After an enjoyable "mini-bye" of a weekend following their dramatic Thursday night win at Carolina, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went back to work this week in preparation for a visit from Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants. Tampa Bay's 1-1 record has them tied for first place in the NFC South, while the Giants are off to an 0-2 start. The Buccaneers will try to pick up a critical win at home; after Sunday, they won't see Raymond James Stadium again until November 10.
New York hasn't tasted victory yet but they've had no problem moving the football on offense. With Barkley averaging 7.8 yards per carry and (the now-benched) Eli Manning finding a new favorite target in speedy tight end Evan Engram, the Giants have averaged 420 yards of offense through two weekends. Unfortunately for Giants fans, the team's defense has surrendered 441 yards per outing, not to mention a total of 63 points. Part of the problem: New York has lost the turnover battle so far, coughing it up four times without yet recording a takeaway. Contrastingly, the Bucs have won one game and come close in the other based mostly on their stingy defense – one offensive touchdown allowed so far – and will try to wake up offensively against their visitors from New York on Sunday. Here's what you need to know to prepare for all the action in Week Three.
GAME AND BROADCAST DETAILS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) vs. New York Giants (0-2)
Sunday, September 22, 4:05 p.m. ET
Raymond James Stadium (capacity: 65,618)
Television: FOX (Local WTVT Channel 13)
TV Broadcast Team: Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Ronde and Tiki Barber (analysts), Sara Walsh (sideline)
Radio: 98Rock (WXTB, 97.9 FM), Flagship Station
Radio Broadcast Team: Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play), Dave Moore (analyst), T.J. Rives (sideline)
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ALL-TIME HEAD-TO-HEAD SERIES
The Buccaneers and Giants have become well acquainted in recent years, as they are about to meet for the fourth time in the last five seasons. If Sunday's game hews close to recent history, it should be a high-scoring affair.
Including a wild shootout in 2012 at the Meadowlands, the last four Bucs-Giants games have been littered with an average of 61.5 combined points. And the last two have been high scoring and tight, with the Bucs winning in Tampa in 2017, 25-23, and the Giants countering last year in New Jersey, 38-35.
Overall, New York leads the all-time series, 14-7, though they've only barely outscored the Bucs in those 21 games, 395-364. The matchup is historically a lot closer when the Giants have to make the trip down to Florida, as those 12 games have been split evenly, 6-6. Strangely, even though they have never been division mates, the Bucs and Giants have thrice played a pair of games together in the same season – 1978, 1979 and 1984. The first one was a Giants sweep but the other two ended in splits. Tampa Bay's best run in the series unsurprisingly came during its Super Bowl era, as they beat the Giants three out of four times from 1997-2003. However, four years later it was the Giants who came to Raymond James Stadium for a 2007 Wild Card game and rudely ended the Bucs' last postseason trip before it could get started.
The most recent Bucs-Giants contest was the aforementioned 38-35 shootout at the Meadowlands in which the Bucs rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit to pull within three points on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston to Mike Evans. There was still 2:20 on the clock after that play but the Bucs had no timeouts left so they tried an onside kick and failed to recover. Winston didn't get the ball back into his hands until there were just 23 seconds left and a desperation deep ball in DeSean Jackson's direction was intercepted. The Bucs got their first taste of Saquon Barkley, who rank for 142 yards and two scores, but Peyton Barber countered with 106 and a score of his own and Winston had the hot hand after relieving Ryan Fitzpatrick, completing 12 of 16 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in a quarter and a half.
· Though he remains on the reserve/PUP list and won't suit up for Sunday's game, Buccaneers OLB Jason Pierre-Paul has strong ties to the Giants. He played his first eight seasons for New York after being drafted 15th overall out of the University of South Florida. Pierre-Paul had 58.5 sacks during that time and made two Pro Bowls.
· Safety Andrew Adams, recently re-signed by the Buccaneers, also began his career as a Giant, signing as an undrafted free agent out of UConn in 2016 and playing in 30 games with 17 starts over the next two years. Adams first came to the Buccaneers in September of 2018.
· Giants tackle Mike Remmers essentially got his NFL start in Tampa. Though he first signed as an undrafted free agent with Denver in 2012 he ended up on Tampa Bay's practice squad as a rookie. He also spent the first half of 2013 on that same unit until the San Diego Chargers plucked him off for their active roster. He later played for the Panthers, Rams and Vikings before heading to New York this year.
· Russell Shepard, now in his second year with the Giants, spent his first four seasons in Tampa. He went to camp in Philadelphia as an undrafted rookie but wound up with the Buccaneers as a waiver claim that year. A special teams ace for the Bucs, he was twice named a team captain (2015-16).
· Giants QB Alex Tanney went to training camp with the Buccaneers in 2014.
· Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians was the head coach in Arizona for five years (2013-17) and during the last three of those seasons his defensive coordinator was James Better, who now holds the same post under Pat Shurmur in New York.
· Giants Offensive Coordinator Mike Shula was drafted by the Buccaneers in the 12th round in 1987 as a quarterback out of Alabama. Shula never got into an NFL game but he did make a quick transition to coaching in Tampa, coming on as an offensive assistant in 1988 and then graduating to quarterbacks coach in 1990. After stints in Miami and Chicago, Shula returned to the Buccaneers in 1996 as the offensive coordinator under Tony Dungy, a position he would hold for four seasons.
SENIOR COACHING STAFFS
· Tampa Bay:
· Head Coach Bruce Arians
· Assistant Head Coach/Run Game Coordinator Harold Goodwin
· Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles
· Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich
· Special Teams Coordinator Keith Armstrong
· New York Giants:
· Head Coach Pat Shurmur
· Offensive Coordinator Mike Shula
· Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher
· Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey
KEY 2019 ROSTER ADDITIONS
· OLB Shaquil Barrett (UFA)
· LB/S Deone Bucannon (UFA)
· CB Jamel Dean (3rd-round draft pick)
· S Mike Edwards (3rd-round draft pick)
· QB Blaine Gabbert (FA)
· K Matt Gay (5th-round draft pick)
· CB Sean Murphy-Bunting (2nd-round draft pick)
· WR Breshad Perriman (UFA)
· P Bradley Pinion (UFA)
· DL Ndamukong Suh (UFA)
· LB Devin White (1st-round draft pick)
· CB DeAndre Baker (1st-round draft pick)
· S Antoine Bethea (FA)
· OLB Markus Golden (UFA)
· QB Daniel Jones (1st-round draft pick)
· DT Dexter Lawrence (1st-round draft pick)
· S Jabrill Peppers (Trade-CLE)
· DT Olsen Pierre (FA)
· WR Golden Tate (UFA, currently on reserve/suspended list)
· OLB Oshane Ximines (3rd-round draft pick)
· G Kevin Zeitler (Trade-CLE)
ADDITIONAL 2019 CHANGES OF NOTE
· In January, Tampa Bay engineered one of the most significant changes a franchise could make in hiring a new head coach. That man is Bruce Arians, who needed just five years to become the winningest coach in Arizona Cardinals history and who has a history of helping quarterbacks excel. Arians assembled an extremely experienced coaching staff around him, almost all of whom he had worked with in the past.
· One of the coaches Arians brought on was Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles, who served under him in the same capacity in Arizona in 2013 and 2014 before becoming the Jets' head coach. Bowles' arrival means the Buccaneers have switched to a base 3-4 defense, something the team hadn't identified with since 1990.
· Bowles' defense means certain players were redefined as outside linebackers, inside linebackers and defensive linemen. No matter the position designations, Tampa Bay's defense is expected to be more aggressive and varied in its pass-rush packages, and will likely ask its defensive backs to play more press-man coverage than it has in the past, which plays to the strengths of many players in that unit.
· Tampa Bay's offense was prolific in 2018 in terms of yards, especially in the passing attack, and most of its starters return for 2019, so one could reasonably expect another strong season on that side of the ball. If anything, the Bucs may be more aggressive under Arians, whose 'no risk-it, no biscuit' philosophy involves taking the big-play shot when you have the chance.
· The Giants used a first-round pick on a quarterback for the first time in 15 years when they took Duke's Daniel Jones sixth overall in April. Their last such investment was in Eli Manning, who has won two Super Bowls and remains the starter to this day. (Technically, the Giants drafted Philip Rivers and then quickly flipped him to San Diego for Manning.) As noted below, Jones' time has arrived quickly.
· The back end of the Giants' defense has a new look. The team did not pursue three-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins when he hit free agency, instead watching him sign with division-rival Washington. The other starting safety from 2018, Curtis Riley, also became a free agent and signed with the Oakland Raiders. Those two have been replaced by Jabrill Peppers, acquired in the Odell Beckham trade, and 14th-year veteran Antoine Bethea, who had been released by Arizona. New York's defense ranks 30th against the pass after two weeks, giving up 321.0 yards per game through the air.
· New York has also remade its receiving corps, beginning with and in the wake of the trade of Beckham to Cleveland. Sterling Shepard remains but missed the last game with a concussion. Bennie Fowler has risen from third to first on the depth chart and leads all Giants wideouts with 1 catches for 91 yards through two games. Next on the list is Cody Latimer, who was signed away from the Broncos in 2018 but didn't play much last season due to injury. He, too, is currently in the NFL's concussion protocol. WR Golden Tate, an unrestricted free agent signed away from Philadelphia, is serving a four-game league suspension. The Giants used a fifth-round pick on Auburn's Darius Slayton but he has yet to play this season due to a hamstring injury.
View some of the top photos from Buccaneers Week 3 practice at the AdventHealth Training Center.
In Bowles We Trust – Through two games, the Buccaneers' offense has been a bit error-prone and not as productive, in terms of yards, as it was last season. The Bucs' defense, however, has moved even more dramatically in the other direction. A good amount of credit must go to new Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles, who has taken a large number of young players – such as Jordan Whitehead, Vita Vea, Mike Edwards and even the still-young Vernon Hargreaves – and maximized their talents. The Bucs rank seventh in overall defense and have only allowed one offensive touchdown in 120 minutes of game play, but some of the more detailed stats are even more encouraging. That includes a total touchdown shutout in the red zone in six tries and a 29.6% third-down success rate allowed. The young Buc defenders are clearly enjoying playing in Bowles' aggressive and unpredictable defense, and it's showing in the results. Now that defense faces perhaps the top ground-game challenge it will encounter all year in Saquon Barkley and a rebuilt Giants offensive line.
Giant Changes Afoot? – After an 0-2 start in which the Giants have turned the ball over four times and not translated a high yardage total into correspondingly good news on the scoreboard, New York Head Coach Pat Shurmur began the week by hinting at some possible changes. Shurmur said the "rotation" may change at cornerback, where rookie DeAndre Baker is holding down on spot and perhaps at a couple other positions on defense, as the Giants have allowed 63 points through two games. Of course, the change that will garner much more attention than any tweaks the team makes on defense will be across the line and under center. New York drafted Duke quarterback Daniel Jones sixth overall in the spring and he's obviously the team's plan for a post-Eli Manning future. That future appears to be now as the Giants' rough start has accelerated the timetable for a young passer who looked promising during the preseason. Jones was named the starter on Tuesday and will thus make his debut in Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.
Injury Watch – Buccaneer players had four days of rest after their Thursday night win in Charlotte, and they needed after a very physical contest that left a handful of regulars banged-up. The top headline in that category is the knee injury that rookie linebacker Devin White, the fifth-overall pick in the draft, incurred just six plays into the game. Head Coach Bruce Arians was optimistic about White's prognosis the day after the game, but there remains the possibility that the starting inside linebacker won't be ready to return by this Sunday. If so, veteran Kevin Minter would step in next to Lavonte David, as he did to good results against the Panthers. The Buccaneers are happy with their inside 'backer depth, which also includes Deone Bucannon and Jack Cichy, but they envisioned White as a sideline-to-sideline playmaker when they used their first-round pick on the field, and they'd like to have that asset back on the field as soon as possible. Fellow 2019 draft pick Jamel Dean also left Thursday's game with an injury and his status will be worth watching, as well.
Who Has the Hottest Hand? – One of the silver linings for the Bucs in a disappointing Week-One loss to the 49ers was a performance by Ronald Jones that backed up all the excited talk about the second-year running back's promising training camp. Jones was second in the backfield rotation behind Peyton Barber but he got the hot hand in the second half and Arians stuck with him. Jones ran for 75 yards on just 13 carries, averaging 5.8 yards per tote, and he routinely made sharp, decisive cuts as he hit the holes. After the Bucs gained 121 yards on the ground as a whole in that game, Arians stuck with the same rotation on Thursday night, and this time it was Barber who had the hot hand. He ran 23 times for 82 yards, including a nifty 16-yard touchdown burst up the middle, helping the Bucs grind out a win over the Panthers. Clearly, Arians is going to stick with whichever back is on a roll, and it remains to be seen which one that will be on Sunday against the Giants. Perhaps both backs will get hot and Arians will ride a dominant rushing attack to another "ugly" victory.
Shaq and Friends – Shaq Barrett, a key offseason free agency addition, is off to a fantastic start with his new team, tying a franchise record for the most sacks through the first two games of a season. Those four sacks also account for 100% of the Buccaneers' sack total as a team. That's not to say that Barrett is the only Buccaneer putting pressure on the quarterback – Vita Vea and Kevin Minter also had QB hits in Charlotte and Cam Newton was rushed on a decent number of his throws – but the Bucs would like to see more of their front-line defenders get the passer to the ground. Tampa Bay's sacks-per-pass attempt rate of 5.13% is good for just 25th in the league so far. It seems like it's only a matter of time before Carl Nassib, Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea get into the sack attack with Shaq, and Bowles' multiple blitz schemes could get defensive backs and inside linebackers in on the party, too. Whether they're trying to get the relatively immobile Eli Manning off his spot or make things uncomfortable for rookie Daniel Jones on Sunday, the Bucs hope to produce a pass rush that brings the heat from many angles.
1. Giants RB Saquon Barkley vs. Buccaneers S Jordan Whitehead
Much like Christian McCaffrey in Carolina, Barkley is the clear focal point of the Giants' offense and the one threat the Bucs most need to contain on Sunday. They did so rather impressively against McCaffrey, holding him to 53 yards from scrimmage, but it won't be easy to duplicate that feat against Barkley, who is already two-for-two in 100-yard rushing games this year. In fact Barkley, who is also a serious threat in the passing game, has only been held below 100 yards from scrimmage in three of his 18 NFL games so far. He has every tool an NFL running back would want, from speed to quickness to vision and, especially, to power with his tree-trunk thighs. So far, Tampa Bay's defense has been vastly improved against the run, allowing just 2.69 yards per carry, which is third best in the NFL. It's been a team effort, but one of the standouts is safety Jordan Whitehead, who has been extremely active around the line of scrimmage. The physical, hard-hitting safety leads the Buccaneers with 10 tackles on run plays, including seven solo stops.
2. Buccaneers T Demar Dotson vs. Giants OLB Markus Golden
Bruce Arians was Arizona's head coach when the Cardinals drafted Golden out of Mizzou in the second round in 2015, and he watched the young defender blossom with a 12.5-sack season in 2016. Unfortunately, an injury cut his third season short after just four games and knee and ankle ailments cost him five games in 2018, as well. Golden recorded just 2.5 more sacks over those two combined seasons, but the Giants signed him as an unrestricted free agent in March thinking he could find those valuable pass-rush skills again. Golden was active last Sunday against Buffalo, splitting a pair of sacks with fellow Giant defenders, mostly rushing off the left end of New York's 3-4 front. Assuming he lines up in the same spot in Week three, that will often make him the responsibility of veteran right tackle Demar Dotson. The longest-tenured player on the team, Dotson still has nimble feet for a 6-9 blocker and he's an anchor on a Bucs' O-Line that is off to a good start in the team's new offense. According to Football Outsiders, the Buccaneers rank fifth in both run-blocking and pass-protection so far this year.
3. Giants C Jon Halapio vs. Buccaneers NT Vita Vea
The Giants have had a near total makeover on their offensive line over the past two years, using unrestricted free agency (LT Nate Solder), street free agency (RT Mike Remmers), a trade (RG Kevin Zeitler) and a high draft pick (RG Will Hernandez) to get four new starters. Halapio is the lone holdover in the starting five, and he had to hold off a training camp challenge from Spencer Pulley. Halapio bounced around a bit to start his career, from New England to Arizona to Denver, but he found a landing spot in New York in 2016 and cracked the starting lineup for six games at right guard. He was the opening-day starter at center last season but suffered a season-ending leg injury just two games in. Now Halapio anchors a sneaky-good Giants line, and this week he'll have his hands full with the 347-pound Vea. Vea, another key to that stingy Bucs' run defense, is off to a very good start in his second season, tying up blockers in the middle of the line and shutting down running lanes. He also added a quarterback hit last week in Carolina.
4. Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin vs. Giants CB DeAndre Baker
Tampa Bay has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to pass-catchers, and so far it is Godwin who has broken out first. Through two games he leads the team with 15 targets, 11 catches and 174 yards and he has scored a touchdown in both contests. Beyond that, Head Coach Bruce Arians praised Godwin for his outstanding blocking in the ground game in last Thursday's win over the Panthers. Because the Buccaneers also have Mike Evans, Breshad Perriman, O.J. Howard and Cam Brate, opposing defenses can't afford to overextend in their efforts to stop Godwin, so he should continue to get plenty of one-on-one opportunities to get open. Baker was the third of three first-round draft picks by the Giants this year, and the team gave up fourth and fifth-round picks to move up seven spots and get the former Georgia standout. New York put Baker right into the starting lineup and so far he's had the ups and downs one might expect from a rookie playing one of the game's most demanding positions. Baker gives up a little size to the Godwin/Evans combo but he can press and he has great foot quickness to stay in tight coverage.
DNP: Did not participate in practice
LP: Limited participation in practice
FP: Full participation in practice
NL: Not listed
· DL Beau Allen (heat related) – WEDS: LP; THURS: FP; FRI: FP. Game Status: NL
· OLB Shaq Barrett (groin) – WEDS: LP; THURS: FP; FRI: DNP (not injury related). Game Status: NL
· OLB Devante Bond (hamstring) – WED: DNP; THURS: DNP; FRI: DNP. Game Status: Out
· CB Jamel Dean (ankle) – WEDS: DNP; THURS: DNP; FRI: DNP. Game Status: Out
· QB Blaine Gabbert (left shoulder) – WED: DNP; THURS: DNP; FRI: DNP. Game Status: Out
· C Ryan Jensen (shoulder) – WEDS: FP; THURS: FP; FRI: FP. Game Status: NL
· OLB Carl Nassib (calf) – WEDS: LP; THURS: FP; FRI: FP. Game Status: NL
· DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches (finger) – WEDS: FP; THURS: FP; FRI: FP. Game Status: NL
· WR Breshad Perriman (quadriceps) – WEDS: LP; THURS: LP; FRI: FP. Game Status: NL
· ILB Devin White (knee) – WEDS: DNP; THURS: DNP; FRI: DNP. Game Status: Out
· QB Jameis Winston (foot) – WEDS: FP; THURS: FP; FRI: FP. Game Status: NL
· TE Garrett Dickerson (quadriceps) – WEDS: LP; THURS: FP; FRI: FP. Game Status: NL
· WR Bennie Fowler (hamstring) – WEDS: NL; THURS: DNP; FRI: LP. Game Status: Questionable
· CB Grant Haley (illness) – WEDS: DNP; THURS: FP; FRI: FP. Game Status: NL
· WR Cody Latimer (concussion) – WEDS: DNP; THURS: DNP; FRI: DNP. Game Status: Out
· WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) – WEDS: LP; THURS: FP; FRI: FP. Game Status: NL
· WR Darius Slayton (hamstring) – WEDS: LP; THURS: LP; FRI: FP. Game Status: NL
· G Kevin Zeitler (shoulder) – WEDS: DNP; THURS: FP; FRI: FP. Game Status: NL
Partly cloudy, high of 92, low of 70, 10% chance of rain, 61% humidity, winds out of the ENE at 14 mph.
Head referee: Bill Vinovich (14 seasons, 11 as a referee)
· Favorite: Buccaneers (-6.0)
· Over/Under: 47.5
INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS
Points Scored: K Matt Gay, 13
Touchdowns: WR Chris Godwin, 2
Passing Yards: QB Jameis Winston, 402
Passer Rating: QB Jameis Winston, 69.2
Rushing Yards: RB Peyton Barber, 115
Receptions: WR Chris Godwin, 11
Receiving Yards: WR Chris Godwin, 174
Interceptions: CB Vernon Hargreaves, 1
Sacks: OLB Shaq Barrett, 4.0
Tackles: CB Vernon Hargreaves, 15
Points Scored: K Aldrick Rosas, 7
Touchdowns: four tied with, 1
Passing Yards: QB Eli Manning, 556
Passer Rating: QB Eli Manning, 78.7
Rushing Yards: RB Saquon Barkley, 227
Receptions: TE Evan Engram, 17
Receiving Yards: TE Evan Engram, 164
Sacks: OLB Markus Golden/DE Olsen Pierre, 1.0
Tackles: S Antoine Bethea, 17
TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Scoring Offense: 22nd (18.5 ppg)
Total Offense: 26th (292.0 ypg)
Passing Offense: 25th (181.5 ypg)
Rushing Offense: 15th (110.5 ypg)
First Downs Per Game: t-20th (18.5)
Third-Down Pct.: 23rd (30.4%)
Sacks Per Pass Attempt Allowed: 25th (9.84%)
Red Zone TD Pct.: 29th (33.3%)
Scoring Defense: 18th (22.5 ppg)
Total Defense: 8th (304.0 ypg)
Passing Defense: 15th (235.5 ypg)
Rushing Defense: t-6th (68.5 ypg)
First Downs Allowed Per Game: t-9th (18.5)
Third-Down Pct. Allowed: 7th (29.6%)
Sacks Per Pass Attempt: 26th (5.13%)
Red Zone TD Pct. Allowed: t-1st (0.0%)
Turnover Margin: t-20th (-1)
Scoring Offense: t-26th (15.5 ppg)
Total Offense: 6th (420.0 ypg)
Passing Offense: 11th (280.0 ypg)
Rushing Offense: 8th (140.0 ypg)
First Downs Per Game: t-6th (23.0)
Third-Down Pct.: t-29th (21.7%)
Sacks Per Pass Attempt Allowed: 3rd (2.15%)
Red Zone TD Pct.: t-11th (60.0%)
Scoring Defense: 30th (30.0 ppg)
Total Defense: 28th (441.0 ypg)
Passing Defense: 30th (321.0 ypg)
Rushing Defense: 18th (120.0 ypg)
First Downs Allowed Per Game: t-27th (23.5)
Third-Down Pct. Allowed: t-25th (47.8%)
Sacks Per Pass Attempt: 27th (4.84%)
Red Zone TD Pct. Allowed: t-30th (100.0%)
Turnover Margin: 31st (-4)
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
· OLB Shaq Barrett has 4.0 sacks, tying a record for the most by a Buccaneer in the first two games of a season. If he collects two more on Sunday he would break Warren Sapp's team record of 5.5 sacks through the first three games of a season.
· WR Chris Godwin has a touchdown catch in each of his last three games, a streak that began in last year's season finale. If he scores against the Giants on Sunday, he would tie the team record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch. That record has been accomplished eight previous teams, including once by Godwin himself in 2018. Teammates Mike Evans and Cam Brate also have entries on the list, with four-game streaks in 2014 and 2017, respectively. The others on the list are Mike Williams, Antonio Bryant, Bruce Hill and Joey Galloway (twice).
· TE Cam Brate has three career games with multiple touchdown receptions. With one more he would tie Ring of Honor member Jimmie Giles for the most such games by a tight end in team history.
· LB Lavonte David has 10 career interceptions. With one more he would surpass David Lewis (also 10) for the second most by a linebacker in team annals. Derrick Brooks holds the record with 15.
· WR Mike Evans on preparing to face a Giants secondary that includes several new starters in 2019: "I am familiar with Janoris [Jenkins]. I’ve played against him a couple of times in my career. He is a really good corner – real savvy, athletic and he’s always tough to go against. The rest of their guys – we are starting to feel them out – we just started watching film on them today. They don’t look bad at all, so we are going to watch some more film on them. But like I’ve said before in the past, I’ll take our receiver room over anyone."
· OLB Shaq Barrett on racking up three sacks on Thursday night and trying to continue to make that kind of impact: "I got in a zone and after the first one I just started doing moves and all of my moves started working. They kept working throughout the game. It just felt good. It was just an amazing feeling. I am going to try to replicate it, but I am not going to make it a goal to do that. I am just going to play the game and let it come to me."
· Head Coach Bruce Arians on the key to keeping Giants RB Saquon Barkley from having a big game: "Gap integrity is huge. We can’t have guys trying to do too much because he’ll find that spot, and we have to do a great job of tackling. That was what I thought the best thing we did the other night against [Christian] McCaffrey, was we got a lot of hats to the ball. Vernon [Hargreaves III] made the great play at the end, but during the game we had a lot of hats running to the ball. That, and then take care of those short passes where they get him out in space – I think he’s more dangerous there than anywhere."
· QB Jameis Winston on playing a Giants defense that is similar in structure to what the Buccaneers run: “The good thing is we practice against it. All through training camp, we [saw] a lot of it. They do a lot of unique things on third downs where they give you a lot of looks. The good thing about us is if you play us man [coverage], you’ve got to be really good outside. We’ve got some great players. We’ve got to win those one-on-one matchups. You saw that last game – we’ve got to win those one-on-one matchups. If a team wants to play us man, I know I have to be on top of everything. That is all us – that is just routes versus air. That is just us doing our thing. We know we are going to get different looks, we’ve just got to be prepared. We’ve got to come in here ready to play.”
· Arians on the mood of the team after last week's win: "Yeah, obviously. When you win a game like that, practice is fun. Yesterday might’ve been the best practice we’ve had since I’ve been here, and today was not far from it other than the heat got us the last 30 minutes – and it’ll make a coward out of all of us. Two good practices back to back. That was the whole point coming into this week – we can’t relax now just because we won a ball game. It’s just one game. It’s over with – take care of today’s business.”