Bucs not finishing drives, trail Giants 17-9 at halftime
The Bucs trail the Giants 17-9 at halftime and in many ways, they should feel fortunate.
Here are some first half observations.
--The Bucs aren’t finishing drives. Tampa Bay got an INT by Sterling Moore on the first play of the game, a 68-yard completion to Mike Evans and had first-and-goal at the Giants’ 9 yard line to end the half. But all they could produce was three Connor Barth field goals.
--The Bucs have shuffled their secondary again with no success. It’s the sixth combination in the back end of the defense for Tampa Bay. Sterling Moore and Jude Adjei-Barimah started at cornerback with Johnthan Banks, Alterraun Verner and Tim Jennings all active and benched. Verner played the nickel corner.
--The Bucs are not running the football, but have success spreading the Giants out. Winston is the Bucs leading rusher with two carries for 14 yards. Doug Martin lost a fumble. Charles Sims has been ineffective. But Winston is having some success throwing the ball with three and four receivers. He is 8-of-14 passing for 142 yards.
--The injuries are piling up. The Bucs lost S Bradley McDougald to a concussion and G Ali Marpet to an ankle injury. Evan Smith has replaced Marpet at G. Major Wright is now at safety.
--Waiting on a punt. Takeaways and fourth-down stops aside, the Bucs have not forced a punt in eight quarters.