Tom Brady has had his fair share of battles over the years with the New York Giants, though Monday night will be his first in a Buccaneers uniform.
The future Hall of Famer leads his 5-2 Buccaneers into the Meadowlands in a primetime spot, eager to take care of business and extend their lead in the NFC South. While many were skeptical of Brady and the Bucs heading into 2020, the veteran is quickly proving that he’s still got a lot of game left. Their offense has been explosive, while their defense has been stifling. This is a legitimate Super Bowl contender and they’ll be keen to show it against the lowly Giants.
Speaking of the G-Men, it’s been a tough beginning to their season, currently sitting at 1-6. Shockingly though, they aren’t quite out of the playoff race just yet as the NFC East is comprised of some downright awful teams. If the Giants are going to seize that opportunity, they’re going to need Daniel Jones and their young talent to win some games many don’t think they could. Monday night is certainly one of these encounters.
Tom Brady and the high-flying Bucs are always must-see television, and the closing game of Week 8 should bring some excitement. It’s been a successful week with our picks thus far, so keep on reading beneath the betting odds for our winning prediction and preview for the Buccaneers and Giants on Monday night.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants Betting Odds:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -12.5 (-110)
@ New York Giants +12.5 (-110)
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants Pick:
While the Buccaneers will be without star slot receiver Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown will have to wait one more week – it really shouldn’t matter for Tom Brady on Monday night. The Giants’ defense is terrible, and Tampa simply has too many weapons. Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones in the backfield should run all over the Giants, while Mike Evans and a re-born Rob Gronkowski will keep the chains moving through the air.
One way teams have been able to limit and beat Tom Brady over the years is through a consistent pass rush, but don’t count on seeing one Monday evening. The G-Men have been brutal at getting to opposing QB’s so far this season, and when they have blitzed – they’ve been getting picked apart downfield. Expect a lot of continued time and space for Brady to operate from the pocket.
Though this line is high and doubters might see this is as a lookahead or letdown spot for the impressive Buccaneers, in a primetime spot don’t count on it. The Giants don’t do much well, and the Bucs’ strengths perfectly play to exploit New York’s weaknesses. Expect the Bucs to get up early and coast to a routine victory to close out Week 8. Don’t fear a backdoor cover opportunity from the Giants either, as this isn’t an offense that can score vs. the Bucs. Roll with Tampa Bay to keep their momentum going on Monday Night Football.