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5 Keys to Beating the Bucs

The 2-0 Giants travel to Tampa to take on the 0-2 Bucs. The Giants are injured. Bucs have a shown a pretty good offense, but have nothing to show for it. How do the Giants beat the Bucs? Here are 5 keys:

1. Establish the run

The running game has been lacking the past two weeks. Part of it has been due to the feeling that the Giants receivers  cannot do anything, so they stack the box. Well, now that the Giants have shown something at wideout, that should back the safety off the running game. Jacobs and Bradshaw should have good days. When the Bucs realize they can’t let the GIants run wild over them, they will pressure the run, leaving big holes for the wideouts to work.

2. Pass Rush

I said this last week, but a good pass rush can make an average secondary look great. Even with Justin Tuck injured, the Giants still have the capacity to rush the passer, and make it hell on the QB. If Osi and Kiwanuka get consistent pressure, the loss of Kenny Phillips and Aaron Ross isn’t as bad.

3. Limit Kellen Winslow

Winslow is arguably the Bucs best offensive player. To limit him, Michael Boley will have to do a nice job of covering him. You have to make sure he doesn’t stretch the seam. I think Boley is capable of that, and I think he quietly had a very good game Sunday night in Dallas.

4. CC Brown

CC Brown will start in place of Kenny Phillips against the Bucs, and presumably, for the rest of the year. Brown is tremendous in run support–he’s almost like an extra linebacker. He’s not, however, very good in pass protection. He’s a one dimensional player. Which is fine for a backup. But not as a starting safety for a potential championship team. I believe that Brown won’t have to do that much against the Bucs for the Giants to win. I do believe that Brown will have to show something on Sunday for the fans and the Giants to be comfortable with him back there. This is a huge game for him.

5. Keep Doing What You’ve Been Doing

I’m talking about the Eli Manning-Mario Manningham-Steve Smith express train. Keep throwing it to them. Especially with a Bucs defense that has a safety in Sabby Piscitelli who got burned in the Dallas game multiple times. If they continue to throw to Manningham and Smith, chances are the outcome will be good.

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One Response to “5 Keys to Beating the Bucs”

  1. CCC says:

    they get a pass this week

    but they will get passed on heavily soon

    the safety spot was their weak link, and it got lots weaker now

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