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Jets move past tumultuous offseason to defeat Buccaneers, 18-17

If there is one thing we can say about the New York Jets, you never know what to expect.

Jets coach Rex Ryan seemingly battled back and forth with the New York media leading up to the season opener. He was criticized for playing getting quarterback Mark Sanchez injured by playing him late in a preseason game. New York waited until this past week to name Geno Smith its starter. Oh, and Ryan is on the coaching hot seat and fighting for his job.

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Meanwhile, New York was playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which had veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis in its backfield. New York also had to face Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy in the season opener.

However, the Jets were not the Jets on Sunday.

Smith threw for 256 yards and one touchdown and one interception in his debut during New York’s 18-17 win. Even though Smith was average during the preseason, he led New York to a season-opening victory, despite his team’s defensive collapse toward at the end of Sunday’s game.

While most NFL observers believed the Jets are destined for a disappointing season, New York’s defense created three turnovers against Tampa Bay. New York’s defense pressured Josh Freeman throughout the afternoon, and Tampa Bay’s quarterback did not look sharp. Even Smith did not have the most impressive statistical debut, he led New York on a game-winning drive with 34 seconds remaining.

When it comes to the Jets, you just never know what to expect.

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