X's and O's: Giants 24, Bucs 0

Here is a look at how the Giants did, position by position, against the Bucs.


When the pocket collapsed on a third-and-eight play from the Giants' 30 late in the third quarter, Eli Manning managed to out-run MLB Barrett Rudd to Tampa Bay's sideline for a nine-yard gain. Manning fired a perfectly timed pass that Smith caught immediately after making his break in the front of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown that helped give the Giants a 14-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter. Bottom Line: Manning threw two touchdowns and didn't turn the ball over.


FB Madison Hedgecock's pancake block in the backfield helped create a huge hole for RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who broke two tackles en route to a 38-yard gain that moved the Giants to Tampa Bay's 9 toward the end of the first quarter. The Giants went ahead 14-0 two plays later. Five of Bradshaw's 14 carries accounted for first downs. Bottom Line: Maybe Bradshaw can be 2009's Derrick Ward.


TE Kevin Boss was off his feet and twisted around, but that didn't stop him from making a 24-yard catch over MLB Barrett Rudd that advanced the Giants to Tampa Bay's 12 around the midway mark of the third quarter. The Giants took a 17-0 lead on Lawrence Tynes' 26-yard FG four plays later. With FS Will Allen on his back, Steve Smith snatched a ball thrown behind him away from CB Aqib Talib for a 12-yard gain to the Bucs' 20 in the first quarter. Rather than turning the ball over, the Giants went ahead 7-0 three plays later on Brandon Jacobs' 6-yard run. Bottom Line: They were solid, but not as impressive as they were against the Cowboys.


RT Kareem McKenzie manhandled DE Gaines Adams to give Manning all the time he needed to complete a 20-yard pass to WR Mario Manningham on a third-and-12 play from the Giants' 26 early in the third quarter. The Giants went ahead 17-0 at the end of that drive on Tynes' FG. Bottom Line: The Giants rushed for 226 yards and Manning wasn't sacked.


DT Fred Robbins shed two blockers to drop RB Derrick Ward in the backfield for a 5-yard loss just before the midway mark of the second quarter. DE Mathias Kiwanuka's pressure up the middle forced QB Byron Leftwich to throw an errant pass toward TE Kellen Winslow earlier than he would've liked. CB Terrell Thomas intercepted it and brought it back three yards to the Giants' 34 late in the first quarter. The Giants pulled in front 14-0 on the ensuing drive. Bottom Line: Their 10 hurries helped keep Leftwich out of rhythm all day.


MLB Antonio Pierce helped protect the shutout when he batted down backup QB Josh Johnson's throw to TE Jerramy Stevens on a third-and-goal play from the Giants' 5 in the fourth quarter. LB Michael Boley reacted quickly to drop FB B.J. Askew for a 1-yard loss after catching a screen pass. Boley's play put Tampa Bay in a third-and-six situation from its own 23 early in the second quarter, and the Bucs punted soon thereafter. Bottom Line: The Bucs weren't successful running or throwing.


Nickel CB Bruce Johnson knocked away a poorly thrown pass that WR Michael Clayton was trying to reach back and catch from Leftwich on a third-and-four play from Tampa Bay's 32 early in the third quarter. Johnson's defended pass forced the Bucs to punt. The pass interference flag thrown against Johnson, which cost the Giants 25 yards in the fourth quarter, didn't look warranted, either. He barely made any contact with Clayton. Bottom Line: The Bucs recorded 58 passing yards.


Jeff Feagles' placement of a decent snap from Zak DeOssie was perfect, but Lawrence Tynes hooked a 21-yard FG attempt to the left on the next-to-last play of the first half. CB Bruce Johnson tackled CB Torrie Cox on a Giants punt return in the second quarter, which cost them 10 yards of field position. Bottom Line: Tynes has given the coaches cause for concern.


Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride helped re-establish Brandon Jacobs' confidence by calling Jacobs' number on seven of the Giants' first 12 plays. He gained 32 of his 92 yards on their first drive, which resulted in his 6-yard score. Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan's unit limited Tampa Bay to 86 total yards of offense, despite all of its injuries. Bottom Line: They began resting starters early in the fourth quarter of a road game.

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