Knight in Shinning Armor

The heavy rain did not dampen the spirits of Tampa Bay fans Monday night. The Buccaneers beat the Giants despite losing three turnovers, one for a touchdown. Giant quarterback Kerry Collins was the Buccaneers most valuable player by single handedly accounting for four give aways.

The Buccaneers defense had help from Giant miscues, but managed to keep the New York offense from getting to the end zone. Perhaps the bright lights of primetime television helped pump up the defense, and helped them hit harder than they had all season. Tim Wansley had eight tackles but the hit he put on Giants' wide receiver Amani Toomer in the end zone saved at least one touchdown for the home team. Toomer then dropped a sure touchdown over the middle, possibly because he remembered what happened to him the last time the ball came his way.

Bucs' fans were sporting home made jerseys poking fun at the departed Keyshawn Johnson, and cheered extra loud for his able-bodied replacement. Lee was the spark his team needed. He caught 5 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. His break away speed was a welcome change to the catch and fall style of #19. Keenan McCardell was effective, but did his best Keyshawn impersonation by fumbling and dropping a couple of passes.

New York was true to form in turnover ratio, which is ranked dead last in the NFL. Secondly, the decision making on the sideline was awful yet again. The Giants came out of the two-minute warning and then called their last time out. This awful strategy sealed their fate, not the decision to intentionally take a safety, which was their best chance at a comeback. All of this was overshadowed by the decision to kick the extra point instead of going for two after the team's only touchdown. The Giants would have needed another touchdown with or without the point, but a two-point conversion would have put them within three. It is safe to say that head coach Jim Fassell has spent his last year in the big apple.

The Buccaneers should be able to turn this win into some much needed momentum, as they need to finish the season without losing another game. The schedule sets up favorably for this as the Bucs do not face a team with a winning record until the season finale in Tennessee.

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