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Giants let another one slip late to Bucs, drop to 0-4

02 October 2017

Although a team may not get sacks, it can affect an opposing quarterback with pressure. "When you're a player and you look at the Giants and you see Eli Manning, Sterling Shepard, all their receivers - they've got (Odell) Beckham back this week - and then you look on the defensive side and you see (Jason) Pierre-Paul, you see (Olivier) Vernon". Officially, the Buccaneers were credited with no sacks and just two quarterback hits. Not generating any pressure, the Buccaneers couldn't get any turnovers.

The Tampa Bay tight end got open deep down the field on a 58-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jameis Winston with 3:00 left in the first quarter. It sure does not look as if they are ready to play at the start of these games. The Giants had to punt and Brad Wing shanked it for just 15 yards, giving the Bucs decent field position for what would prove to be a go-ahead touchdown drive.

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I'd venture to say that every National Football League team has a good Plan A. That is to say, if the basic original game plan works the way the coaching staff draws it up, that team will most likely win the game. Even with some backups, the Buccaneers should expect to rush the passer and create some hurried throws. That is some improvement. NY chose to activate Wayne Gallman for the game, and the rookie tailback made an impact when Paul Perkins came out with a ribs injury. On third-and-goal at the 2 and trailing 22-17, the Giants gave every indication they were going to run. "To have an effective running game, running backs all need touches". They are expected to be without their two best linebackers, Kwon Alexander (hamstring) and Lavonte David (ankle), who did not practice Wednesday. Evan Engram gains some fantasy appeal as well. On Sunday, it was the Buccaneers' turn to wreak havoc. Nick Folk did nothing on Sunday to quell the fears in Tampa whenever a kicker lines up to boot one. In reality, he almost cost the team a victory.

Starting the third quarter down six after the Bucs tacked on a field goal before the half, the Giants embarked on an 11-play, 61-yard drive with their first possession of the second half that ended in rookie running back Wayne Gallman's first career touchdown, a four-yard reception to give NY a one-point lead. Last week, the Giants were beaten on a 61-yard field goal by Philadelphia rookie Jake Elliott.

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Folk is a veteran, so he's been through this before. We've got to be able to communicate. Folk is 6 of 8 on field goals this season and 5 of 7 on extra points.

The Giants have a lot of issues right now.

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Coach Ben McAdoo said he doesn't have any doubts that the Giants have a strong locker room and will stick together as a team moving forward. The offensive lineman understands his team is in a dire state, but he still believes a miracle is possible. They have not run the ball very well.

Giants let another one slip late to Bucs, drop to 0-4