Recap: Jets 18, Buccaneers 17
Jets 18, Buccaneers 17: Nick Folk kicked a 48-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as host New York won its season opener and spoiled Darrelle Revis' return.
With Geno Smith scrambling along the sideline, linebacker Lavonte David inexplicably shoved the rookie quarterback well out of bounds to draw a 15-yard penalty. The infraction move the Jets into field goal range and Folk drilled the ball between the uprights to send New York (1-0) to an improbable victory.
Smith also benefited from a Buccaneers' drive-extending holding penalty on third down before finishing off a 14-play stretch to set up Folk's 30-yard field goal. The boot gave the Jets a 15-14 lead with 5:09 remaining.
Smith, who completed 24-of-38 passes for 256 yards, tossed a 7-yard touchdown strike to Kellen Winslow just before halftime. The former Tampa Bay tight end led the Jets with seven receptions and 79 yards.
Josh Freeman was wildly inconsistent, but found a reliable target in Vincent Jackson (seven receptions, 154 yards). The pair hooked up on the Buccaneers' final drive, with Jackson using a spin move before bolting upfield for a 37-yard reception. Rian Lindell gave Tampa Bay a 17-15 lead after sailing his 37-yard field goal between the uprights with 38 seconds left.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Signed to a lucrative six-year, $96 million deal in the offseason, Revis made one tackle and had two deflected passes. The four-time Pro Bowl CB was traded to Tampa Bay for the 13th overall selection in the 2013 draft and a conditional pick in 2014. ... RB Doug Martin rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown as the Buccaneers dropped their eighth straight game to New York. ... Tampa Bay was out of sync in the early going, highlighted by a safety after the snap sailed past an unsuspecting Freeman. The QB elected to kick the ball out of the back of the end zone. ... Jackson eclipsed 100 yards receiving for the 20th time in his career - and sixth with the Buccaneers. ... Winslow's touchdown was his first since Week 9 of the 2011 season.