A couple of teams headed in opposite directions will square off on Sunday during the 4:00 hour as the struggling New York Giants will travel to Tampa Bay to take on an improved Buccaneers squad. New York enters with a 4-4 record but you have to think they realize it could and should be better than that. Meanwhile, the Bucs look solid of late and will look to climb to a .500 record on the shoulders of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. And given the thrilling contests these two teams have been in of late, you’ve got to think this NFC-showdown should produce some drama. Read on below for a game prediction and breakdown for the Giants/Bucs in Week 9.
Giants vs. Buccaneers Betting Odds:
New York Giants -2 (-110)
@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers +2 (-110)
Over 49 (-110)
Under 49 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Giants vs. Buccaneers Pick:
The Giants put on an offensive show last week vs. New Orleans. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to be victorious, but Eli Manning and Odell Beckham are simply on another level right now, and don’t look for that to stop anytime soon. Manning threw for a remarkable six TD passes last week vs. the Saints, and it’s worth mentioning that Tampa Bay’s secondary is even worse! Their current situation at the cornerback position is a joke, and they’ll truly have no way to stop Beckham Jr. It looks like he is finally healthy once again and should be able to create separation from his defenders on Sunday. Tampa Bay does stop the run quite well though, so look for Manning to air it out on a regular basis. Truthfully, that’s no different from what the G-Men have been doing all year though, so it won’t impact their gameplan all that much. Manning has operated without a viable rushing attack for most of the season, so this is not a big deal. New York will still move the chains on Sunday.
On the other side of the football, Jameis Winston has really stepped his game up of late. It should reach another level here in Week 9 against an atrocious Giants defense. They looked like a high-school defense last week vs. Drew Brees and the Saints as they almost allowed him to set the single-game touchdown record against them. They can’t defend the pass at all, and as a result look for the Bucs to be able to move the chains consistently on Sunday. New York also has no answers for the run game, as they’ve allowed their last four opponents to rush for an average of 146 yards. Their defense is awful, and even the Buccaneers should be able to put up big numbers.
Initially I liked the Giants at under a field goal, but I cannot fathom backing this team given the current state of their defense. It’s horrid and really letting an otherwise solid team down. Their offense is excellent however, and for that reason I’m siding with the Over 49 points in this contest. Even though that’s a high number, I expect both teams to throw the ball a ton in this game and I just cannot trust either team’s secondary. Expect a shootout in Tampa Bay on Sunday.
PICK = Over 49 (-110)