The New York Giants (0-2) travel to Florida this weekend to battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1). Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM EST on September 22nd at Raymond James Stadium and the game will be broadcast on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Bucs listed as 7-point home favorites. That line has moved down by half a point after early betting, as Tampa Bay is currently available at -6.5. The total for this matchup is 48 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 3 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Bucs vs Giants Game Odds & Betting Preview
New York Giants
The Giants are still in search of their first win of the season after losing 28-14 at home against Buffalo in Week 2. New York didn’t perform well on either side of the ball, although their offense was especially bad after Eli Manning went just 26/45 for 250 yards and a touchdown while also throwing two interceptions. The Giants will now turn to rookie Daniel Jones, a first round pick that many assumed would take over for Eli in the near future. It appears as if the time is now, so it will be interesting to see how Jones handles his first career start on the road here in Week 3. He should certainly receive a ton of help for Saquon Barkley, as he eclipsed the 100-yard plateau yet again in Week 2 with 18 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown. Bennie Fowler led the way for a depleted receiving corps, catching five passes for 51 yards. Jones will receive a bit of a boost after Sterling Shepard rejoined the team at practice earlier this week after suffering a concussion in Week 1.
The Giants defense had another rough outing last weekend, allowing Josh Allen to pass for 253 yards and a touchdown. New York also gave up 145 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to the Bills running back duo of Frank Gore and Devin Singletary.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay got back to .500 on the season overall in Week 2, beating Carolina 20-14 on Thursday Night Football. The Buccaneers carried a slim 17-12 lead into the fourth quarter before outscoring the Panthers 3-2 down the stretch to secure the victory. QB Jameis Winston still has yet to find his stride this season, going just 16/25 for 208 yards and a touchdown. RB Peyton Barber had a big game on the ground, rushing 23 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. WR Chris Godwin continued to impress in the receiving game, hauling in eight receptions for a game-high 121 yards and a touchdown. Mike Evans also showed some signs of life after a slow start, making four catches for 61 yards.
The Bucs defense was actually pretty solid in Week 2, although a large part of their success was likely due to a hobbled Cam Newton at quarterback for the Panthers. Still, Tampa Bay held Carolina to less than 400 yards of total offense and didn’t allow a single touchdown.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: OVER 48
Even though I think that Tampa Bay should win this game at home, I’m not that crazy about the idea of laying almost a full touchdown against what should be a much improved Giants offense. New York had been dreadful offensively for quite some time under Eli Manning, as it was pretty much the Saquon Barkley show whenever the Giants somehow managed to string together a decent offensive performance for four quarters. Manning’s arm strength was basically gone, as he very rarely tried to move the ball further than 20-25 yards downfield through the air. Daniel Jones should have an immediate impact, especially in the passing game where Shepard and Engram are waiting to break some big plays against a suspect Buccaneers pass defense. While I’m also not comfortable with picking the Giants and getting less than a full touchdown in a road matchup featuring a rookie quarterback making his first ever start, I do think that both Winston and Jones should do enough to push this total OVER 48.
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New York has now given up 620 yards through the air to opponents in just two games. That certainly sets up nicely for both Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, as the dynamic receiving duo should have a field day against a poor Giants secondary. Barkley should be able to churn out his usual 100+ yards and 1-2 touchdowns on the ground while Even Engram and a healthy Sterling Shepard have a decent shot at a touchdown each as well. All things considered, I think I’m going to stay away from the spread in this particular spot and take the OVER on 48 instead in what should be a high-scoring affair.