Fitzpatrick led a seven-minute drive that produced a field goal that gave the Buccaneers the lead in the first quarter.
The Buccaneers won the coin toss and elected to defer, giving the New York Jets the ball to start the game. Tampa Bay replaced Evans on the roster by promoting wide receiver Freddie Martino, who made eight catches for 142 yards and a touchdown in 13 games with the team previous year, from the practice squad.
McCown, who has been with 10 franchises over 15 seasons, was 1-10 as starter with the Bucs three years ago. Chandler Catanzaro converted a 47-yard field goal to improve to 10-for-14 on kicks between 40-49 yards this season. Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, replacing injured Jameis Winston, finished throwing 17-for-34 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown with one interception.
On the ensuing drive, the Tampa Bay defense would not allow the Jets to score.
Jets quarterback Josh McCown gets tripped up by Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Jets held the ball for three minutes, taking the ball 65 yards down the field and turned the ball over on downs.
The Jets got a TD with 28 seconds left to go, but the onside kick attempt failed.
Brent Grimes celebrates an interception.
ABOUT THE JETS (4-5): Jordan Jenkins put forth a strong performance against the Bills, recording a pair of sacks - including one that forced a fumble.
Kendell Beckwith comes up with a sack. Gang Green gave up six sacks to a defense that had a league-low eight in the first eight games.
Jets: Bye. Next game at home vs. Carolina on November 26.
Up next, the Buccaneers hit the road to Miami to take on the Dolphins Sunday.