New York Giants versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Giants head to Tampa Bay with an 0-2 record and look to avoid an 0-3 start and deep hole in the NFC East.
The Buccaneers enter as a 6 ½ point favorite to go 2-1 with an over/under of 47 ½.
After just two touchdowns and two interceptions over the first few weeks with an inconsistent attack, Eli Manning has been benched for rookie Daniel Jones.
He will likely see an onslaught of pass rushers from a Tampa Bay defense that has six sacks,
four from Shaquil Barreet, and three interceptions this season.
Jones will likely look for Evan Engram with regularity.
He has 17 catches for 164 yards. Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer have combined for 16 catches for 195 yards and will be secondary options.
Clearly the Giants will try to move the ball on the ground with Saquon Barkley.
A threat to take it to the house on any play, Barkley has run for 227 yards with an average of nearly eight per carry.
However, the Buccaneers have given up just 2.7 yards per carry and will try to make Jones beat them.
Jameis Winston has been inconsistent early, completing just 59% of the passes for 402 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Fortunately, he’s going against a Giants’ defense that has allowed five touchdown passes and 132.3 quarterback rating against.
Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, who have 17 catches for over 260 yards combined, could give the New York secondary fits.
If the Bucs choose to do so, they can effectively move the ball on the ground with Peyton Barber (17 carries, 115 yards) and Ronald Jones (17 carries, 84 yards)
The Giants have allowed 120 yards per game on a ground, but a solid 3.8 yards per attempt.
Both kickers have missed early on. Aldrick Rosas is 1-for-2 with a miss from beyond 40.
Matt Gray has made 3-of-4 with a long of 40. However, this game should not come down to a field goal.
With the change at quarterback against a solid defense, the Giants will probably have a difficult time scoring consistently, unless Barkley has a huge game.
The Bucs should be able to take advantage of a relatively weak New York pass defense.
Tampa Bay will put the Giants into an 0-3 hole and likely will cover the spread in a game under the line.