Bucs at Jets
1 p.m., MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM; 95.3-FM
Line/over-under: Bucs by 3½; 39½
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By the numbers
1-9 Bucs' record against the Jets; the win was 41-21 in the 1984 finale
7 Passing yards needed by the Bucs' Josh Freeman to pass Trent Dilfer (12,969) for second in franchise history
54.6 Preseason passer rating of Jets rookie Geno Smith, who starts today
62 Points scored by the Jets in a 62-28 win over the Bucs on Nov. 17, 1985, the most allowed in Bucs history
189.9 Passing yards per game allowed by the Jets in 2012, second in the NFL, despite not having Darrelle Revis for 13 games.
What they're saying
The Jets' defense may win them a few games here and there. The offense probably will cost them at least a couple. Geno Smith may be a lights-out QB in this league … eventually. For now, he appears to be in over his head on an undertalented unit.
Chris Burke Sports Illustrated
(Geno Smith) has a tremendous arm. He's smooth. But the real question that remains is whether he is legitimately ready to handle a west coast offense. Given his (three interceptions) against the Giants, I think it is pot luck at this point. And I don't suspect we're going to get a huge game out of him.
Boomer Esiason CBS Sports
The Bucs have spent a fortune in free agency and on the trade for Darrelle Revis, but this team still comes down to whether Josh Freeman can put it all together. Prediction: 7-9.
Bob Glauber New York Newsday
Quarterback Josh Freeman is in a contract year and looking to put together the type of season he had in 2010. Tampa has a budding star in running back Doug Martin, a big-bodied deep threat in Vincent Jackson and has bolstered its porous secondary with the addition of top-shelf talent Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson. In a fluid division, this club is upwardly mobile.
Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times
I know it looks ugly at the moment, Jets fans. But don't forget about last year's opener, when New York scored 48 points in a win over Buffalo after the first-team offense sleepwalked through the preseason. I suppose something similar could happen this year. But I doubt it. Bucs, 24-16.
Don Banks Sports Illustrated
The Jets have offensive issues. The defense has some good players but some holes, too. I look for the Bucs to hit some deep shots down the field with Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. And Doug Martin will get his yards, too. Bucs, 21-13.
Pete Prisco CBS Sports
Bucs coach Greg Schiano returns to New Jersey facing a team that would have a hard time beating Schiano's Scarlet Knights. Tampa has too much for the Jets. The only question is whether Darrelle Revis will be the home team's leading receiver. Bucs, 20-7.
Mike Florio Profootballtalk.com