LOSS - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 New York Jets 32
***HISTORIC MARKER*** The Buccaneers set a still-standing team record by fumbling eight times, losing three.
The Buccaneers suffered a loss to the New York Jets in a game played in snow and a 20-mile per hour wind. It was Doug Williams' first game played in the snow, and only the second outdoor game played in the north in December for the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers wore knitted hoods to cope with the −5 degree wind chill factor, the first time this apparel had been worn in an NFL game. They made numerous errors, fumbling a kickoff, bobbling four kicks, and dropping several passes.
Four Buccaneer turnovers led to 19 Jet points, and helped the Jets to take a 14–0 lead before Tampa Bay's first offensive play. Williams declined to blame the weather for the team's performance, and McKay said that "If we had anything frozen, it was our brains". A pass interference call against Jim Obradovich caused a 15-yard completion to Gerald Carter to be called back.
Jets offensive coordinator Joe Walton instructed quarterback Richard Todd to avoid long passes due to the weather. Williams attempted long passes, but was intercepted twice, completing 18 of 38 passes for 204 yards. The loss tarnished good performances by James Wilder, whose 116 yards on 11 receptions set club records for passing yardage and receptions by a running back, and the offensive line, who stymied the Jets' New York Sack Exchange defensive line.
League-leading rusher Freeman McNeil was held to 53 yards on 14 carries, and fumbled twice. The Jets had to play without middle linebacker Stan Blinka, who had been suspended for delivering a forearm blow to the head of Packers receiver John Jefferson. There were 32,223 no-shows, the most in the league all season and the Jets' smallest-ever crowd in Shea Stadium. The Jets' 32 points were the most scored against the Buccaneers since 1980. It was the Jets' fifth consecutive win, giving them the best start in their history at 5–1
- REFEREE: Ben Dreith
- UMPIRE: Tom Myers
- LINE JUDGE: Bill Reynolds
- HEAD LINESMAN: Dale Williams
- BACK JUDGE: Non Wedge
- FIELD JUDGE: Ron Spitler
- SIDE JUDGE: Ed Ward
- JETS: 08:40-1Q McNeil 4 run (Leahy kick)
- JETS: 07:36-1Q McNeil 4 run (Leahy kick)
- BUCCANEERS: 05:00-2Q Capece FG32
- JETS: 12:08-3Q Leahy FG34
- BUCCANEERS: 07:13-3Q Wilder 1 run (Capece kick)
- JETS: 00:14-3Q Shuler 1 pass from Todd (kick failed)
- JETS: 09:28-4Q Dierking 1 run (kick failed)
- JETS: 07:23-4Q Leahy FG29
- BUCCANEERS: 04:55-4Q Wilder 15 pass from Williams (Capece kick)
- WR: #84 G. Jones
- LT: #75 D. Reavis
- LG: #72 R. Snell
- C: #57 J. Leonard
- RG: #61 G. Roberts
- RT: #62 S. Farrell
- TE: #88 J. Giles
- WR: #89 K. House
- QB: #12 D. Williams
- RB: #26 J. Owens
- FB: #32 J. Wilder
- LE: #65 D. Stalls
- NT: #76 D. Logan
- RE: #63 L. Selmon
- LOLB: #59 A. Hawkins
- LILB: #56 C. Johnson
- RILB: #52 S. Brantley
- ROLB: #53 H. Green
- LCB: #41 N. Thomas
- RCB: #22 J. Smith
- SS: #20 N. Colzie
- FS: #34 C. Brown
- 1 Morton, 3 Capece, 9 Swider, 21 Holt, 24 Morris, 28 Carver, 30 Barrett, 33 Cotney, 50 Wilson, 51 Nafziger, 54 Wood, 58 Davis, 66 Reese, 68 Yarno, 78 Cannon, 82 J Bell, 83 T Bell, 86 Obradovich, 87 Carter, 90 White
DID NOT PLAY
- 11 Golsteyn, 15 Quinn, 40 Washington, 44 Middleton, 73 Hannah, 74 Sanders, 81 Tyler
- BUCCANEERS: Williams 3-19, Wilder 11-17, Carver 3-9, Owens 4-3, House 1-(-1).
- JETS: McNeil 14-53, Dierking 12-41, Crutchfield 6-29, Augustyniak 5-12, Harper 1-5, Todd 1-(-2).
- BUCCANEERS: Williams 38-18-204-2-1.
- JETS: Todd 29-17-189-0-1.
- BUCCANEERS: Wilder 11-116, Giles 4-51, T.Bell 2-36, House 1-1.
- JETS: Walker 4-54, McNeil 3-49, Barkum 3-26, Augustyniak 3-21, Jones 1-17, Gaffney 1-15, Harper 1-6, Shuler 1-1.
- BUCCANEERS: none.
- JETS: Schroy 1-34, Buttle 1-9.
- BUCCANEERS: Morton 3-26, Carver 1-18, Smith 1-9.
- JETS: Harper 3-77.
- BUCCANEERS: Holt 2-0, T.Bell 1-1.
- JETS: Harper 3-18.
- BUCCANEERS: Green 1-12, Brantley 1-8.
- JETS: none.