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Giants vs. Buccaneers

by Kahlil Thomas

The 2-0 Giants go down to Tampa Bay to face the 0-2 Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. Now this is one of those games where after an emotional, hard-fought win at the Cowboys that could be one of those let down games. Even against the young, rebuilding Bucs.

Tampa Bay in two games so far are allowing 450 yards a game. Is this the same team that was known for their defense? Yes it is. Sans Monte Kiffin (who joined his son Lane at the U. of Tennessee) and their emotional leader Derrick Brooks, the Bucs defense is a shell of its former self and is in rebuilding mode. This is a defense where the Giants should no problem in exploiting every known issue on the defense. This especially mean Eli Manning going against an pass defense that has given up 282 passing yards so far this year and let Trent Edwards throw the ball everywhere last week.

The big issue is two-fold. Kenny Phillips, the Giants starting safety is out for the year with a knee injury after a two interception game against the Cowboys. The secondary is already banged up so the pressure will be on 5th year player C.C. Brown who will slide into the lineup. With Aaron Ross and Kevin Dockery most likely out for Sunday's game, this could be the Achilles heel for the Giants. Not to mention Justin Tuck being banged up after the dirty move put down by Flozell Adams.

The second issue: the red zone. As mention in a prior article, the "green zone" Tom Coughlin refers to has been hooorible as Charles Barkley would say. Instead of field goals, the G-Men need touchdowns inside the 20. Points are good but touchdowns are better. How about some play action, maybe Kevin Boss get involved more. Maybe Madison Hedgecock could catch out of the backfield. Mix it up fellas.

The Giants should win this game. But as us Giants fans know, game we should win, we don't. Hit them early and hard and we should win this game. And by the way, hit Derrick Ward who went "paper chasin" in Tampa and is now splitting carries with Cadillac Williams. Enjoy the defense hitting you on the other side now. Later everybody.

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