The old Jets quarterback got the best of the new Jets quarterback.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, subbing in for an injured Jameis Winston, directed the Bucs (3-6) to an ugly 15-10 win over Josh McCown and the Jets in Tampa on Sunday afternoon.
The win snapped a 5-game losing streak by the Bucs and dropped the Jets to 4-6 entering their bye week. It was Gang Green’s fourth loss in the last five weeks after a promising start.
McCown was sacked six times by a team that came into the game with only eight sacks on the season.
Only a McCown to Robby Anderson 38-yard touchdown in the final minute made the final score look better than it was as the Jets offense was awful throughout.
Josh McCown was sacked six times as the Jets offense stumbles in ugly loss in Tampa Sunday.
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The Jets recorded just 15 first downs, gained 275 yards (70 on the final drive) and turned the ball over twice.
Make no mistake, though, both teams were punchless on offense.
Fitzpatrick was simply able to convert a few Bucs possessions into field goals before finally throwing a 6-yard TD pass to Charles Sims with 6:05 to play in the fourth quarter to stretch the Tampa lead to 15-3.
He is one of just four players in NFL history to throw TD passes for seven different teams. Fitzpatrick, 34, had a career year for Gang Green in 2015 when he set a franchise record with 31 touchdown passes.
Ex-Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick does enough to earn the Bucs the win.
McCown actually had slightly better numbers than the former Jet. McCown finished 23-39 for 262 yards with a TD and a pick while Fitz threw for 187 yards. He also had both a TD and an interception.
McCown was also playing against one of his former teams. The journeyman QB, who has been with 10 franchises over 15 seasons, was 1-10 as a starter with the Bucs three years ago.
Both teams were without key weapons on offense. The Bucs were without leading receiver Mike Evans (1-game league suspension) while running back Matt Forte was out of the Gang Green lineup with a knee injury.
With The Associated Press