TAMPA — Here's the Times' Bucs coverage team's analysis of Tampa Bay's 15-10 win over the New York Jets Sunday at Raymond James Stadium:
PUTTING ON THE FITZ
Rick Stroud, @NFLStroud: It wasn't ugly. Lipstick on a pig stuff. But Ryan Fitzpatrick helped the Bucs eat a W. Mum Mum. Three field goals by Patrick Murray and a TD pass to Charles Sims was enough to snap a five-game losing streak. The real story was the play of the defense, especially Lavonte David, who recovered another fumble. It helped that Jets QB Josh McCown still can't win at RJS.
Greg Auman, @gregauman: Big game for Bucs defense, which came up huge with six sacks and consistent play on third down. It didn't matter that the offense could only muster field goals until the fourth quarter. Maybe this team can pick up momentum in the second half for a better 2018.
WHO NEEDS PRETTY?
Tom Jones, @tomwjones: It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was ugly. So what? The Bucs snap a five-game losing streak. They win their third of the year and we're going to complain HOW? Heck with that. Good defense and just good enough from Fitzpatrick and, well sure, a bad opponent added up to a win. And a win is a win no matter how it looks.
AHOY! A SACK ATTACK!
Martin Fennelly, @mjfennelly: I mostly listened to this game on the radio, but I know a pass rush when I hear one. Football is a simple game. You get to the quarterback and you have a chance to win every week. Our old friend, Josh McCown, might as well have had an apple in his mouth. Bucs win. It can work like that some Sundays.
MARTIN'S NOT THE PROBLEM
Thomas Bassinger, @tometrics: Today's win should put the Doug Martin questions to rest, at least for a little while. The running back was instrumental in the Bucs' fourth-quarter touchdown drive, which proved to be the difference in the game. Before Fitzpatrick's touchdown pass, Martin carried the ball on four straight plays and gained 21 yards. Outside of that drive, the Bucs struggled to run the ball efficiently (2.9 yards per carry), but that's a problem that goes deeper than Martin.
A GIFT HORSE
Ernest Hooper, @hoop4you: When a team tries to hand you a victory, you have to take it. The Jets offense did all it could to give this win to the Bucs, and while the Tampa Bay offense struggled to cash in on New York's errant ways, it finally put up enough points to seal the game. Credit the Bucs defense for a stout effort against the run and recording six sacks, nearly doubling its season total.