As if Revis Bowl 2013 wasn’t enough, now the New York Jets have thrown gas on the already burning flame of Week 1 excitement by drafting QB Geno Smith from West Virginia.
Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, and Tim Tebow are now all active members of the Buccaneers Week 1 opponent.
It’s anyone’s guess who starts the game against Tampa Bay, but we will know this much, there will be a lot of pressure on the shoulders of whoever is under center on September 8th. Added pressure on Gang Green means less pressure on the Buccaneers.
The Jets are under a ton of scrutiny no matter what their record is or who they’re playing. But their front office just keeps adding to the fire. The Buccaneers are expecting to have a good year and pressure will certainly be a factor, but it’s nothing compared to that of New York with all the changes they’ve made this offseason.
The Jets will now have to go through an entire training camp trying to figure out who will start for them at the most important position on the field Week 1. They also have to work on replacing Darrelle Revis, find a way to assimilate their new defensive rookies in CB Dee Milliner and DT Sheldon Richardson, and finally attempt to uncover some sort of weapons at the RB and WR positions.
They have a myriad of question marks, while the Bucs will come in with almost everything set as expected. The Buccaneers have a stable QB, a rebuilt secondary, and a heap of scoring options in Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, and more.
Teams coming in with one or two question marks would have a hard time dealing with the pressure the Jets will be under, let alone a team that has more questions than answers. The Buccaneers should feast on the unknowns the Jets send out in Week 1. A young defense, possibly a rookie quarterback, and the pressure of the world on all of their shoulders, all should add up to a Tampa Bay road win to start out the year.
When the Bucs got Revis, I thought the Bucs instantly jumped out as a huge favorite against the Jets, now with the QB controversy they just created in round two of the draft, the Bucs could easily be double-digit favorites. 1-0 here we come.