The Tampa Bay defense is back! Two sacks, two turnovers and a whole lot of hard hits (including two penalized for unnecessary roughness). The Jets managed just 4 yards per play in the first half, putting up 10 points against a swarming Buccaneers secondary led by Darrelle Revis -- who was back to form, shutting down Santonio Holmes.
The Bucs offense isn't keeping pace, though, as they struggled to deal with the crowd noise, giving up a safety and notching -3 net yards over the first three drives. They made up for it quickly, though, with a Josh Freeman touchdown throw and later a Doug Martin touchdown run after Mason Foster forced a fumble on a sack of Geno Smith.
The run game is a concern so far, with the offensive line looking overwhelmed against a very good New York Jets front seven. Doug Martin has just 30 yards on 11 carries, and that's just not good enough. Add in a Josh Freeman interception on an overthrow after getting hit, and the Bucs are up by just two points despite an impressive statline of 10/14 for 106 yards and a touchdown for Freeman.
The Bucs lead 14-12 as we go into the second half. Can they distance themselves from their first opponents in the regular season?