Monday Night Football comes to you from the Meadowlands in East Rutherford. The better half of the New York teams, which isn’t saying a lot, the Giants, will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. The Buccaneers roll into New Jersey with a record of 5-2 for a tie with the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.
New Orleans survived in Chicago on Sunday for a 26-23 win over the Bears. They did what they had to do, and now the Buccaneers can’t overlook the Giants on Monday night. If you are looking for a classic lookahead spot, this might be it for the Bucs on the road.
However, do the Giants have the talent to take advantage of a Buccaneers team that might be looking ahead to the Saints? It’s going to take the Giants’ offensive line to have to take the Giants’ offensive line playing better for that to happen. Daniel Jones will need time to find receivers downfield against a stingy Buccaneers’ pass rush.
Handing the ball off all night is not going to work against Tom Brady and the Bucs in this one. Despite no Chris Godwin, the Buccaneers should still move the ball on a soft Giants’ defense. And no, Antonio Brown will not be active on Monday night. He can begin practicing this week and will be eligible to play versus the Saints.
The Giants will still have to neutralize Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans. Also don’t forget about Scotty Miller and Cameron Brate. The Buccaneers’ offense isn’t at full health, but still a lot to worry about for the Giants. Head below for our free Buccaneers vs. Giants prop picks for November 2, 2020.
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Rob Gronkowski Receiving Yards
Tom Brady’s old friend Rob Gronkowski was signed by the Buccaneers at his request. This goes for Antonio Brown as well. It wasn’t a Bruce Arian move. Gronkowski was moving around on the field like Frankenstein to open the season. Through the first two weeks, Gronkowski looked washed up and slow on the field.
He was option No. 4 for Brady when he dropped back. However, there have been indications that Gronkowski is beginning to shake off the rust and getting going recently. Brady has looked much more confident in looking and passing Gronkowski’s way, who must play more of a role vertically downfield with OJ Howard injured.
In the first two weeks, Gronkowski was targeted only four times. Brady has looked for Gronkowski a total of 16 times the last two weeks and 22 in the last three. He caught just 2 receptions for 11 yards against the Saints and Panthers in Week 1 and Week 2.
In his last two games against the Packers and Raiders, Gronkowski caught 10 receptions for 140 yards. He made an appearance in the end zone in both of those games, as Brady threw up a one-on-one ball, which Gronkowski was able to come down with.
Note that Gronkowski has averaged 64 yards in his last three outings. He’s recorded at least 43 yards receiving in four of his previous five games. Double teaming Gronkowski often won’t work, as Brady will just find Scotty Miller. With his targets continuing to increase, and his hands good as ever, look for Gronkowski to go for at least 50 yards against the Giants.
Mike Evans Receptions
The Brady to Evans connection hasn’t exactly developed like many people expected, but there have been a couple games where we’ve seen it on full display. Evans went off against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 for 7 receptions and 104 yards. The Broncos were able to contain Evans the following week, as he caught 2 receptions for 4 yards. Evans was a non-factor in that game. However, Brady looked his way often the following week versus the Chargers. Evans was targeted 8 times for 7 receptions and 122 yards.
Since then, Evans has been quiet for the Buccaneers. He’s coming off a 37-yard performance against the Raiders in a 45-20 win. The Bucs scored 45 points and didn’t need Evans with Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller collecting a lot of receptions and yards. However, Brady will be without the services of Godwin on Monday night. I believe that Evans should be more involved in the offense in this one. The Giants’ secondary isn’t anything to get excited about. They’re conceding 251.3 yards per game through the air, which ranks in the bottom half of the NFL. Expect Godwin to haul in at least 5 receptions.
Evan Engram Receiving Yards
Daniel Jones will have to get rid of the ball early on Monday night. He likely isn’t going to have that much time in the pocket to make a decision. Methodical drives up and down the field are likely what is going to need to happen for the Giants.
Keep Brady off the field while finding points. Easier said than done, but a big game is likely required out of Jones at home on Monday night. Their best hope in this one is that the Buccaneers are fully focused on the Saints and come into the Meadowlands taking the Giants lightly.
Evan Engram will be a focal point of the Giants’ offense on Monday evening. He has the talent to be one of the better tight ends in the league, but the Giants haven’t been able to get the kind of production out of him that they’d like this season. The offense made it a point to locate Engram plenty last week, though.
Engram made 6 receptions for 46 yards against the Eagles for one of his better performances of the season. It’s the third time this season that Engram has made 6 receptions. I anticipate the Giants telling Jones to get rid of the ball quickly to avoid the Buccaneers’ pass rush. Engram should likely benefit from that. He should be good for at least 35 yards in this contest.