Sunday, September 16, 2012
How you feeling? Giants-Buccaneers
By Dan Graziano
As the New York Giants get set to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1 p.m. ET today in East Rutherford, N.J., here's one reason for Giants fans to feel good and one cause for concern.
Feeling good: The Giants' defensive front four, which was unable to get as much pressure on Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo as it wanted to in the opener, has had 10 days to stew about that game and should be fired up to get after the shaky Buccaneers offensive line. Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman is mobile, but he's not as adept as Romo is at avoiding the rush, keeping his eyes downfield and making plays when the line breaks down in front of him. Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora should be able to feast today, and they'll be looking forward to the chance to do so.
Cause for concern: Tampa Bay wants to run the ball, and rookie running back Doug Martin looked good in the opener. The Giants' run defense is not the strength of their team, so there's a chance the Bucs could control the game if they're able to have success running the ball on early downs. The Giants' offense is much more quick-strike, so the game sets up for Tampa Bay to control the time of possession if they're able to bang away at the middle of the Giants' defensive front with Martin and LeGarrette Blount.