Of course, the two teams that will face off on “Monday Night Football” are very different from those that have faced off in previous Super Bowls – starting with the fact that one of the teams is actually a different franchise. together. However, there’s still a lot of nasty history involved here, which makes it pertinent for this game to take place this particular week.
So, will the Giants cause yet another disappointment in the all-time great, or will Brady and the Bucs run the business from home? We’ll find out later this evening; but right now, we’re here to split the game.
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When Giants Have Shadows
The Buccaneers desperately need some help in the secondary group at the moment, so the full-back’s potential return Sean Murphy-Bunting – who has been sidelined since injuring his elbow in Week 1 – is a welcome development. Especially the case was against a legion that took in a lot of Giants that were getting stronger, even with Sterling Shepard still sitting on the sidelines (and not practicing) for this upcoming game. Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton, and Kadarius Toney all are healthy and must match those with Ross Cockrell, Pierre Desir, and Dee Delaney would be less than ideal. Now, at least, the Bucs should have both Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean in the squad.
New York’s offensive line did a slightly better job than expected keeping the pressure off the Daniel Jones‘face this season. So far, he’s been pressured on 32.9% of his dropouts, according to Tru Media, almost exactly equal to the league average of 32.8%. Get the ball left Andrew Thomas Back on the field should only help on that front. The Bucs put pressure on opposing defenders by the third highest percentage in the league, although they are somewhat prone to scuffles, which is one of Jones’ strong points.
The bad news for Jones, however, is that the Buccaneers mostly played covering the area, using the seventh-lowest man in the league. Jones is only 24th out of 34 quarterbacks that qualify in the EPA for each drop per area, and has a negative interception rate on those throws. Slot man Shepard is also perhaps the Giants’ best hitter, although the return of Saquon Barkley as an exit outside the backyard will give Jones the opportunity to work on the test routes and make some easy profits.
The Giants don’t seem to find much success on the field in front of this Tampa defensive front that has deterred pretty much everyone from running the ball. Vita Vea is questionable for the game, but even without him, Bucs is too good to go on. Tampa ranks second in Football Outsiders’ DVOA defenses, sixth in Adjusted Lines Per Take, and third in the percentage of opponent runs that stop at or after the play line ( 25 percent). The Giants have had little success in running the ball this year with or without Barkley, who has been so underwhelming in the seven games he’s been healthy for the past two seasons.
When the Buccaneers have the ball
Tampa’s surprising lack of effectiveness against the Washington team’s defense, one of the worst in the game NFL Entering Week 10, their game was one of the strangest developments of the season. That’s true even in his absence Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski, and By Chris Godwin entered the match suspiciously due to a leg injury. It is a defense that any good offensive behavior must tear down.
But in something that is trending this year, the fact that the Football Team put heavy pressure on Brady early in the game detracted from the pace of attack for the rest of the afternoon. That will be the key for the Giants on Monday night. Brady has to lose the beat early, or else he’ll keep the rhythm throughout the game.
One area where the Giants might have an edge is Leonard Williams and company on the defensive line against inside Tampa’s offensive line. It’s also the best place to put pressure against Brady, because he’d rather step up and/or get into a pocket than be forced to move out of his position, out, put back in and then throw . (He was never a track runner, and even less than one now.) Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham may feel the urge to ramp up some pressure just to make sure. that his daggers will enter the backyard, but that can be dangerous for Brady, who recognizes and diagnoses flash better than anyone around.
If the Giants can’t get that pressure to knock Brady out of his game, they could run into some trouble late game. James Bradberry metrics to track Mike Evans around the yard, just like he did when they got together twice a year when Bradberry was with Panthers, but Godwin should have a significant advantage in the slot, Gronkowski looks like he could get back to first screen, and the Giant’s second is somewhat exhausted with both Logan Ryan (COVID-19) and jabrill peppers (in the year) out of the lineup. The midfield should therefore be for Brady to attack.
Leonard Fournette have bet the total required amount for the Buccaneers backyard at this point, with Giovani Bernard mix for two minutes back and Ronald Jones a thought later. Fournette still has problems with artifacts from time to time, but he has become a valuable shop for inspection and display features. His 4.3 yards-per-take average isn’t huge but is indeed tied for the best mark of his career. However, the Bucs don’t make the running game the focus of their offensive behavior, preferring instead to let Brady run things. That’s the team’s strength anyway, so they can rely on that too.
Prediction: Buccaneers 33, Giants 17
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