Game Preview: New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Giants Beat takes a look ahead at the Week 9 battle in Tampa Bay against the Buccaneers.

November 8, 2015

Raymond James Stadium Tampa Bay, FL

Will be televised on FOX at 4:05 p.m. ET

Radio channels: Sirius- channel TBD, Internet- channel TBD, XM channel TBD

as well as other local affiliate stations



Announcers TBD


Radio Broadcast

Play-by-play Bob Papa, color commentator Carl Banks, sideline reporter Howard Cross


New York Giants:


2015 preseason record: 2-2

2015 regular season record: 4-4


2015 Regular Season Leaders:

Passing: Eli Manning 198 for 300 (66.0 completion %) 2,126 yards 17 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: Rashad Jennings 81 rushes for 316 yards, 1 TD

Receiving: Odell Beckham jr. 50 receptions for 654 yards, 7 TD


Tampa Bay Buccaneers:


2014 regular season record: 2-14

2015 preseason record: 2-2

2015 regular season record: 3-4


2015 Regular Season Leaders:

Passing: Jameis Winston 123 for 210 (58.6 completion %) 1,648 yards 10 TD, 7 INT

Rushing: Doug Martin 132 rushes for 612 yards, 3 TD

Receiving: Mike Evans 24 receptions for 386 yards, 1 TD


Results of the previous 3 meetings:

September 16, 2012: (HOME) Giants win 41-34

September 27, 2009: (AWAY) Giants win 24-0

(Playoffs) January 6, 2008: (AWAY) Giants win 24-14



Key Matchups:


Bucs WR Mike Evans vs. Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie


Mike Evans has dealt with some injuries this season, and hasn’t played up to the level some projected, but he is still a very good wide receiver, and the biggest threat on the Buc’s offense. Rodgers-Cromartie has three interceptions in the last two games. A statistical anomaly, the Giants defense gives up the most passing yards per game, but also leads the league in interceptions. If DRC can keep Evans from having a good game, the Giants should be able to hold the rest of the offense in check.


Bucs DT Gerald McCoy vs. Giants C Weston Richburg


Although they wont be exclusively matched up throughout the game, a Richburg-McCoy showdown should be an interesting thing to see. McCoy is one of the best interior defensive lineman in the game, and he is second on the team with 4.5 sacks, along with plugging holes in the running game. Richburg is quickly becoming one of the better centers, and alongside him, Justin Pugh can help out on McCoy.


Bucs CB Jonathan Banks vs. Giants WR Odell Beckham jr.


Banks will likely be asked to cover OBJ. After his three touchdown outing last weekend, OBJ is looking to build off that against a fairly mediocre secondary.  Banks will try to limit OBJ’s touches this weekend, but OBJ is heating up, and that task will be easier said than done.


Interesting Notes and Key Facts:

 Jason Pierre-Paul is hopeful to play in the game, but it is still unknown if he will play and how much he will play. The Giants rank last in the league in sacks (9), so his return would be much needed.

 According to the Giants twitter account, OBJ is tied for second in touchdowns among wide receivers in their first 20 games, to only Randy Moss who had 20 touchdowns.

In three of his last four games, Doug Martin has rushed for over 100 yards.

Eli Manning is undefeated at 3-0 in his career against the Bucs.




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