Week 3 Preview: Buccaneers vs Giants

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.

Warren Sapp Inducted Into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Pro Football Hall of Fame, meet Mr. Sapp.

On Saturday night, Warren Sapp became just the second Buccaneer to be enshrined in Canton (Lee Roy Selmon is the other.)  Sapp was one of seven players to be inducted into the Hall.

He joined the Bucs in 1995 when the team was awful.  Two years later, Tampa Bay was in the playoffs.  In 1999, he was there in St. Louis when the Bucs played in (and nearly won) the NFC Championship game.  And on January 26, 2003, he was celebrating a Super Bowl title on the field in San Diego with John Lynch, Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber and the rest of his teammates.  Expect to see Brooks in the Hall next year.

Sapp’s career was defined by his relentless pass rush, and sacks – a lot of them.  He finished his career having taken down quarterbacks 96.5 times (some of those came with the Raiders.)  He was also known for having a big mouth; there’s no denying that.  I will never forget all of the times he and Brett Favre were seen yapping it up.  Those who had to line up against him will argue that Sapp’s mouth went a bit too far.  Such is life.

Warren Sapp will be inducted into Tampa Bay’s Ring of Honor during halftime of the Monday night against the Dolphins on Nov. 11.

To see Warren Sapp’s entire Hall of Fame speech, click here.

Photo Courtesy: AP