On Sunday the Giants will travel to Tampa Bay to play the Bucs at 1pm. The Giants will enter the game on a two game winning streak having already beaten the Redskins and Cowboys. This is game number two of the Giants three straight road games.
The Bucs will be begin a stretch of playing the remaining NFC East teams in succession. Starting with the home game against the Giants follwed by road games against the Redskins and Eagles.
What to look for:
When the Giants have the ball on offense look for Giants to establish the run early and often. The Bucs are having a hard time stopping it early this season. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw should have a big day.
Eli Manning will be passing the football against a poor Tampa secondary. Tampa has given up three big plays to the Cowboys in the home opener and a couple to Buffalo last week. Expect Eli Manning to continue his hot streak and put up big numbers against Tampa.
Tampa on offense would like to establish the ground game first and foremost. Cadillac Williams, Derrick Ward will be featured against a Giants defense that got scorched by the Cowboys last Sunday Night. Look for the Giants to start with a eightman front to force the Bucs into 2nd and 3rd and longs.
Byron Leftwich is the starter at quarterback until the team is ready to hand the ball over to first round pick Josh Freeman. Leftwich is a stand still quarterback which should have the Giants front seven salavating. Kellen Winslow will be the main target for Leftwich until Antonio Bryant returns.
Special teams are about even. If Hixon is able to play for the Giants I would give the Giants a slight edge.
Coaching: Rookie head coach Raheem Morris will be looking for his first win. After hanging in the with the Cowboys the Bucs were down 17 points quickly to the Buffalo Bills before losing by 13. Morris will have his team ready to play not wanting to start the season 0-3.
Tom Coughlin has seen it all at the helm of the Giants. The Giants struggled to put away the Redskins and came back to beat the Cowboys in the last play of the game.
Key Injuries: Jason Tuck, Chris Canty, Kevin Dockery,and Domik Hixon all remain questionable for Sunday game for the giants. Already out of the game are Aaron Ross, Kenny Phillips, Hakeem Nicks and Danny Ware. Most likely Tuck, Canty and Dockery will miss the game.
For the Bucs Antoinio Bryant, Cadillac Williams and Ernest Graham are questionable. The Bucs lost starting strong safety Jermaine Phillips last week to a broken thumb. Cadillac Williams and Ernest Graham should be able to play but dont expect to see Antonio Bryant.
Predicition: Giants will have their depth challanged down in Tampa. Down as many as four starters on defense will have their hands full. Look for both teams to try to slow the game down to save their defenses. The game will come down to how well the Giants front seven stops the run. If they stuff the run, Bryant Leftwich will will be a stationary target for Kiwanuka and Osi.
Final Score: Giants 24 Tampa Bay 13
Stats: Manning 225 yards Passing 2 TD
Jacobs 110 rushing yards 1 TD
Bradshaw 40 rushing yards 25 receiving yards
Manningham 6 catches 80 yards
Steve Smith 5 catches 70 yards 1 TD
Kevin Boss 5 catces 55 yards 1 TD