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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs not finishing drives, trail Giants 17-9 at halftime

All the Bucs could produce in the first half was three Connor Barth field goals.


All the Bucs could produce in the first half was three Connor Barth field goals.



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.








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