Giants at Buccaneers – The Playbook: 3 keys for Big Blue

GIANTS AT BUCCANEERS, Raymond James Stadium

WHEN: 4:05 p.m.

TV: Ch. 5

If the Giants season is not over yet, then it is certainly on life support. At 0-3 the Giants desperately need a win to at least feel like they are playing for something the rest of the season and they will have to do it on the road in Tampa Bay against a Buccaneers team with high expectations. How can they do that?

EXPLOIT BUCS PASS DEFENSE

The Buccaneers’ struggling defense will likely be without two starting linebackers and a safety. Last week, Case Keenum and the Vikings put up 35 points on them, including 11 plays which resulted in a gain of 16 yards or longer. The Giants have the perfect weapons to exploit this weakness and produce big plays with guys like Odell Beckham Jr and Sterling Shepard. If the Giants can build off their fourth quarter offensive outburst last week and get the ball to those guys, they can take advantage the way the Vikings did.

STOP TAMPA’S PLAYMAKERS

The Bucs are without lead running back Doug Martin, which is good news for the Giants poor rush defense, but they still have plenty of playmakers they need to contain, particularly Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Last week, Evans was visibly frustrated on the sideline after being shut down by Vikings’ Xavier Rhodes and will now matchup with Giants’ Janoris Jenkins, who can also get under the skin of a top receiver. Meanwhile, Jackson is no stranger to hurting the Giants and is prone to make a big play. Limiting those two essentially halts the Bucs’ offense.

Ben McAdoo's bunch can't afford to drop another game if they want to make something of 2017 campaign.

Ben McAdoo’s bunch can’t afford to drop another game if they want to make something of 2017 campaign.

(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

TACKLE BETTER

Head coach Ben McAdoo and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo stressed how poor the tackling has been the last two weeks, especially against the Eagles when it led to 193 rushing yards. The Giants cannot afford to give guys second chances no matter who they play, especially in the running game.

INJURY REPORT

Giants: LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist), RB Orleans Darkwa (back), G Brett Jones (hip), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) are all questionable.

Bucs: LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) is out. LB Lavonte David (ankle) and S T.J. Ward (hip) are doubtful. DE Robert Ayers (knee), CB Brent Grimes (shoulder), DT Gerald McCoy (ankle), DE Noah Spence (shoulder) and G J.R. Sweezy (back) are questionable.

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