NY Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Time: 3:05 PM CST (FOX)
Spread: TAM -5
Odds c/o 5dimes
Tampa Bay improved to 1-1 with its 20-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers. This week the Bucs host the visiting New York Giants as 5-point favorites at 3 PM (CST) Sunday on FOX. The over/under is set at 48 total points according to NFL oddsmakers at bookmaker 5dimes. New York is 0-2 on the season and is 0-1 on the road SU.
Tampa Bay’s defense basically feasted on Cam Newton last week as he completed under 50 percent of his 51 throws while suffering three sacks and throwing not a single TD. Jameis Winston threw 16 of 25 for 208 yards with one TD pass, but he was sacked three times as well for a total loss of 19-yards. The Bucs also struggled with its rush, averaging just 3.2 yards-per-carry on its 31 attempts. Peyton Barber led the team with 82 yards on 23 carries and he rushed one for a TD.
Chris Godwin caught a team-high eight passes for 121 yards, including a touchdown. He caught all but one targeted pass. Mike Evans added four catches for 61-yards, including a 41-yard reception. The Buccaneers averaged 13.0 yards per catch and caught 16 of 21 targeted looks. Winston was not sensational, but he was good, and the 103.4 passer rating is more than acceptable for a win over the Panthers.
Barber has thus far somewhat struggled. He rushed eight times against San Francisco in Week 1, but picked up just 33-yards. His longest rushes of the season have been just 16 and 14-yards, leaving plenty to wonder if he can make some big plays from the backfield or whether the arm of Winston will have to carry this football team.
The Giants lost 17-35 to Dallas in Week 1 and 14-28 to the Buffalo Bills in week 2. The Giants are now starting its future franchise quarterback in Daniel Jones, and Saquon Barkley has been sensational. The team should now begin to turn it around if it is going to. Eli Manning is now the backup and the Duke superstar should get his chance to be an NFL starter this week.
Manning had struggled with two interceptions to his two touchdowns while averaging just 6.2 yards-per-reception. Jones brings more upside and hopefully, he can move it down the field with Evan Engram being a primary target.
The tight end has caught 17 of 22 targeted passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. City Latimer and Bennie Fowler have 16 catches between them, but Latimer is averaging 17.3 yards-per-catch including one 43-yard reception. Barkley has caught seven passes out of the backfield for 47 yards, including a long-catch of 19-yards. The Giants have the players at the skill positions for Jones to really succeed, so he could not ask for a better situation for his first start than to have Barkley for handoffs and short routes, and Engram as a big target from the tight end position. Let us see what the Duke product can create now that he has the reigns.
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