The Buccaneers staged a late game come back to beat the New York Giants, 25-23. Which players came out as winners and losers?
It’s a good thing that style points don’t count in the NFL. After trailing late in the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers managed to defeat the New York Giants in a rainy, sloppy affair inside Raymond James Stadium. The first quarter was a breeze for Jameis Winston and the offense, and they cruised to a 13-0 lead behind touchdowns from Mike Evans and O.J. Howard. A missed extra point and two missed field goals left several points on the field that would have made the offense look a lot better.
On defense the Buccaneers played without their two star linebackers, Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David. The Giants weren’t able to capitalize on the missing linebackers by attacking in the run game, but they were able to take advantage of some shoddy covering with their first round pick, tight end Evan Engram. The Buccaneer defensive line was playing mostly healthy, but disappointingly couldn’t get enough pressure on quarterback Eli Manning. We’ll see them in the losers section, but not before going over the weeks’ winners.