- The Giants have had four trips into the red zone and have come away with 4 field goals. Champions do not play like this team is playing. There is no sense of urgency for the players or coaches inside of the 20s.
- The Bucs are content with running the ball and milking as much clock as possible. The Giants defense comes up with a huge stop and the offense needs to hold up to it’s end of the deal.
- As I type that sentence Manning hits Cruz on a 80 yard fade pass to give the Giants a much needed touchdown.
- Brown takes the draw play into the end zone and just like that the game is tied at 27.
- Justin Tryon is now at corner and he forces an incomplete pass that was intended for Vincent Jackson.
- Eli Manning moves the ball down field and caps the drive with a beautiful touch pass to Martellus Bennett on a fade route up the sideline.
- Bennett came to NY for the opportunity to showcase his skill set and Gilbride flexes him out wide one the TD play which pus him 1-on-1 with a smaller corner.
- Tryon plays airtight coverage on Tampa’s Williams but he makes an amazing catchy to tie the game at 34.
- Eli now has a chance to do what he’s done so much the past few season, win the game in the final two minutes.
- On the first play of the drive Ramses Barden makes his presence known. A missed assignment has the Giants just 10 yards outside of field goal range.
- Tampa brings an all out blitz and Nicks beats Talib again for a huge gain. Eli Manning trust Nicks and just lobs the ball up for him.
- Brown completes his breakout day with the go-ahead touchdown.
- The Bucs make a late push to tie the game but Antrel Rolle’s hit on Williams secures the game for the Giants.
- The Giants Special teams comes out of the locker room and allows the Bucs to return the ball to the Giants 48 yard line.
- Corey Webster is still struggling with Vincent Jackson when he is asked to play man to man coverage. The Giants pass rush needs to force a turnover if the team hopes to creep back into this game.
- Jason Pierre-Paul continues to look like the leader of this defense. We’ve have known for awhile that he is the most talented player on the team, but now he is the one that everyone looks for when the team needs a big play.
- Andre Brown is adding toughness to this Giants running game and is fitt
ing the role that once belonged to Brandon Jacobs years ago.
- The Giants use most of the quarter to drive down field and close the gap against the Bucs.
- The Giants settle for another field goal after moving the ball over
70 yards on the drive. Eli Manning doesn’t look to have his best stuff today and was nearly intercepted by Ronde Barber twice on that drive.
- Corey Webster picks off Josh Freeman to end the 3rd, but the true star of the play was Linvel Joseph. His pressure in the face of Freeman caused that turnover.
- Eli Manning is picked off by Mason Foster to open the second half. He forced a pass over the middle on an early down instead of living to play another down.
- Vincent Jackson and the Bucs pick up where the Cowboys left off last weekend, picking on Michael Coe at DB. Coe was left on an island and Vincent Jackson treated him as though he wasn’t even standing their.
- JPP shows all of his tools the second defensive drive of the second quarter. He makes two tackles and has a sack to force a Tampa Bay punt.
- Hynoski, Bradshaw, Diehl, and Hixon all banged up for the Giants.
- Eli Manning throws his second interception of the game and this time he waited too long to hit Cruz on an out route. The Giants are out of sync with all of their injuries.
- Doug Martin makes the Giants pay for their turnover with a 5 yard TD run. Giants defense lost contain on the edge and Martin hits a nice spin move to take it in the endzone.
- The Bucs trading ahead of the Giants in the draft sure looks like the best decision they’ve made in the past decade.
- Andre Brown is making the most of his opportunity and providing balance to the Giants offense.
- Eli Manning uses his snap count to draw the defense offside and uses the free play to find Nicks for a TD.
- The Giants have had a nightmare second quarter but only trail by 4 headed into the half.
- Eli throws his third pick of the first half that is taken back for a
touchdown. The Giants now head into the half down 11 instead of down 1.
- News Flash, Hakeem Nicks looks healthy. Nicks had two catches on the first drive and really opened up the offense for the Giants.
- The Giants settle for a field goal after a very promising drive. Same old Giants red zone problems. The lack of a running game really hurts the Gmen inside the 20′s.
- The Giants defense has trouble with the play action and allows V
incent Jackson to catch at 40 yard deep pass.
- Hynoski is the MVP of this Giants offense. He isn’t the most talented but the running game changes when he is in the game to block for the tailbacks.
- Eli Manning is looking sharp against the Bucs secondary. He made a mistake throwing the ball to Beatty instead of Bradshaw, but he was on target with the pass.
- Two dropped passes in the end zone force the Giants to settle for another field goal.
- Corey Webster’s struggles continue as the Bucs continue to target Vincent Jackson deep. He has been behind the coverage 3 times already this quarter.
- A sack by Chase Blackburn forces the Bucs to punt for the first time in the game.
Keys to the Game:
- The Giants must control the line of scrimmage and get int manageable 2nd & 3rd down situations.
- Offensive Tackles must protect Eli Manning. The Bucs don’t blitz often and rely on their defensive ends to provide pressure. Eli will face 6 & 7 defenders in coverage, which means he will have to hold the ball for longer to find his receivers.
- The Defensive Line must play a complete game. The Giants played a great game in the trenches in the first half of the Week 1 game but they ran out of gas in the second half. The Bucs want to pound the ball and work the play action game. Stopping the run is the Giants number one priority.
- Field position will win this game. The punt coverage must come through with big plays today, whether it’s forcing a turnover or just downing the ball within the 5 yard line.