On paper this game looks like a mismatch. The 5-2 Buccaneers come into this game on a roll, winners of five of their last six. Their only loss in that stretch was a one point defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bears, when Tom Brady inexplicably lost count of the downs in a game ending drive. Outside of that one hiccup, Brady and the Buccaneers have been dominating. Four of their five wins have been by two or more touchdowns. The Buccaneers defense is ranked #1 in yards allowed, rushing yards allowed and first downs allowed, while the offense is #2 in the NFL in scoring. This is an excellent, well rounded Buccaneers team.
In contrast, the Giants are one of the worst teams in the NFL. The Giants have lost six out of seven games. Their lone victory was a one point win over the lowly Football Team. The Giants defense has been decent at times, but the offense has been bad. The Giants offense ranks 31st in the NFL in yards and points scored, and they have scored more than 21 points just once all year, against an inept Dallas Cowboys defense.
The Buccaneers need this game to keep pace with the New Orleans Saints atop the NFC South, while the Giants probably benefit more from losing and strengthening their draft position at this point. On paper, this one looks like a mismatch. We’ll see what it looks like on the field.
It’s the Buccaneers and the Giants on Monday Night Football.
Enjoy the game everybody.