Friday, May 25, 2018
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Bucs-Giants: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions for Sunday's game

BOUNCING BACK

Tom Jones, @tomwjones: So which Bucs team shows up? The one that clobbered the Bears or the one clobbered by the Vikings? There's no rational reason to believe the beat-up Bucs are going to win, yet maybe being back home will spark the offense and lead Tampa Bay to victory. Prediction: Tampa Bay 24-20

ELI'S COMING

Martin Fennelly, @mjfennelly: Upset special. Giants are flawed, Eli Manning finds his inner Case Keenum. The Bucs don't have depth (who does?) to win games while missing what looks like multiple top-line starters on one side of the ball. Then again, who does? Prediction: New York 27-23

GIANT SETBACK

Rick Stroud, @NFLStroud: The Giants are better than their 0-3 record. Last week, their offense came alive with an uptempo attack. The Bucs D is reeling and without LBs Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David. That means rookie Kendell Beckwith could make the calls against Eli Manning. Uh-oh. Prediction: New York 24-20

OFFENSE STEPS UP

Greg Auman, @gregauman: Can the Bucs defense win without Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David? It's a major challenge, and the offense must step up, controlling the game and helping keep a depleted defense off the field. Bucs pull it off. Prediction: Tampa Bay 27-24

BUCS GROUND ONE OUT

Thomas Bassinger, @tometrics: The fewer opportunities Eli Manning has to target Odell Beckham, the better, so I could see the Bucs trying to control the clock with the run. The Giants allowed seven rushes of 10 or more yards last Sunday. Prediction: Tampa Bay 24-21

GIANT AIR SHOW

Ernest Hooper, @hoop4you: The Giants' aerial attack came to life in the second half against Philadelphia. Without a pass rush, the Bucs secondary appears vulnerable, and it's unlikely for New York to go 0-4. Prediction: New York 31-27

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