Studs & Duds from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ victory over the New York Giants
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers found a way to grind out a win over the New York Giants on Monday night in what was a strange game to say the least.
The Buccaneers entered the game with a 5-2 record looking to preserve a slim lead in the NFC South Division and came out victors, earning a 25-23 win.
Though it wasn’t pretty, Tampa Bay found a way to get the job done and that’s really all you can ask.
Here’s a look at some studs and duds from the matchup.
Ryan Succop‘s consistency and reliability
I keep harping on this, but when’s the last time you felt confident that a Bucs kicker was going to make a field goal attempt? The truth of the matter is that Tampa Bay fans have sat on their edge of their seats during every field goal and extra-point attempt for the last half-decade.
But Ryan Succop is different.
Succop was a perfect 4-of-4 on field goal attempts and all four attempts were from 35 yards or more. Without him, the Bucs lose the game and that’s not an exaggeration.
Tampa defense continuing to be a turnover-forcing machine
Say what you want to about the defense- and we’ll say plenty- but the one thing you’ve got to give the unit credit for is finding a way to create turnovers which, ultimately, gave the Bucs the win.
Without those two interceptions from Daniel Jones, the Giants likely win the game. Instead, the Bucs defensive backs made great plays and came up with big-time turnovers that were momentum shifters in the game.