Written By: Sal Vassallo
Week 8 of Monday Night football pits Tom Brady against the New York Giants, a team that has been a thorn in Brady’s career. However, this year the rivalry takes a new twist as Brady leads his Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) into Metlife Stadium to face the New York Giants.
Brady and the Buccaneers have been playing much better as of late, coming off two straight wins in dominant fashion over the Packers and Raiders in recent weeks. Both in different fashions. Against the Packers, the Bucs defense held Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to 160 yards passing and forced two interceptions. It’s very rare for Rodgers to even have one pick let alone two in the same game. Ronald Jones also had 113 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns for the Bucs. Last week against the Las Vegas Raiders, Tom Brady and the offense took center stage as Tom Brady threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns as wideout Scott Miller stepped up for 109 yards and a TD reception. It’s important to note that Rob Gronkowski has scored touchdowns the last two weeks after struggling to begin the season.
It seems as though the Bucs have got their footing as a team after a sluggish start. Expectations were high for the Buccaneers after they made a huge move this past off-season when they swiped legendary quarterback, Tom Brady away from the New England Patriots after Brady won six super bowls in New England. Two losses in the super bowl came to the New York Giants in 2008 and then again in 2012. Of course, the Giants (1-6) are a much different team. The Giants are a team rebuilding with rookie head coach Joe Judge and second year QB Daniel Jones at the helm, after taking Eli Manning’s job last season. The Giants are coming off a crushing loss to their rival Philadelphia Eagles, after the Giants blew an 11 point 4th quarter lead. After his big game passing last week, Brady should look to expose the Giants suspect defense. The Giants’ 26th ranked pass defense could lead to another big game for Brady, although he will be without receiver Chris Godwin again this week as he recovers from injury. The biggest problem for Daniel Jones has been turnovers and this season he has 7 interceptions and 5 fumbles (4 lost). Jones and the Giants won’t have it any easier against a fierce Tampa Bay defense. The Bucs rank 1st against the run and 3rd in total yards allowed. Jones and Big Blue will have to capitalize on the few opportunities they may get. As for the Buccaneers, they are simply firing on all cylinders right now.
With such high expectations, Tampa Bay is starting to play like the super bowl contenders people thought they could be. With the Giants playing as badly as they are, it’s simply two teams going in opposite directions. Football can be a funny game but I expect a Tampa Bay rout.
SCORE PREDICTION: Tampa Bay 37 – Giants 17
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