Buccaneers: Giants MNF matchup scarier than it seems

Saquon Barkley, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Saquon Barkley, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers can’t afford to overlook the Giants on Monday night.

The Buccaneers should destroy the Giants on Monday Night Football if stats and numbers dictated he game. The Bucs have the much better quarterback, better offensive line, and better defense when fully healthy.

If you go position to position, the Bucs have an advantage in every area but corner for now, yet this game is still one where the Buccaneers will have to scratch and claw to pull out a win.

History is the best determinant of this. Looking at the last two games, Tampa has clearly not had their mojo right. Dropping two games in a row to inferior teams inspires little confidence that this roster will be able to right the ship against a Giants team that is better than the Washington Football team by a mile.

Looking at the past few years, the Giants have been a shockingly difficult game for the Buccaneers. The Daniel Jones breakout game will live in infamy in Bucs history forever, and the game last year came down to a controversial no-call on the final play of the game to seal it in favor of the Bucs.

One way or another, anticipating this game to be a blowout in favor of the Buccaneers is a long shot. Even if the Bucs have dominated their inferior opponents so far this season, the past two weeks with a bye sandwiched in the middle cause plenty of concern about the viability of this roster in a playoff push.

Tampa is the much better team with a far better coaching staff and supporting cast, but the Giants always seem to get up for this game, much like every other team on the schedule for the Bucs this season.

If the Buccaneers want to win this game, they can’t afford to come out flat like they have in their past matchups in recent weeks.

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