Biggest Questions Facing New York Jets in Week 1 Contest with Tampa Bay Bucs

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Biggest Questions Facing New York Jets in Week 1 Contest with Tampa Bay Bucs
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A burning question for 2013: Will the J-E-T-S cheer work without Fireman Ed?

Preseason is over and starting Sept. 8, the games count. It's time to throw the New York Jets' 3-1 preseason record out the window and focus on the issues only regular-season play will resolve.

Despite their winning preseason record, the Jets never held the halftime lead until the last preseason game. In other words, when both teams' starters were most likely to be playing, the Jets came up short.

That's why we still have questions about the players we're told are keys to the team's success. It's been great to hear about the likes of Matt Simms, Ryan Spadola and Leger Douzable. However, they're not the impact players whom the Jets expect to make or break this season. That's when players like Santonio Holmes, Chris Ivory, Muhammad Wilkerson and Antonio Cromartie are supposed to stand up and shine.

It's also when we begin to get the verdict on this year's draft class. All of them made the 53-man roster, at least as of Sept. 1. Will first-rounders Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson make an immediate impact? Is Geno Smith the quarterback of the future? Will Brian Winters break the starting lineup? Will Oday Aboushi and William Campbell become solid backups? Is Tommy Bohanon as versatile as advertised?

We're wondering many things as Week 1 approaches. Let's look at a few in more detail.

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