The Buccaneers are coming in with a 1-1 record and look to right the ship against the 0-3 Giants. This week the writers for the Buccaneers and the Giants give their predictions for the upcoming contest.
Tampa will focus on attacking the secondary of the Giants early and often. Mike Evans seems uncoverable this season and should continue to dominate whoever is unlucky enough to be matched up against him. The Buccaneers have to get something going on the ground. Should Jacquizz Rodgers struggle again look for a bigger workload from Peyton Barber this week. On limited carried he Peyton averaging 4.4 yards-per-carry. The Giants have given up an average of 153.33 per game to opposing offensive players rushing the ball this season. Winston should have time as the offensive line continues to improve. The Buccaneers will finally start getting to the quarterback this week as Gerald McCoy and the defensive line should put a lot more pressure on the pocket passing Eli Manning.
The Giants will have to try to do the same as the Buccaneers and pass the ball. Eli has no problem airing it out 40+ times per game. The matchup of Odell Beckham Jr. and the Tampa corners will be one to watch. Beckham is one of the few wide receivers considered in the top caliber with Evans. The Giants will attempt to establish the ground game and will go after rookie Kendell Beckwith. The pair of Beckham and Brandon Marchall could have a big day as the Vikings last week showed how susceptible the Bucs secondary is.
Prediction: Buccaneers 28 Giants 24
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an opportunity to have a bounce-back performance against the New York Football Giants this Sunday afternoon.
Let’s be honest. The injury bug has plagued the Bucs this past week. Notable players still on the injury list include Linebacker Kwon Alexander (out), Linebacker Lavonte David (questionable), and Safety T.J. Ward (questionable).With both Linebackers out this weekend, we’ll get to see plenty of rising star Linebacker Kendell Beckwith. This is another opportunity for Beckwith to show his comfort with being the defensive player who gets everyone in the correct coverage.
On the Giants side, no one on their injury list is listed as “out.” Defensive End Oliver Vernon is listed as questionable, but it might be safe to say he is playing. Vernon has not missed a game in his six-year career.This game will come down to who has the better day on defense. Both offenses can score points. Be on the lookout for the Grimes/ Beckham Jr. Matchup.
The Buccaneers stay home with a 2-1 record this Sunday and send Eli Manning heading back to New York trying to figure out his game.
Buccaneers 34 Giants 27
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A depleted Bucs roster will struggle against a desperate Giants team.
The Bucs will be without defensive star Kwon Alexander once again, and Lavonte David is doubtful for Sunday. Even if David plays, he’ll be nowhere close to 100%. Brent Grimes might be back for the Bucs but most likely won’t be 100% as well.
Eli Manning and the Giants offense will take advantage of the gimp Buccaneers. Odell Beckham Jr. is bound for a big day against an average secondary. With Brandon Marshall lining up across the field, the Bucs will have a tough time defending an offense with multiple weapons.
Jameis Winston will have a bounce-back game but, will be forced into a couple of turnovers as the Bucs will most likely be playing catch-up most the game. The offense will have moderate success against the Giants but won’t be able to outshoot the Giants offense.
Prediction: New York 31, Tampa Bay 20
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