The Buccaneers will go for their second straight win on Sunday when they host the Giants at Ray-Jay.
The headline for this game – at least on a national level – is the quarterback change made by the Giants. Eli Manning is on the bench, and rookie Daniel Jones gets his first career start. For any Tampa Bay fans who think this is great news, I will politely remind you that the Bucs have a history of making rookie and backup quarterbacks look like superstars. Remember Derek Anderson?
In addition to preparing for Jones, one of the keys for the Bucs will be stopping Saquon Barkley, much like they were able to contain Christian McCaffrey last Thursday night.
Offensively, this is stating the obvious: the Buccaneers have to protect the football and cut down on penalties. The latter has been a big problem in the first two games.
Another reason this is an important game: Tampa Bay won’t play another game at Ray-Jay until November 10. The next six weeks consist of four road games, a “home” game in London, and the bye week. Yikes.
Kickoff is at 4:05, and will be televised around here on Boston 25. For the second time in three weeks, Kenny Albert and Ronde Barber are the announcers. Barber will be inducted into the Bucs’ Ring of Honor at halftime. His pick-six in against the Eagles in the 2002 NFC Championship game is arguably the greatest play in team history.