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Desperate teams meet as Bucs host Giants

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New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon takes a knee during the national anthem before the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Fla. on Oct. 1 2017

While the Bucs did have to abandon the run being down 21-3 at halftime, these numbers are not okay. The guys we have in this room, the talent we have in this room, we can go out and win any week.

Once again, the Giants' defense came up small, allowing the Bucs to march down the field with the greatest of ease.

The Bucs (2-1), who blew a 13-point first-quarter lead, set up Folk with a nine-play, 59-yard drive, highlighted by Jameis Winston's 26-yard pass to tight end Cameron Brate, which positioned Tampa Bay at the NY 13-yard line.

Though the Giants are winless, we have to start taking Tampa Bay seriously in the NFC hierarchy. Mara has far bigger issues with his team than a touchdown celebration as the Giants face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday (1:05 p.m. PT/4:05 p.m. ET, FOX, DirecTV). The Giants' chances of being the second are about one percent.

After 11 quarters of futility on offense, the Giants finally discovered the right combo moves in their fourth quarter comeback attempt at the Philadelphia Eagles last week. The run game for NY is the worst in all of the league, with 48.7 yards per game on the ground. Brandon Marshall had a costly drop on what should have been a first down and slumping Brad Wing's punt was a awful 15-yarder out of bounds.

In a furious fourth quarter that had three lead changes, the Bucs surged ahead 22-17 on Winston's 14-yard pass to Brate with 7:44 remaining. Nothing the Giants seem to be doing is working. Traveling to Minnesota, while realizing it'd be a hard matchup, the Bucs would have gone into the game expecting that they'd escape with a win. It began to pour moments before kickoff and the Giants proceeded to melt. There were nine total rushes, with Jacquizz Rodgers having the most yards at a mere 15 in total.

The Giants waited until they really needed it to spring their most creative offensive play-call of the season. The Giants started their third different offensive line configuration in four games when they had, from left to right, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Weston Richburg, D.J. Fluker and Justin Pugh. On the Buccaneers' next possession, Winston had a wide open pass to rookie tight end O.J. Howard, who took it 58 yards for a score.

"The NFL television rules prohibit us from airing both games this Sunday afternoon as CBS has the doubleheader", the statement said. It has become a trend with Apple. It was the second week in a row the Giants fell on a last-second field goal. The quarterback has thrown for 532 yards in 2 games, and has 3 touchdown passes. We have DeSean Jackson, who played in the same division as the Giants - same with Chris Baker. "After (Folk) missed those field goals (of 46 and 49 yards earlier in the game), I was feeling pretty confident that if he had a long field goal, he wouldn't make it".

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