Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3 Keys to Defeating the New York Giants

Three things the Buccaneers need to do to come out of Week 9 with a victory.

Projected starters for the Giants as listed on team depth chart.

1. Protect the football.
The past three games for the Bucs have been three of their best. Tampa Bay is 2-1 over that stretch, defeating Jacksonville and Atlanta while falling to Washington. If there's one common theme in each of those games it's that Jameis Winston hasn't thrown an interception in all three. Protecting the football is just as important as ever this weekend; New York has picked off opposing quarterbacks 13 times, tied for the most in the league.

2. Have the better passing attack.
The Giants are significantly better throwing the ball than they are running it. New York averages 285 passing yards per game, the 11th-most in the league, and averages 94.5 rushing yards per game, the sixth-fewest among NFL teams. With Eli Manning coming off a six-touchdown performance and Odell Beckham Jr. producing like one of the best wide receivers in the game, the Bucs need to slow New York's passing attack and make them rely on the run. On the other side of the ball, the Giants' secondary is the worst in the NFL defending the pass, giving up 315.4 yards per game. If the Bucs walk off the field on Sunday with more passing yards than New York, chances are they'll be heading to the locker room victorious.

3. Find balance on offense.
The Bucs have had their most success when finding an even balance between rushing and passing the ball. The Bucs have run the ball a combined 83 times and thrown it 85 times in their three victories. Tampa Bay has relied heavily on Doug Martin, whose 612 rushing yards are the fifth-most in the league. Behind Martin, the Bucs have the NFL's fourth-best rushing attack. The team's success has opened up opportunities downfield, as well. Jameis Winston has the NFL's second-best passer rating when throwing the ball 20 yards or more downfield.

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