» Last meeting: In a defensive struggle, the Jets outlasted the Buccaneers, 14-12, in Week 5 of 2005.
» Streaks: The Jets have owned the Bucs, enjoying a decisive 8-1 overall series edge.
» Last week: New York found Canada to its liking, beating the Bills, 19-13, at Toronto's Rogers Centre. ... Tampa Bay lost its offense in Carolina, suffering a 16-6 defeat.
Keep your eye on ...
Rex Ryan's scheme against Josh Freeman: Ryan loves to bring the blitz from all angles and fluster young quarterbacks. Freeman seemed confused at times against Carolina last week, and Ryan will no doubt have something special in store for the rookie signal-caller.
Barrett Ruud's steady play in the middle: The Jets are primarily a rushing team, and if the Bucs can keep New York's ground game under wraps, they will have a much better chance of winning. Ruud is the main man responsible for making Tampa Bay's defensive calls, and it is up to him to get the unit in the right set to combat Thomas Jones and Co.
Did you know?
Thomas Jones needs one more rushing TD to become the first Jet since Johnny Hector in 1987-88 to record consecutive seasons with 10-plus scores on the ground. ... New York CB Darrelle Revis has an interception in two straight games. ... Bucs CB Ronde Barber is the only player in league history with 25-plus sacks and 35-plus interceptions. ... If the playoffs started today, the Jets would be on the outside looking in (the Bucs have been eliminated). Get an updated look at the postseason picture.