he barely played in the preseason, and he’s completed 60 percent in the first half with a supporting cast that almost everyone says stinks. Could be worse.

  2. bucrightoff says: Sep 8, 2013 2:45 PM

    Thanks for ruining football Mr. Goodell. Two perfectly legal hits but it looks violent so thats a penalty. Just make it illegal to hit over the middle, or be prepared for a spike in knee injuries.

  3. knicksmets says: Sep 8, 2013 2:45 PM

    Geno looked a little shakes but hopefully he can get better, as he goes on especially if Sanchez is injured. If the jets defense can perform like it has in the past there is a little hope

  4. bigbluefan11 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:45 PM

    Hoculi is the ref. They are not real penalties. He just wants his camera time.

  5. ryann252013 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:46 PM

    Lol..ugly? This is a good game from what I’ve seen.

  6. mvpolamalu says: Sep 8, 2013 2:51 PM

    Geno smith is honestly looking really good.

  7. cwk22 says: Sep 8, 2013 3:01 PM

    Ok Jets fans. After watching my Dolphins get only 88 yards in the first half, I take back everything bad I ever said about the Jets.

  8. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Sep 8, 2013 3:25 PM

    loved goldson with our niners but won’t miss his penalties, if this were the 80′s and 90′s he wouldve been perfect and never would’ve been let go BUT in todays era you dont need a great hitting safety with ok coverage skills YOU need a cover safety with GREAT tackling skills!

  9. nyjallfingday says: Sep 8, 2013 4:00 PM

    @bucrightoff

    I may be biased here, but the first PI was the right call, defender hit Cumberland with the top of his helmet, the second was pretty iffy I agree, but I had assumed it was a late hit.

  10. orivar says: Sep 8, 2013 4:09 PM

    Speaking of hits that should be legal, how about that Matt Ryan hit when he was a runner?

    That flag was ridiculous.

  11. green41563 says: Sep 8, 2013 4:30 PM

    And that’s . . . A WIN.

    Get mad, people. Get very, very mad.

  12. blackngold4life says: Sep 8, 2013 7:54 PM

    Ill never crack another Jets joke after that horrific dislplay of Offence by my Steelers..

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