Here are three plays from Sundays 15-10 loss to the Buccaneers that we took a closer look at on the coaches tape:
Second quarter, 1:10 left, Jets have the ball, second-and-10 from the Buccaneers 12
The Jets mounted their best drive just before halftime. They got the ball all the way down to the 12, but then started going backward. This was one of six sacks the Jets gave up.
The Jets lined up with three wide receivers to the right and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins split to the left. Josh McCown was in shotgun with Elijah McGuire on his left.
The Buccaneers had three defensive linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs. At the snap, Kwon Alexander blitzed from McCowns right and Kendell Beckwith came flying around right tackle Brandon Shell. McCown went to his left, looking for Seferian-Jenkins, who was covered in the end zone. Tampa had McGuire, the checkdown, double covered.
Shell barely slowed Beckwith down on his way to McCown and an 8-yard loss that pushed the Jets into third-and-long and had them eventually settle for a field goal.
Fourth quarter, 10:30 left, Buccaneers have the ball, third-and-15 from their own 39
The Buccaneers had a 9-3 lead and were driving. But a stop here would have given the Jets the ball back with the chance to take the lead. A holding call had put Tampa in bad down-and-distance. The Jets failed to take advantage.
This was a perfect call by Tampa that was perfectly executed. The Jets had dime personnel on the field, expecting a pass. They had six defensive backs, three linebackers and two defensive linemen.
Tampa came out with two wide receivers to the left and then motioned tight end Cameron Brate to the left. Ryan Fitzpatrick was in shotgun with Charles Sims to his left.
The Buccaneers ran a power sweep to the left, and it worked because the Jets had a lot of defensive backs on the field who ended up getting blocked by linemen.
The key block came from Brate, who crashed down on defensive end Kony Ealy, who should have been setting the edge. Instead, Ealy got blown inside. Left tackle Donovan Smith and left guard Evan Smith pulled to the outside. Donovan Smith blocked Jamal Adams, and Evan Smith ran over Terrence Brooks, both obvious mismatches. The puzzling one here is what Juston Burris is doing. He ran inside with the receiver, almost like he thought it was a pass. He took himself completely out of the play.
The result was a clear running lane for Sims, who picks up the first down and kept the drive alive. The Buccaneers ended up scoring a touchdown to put the game away.
Fourth quarter, 6:10 left, Buccaneers have the ball, third-and-3 from the Jets 7
This was the same drive as the previous play. The Buccaneers got to the red zone, but the Jets push them to third down. The Jets were trying to force a field goal to keep some hope of a comeback alive.
Tampa came out with two wide receivers left and one on the right. Fitzpatrick was in shotgun with Sims to his right.
The Jets had their nickel personnel in with five defensive backs, four linebackers and two defensive linemen.
The key player on this play was linebacker Demario Davis. He was lined up on the left side of the defense outside of the tackle, inside teammate Josh Martin. At the snap, Davis took a few steps forward like he was blitzing. He seemed to then realize Sims was running a pass pattern to the flat. It was too late, and he couldnt recover. Fitzpatrick had an easy throw to Sims for the score with Josh Martin a second too late getting to Fitzpatrick.