TAMPA, Fla. -- In one afternoon, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' pass rush went from woeful to wonderful.
The Bucs, who had an NFL-low eight sacks coming into Sunday's game against the New York Jets, produced six sacks in a 15-10 victory at Raymond James Stadium.
"And that's six sacks by six different guys," Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said. "So you've got six guys who are happy.
"I always think sacks, other than just one guy beating his guy clean, they usually come down to the coverage and the rush working in conjunction. Our rush was able to get home. Six sacks and stop the running game ... that's going to work most weeks."
Tampa Bay's inability to get to the opposing quarterback was a defining feature of the team's five-game losing streak. Sunday, when the Bucs (3-6) finally broke through, it was a point of strength.
"We got the big push up front and we were able to finish it off," Bucs defensive tackle Clinton McDonald said. "I think it starts up front. When we get things going up front, our defense really clicks."
"We played to our potential today," linebacker Kwon Alexander said. "The defensive line was amazing. They were getting to the routes and getting to the quarterback. We were playing like savages."
Jets quarterback Josh McCown had completed 70 percent of his passes through the first nine games. But against the Bucs, he was never able to get going.
"Josh got hit quite a bit today," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said. "Tampa did a good job of getting to him and doing certain things that got to him."
McCown pointed to the front-seven quickness of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.
"Gerald is as good as anybody in the league, in my opinion, at that position," McCown said. "When he's rolling, he can take over a game and he certainly made it tough on us."
McCoy, meanwhile, passed around the credit.
"We sent more people than we usually send," McCoy said. "We got ourselves in manageable third downs and situations where we could rush. We stopped the run early and often. Like I always say, if you stop the run, you get to rush the passer."
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