On the other hand
Lost amid the commotion in recent days is the fact Bucs QB Josh Freeman continues an ascent that could result in him soon becoming the most productive quarterback in franchise history. Freeman threw for 210 yards against the Jets on Sunday, giving him 13,173 career passing yards and moving him past Trent Dilfer (12,969) into second place on the team’s all-time list. Freeman needs 1,648 yards to break Vinny Testaverde’s franchise record of 14,820 yards.
Did you know?
Saints QB Drew Brees has won three straight starts against the Bucs, completing 80 of 112 passes (71.4 percent) for 942 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions for a 119 passer rating. In each of his past two games against the Bucs, Brees threw for at least 300 yards and four touchdowns.
By the numbers
Jets QB Geno Smith on Sunday became the first rookie quarterback drafted in the second round or later to throw for at least 250 yards (256) and win on Kickoff Weekend since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
Quote of the day
“It’s all behind me now. I gave it 24 hours and I moved on.’’
Bucs LB Lavonte David, on the personal foul penalty and $7,875 fine for hitting Jets QB Geno Smith out of bounds to help set up New York’s winning field goal
DE Adrian Clayborn was added to the report Thursday after he was limited by a hip injury. LG Carl Nicks (MRSA infection) also was limited. TE Tom Crabtree (ankle) did not participate; FB Erick Lorig (calf) and CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring) were both full go.
Sunday: New Orleans, 4:05 p.m.
Sept. 22: at New England, 1 p.m.
Sept. 29: Arizona, 1 p.m.
Oct. 5: Bye