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Preview: Giants Look to Keep Up Momentum in Sunday Affair with Buccaneers

The Giants are coming off something rare in 2018 – a win. For just the second time this season, the team got into the victory column on Monday night in a comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers, and now turn their attention to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that has been like watching a roller coaster in 2018.

Tampa started the season making Ryan Fitzpatrick look like Payton Manning in his prime, even beating the what many consider to be the NFL’s best team, the New Orleans Saints, on opening day.

Now, they sit at 3-6 (this after a 2-0 start), and if you look at most sites the G-Men and Bucs are so even at this point the game is listed as a ‘pick em’ (aka it could go either way).

Here’s a quick look at three keys for the Giants:

1. Protect Eli

The Giants did a nice job on Monday of making sure Eli Manning had a clean pocket to throw from, and he did a good job making sure to find his targets. The Bucs pass rush and outside LB’s will look to put the heat on Manning, and he has to make sure to get rid of the ball quickly, but also the guys up front have to do a good job making sure not to get overwhelmed.

2. Cover Downfield

The Bucs like to get players like Mike Evans involved early, and you can look for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to look downfield to get him going often against the Giants secondary. The Bucs are not afraid to take shots, and look for them to look to get Evans open on crossing routes as he’s not afraid to go over the middle. This is a game where making sure he doesn’t get free is a key.

3. Limit Mistakes

When the Giants lose, it’s often because they make bad mistakes, like bad penalties, turnovers, and just mental mistakes that cost them big plays, big yards, and usually the game. The Bucs are prone to the same mistakes, so in this case it’s likely the team that makes the least of them that is going to walk out with a win. The Giants have to make sure to be that team on Sunday.

Prediction: Look for the ‘1-0’ Giants (yes, they said they wiped the slate clean after the bye week) to come out with some renewed fire after the win Monday over the 49ers. The Bucs are a team that has been so up and down so you really don’t know what to expect, but in this case the Giants have to be the aggressive force in this battle of two of the lesser NFC teams, and here’s a vote they are. Giants 27 Bucs 23

Video: Giants Rally to Top the 49ers in San Francisco

Highlights of the Giants win in San Fran against the 49ers on Monday night.

Giants Waive Offensive Lineman Patrick Omameh

The Giants have waived offensive lineman Patrick Omameh according to Art Stapleton of USA Today.

The 28-year-old Omameh signed a three-year, $15 million free agent contract with the Giants back in March and began the year as the team’s starting right guard. He was promptly benched at the end of October for poor play in favor of backup interior lineman Spencer Pulley.

It is a measure of just how big a bust Omameh turned out to be that the Giants could have saved $3 million by waiting until the offseason to part ways with the veteran.

Instead, they were desperate enough to jettison him that the team chose to take on a $3.5 million dead money cap hit in 2019. The former undrafted free agent out of Michigan also struggled as the starting left guard in Jacksonville the past two seasons. He will likely find work as a depth signing.

Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur Says Eli Manning Starting Monday Night Against 49ers

The Giants might just be the worst team in the NFL (the Raiders have to be in that mix), but that isn’t causing a shift at the QB spot, as Eli Manning will remain the teams’ starter Monday Night for their next game against the San Francisco 49’ers.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Tuesday that the 15-year-vet will be under center Monday night, but that he also told Manning that he’s got to play better moving forward. .

After the Giants’ 34-13 loss against the Eagles in Week 6—when Manning managed 283 yards on 43 attempts—Shurmur told reporters that “we’re not talking about a quarterback change yet.”

This season Manning has thrown for 2377 yards, with eight touchdowns and six picks. His best game came in the teams’ only win over the Texans in week three 27-22, in which he threw for 297 yards with two scores and no interceptions.

Video: Listen in as Giants Saquon Barkley is Mic’d Up Against the Redskins

Giants running back, Saquon Barkley, mic’d up vs. the Washington Redskins in Week 8 of the 2018 NFL Season.

Giants Rookie QB Kyle Lauletta Arrested After Almost Hitting Officer with Car

Giants rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta was arrested Tuesday morning for “various motor vehicle and related disorderly persons offenses” pertaining to a traffic violation in Weehawken, New Jersey according to ESPN.

Lauletta was trying to make a right turn from the wrong lane in his Jaguar to get to Route 495 West, according to a statement by the Weehawken Police Department. He was told to keep going straight, but Lauletta almost struck an officer while making the illegal turn and then “refused various instructions” after he was stopped by another officer at the end of the on-ramp.

He was charged with eluding police, obstructing administration of law, resisting arrest, reckless driving, disregarding an officer’s directions, improper turn in a marked traffic lane and failure to remain in a marked lane.

Police also said the same car was involved in a “similar incident” at the same location Monday, and a summons was issued by mail after the car owned by Lauletta had not stopped and left the scene.

The 22-year-old Lauletta was released on his recognizance, police said. A court date was not listed on the police statement.

“We were made aware of the situation this morning, and we have been in contact with Kyle,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement. “We are still in the process of gathering information. This is obviously very disappointing.”

Video: Odell Beckham Jr. Throws Perfect Pass in Trick Play TD Against Panthers

The Giants finally got on the board Sunday against the Panthers, and it was thanks to a trick play, and more so a perfect throw by wide out Odell Beckham Jr.

NFL Week Five Giants at Panthers Inactives

Here’s the week five inactives for the Giants and Panthers

Giants

C Evan Brown
TE Evan Engram
DT John Jenkins
CB Mike Jordan
QB Kyle Lauletta
S Kamrin Moore
DE Olivier Vernon

Panthers

RB Cameron Artis-Payne
DE Bryan Cox
CB Corn Elder
LB Marquis Haynes
OG Brendan Mahon
LB Jared Norris
TE Greg Olsen

Giants WR Sterling Shepard Playing in Pain After Having a Cyst on His Back Removed

Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard told the Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News on Thursday that he played through significant discomfort during last week’s loss to the Saints — when Shepard caught 10 passes on 10 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown, plus a two-point conversion — well aware of an upcoming surgery to remove a cyst on his back early this week.

“Did I play through some pain? I mean, yeah. Yup. I played through it,” Shepard said Thursday. “I knew I was gonna get it removed after the game, so I just kind of had to (push) through it.”

Shepard was a full participant in Thursday’s practice after riding the bike Wednesday, but he also was pretty honest about his body. He said in the immediate aftermath of the surgery he is still in discomfort, which is typical post-surgery after anesthesia has worn off. And he was tentative committing to Sunday, although he was leaping for catches early in practice, too.

“Uh, yup. Looking good,” Shepard said of Sunday. “(We’ll) see how the rest of the week goes … I wouldn’t say (I feel) perfectly fine. I’m getting back to myself, though.”

Shepard admitted this is unusual because it’s not the typical injury or recovery, like a swollen ankle. He said “it is different, but I don’t really know much about it.” The surgery came about because “I guess I’ve been having it for a while, it just started bothering me and I told them about it, and we went from there.”

“We’ll just see how it goes,” Shepard added, willing to bandage the incision or do whatever he has to in order to play Sunday. “Just gotta do it. Sometimes that’s how it goes.”

The Giants NFC Road Before the Bye Week Won’t Be An Easy One

The New York Giants were able to finally get on track last week, as they were five points better than the Houston Texans, winning 27-22. The team showed toughness as they played well on both sides of the ball, holding down young sensational quarterback DeShaun Watson and the Texans offense.

The game could be a turning point for the Giants as they move forward, as they look to compete in the always tough NFC East with the likes of the Super Bowl Champion Eagles, the Redskins and the Cowboys.

When you look at American Football Betting this week, many experts think that the Giants will be back on the losing side, as they get set to take on the high-powered New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees, a future Hall of Fame quarterback.

Most betting lines have the Saints as a 3.5 point favorite to win on the road at MetLife Stadium in a late afternoon game Sunday afternoon.

If the Giants can get past the Saints, their next couple games all include big NFC foes, inside and out of the NFC East, a division that is only going to get tougher as the season goes on.

Week five will highlight the Giants on the road October 7th, as they will travel to take on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. The Giants and Panthers always have entertaining games, and this should be another solid battle.

The next week the Giants will only have four days to get ready for what many think will be their defining game of the season, as they will play host to the Super Bowl champion Eagles on Thursday night football.

The Thursday night games are always tricky from the standpoint as it is already a short week, and then to have to play host to the champs who come in with Carson Wentz finally healthy is no small task.

The G-Men have two more games before they finally reach their bye in week nine, and both games will be again tough games against foes in the NFC, as the first will be against Matt Ryan and the NFC South’s Atlanta Falcons, a team that also has a high powered offense and can score big points.

The game against the Falcons will be 11 days after the matchup with the Eagles, as it will be on Monday night football, yet another big prime time game for Eli Manning and company.

Finally the club will have a big NFC East game before the bye week, as they will be at home six days after their game with the Falcons on Sunday, October 28th at home against the Redskins.

Washington has a new look to their offense with Alex Smith, but so far at 2-1 they are playing good football.

It’s going to be an interesting road for the Giants, as they look not only to get better, but to make bigger and better strides in the NFC.