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|Team||Point Spread||Points Total||Money Line|
|New York Giants||+11 (-113)
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-11 (-108)
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The 3-6 New York Giants are the definite underdogs here but after a Week 10 bye they should at least be well-rested with an extensive game plan to help defensive coordinator Patrick Graham’s 25th ranked defense take on one of the better offenses in the NFL as NY head coach Joe Judge and QB Daniel Jones run an offense that scores less than twenty points a game.
In Week 10, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got hammered by the underdog Washington Football Team, so chances are GOAT QB Tom Brady, who has thrown two picks in two straight games, is not taking this home matchup with the Giants lightly, and with a top-3 offense and a top-9 defense, it should go easy for Brady’s Bucs, except in the NFL nothing ever comes easy.
These two cross-divisional rivals have played each other 24 prior times (including 1 postseason game), with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning 8 of those games and the New York Giants winning 16 of the games.
Third-year quarterback Daniel Jones and the rest of the New York Giants have had a week of rest during their bye so the 3-6 team should be healed up and rested, but a bit of rust always sets in with time off from the NFL and that could affect how the Giants play here.
This season Jones seems to be figuring out how to play at the professional level, so far having completed almost 65 percent of his passes for 190 completions for over 2,000 yards and 8 touchdowns with 5 interceptions, and that’s while being sacked 19 times in nine games.
Jones was drafted to be the team’s franchise answer under center, so the faster he can develop in the NFL the better, and helping him improve are some excellent targets, including Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shephard, Kadarius Toney, and running back Saquon Barkley (below).
Last week, the Buccaneers lost to a Washington Football Team that had only won two other games this season, and quarterback Tom Brady threw two interceptions for the second game in a row as his team’s rushing attack only managed 53 yards on the ground during that loss.
It’s the third time Tampa Bay has lost this season and each time it has been odd watching them implode, a roster full of talented playmakers who occasionally phone it in could underestimate these Giants and let another underdog take them down.
With an offense ranked 3rd and a defense ranked 9th in the league, the Buccaneers have no excuse for such lapses in quality play, so expect them to show up big here in Week 11 since it’s the second half of the season and from here on out every win (and loss) becomes huge.
New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) has been out since Week 5 after suffering a high ankle sprain but for this Week 11 matchup with Tampa Bay in Tampa head coach Joe Judge is “optimistic” about his return to play.
That’s good news for the Giants since Barkley represents a major portion of their offense, and in five games this season he saw 68 touches for 325 total yards from scrimmage and 3 total touchdowns, averaging 4.8 yards per touch.
That is the kind of production that New York will need if it expects to travel to Tampa and steal an underdog win on Sunday night, and since the dual-threat Barkley has not broken 60 total rushing yards in a game this year, this might be the perfect week for him to do that.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown has been playing in the NFL since the 2010 season, and he is now with his third team and second quarterback, Tom Brady, a friend, and teammate who essentially has given Brown his second chance, twice.
First, it was briefly with the Patriots in 2019 after Brown left the Steelers and Brady took him under his talented wing, and next, it’s been with Tampa Bay since 2020 and the two have been combining for some impressive numbers together on the field.
In five games this season, Brown has caught 29 passes for 418 yards and 4 touchdowns, and that’s on a team deep with receiver talent, so expect him to get some targets in this one as his Bucs rebound off an embarrassing Week 10 loss to Washington.
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|Giants vs Buccaneers Information|
|Teams||New York Giants vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Location||Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida|
|Time||Monday, November 22, 2021; 8:15 PM ET|
|How to watch||ESPN|
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