The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead the New York Jets 14-12 at half time in the opening game of the 2013 NFL season.
It’s been an up-and-down Bucs performance, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.
Josh Freeman has done nothing to calm the questions surrounding his consistency as we have seen the best, and worst, of Freeman in the opening 30 minutes.
The good: he has completed 10 of 14 passes for 106 yards with a touchdown. He’s hooked up with Vincent Jackson 4 times for 78 yards and threw a beautiful ball to Mike Williams in the end zone for the opening touchdown of the Bucs season.
The bad though has shone through as well. No communication early on forced the Bucs to use two timeouts in the opening couple of minutes of the game, although it must be noted that his helmet wasn’t working properly.
He also wildly overthrew Jackson for an interception that led to the Jets only touchdown.
The defense for the Bucs has been brilliant. Gerald McCoy has been a monster up front causing lots of breakdowns in the Jets passing game.
Mason Foster set up the Bucs second touchdown of the game as he sacked Smith at the Jets five yard who fumbled and the ball was recovered by Akeem Spence. Doug Martin ran it into the end zone on the next play for a 5 yard score.
Darrelle Revis has played all game and has two pass break ups. Lavonte David picked off a pass in the second quarter while Dashon Goldson has two personal fouls, both for big hits that Ed Hochuli and his crew deemed to be dangerous.
The Bucs have seen two recurring problems from last year return in the opening half. The third and long defense is still giving up first downs, and the Bucs are taking self-inflicting penalties; they have nine penalties for 67 yards.