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Bucs-Giants: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions for Sunday's game

Eli Manning is facing a decimated Bucs D.
Eli Manning is facing a decimated Bucs D.
Published Oct. 1, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


  1. Ohio State defensive lineman Chase Young listens during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. [AJ MAST  |  AP]
  2. Former Oklahoma and Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts could be someone the Bucs consider if they select a quarterback on day 2 of the NFL draft April 24 in Las Vegas. [ROD AYDELOTTE  |  AP]
  3. Tom Brady and the Patriots have appeared in eight straight AFC championship games and have won three of the past five Super Bowls. [JEFF ROBERSON  |  Associated Press]
  4. Bruce Arians said the Bucs' new uniforms will look more like this. The hope is they will play more like this. [DAMASKE, JIM  |  St. Petersburg Times]
  5. It sounds like Bucs coaches and the front office have had a change of heart on tight end O.J. Howard. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  6. Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. [MICHAEL CONROY  |  AP]
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Detroit. [PAUL SANCYA  |  AP]
  8. In this file photo, Bucs coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Jameis Winston walk off the field after a season-opening home loss to San Francisco. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  9. Florida State running back Cam Akers (3) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter of last season's home opener against Boise State. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  10. He may look happy here, but Bradley Pinion seems pretty overjoyed (at least on social media) at the prospect of the team dumping this uni design. [Times]
  11. Kacey Reynolds announces that LSU linebacker Devin White has been selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Bucs announced Sunday that Reynolds had died at age 20 after a three-year battle with Hodgkin lymphoma. [MARK HUMPHREY  |  AP]
  12. Linebacker Shaquil Barrett's bet on himself is about to pay off, in Tampa Bay or elsewhere. [PAUL SANCYA  |  AP]