1. Get off to a quick start
For the past few seasons, the Buccaneers have been plagued with slow starts. This can not happen for the Buccaneers to be successful Sunday vs. the New York Jets. Josh Freeman and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan need to find a good rhythm early and orchestrate scoring drives.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Buccaneers need to find a way to get off the field on 3rd downs. Allowing sustained drives to Geno Smith and the Jets will only allow them to feel more comfortable and confident.
2. Establish the run
In 2012, when Doug Martin rushed for 95 yards or more, the Buccaneers were an impressive 5-1. If the Buccaneers can get Doug Martin rolling early Sunday , look for Josh Freeman to take advantage of the Jets aggressive defense and dial-up some deep balls coming off play action. Not only can a successful rush game open up play action, more importantly, it keeps our defense rested and the New York Jets offense off the field.
3. Win the turnover battle
If Josh Freeman can take care of the ball, and the new look Buccaneers’ secondary can create a few splash plays, look for a blow out in New York. I cant wait to see how Darrelle Revis, Dashon Goldson, and Mark Barron play together Sunday afternoon. They have the potential to be the difference compared to last seasons’ Tampa Bay team.
4. Make Geno Smith uncomfortable
Marty Mornhinweg, the Jets offensive coordinator is going to try to simplify the game for rookie starting quarterback Geno Smith. I would imagine the Jets are going to try to establish the run with Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory while sprinkling in a few quick 3-step drops to get Geno acclimated to the speed of the game.
Bill Sheridan and Greg Schiano need to find a way to make sure that the Buccaneers pounce on the Jets rookie quarterback and make life miserable for him in the pocket. The Buccaneers cant afford to let Geno Smith get comfortable and build confidence throughout the game.
Look for the Bucs to throw the “kitchen sink” at the young quarterback and see if he can handle it. I predict a good amount of blitzes trying to fluster Geno into mistakes.