Two weeks ago, Testaverde was on his couch in Long Island watching starter Chad Pennington and backup Jay Fiedler go down within minutes. He phoned coach Herman Edwards to offer his services. Now Testaverde has given his team a renewed confidence, and perhaps saved the season from ruin. “My goal was to get the guys to believe in me, so we can get the season turned around,” Testaverde said. “I think they believe in me. I believe in them.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Going into the game, the Jets (2-3) had one win and were on their fourth starting quarterback of the season. The offense was in a shambles. A year that started with so much promise was on the brink of disaster. But Testaverde took command the moment he stepped on the field. The Meadowlands crowd welcomed him back with a standing ovation. “It sent chills through me,” Testaverde said. “I wish I could express how I felt. I had goosebumps all over when I went out on the field.” Testaverde finished 13 of 19 for 163 yards with an interception, but got plenty of help. Curtis Martin rushed for his first two touchdowns of the season, and the defense harassed Brian Griese and the rest of the Bucs (4-1). Tampa Bay played without injured running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams because of foot and hamstring injuries, and could never generate anything offensively. Michael Pittman, who filled in for Williams, finished with 13 carries for 46 yards, while Griese was 27-of-42 for 226 yards with an interception. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – More than anything, Vinny Testaverde wanted to make his teammates believe in him. He did that and more Sunday. The 41-year-old Jets quarterback looked comfortable in the pocket, guiding two scoring drives and getting rousing cheers in helping the Jets beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-12. The Jets had three sacks and limited Tampa Bay to 285 yards despite 71 plays. That averages to 4 yards a play. Tampa Bay was 2 of 14 on third down and also committed 12 penalties for 87 yards. Matt Bryant was the lone bright spot with four field goals (35, 36, 43, 30). “They got after us early,” Bucs coach Jon Gruden said. “We had sacks in our first five or six passes. That will knock any quarterback out of rhythm.” Still, the Bucs had a chance in the end. They forced the Jets to punt with 1 minute remaining but ran out of time trying to get into field-goal range. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!