After more mediocre Eli Manning starts, the New York Giants did the bold thing and finally removed their former franchise QB from the starting position. This game is special as it marks the beginning of the Daniel Jones era for Big Blue. The rookie out of Duke University looked awesome in the pre-season, but facing an improved Tampa Bay Bucs’ defense might provide some hiccups for the young play-caller.
Tampa Bay enters this game with extra rest following a key divisional win last Thursday over the Carolina Panthers. The Bucs’ offense can be explosive when it’s in-sync, and if their defense slightly improves from last year’s season – don’t be surprised to see Bruce Arians’ squad in the playoff mix come December.
For the Giants, it continues to be all about rebuilding. Daniel Jones is ready by their estimation, and we will find out one way or another in Week 3 vs. Tampa. Mixing Jones with Saquon Barkley forms a nice offensive tandem, but their defense will be in the spotlight in this contest versus Tampa’s explosive attack.
This has all the makings of a pretty intriguing match-up given all of the storylines surrounding both sides. Read on below the odds as we predict what Daniel Jones will do in his first-ever NFL start, as well as give you a winning betting selection. Enjoy the Giants and Buccaneers!
Giants vs. Buccaneers Betting Odds:
New York Giants +6 (-115)
@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers -6 (-105)
Over 48 (-110)
Under 48 (-110)
Giants vs. Buccaneers Pick:
Eli Manning finished his Giants’ starting quarterback career with a 116-116 record, which pretty much says it all about Manning as an NFL player. In comes the young rookie Daniel Jones, and though his first start is on the road – the Bucs’ defense has holes that Jones is well-equipped to take advantage of.
Sterling Shepard is also back for the Giants, which gives the rookie a legitimate downfield threat – along with tight end Evan Engram. Weapons will be there for him, and count on the Duke product to be able to find his spots. Tampa likely boasts one of the weakest secondaries in the entire NFL, and Jones can pick them apart with the deep ball. Look for both Engram and Saquon Barkley to be in line for big outings on Sunday.
On the other side of the football, expect Jameis Winston to again fall short of expectations. At what point does the football world just collectively decide that Winston is a disappointment, and not a good decision-maker? The talent is there, but the smarts seem to lag far, far behind. He’s looked clueless in recent outings, particularly in the red zone – and though the G-Men don’t boast that impressive of a stop unit, Winston will likely make one glaring error per game.
It’s also worth noting that this game has really shifted in terms of market value and perception over the course of the week. The Bucs’ win over Carolina in Week 2 caused this line to skyrocket from -3.5 to -6, which seems like a steep jump after Tampa took down an injured Cam Newton.
The value is firmly here on the New York Giants. The market overreaction doesn’t mesh with the current levels of these two teams, because quite frankly – there isn’t much separating them. Daniel Jones is an upgrade for the Giants and should breathe new life into this group, and with him in as a downfield threat – the running lanes will further open for the game’s best back in Saquon Barkley. The Giants cover and maybe even steal a late win on the road in Week 3.