Pewter Plank Roundtable: Predictions for Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Jets, Week 1

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Aug 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

For the defense, the focus of most fans and casual observers will be Darrelle Revis. Are you expecting much from Revis in his first game? How much do you think he’ll play?

Ken: I expect Revis to be pretty darn close to the Revis of old in this game. He won’t play as much as everyone is hoping for, but he’ll be out there when he’s needed most. Frankly, I think the Jets are terrified of letting Revis beat them, so they will look to throw away from his receiver as often as possible. Don’t count on an interception, but do expect the Jets top guy (whether it’s Holmes or someone else) to have a rough afternoon.

Matt: Revis’ presence will be definitely noted on the field. He’ll likely cover Santonio Holmes (if he plays) who is the Jets number one receiver and only wide out with any significant playing time in his career. With a rookie in Geno Smith playing quarterback, he’ll likely look at his experienced receiver to make plays, meaning Revis will be involved regularly. I expect a handful of tackles, likely a pass break up in roughly 70% of the defensive snaps for Revis.

Luke: For the amount of money we are paying him, I hope he is the Darrelle Revis from two years ago. I look for him to every snap unless we get up big, then I would have no problem taking him out and give the rookie Johnthan Banks some time.

Michael: I expect Revis will be on a snap count, but during the drills I saw him work in training camp he looked fantastic. I expect to see a lot of him. I would not be surprised to see him grab an INT this week – he knows the enemy offense and players so well. But I also would not be shocked to see the Jets work away from him all game.

Ryan: I think he returns full swing. If Geno tests him, it’s going to be picked off. Revis has had more then enough time for his ACL to heal, and he works harder then any corner in the league. He’s hungry. This is the one sure thing I have about the season and that is that Revis will return to the form of being an All-Pro.

Leo: Don’t get hurt. That’s all I want from Game 1 of the Revis era. Be healthy, play the whole game, have no setbacks. I want to see him in for every snap, as long as the game is competitive, just to prove to himself that he’s really back in action.

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