Revis Island Putting Up No-Fly Zone For The Jets
By Christopher Scali
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head up to New York to face off against the Jets in a Week 1 contest. Despite the Bucs preseason record of 1-3, they are ready to play. Tampa Bay has signed former Jets CB Darrelle Revis to a new six-year, $96 million contract, picked up safety Dashon Goldson from San Francisco and selected rookie corner Johnthan Banks out of Mississippi State during the second round of the draft. The Bucs have some big stars on defense this year and the unit may give the Jets some trouble both through the air and on the ground. In the 2012 season, the Buccaneers defense allowed 16.5 points per game and 224.2 yards per game - 121.5 passing yards and 102 rushing yards. The Bucs had one of the worst defenses in the league overall and I personally hope that with some new stars in the secondary, the team will shine in 2013.
For this game, the spotlight is completely on Revis, and as soon as he steps on that field, he will be hungry to pick off Jets rookie QB Geno Smith. In a game in which Revis is going to have plenty of adrenaline due to his homecoming against the team that drafted him, I am predicting two interceptions for this strong veteran. With Revis on the field, the Jets are going to be very timid flying that football over that hungry and revamped Tampa Bay defense.
They say that "defense wins championships" and this could very well be the year that the Buccaneers finish with a record better than 7-9. Revis knows how the Jets offense operates and he will be anticipating every move that rookie Geno Smith makes. I have a feeling that Revis will be two steps ahead in this game and that he will be giving Smith a "no-fly zone" in Week 1. When all is said and done, Smith will throw twice as many interceptions as he will touchdowns on Sunday.
Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman and company are looking for a 1-0 start against the Jets, who Tampa has not beaten since 2006 at Raymond James Stadium. The Jets are leading this series 8-2 lifetime. The Bucs are very hungry to spear down the Jets to get that first win and as I am sure we all know by now, Freeman has a lot of pressure going into this game. During the 2012 season, Freeman had a total of 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions but this is a fresh season for him and he is hungry for a playoff appearance. That would certainly get cool down his seat a bit, wouldn't it? Freeman has many weapons this season that he will go to early and often on Sunday and I believe the Buccaneers will have a field day with this Jets defense. With that being said, this is going to be an easy win for Tampa Bay. I am predicting that the Bucs will come away victorious 38-10.