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Giants Bucs Halftime Thoughts

The Giants are dominating the Bucs, on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, as they are leading 14-0 in Tampa . The run game has vastly improved, with Brandon Jacobs running for  65 yards and a TD, and Ahmad Bradshaw adding  70 on the ground. Eli has been efficient and impressive, going  9-17  for 80 yards and a TD, and Steve Smith is picking up where he left off last week, with 55 yards and a score. The Giants defense is absolutely flying to the ball, and the Bucs have only  19 yards on offense.

If you were worried about the Red Zone offense, worry no longer. They scored two touchdowns in the red zone, and they made it look really easy. Almost too easy. The running game has really picked up. They committed early and often to the run, and it has paid off. The passing game isn’t as electric as it was in Dallas, but they are getting the job done. They have had the ball for 21 minutes and 3o seconds. Really impressive.  The offense stalled a bit in the second quarter, but that’s mainly due to the torrential down pour in Tampa Bay. The rain has seemed to let up, though.

The defense has been spectacular. The Bucs did not have a first down in the 1st half! There has been consistent pressure on Byron Leftwich, and they have forced him into bad decisions, including an interception by Terrell Thomas. Also, they have been using Justin Tuck inside on defensive tackle on passing situations. That’s a really good sign. There’s just been no room for the Bucs to do anything on offense. 19 yards and no first downs. A dominating performance.

In injury news, Jeff Feagles appeared to injure his leg, but he came back in to hold for a field goal that Lawrence Tynes missed.  Chase Blackburn injured his leg, but came back in the second quarter.

The Giants just have to keep doing what they’ve been doing. Their defense has been on fire, and has made it hell for the Bucs. If they can continue to rush the passer, and continue to run the ball effectively, this will be an easy second half. The passing game hasn’t been spectacular, but it’s been good enough, and if they continue to move the ball, you might see some backups. Remember, we’re tweeting the game over on Twitter. Make sure to stop by!


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