The New York Jets quarterback changes continued when they announced they would release Brady Quinn on Saturday September 7. For all the talk that Quinn would bring stability to the sidelines week one while Mark Sanchez was injured appears to not be the case. According to CBSsports.com, Brady might be signed next week. The Jets hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1:00 p.m. on Fox. Tampa Bay comes in as a 3.5 point favorite.
The Geno Smith era seems to have gotten off to a rocky start before he has thrown one pass. However, he gets to prove all of his doubters wrong in the confines of his own home. He must remain patient and read through his progressions.
While many think the season is already over, there’s no way that the Jets should concede any game, especially to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on opening day.
They shouldn’t worry about Revis on the other sideline either. If he wasn’t good enough for you to keep, then he shouldn’t be good enough for you to over think your game plan. Earlier in the week, Geno Smith stated as such when he admitted that he didn’t study Darrelle Revis on film.
Sunday’s game is all about the Jets defense. Can they step up to the plate and force turnovers on the much maligned Josh Freeman? While he has had good moments in the NFL, Freeman has made plenty of mistakes throughout his early career. New York needs to pressure the quarterback and create turnovers. That means the New York Jets defensive line will be under heavy scrutiny.
With Geno Smith at the helm early, the Jets need a strong running game as well as defense to win. Offensively, they have the line to open holes for the running backs, Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory. In addition to the running game, the Jets receivers must complement the game plan. It’s not likely that Geno Smith is going to throw it more than 30 times, so the playmakers on the outside have to make the most of their targets.
Tampa Bay has a great second year running back with Doug Martin. He’ll running behind a good offensive line sans Carl Nicks who is sidelined with a staph infection.
The Verdict: The Jets should come out with a lot of fire on Sunday. They’re going to have a viable running game all day long. Geno Smith will be better than expected during his first game and he won’t step out the back of the end zone (hopefully).
New York 27
Tampa Bay 21