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Game Preview: Giants @ Bucs

by Staff Report on September 26, 2009

Bucs will host the New York Football Giants this Sunday

Bucs will host the New York Football Giants this Sunday

The Buccaneers have won three of the past five regular season meetings with the Giants, including a 19-13 home win on Monday Night Football in 2003. The Giants lead the all-time series 10-6 in the regular season. The teams first met in 1977, a 10-0 New York win in Tampa. The Giants proceeded to win the next three games before the Buccaneers won 31-3 at Tampa Stadium during their 1979 postseason push. Tampa Bay followed that up with a 30-13 victory the following season.

The Buccaneers won 20-8 at the Meadowlands in 1997 to all but wrap up their fourth playoff berth. The Buccaneers also prevailed 20-3 in 1998 at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay is 5-4 all-time at home against the Giants in the regular season.

GAME INFORMATION
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2009
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Site: Raymond James Stadium (65,890)
2009 Records: Tampa Bay 0-2, N.Y. Giants 2-0
Network Television: FOX
Play-by-Play: Kenny Albert, Analyst: Daryl Johnston, Sideline: Tony Siragusa
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Color: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives
Last Game: Tampa Bay lost at Buffalo 33-20; N.Y. Giants won at Dallas 33-31
Next Game: Tampa Bay at Washington (10/4); N.Y. Giants at Kansas City (10/4)

Key Match-Ups
Bucs Offensive Line vs Giants Defensive Line
After starting the season hot with 174 rushing yards and no sacks allowed, the line failed to produce against the Bills, now comes the Giants stout DL, one that regularly applies pressure and limits a teams ability to get comfortable. With center Jeff Faine still out, look for the Giants to use a lot of stunts and twist to take advantage of backup Sean Mahan and the rest of the line.

Bucs Defensive Line vs Giants Offensive Line
The pass rush has been non existent through two games and the Bucs have given up an average of 168 yards on the ground, The Giants are a team devoted to running the ball, and using play action to go over the top when teams bring help down in the box, sound familiar? It’s what the Bucs offense is trying to become.

Bucs Linebackers vs Giants Running Backs
The Bucs linebackers must attack, an attack downhill, to bottle up Brandon Jacobs, missed tackles were an issues against the Bills, Jacobs will test there manhood come Sunday. It’s not for the weak at heart it’s time to separate the men from the boys.

INJURY REPORT
NEW YORK GIANTS
OUT
DT Chris Canty (calf)
WR Hakeem Nicks (foot)
S Kenny Phillips (knee)
CB Aaron Ross (hamstring)
LB Clint Sintim (groin)
RB Danny Ware (elbow)
QUESTIONABLE
CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring)
WR Domenik Hixon (knee)
C Adam Koets (ankle)
DE Justin Tuck (shoulder)
PROBABLE
WR Mario Manningham (shoulder)


TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
OUT
C Jeff Faine (triceps)
DE Kyle Moore (knee)
DOUBTFUL
WR Maurice Stovall (knee)
QUESTIONABLE
WR Antonio Bryant (knee)
RB Earnest Graham (hamstring)
LB Matt McCoy (back)
RB Carnell Williams (knee)
PROBABLE
TE John Gilmore (ankle)
CB Elbert Mack (shoulder)
DT Roy Miller (ankle)
RB Clifton Smith (quadricep)

ENEMY COACHES
Giants Head Coach: Tom Coughlin
Giants Offensive Coordinator: Kevin Gilbride
Giants Defensive Coordinator: Bill Sheridan
Giants Special Teams Coach: Tom Quinn

STATISTICAL RANKINGS:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OFFENSE
Overall: 4th (401.5 ypg)
Rushing: 14th (115.5 ypg)
Passing: 6th (286 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 5th (2)
Points Scored: 14th (20.5 ppg)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE
Overall: 31st (450 ypg)
Rushing: 27th (168 ypg)
Passing: 27th (282 ypg)
Sacks: 16th (3)
Points Allowed: 31st (33.5 ppg)

NEW YORK GIANTS OFFENSE
Overall: 6th (389 ypg)
Rushing: 22nd (100 ypg)
Passing: 5th (289 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 1st (1)
Points Scored: 7th (28 ppg)

NEW YOUR GIANTS DEFENSE
Overall: 26th (441 ypg)
Rushing: 9th (73 ypg)
Passing: 32nd (368 ypg)
Sacks: 16th (3)
Points Allowed: 21st (24 ppg)

Buc Central’s Prognostication:
As always we are not advocating gambling based on our views of the game, especially considering we typically are inclined to make such educated guesses using are heart rather the any rational thought applied to picking. We are merely giving an opinion of who we think has the best chance at securing a victory.

Giants 28
Bucs 20

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