During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a break down of what to watch out for on gameday. Obviously there haven't been any Bucs games for me to chart so far this year, so we're going to have to speculate more than usual based on what we saw last year and in preseason...

In the first game of the year, it's difficult to know what to expect, so I'll just be talking in general terms about Tampa's basic schemes and their strengths and weaknesses in terms of personnel.

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what the Jets need to look out for.

Quarterbacks

Josh Freeman's 2012 season was actually pretty similar to Mark Sanchez's 2011 season. The numbers weren't too far off, but it was more the way that the season unraveled. Each made a solid start, because more inconsistent after the first month or so and then fell off completely over the last three games. The major difference was that, while the Jets opted to extend Sanchez after 2011, the Bucs backed away from their plans to extend Freeman. He therefore enters the final season of his contract with a lot to prove and it will be interesting to see how his performance compares with Sanchez's post-extension. As Sanchez's performance suggests, a drop-off at the end of a season can carry over - although let's not forget that Sanchez was stellar in last year's opener.

Offensive Line

The absence of Carl Nicks at left guard ensures that this is a position of uncertainty for the Bucs, especially on the interior. Jeremy Zuttah and Davin Joseph have played together plenty of times, although Zuttah (the current center) was often at left guard. Neither of them has played much with Nicks' replacement, Gabe Carimi. Carimi is hoping to become the latest disappointing high draft pick at tackle to make the switch inside. Joseph, who will be 30 in November, missed all of last season with a knee injury and played just 10 snaps in preseason, so their chemistry will be tested. Carimi will have his hands full with Muhammad Wilkerson, the player he was drafted one pick ahead of in 2011.

At tackle, the Bucs are pretty solid. Donald Penn might be best known for guaranteeing the Bucs would win the Super Bowl in 2011, but is a former Pro Bowler and solid player. On the right side Demar Dotson became a full time starter for the first time last year and didn't fare too badly, although he was a little prone to penalties (his 10 had him tied with Carimi for 8th among tackles).

Running Backs

Doug Martin had an outstanding rookie season and is obviously a big threat to rack up yardage or break long plays at any time. The splits seem to indicate his strength is running between the tackles, especially over the left side, so it will be interesting to see how the Jets line can hold up against that, especially with the uncertainty on the Bucs' interior. Martin played just eight snaps in preseason following a concussion.

The Bucs have veteran depth at running back with Brian Leonard and Peyton Hillis available, although both have seen their careers go off the rails a bit in the last few years, especially Hillis. In fact, Hillis would probably have been inactive if not for an eye injury to rookie Mike James. Erik Lorig is the fullback and played 40% of the time last year, but he did not make the trip, so Leonard and Hillis will have to fill that role.

Receivers

Vincent Jackson is now 30, but shows no signs of slowing down. His Pro Bowl season last year slipped under the radar, but he's still sure-handed and as much of a deep threat as he ever was. He only had one catch on five targets in preseason, though. I'd expect Antonio Cromartie to draw this assignment. Mike Williams is listed as the other starter and he's no slouch either, falling just four yards shy of a 1,000 yard season last year. He's a downfield threat too.

In reserve, they have Kevin Ogletree, who exploded on opening day last year (eight catches, 114 yards and two touchdowns), so the Jets should be wary of another fast start from the veteran. He only surpassed 50 receiving yards two other times all season though.

At tight end, they are hurt by Tom Crabtree's absence. Starter Luke Stocker is viewed as more of a blocker, but does have 28 catches in two seasons in the NFL. At 6'6" he could be a red zone target, although he only has one touchdown so far in his career.

Defensive Line

Much has been made of the Bucs number one ranked defense against the run. Since the Bucs had such a poor secondary, some people have questioned whether they simply didn't give up as much yardage on the ground because teams knew they could successfully attack them through the air. While there's always merit in such a suggestion, the analytical sites take this into account and, while they may no longer have viewed them as the best run defense in the league, still rated them highly (Football Outsiders = 3rd, PFF = 8th).

However, the defensive line has been somewhat overhauled. The strength of last year's team was Gerald McCoy and Michael Bennett, who PFF ranked 5th and 7th at their respective positions against the run. McCoy, the third overall pick in 2010, had a great season last year and went to the Pro Bowl. They'll be relying on him to repeat that. Bennett, however, is now a Seattle Seahawk and the reps at the two defensive end positions now look set filled by Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Adrian Clayborne. Te'o-Nesheim started every game from week three onwards last year after playing sparingly in his first two seasons in the league. Clayborne had a decent rookie season (7.5 sacks) but is a definite step down from Bennett against the run.

The other tackle position could be manned by rookie Akeem Spence, but the Bucs did also bring back Gary Gibson last week. Gibson started one game last year and was solid against the run in a rotational role. The Bucs also have contributors off the bench in the shape of Da'Quan Bowers, who is usually employed as a situational pass rusher and Derek Landri, a solid hand at defensive tackle. Rookie William Gholston showed promise in preseason.

Linebackers

The back seven for the Bucs has been completely overhauled over the last two years. Back in 2011, rookie Mason Foster was an every down player and it was apparently too much of a role for him to handle. Last year, however, the Bucs drafted Lavonte David in the second round and his excellent play against the run and in coverage meant that Foster didn't need to be an every down player. Foster responded with a much better year, made more impact plays and - while Pro Bowl talk was probably premature - established himself as a key player for the Bucs. Dekoda Watson and Adam Hayward started nine games between them last year, so they should man the other spot. Look for Watson to get the nod. Jonathan Casillas adds veteran depth.

Defensive Backs

The defensive backfield has also been completely rebuilt. Back in 2011, they missed an unfathomable amount of tackles - 102. That's the secondary alone. By way of a comparison, the entire Steelers team missed just 69. This improved last year, although not by much - they still had 81 missed tackles in the secondary, with rookie Mark Barron (13) one of the chief culprits. Two other culprits, EJ Biggers and Ronde Barber (28 between them) are gone though, with big money spent on ex-49er Dashon Goldson to shore up the secondary even further. He isn't immune to mistakes though - he missed 15 tackles himself, including three in the playoffs. Barron made a solid finish to last season with just one missed tackle in the last five games, so last year's 7th overall pick should be expected to make strides in his second year.

At cornerback, Leonard Johnson made six starts last year and played fairly well. He figures to start with Biggers and Eric Wright gone. Rookie Johnthan (yes, I did spell that right) Banks will push him for time. Those two started all four preseason games and Michael Adams was the main guy in the slot. I honestly don't know who will be the slot guy on Sunday.

Oh, and they have this guy called Revis, but I can't see him being a factor, can you?

Special Teams

Veteran Michael Koenen is the punter and also handles kickoffs. He ranks in the middle of the pack as a punter and gave up the 5th most return yards in the league last year. Ryan Lindell joins them as placekicker after a decade in Buffalo. He was released just one year into a four year contract that he signed last February. Undrafted rookie Eric Page is listed as the team's kickoff and punt returner. He averaged 12 yards per punt return and 27.3 per kickoff return in preseason, despite not having a punt return over 20 yards or a kickoff return over 40.

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I'll be back tomorrow to recap the game!

Stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at a tough loss to the New England Patriots. The guys discuss the brutal mistakes by the Jets which kept the Pats in the game, and the blown call at the goal line involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Plus, Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon joins the show to talk about the struggles of Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams, and his role on the team. Later, Brian Costello of the New York Post calls in to give his take on the loss to NE, and how the Jets missed out on Deshaun Watson.

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Vacc's 3 Keys to a Jets win 00:01:37
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) congratulates wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) (Scott Galvin)
Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) congratulates wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) (Scott Galvin)

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THE GAME

The Jets (3-3) vs. the Miami Dolphins (3-2) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It will be hot, as usual, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s. It will also be windy, with sustained winds of 15-20 m.p.h. expected. And as always in Miami, there could be some late afternoon thunderstorms that potentially could impact the second half of the game.

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In the latest episode of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former NFL running back Curtis Martin recalls some of the most dramatic moments of his life, including two near-death experiences, as well as his relationship with Bill Parcells, Bob Kraft, and the infamous trade that sent him from the Patriots to the Jets.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets vs. Miami 00:01:54
With Muhammad Wilkerson likely a game-time decision to play Sunday, Jeane Coakley talks to Leonard Williams about stepping up his game.

 

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The last time the Jets had Bilal Powell in the lineup, at full strength, he ran all over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Forced into the lead back role with Matt Forte sidelined, he ran for 163 yards on 7.8 yards per carry, including a 75-yard touchdown run.

He's back this week in time for the Jets game in Miami on Sunday, and so is Forte, with both apparently as close to full strength as they're going to be. But the Jets can't revert to their old habit of splitting their backfield duties.

They need Powell to carry the load.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, and will be a game-time decision, head coach Todd Bowles said on Friday.

Wilkerson played through his shoulder injury in Weeks 4 and 5, and didn't practice throughout those weeks, so this might be the same scenario.

However, Bowles added that the team has discussed the possibility of giving Wilkerson one or two weeks off.

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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins runs the ball against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins runs the ball against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today:

Need to know

The Jets are preparing for the trip to Miami, so there will be no media access at Florham Park on Friday. The entire term, apart from Muhammad Wilkerson, practiced without limitation yesterday, so they are in good shape for the road trip.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will preview the game and send his three keys. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Miami Dolphins, Jordan Leggett, Muhammad Wilkerson
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets defense 00:01:25
Ralph Vacchiano reports in from Jets practice to address the question that is on everyone's mind; when will the Jets finally get a sack?

 

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Jenkins on overcoming addiction 00:03:29
On Jets Game Plan, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins sits down with Jeane Coakley to share about how he overcame his battle with addiction.

 

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- On the day the Jets re-signed Muhammad Wilkerson in the summer of 2016 to a blockbuster, five-year, $86 million contract, they made it clear they were banking on him and not Sheldon Richardson. Fourteen months later, Richardson was traded.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

RB Bilal Powell, who missed last week's game due to a calf injury, practiced on Thursday and will return when the Jets face the Dolphins on Sunday in Miami, head coach Todd Bowles said.

DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe) was the only Jets player who didn't practice on Thursday.

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Powell should hopefully give a boost to the Jets' struggling running game, although I suspect the team's inability to get the running game going has more to do with how overmatched the Jets have been in the trenches...

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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

He may be one of the most productive tight ends in football at the moment, but Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins admits his career was taking a dive before joining the Green and White. 

Seferian-Jenkins has caught 23 passes over the last four weeks of the season. It could be more if he didn't have to serve a two-game suspension that stems from his DUI arrest last September when he was with the Buccaneers.

But ASJ doesn't mind the numbers. He is happy that he is still playing the game he loves in the first place. 

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The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park. Will Bilal Powell, Muhammad Wilkerson, or Robby Anderson return to practice after sitting out on Wednesday?

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings...

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DNL: 2017 Jets season so far 00:02:58
The DNL panel discusses the Jets' season so far including if Todd Bowles deserves more credit and which player has disappointed the most.

 

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 (Dennis Schneidler)
(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets featured many key players out during practice Wednesday including RB Bilal Powell, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, and WR Robby Anderson. 

Powell, who is nursing a calf injury, stretched with the team, but he didn't participate in anything else. He already missed last week with the same injury.

Wilkerson played through his shoulder injury in Weeks 4 and 5, He didn't practice throughout those weeks, so this might be the same scenario for No. 96...

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Daily News Live: Cool your Jets 00:03:02
The DNL panel discusses how the controversial play and loss to the Patriots could affect the Jets' mentality going into Week 7.

The DNL panel discusses how the controversial play and loss to the Patriots could affect the Jets' mentality going into Week 7.

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice on Thursday and Friday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors...

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Daily News Live: Colon 00:01:10
Willie Colon's sources at the meeting between NFL owners and Roger Goodell on anthem protests say no progress was made Tuesday.

SNY's Willie Colon said sources told him that players felt "nothing was accomplished" during a meeting on Tuesday between the NFL, executives, players, and the NFL Players' Association.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

After a hot start to his rookie season, Jets S Jamal Adams became the latest victim of Patriots' star TE Rob Gronkowski in the Jets' 24-17 loss on Sunday. 

Adams had troubles with Gronk from the beginning of the game. The Jets had a 14-0 lead when Patriots QB Tom Brady launched a ball toward the back of the end zone intended for Gronkowski. Adams made a play on the ball, but refs said that he made too much contact with the 6-foot-6 tight end resulting in a pass interference call.

Dion Lewis would score on the next play, and Adams was still surprised as to why the refs threw the flag. 

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets gave a good account of themselves and, despite some glaring weaknesses, continue to prove that they're a more talented group than most people gave them credit for before the season. Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' loss to the Patriots in Week 6:

Defensive Line

The defensive line once again didn't make any major contributions, with New England rushing for 118 yards at an average of 4.7 per carry and officially surrendering just four quarterback hits and no sacks. However, that was partly due to the Jets' gameplan. They didn't blitz much, sending just four rushers on average. And some of the bigger runs they gave up came with pass defense personnel on the field or one of Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson on the bench...

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (Ben Margot/AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (Ben Margot/AP)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets are off today.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice on Thursday and Friday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors...

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Daily News Live: Reffed Up 00:03:44
The Daily News Live panel discusses the controversial "fumble" call on Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the Jets' loss.

 

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New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets assigned wide receiver Jalin Marshall to the practice squad on Monday after they waived him on Saturday.

Marshall, who served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, was waived to make room for cornerback Xavier Coleman on the team's active roster for Sunday's 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

The 22-year-old Marshall recorded 14 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games last season. He also returned 18 punts for 100 yards and 13 kickoffs for 324 yards.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The decision to turn an Austin Seferian-Jenkins' touchdown on Sunday into a hard-to-explain fumble and touchback was a "clear and obvious" decision, according to the replay official who made the call.

Al Riveron, the NFL's senior VP of officiating, strongly defended his call in a conference call with reporters on Monday morning, one day after it impacted the Jets' 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots. He said the reversal of the touchdown after a video review was absolutely the correct decision based on the rule, and he didn't see anything controversial about it.

"No doubt about it, it was clear and obvious," Riveron said. "And we use that (standard) for every replay. Unless it's clear and obvious to us, we will not change the ruling on the field, and this definitely met that criteria."

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Jets QB Josh McCown got off to a hot start on Sunday, but couldn't hold on to the lead as the Patriots earned the win on the road. 

The Jets jumped to a quick, 14-0 lead in the first half. However, the offense couldn't get anything going allowing Tom Brady to do what he does best and get the Pats the lead back. 

"Obviously we broke stride there and didn't keep pace the way we'd like," McCown told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "We have some short-yardage situations that we have to find a way to convert and be better at. We weren't converting and (we were) putting our defense right back out there. You can't give Tom (Brady) that many chances."

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)

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While much of the attention from the Jets' loss to the Patriots will be focused on the controversial overturned touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Jets only have themselves to blame for giving up 24 unanswered points and letting New England back into the game.

Nevertheless, they gave a good account of themselves and, despite some glaring weaknesses, continued to prove that they're a more talented group than most people gave them credit for before the season...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jordan Leggett, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets sometimes seem like they've cornered the market on finding interesting new ways to lose. Five years ago, it was the infamous "Butt fumble." This time, it was a fumble that maybe, probably, never was.

But the differences between those two plays are as stark as the differences between those two teams. The "Butt fumble" was an embarrassment on Thanksgiving 2012 that turned Mark Sanchez and the Jets into a national joke. The fumble by Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Sunday -- the "What fumble," as some have named it -- wasn't funny to anyone.

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 10/15 00:11:29
The Jets Post Game Overtime crew breaks down the Jets' 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 6.

 

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Jets Post Game Live: Overturned 00:02:19
The crew on Jets Post Game Live gives its thoughts on Austin Seferian-Jenkins' overturned touchdown.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins rolled into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter and the official's arms went up, the Jets were just like everyone else in the building and watching on TV: They were sure they had just scored a touchdown.

And long after their 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots, they were still shocked, confused and absolutely livid that the touchdown was overturned.

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