Bucs Look To Snap Two Game Losing Streak Against The Giants

November 22, 2021

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers season hangs in the balance. After two losses to the New Orleans Saints and a less than inspiring performance against WFT, the Bucs will try to right the ship against an old foe tonight in the New York Giants.

The Bucs and Giants have squared met four consecutive seasons, with the Bucs winning a nail-biter in New York last season 25-23.

It doesn’t seem to matter what the records are for those two teams. The games are always close and seem to come right down to the last play or two. The previous four games between these teams have been decided by three points or less.

Tom Brady as he has not lost three consecutive games since the 2002 season.

The only player ruled out for the Buccaneers is wide receiver, Antonio Brown. Brown is still recovering from the foot injury suffered in the Philadelphia game.

Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting will be back tonight in a limited role. Murphy-Bunting has not played since injuring his elbow in the season opener against Dallas.

Bruce Arians talked about what we can expect from Murphy-Bunting against the Giants. “I think Sean is showing me that he’s probably ready to go, and we’ll see if we’re going to make that roster move yet. Getting him back’s one thing, but playing 60 plays is another. Sean’s been out a long time, so we can’t overload him. But there are spots, if we get him back in there, that he can help us for sure and gradually get his role back.”

The Bucs put Richard Sherman on IR this week. He will miss at least the next three games with a calf injury. The Bucs could also be down Dee Delaney if he does not clear concussion protocol by game time.

Carlton Davis and Rashard Robinson remain out for the Bucs.

The Bucs also have some concerns along the defensive line. Rakeem Nunez-Roches suffered an injury in practice this week and is questionable. Vita Vea is doubtful after a slight MCL sprain and bone bruise suffered on the game’s last play against Washington. It will be a game-time decision for both Nunez-Roches and Vea.

The Giants will be without their best defensive player Logan Ryan out due to COVID-19 protocols. The Giants, however, are expecting to have running back Saquon Barkley back. Barkley will see his first game action since week five when he hurt his ankle.

The Buccaneers continue to have the number passing attack in the NFL and are averaging 31 points a game. Tom Brady talked this week about the overall play that led to the two-game skid and what needs to happen to get back to playing winning football.

“We’re not doing what it takes on the field to win. In order to do it right, you put in a lot of time and energy, and detail into what we’re doing. It will feel a lot better when we win, but we have to go earn it, and we’re going against a team that challenges you to do it.”

“I think we have to change it, and I think winning football is about doing the right thing as often as possible. Everyone being on the same page, great communication, and just giving the best effort as possible on every play. Things aren’t always going to be perfect out there, but you have to have as few as mistakes as possible.

“I think there’s a real urgency for us to have it right.”

According to coach Bruce Arians, Rob Gronkowski will play against the Giants tonight, barring any pre-game setbacks. That will help Brady and the passing attack as he will get one of his favorite targets back.

After four consecutive games with over 100 yards rushing, The Bucs run game has grown to a near halt running for just 71 yards against New Orleans and 47 last week against Washington.

It will be a challenge tonight against a Giants front seven led by Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence. Williams is tied with rookie Azeez Ojulari for the team lead with 5.5 sacks. Lawrence is a hard-to-move defensive tackle in the middle of the Giants defensive line, similar to the Bucs Vita Vea.

Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones will look to get the running game back on track as the Giants give up 122 yards a game on the ground.

The Bucs are favored by 10.5 points, which I think is way too high considering the way the Bucs have played lately and the history between these two teams.

Look for Tom Brady to get back on track, passing for three touchdown passes, and the Bucs to recharge the running attack against the Giants.

Mike Evans has 71 career touchdown passes as a Buccaneer and is tied with Mike Alstott for the franchise lead. Mike Evans will get the record tonight as he will catch a touchdown pass from Tom Brady. A well-deserved milestone forMike Evans.

I like the Bucs to win this one 27-24.