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Since leading the Bucs to a 10-6 record in 2010, quarterback Josh Freeman is 11-20 as a starter with 39 interceptions.
Tampa Bay’s secondary was historically bad last season. The Bucs allowed an average of 297.4 passing yards per game. Only the 2011 Green Bay Packers allowed more yards (299.8). But Tampa Bay went to great extremes to correct the flaws in the defensive backfield. They traded for cornerback Darrelle Revis, signed safety Dashon Goldson and drafted cornerback Johnthan Banks.
Let's see if Tampa Bay receiver Mike Williams can continue the hot streak he was on at the end of last season. Williams had a touchdown catch in four of the final five games and that helped earn him a large contract extension.
Including quarterback Geno Smith, the Jets are expected to start five rookies Sunday. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Jets started five rookies in a season opener was in 1976.
The storyline of Revis going against his old team has been told plenty of times this week, but there's one statistic that's worth revisiting. Over the past two seasons, the Jets allowed 15 passing touchdowns and had 23 interceptions when Revis was on the field. When Revis wasn’t on the field, the Jets allowed 20 touchdown passes and came up with only seven interceptions.
Five nuggets of knowledge about Sunday’s matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets: Since leading the Bucs to a 10-6 record in 2010, quarterback Josh Freeman is 11-20 as a starter with 39 interceptions.