The Buccaneers have a tall order this week in stopping the Super Bowl champs a week after they were embarrassed at home against the Cowboys. So far, so good for the Bucs as they’ve managed to play efficient football on both sides of the ball.
The highlight of the first quarter is without a doubt the 41-yard pass from Josh Freeman to Vincent Jackson down the sidelines that exploited a single coverage setup that allowed the Bucs to ge a Connor Barth field goal. On the second offensive possession, the Bucs played the same they did on the first with lost of short and medium passes, spreading the ball all over the field.
However, the second drive brutally ended on a six-yard sack by Chase Blackburn, the first time Freeman has gone down today. But it came right after Freeman just over threw Vincent Jackson on another homerun ball that would have been a touchdown.
As fot the defense, Gerald McCoy has been über-aggressive thus far, which has actually worked against him as much as it has worked for him. While McCoy stuffs most of the runs at him, a few have sped right past him, as he’s coming into the backfield so ferociously.
Aqib Talib has also been intensely tested by Eli Manning, as Hakeem Nicks took his first two passes for 40-yards. The secondary has been spotty this far, but they’ve only allowed two field goals so far. This needs to all be built upon if the Bucs want to win.