5 Biggest Takeaways from New York Jets Opener

September 10, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The New York Jets eked out a nutty 18-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in the first week of NFL regular-season play. 
The Jets, who trailed 17-15 with 34 seconds left in regulation, benefited from a catastrophic mistake from Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David. David's lapse in judgment materialized in the form of a late-hit on the Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith. It resulted in a 15-yard penalty that propelled the Jest offense into field-goal range. Nick Folk then booted a 48-yard field goal to move the Jets to an improbable 1-0 start to the season. 
Here are the important takeaways from the Jets' unorthodox first win.
1. Geno Smith was Ready to Play
Smith won the Jets' starting quarterback job essentially by default. Neither he nor incumbent play-caller Mark Sanchez sparkled during the preseason. In fact, both candidates performed rather pathetically when under center for the Jets. However, when Sanchez injured his shoul...

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