Buccaneers Lose 32-31 to the New York Giants
The New York Giants came into Raymond James Stadium and stunned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-31 with rookie QB Daniel Jones at the helm. Daniel Jones exploded for 336 yards and 2 TDs passing while rushing for 28 yards and 2 TDs. He made quite the impression across the league against the Buccaneers.
Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston came out firing and he connected with WR Mike Evans for 3 TDs in the first half. This connection would not see the light until late in the fourth quarter after the Giants took the lead. Winston threw for 380 yards and had 1 INT while Evans had 190 yards receiving. The duo were one of the few positives from this game.
The Buccaneers led 28-10 at the half and it looked they were on their way to rolling to a 2-1 record. This all changed in the second half due to conservative play calling on Offense which led to RB Ronald Jones having 80 yards rushing but 0 TDs and broken coverages on Defense. The only positive from the Defense was Shaq Barrett having four sacks in this game and 2 forced fumbles. The Defense was supposed to lock down the depleted Giants and they let them run all over. Giants RB Saquon Barkley was contained and eventually exited the game with an ankle injury. He was seen with a walking boot and crutches after the injury.
The biggest thing that continues to curse the Buccaneers is kicking. Kicker Matt Gay missed 2 extra points and a potential game winning FG. Head Coach Bruce Arians said in his post game press conference that he took a delay of game penalty late in the game because he felt Gay was better with farther kicks. In the end, this wasn’t true. The Buccaneers have to regroup and get their heads right before they head to Los Angeles to take on the Rams next week.
Featured Image Credit: Dirk Shadd- Tampa Bay Times