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Giants Bucs Game Preview

The 2-0 Giants invade Tampa Bay, as they take on the 0-2 Buccaneers. The Giants are banged up, which might make this game closer than most expected.

INJURIES:

GIANTS:

DT Chris Canty (calf) , WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), CB Aaron Ross (hamstring), LB Clint Sintim (groin) and RB Danny Ware (elbow) are out.

OL Adam Koets (ankle), CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring), WR Domenik Hixon (knee) and DE Justin Tuck (shoulder) are questionable

WR Mario Manningham (shoulder) is probable.

Of course, Kenny Phillips is on IR.

TAMPA BAY:

C Jeff Faine (triceps) and DL Kyle Moore (knee) are out.

WR Maurice Stovall (knee) is doubtful.

WR Antonio Bryant (knee), RB Earnest Graham (hamstring), LB Matt McCoy (back), and RB Carnell Williams (knee) are questionable.

RB/KR Clifton Smith (quad), DT Roy Miller (ankle), TE John Gilmore (ankle), and CB Elbert Mack (shoulder), and are probable.

OFFENSE:

The Giants showed last week that this offense is a force to be reckoned with . Eli Manning played one of, if not, his best game as a pro. Mario Manningham and Steve Smith showed that they are above average receivers. The potential loss of Domenik Hixon hurts, but isn’t a huge blow. Manningham has overtaken him, anyway. The running game struggled. But, with the emergence of the passing game, that should only get better.  I would think you’d see a lot of Brandon Jacobs–it’s going to be hot, and the more he bangs the defense, the more they wear out. Then Ahmad Bradshaw gets the big yards. I expect the running game to break out this week. The Giants still have problems in the red zone.  They haven’t been creative. Hopefully, they’ll use Ramses Barden and Kevin Boss more efficiently.

DEFENSE:

The Giants are really banged up on the defensive side. Chris Canty, Aaron Ross, Kenny Phillips, potentially Kevin Dockery and Justin Tuck. The Giants have to create a good pass rush, to take pressure off the depleted secondary. Mathias Kiwanuka needs a big game. They did a good job of that last week, but it left holes open in the running game. Felix Jones and Marion Barber were great last week. We can expect Derrick Ward to have a good game as well.  Kellen Winslow, their top target, will be tough to contain, but I think Michael Boley is up to the task. He was great against Dallas, and as he gets stronger, he’ll only get better. What makes it easier for the Giants is that the Bucs aren’t the Cowboys. The Bucs receivers are not good, and not healthy. Ward is the only healthy running back. Since the receivers don’t scare anyone, they can focus more on the running game. There’s no real number one guy on this team, especially if Antonio Bryant does not play. This is an easier matchup for the Giants.

THE BUCS:

The Bucs are not the Bucs of old. No longer is Derrick Brooks there. Ronde Barber has lost a step (or three). Their defense is not as good as it used to be. That should lead to a big day for Big Blue’s offense. However, they are an okay team.  Kellen Winslow is a good player. When healthy, Antonio Bryant is a pretty good receiver. When healthy, Earnest Graham and Cadillac Williams give Tampa three starting running backs, along with Ward. Unfortunately, health is a major issue. This makes the matchup easier.

Byron Leftwich is a nice QB, but not more than that. Pressure in his face will slow him down. They can move the ball, ,averaging 401 yards per game.  The Giants should feel lucky that they are catching the Bucs when health is a major issue.

PREDICTION:

With all the injuries, I would normally be worried. However, the Bucs have more injuries. Their offense is really limited. That said, the Giants injuries will make this a closer game than it would have normally been. I like the Giants run game to bust out this week, and I like Eli Manning to have another big game. FINAL SCORE: Giants 31, Bucs 14

COVERAGE:
As always, GiantsGab has got you covered for the game. Follow our Twitter page, as we’ll be tweeting during the game. Check back at halftime for our feature “Halftime Thoughts”, where we break down the first half, and tell you what to expect in the second. Hang out after the game for all the post game info you need. GiantsGab is Giants Central!

OTHER INFO:

Check out the fine folks at BuccaneersGab for the latest on Tampa Bay.

This Week’s GiantsGab Roundtable

Jesse Bartolis loves Eli Manning–And isn’t afraid to admit it.

Our 5 Keys to Beating the Bucs

A Tempered Reaction to the Kenny Phillips News

A Scouting Report from Ernie Paladino

The Star-Ledger Breaks it Down

Daily News Likes The Giants this week.


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One Response to “Giants Bucs Game Preview”

  1. CCC says:

    the Jints D is pretty beat up early in the year

    might haunt them deep in the season

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