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Monday Night Football Preview: Buccaneers vs Giants

It’s a trap! The Bucs sit atop the NFC South and will travel north to do battle with the 1-6 Giants.

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Monday Night Football Preview: Buccaneers vs Giants

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For 50 years, Monday Night Football has given us a reason to look forward to the start of the workweek. The iconic broadcast showcases the best the NFL has to offer. From armchair Quarterbacks to pitcher and wing deals, from Cosell to Levy, all our rowdy friends are here for Monday Night.

Brady vs His Arch Nemesis

Sure Brady vs (Peyton) Manning was a rivalry. But I’m certain there is no one thing on this planet that bugs Tom Brady more than the New York Giants. No matter how many regular-season victories he scores against them, this is one team that will forever haunt the greatest to ever play the game. The Giants fans are having a bad season, and disappointment is most likely on the table for Monday night. So, here’s to the good times that no one can take away from you.

Bucs Keys to Victory: Don’t fall into the trap

Question: What do you get when you combine one division leader, one 1-6 team and a bitter division rival up next on the schedule?

Its A Trap GIF
Its A Trap GIF

You get the TRAP GAME! Someone is bound to fall for the dreaded Trap Game sooner or later this season. The Bucs are hoping it’s not them.

Theoretically, they should clean up on the Giants Monday Night. I’m talking double-digit victory. But they can’t be looking ahead to their match up with New Orleans this following Sunday. The Saints beat Tampa Bay in the season opener and are nipping at the Buc’s heels for the division lead. Do not drop a needless game here, if you’re Tampa. Get the easy W and get back home to prep for the Saints.

Giant’s Keys to Victory: Allow the Defense to keep you in the game.

For a 1-6 team, there is a lot to build upon and a lot still to play for. For starters, at 1-6, The Giants are only a game and a half back of the division lead.

That's kooky talk.

The NFC East is wide open apparently, and its division winner will most likely have the worst record of any division winner in league history. Four of the Giants six losses were one-score games. A New York division title is still within the realm of possibility. It’s 2020 after all, would you expect anything less?

Now, no team the Giants have played is anywhere near the caliber of their Monday night opponent. The Giants also have the 31st ranked offense and no Saquon Barkley, as he’s out for the season. However, if they can get a big night from Daniel Jones, some help from their defense and catch Brady and the Bucs in the Trap. I mean, anything is possible.

Final Word

I think the Giants will get crushed. Plain and simple. A close game on Monday night would surely distract from the impending anxiety of the following night’s election. But this isn’t like those Giants teams that were expected to get crushed by Brady and the Pats in two separate Super Bowls. Those Giants team won the NFC Conference, this Giants team has only beaten Washington.

With the point spread set at -12.5 to the Bucs, I will probably steer clear of this one and I advise you to do the same. The Over/Under is set at 45, I’d probably be inclined to take it. I don’t think the Giants will stop the Bucs from hanging at least 31 on them. And, at that, the Giants would only have to muster two TD’s to push it over. One, if Tampa can go 38.

FINAL: Buccaneers 35, Giants 16

Christian is husband, father and video editor working in New York City. Originally from the Greater Pittsburgh Area he is a life long fan The Steelers, Penguins and Pirates as well as Professional Wrestling.

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