Monday Night Football features an NFC showdown as the New York Giants (3-6) square off with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3). The defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers will host this one at Raymond James Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 8:15 pm ET.
The Giants come into this one, having won two of their last three, including a 23-16 win over the Las Vegas Raiders last week. In the win, Daniel Jones threw for 110 yards and a touchdown while Devontae Booker rushed for 99 yards.
Tampa Bay has been in a bit of a funk lately and is trying to snap a two-game losing streak. Last week, they lost to the Washington Football Team 29-19.
In the loss, Tom Brady threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns, but he also had two interceptions. Mike Evans led the receiving core with 62 yards and a touchdown.
Tampa Bay is the favorite in this one playing at home. They are -520 to win while the Giants’ moneyline sits at +400. The spread features New York +10.5 (-110), and the over/under for total points is 50 (-110).
Despite their struggles, the Buccaneers are still the favorite to win the Super Bowl this season at +550. The Giants are tied for the worst odds in the NFL to win the Super Bowl at +100000.
By The Numbers
Tampa Bay has had one of the best offenses in football this season. They currently rank third in scoring averaging 31 points per game (40.5 at home). The Giants rank 24th, averaging 19.9 points.
Defensively, the Buccaneers again have a slight edge. They rank 17th in scoring defense allowing opponents an average of 23.6 points per game (18.5 at home). The Giants rank 19th, allowing 24 points (28.8 on the road).
Giants Look For Huge Road Upset
While they are nowhere near contending for the NFC East, the Giants have still been playing some good football as of late. Not only have they won two of three, but their one loss was by just three points to the Kansas City Chiefs on the road.
They will look to carry this momentum into Florida on Monday and try to upset the defending champs.
Leading the way for New York’s offense is quarterback Daniel Jones. On the season, Jones has thrown for 2,059 yards, eight touchdowns, and five interceptions. He has also rushed for 258 yards and another two scores.
One boost the Giants might receive is in the form of running back Saquon Barkley. He has been out the last several weeks with an ankle injury, but he is listed as questionable for this one after practicing this week.
Buccaneers Look To Get Back Into Win Column
It has obviously been a rough stretch of football for Tampa Bay as of late, and they have seen their division lead over the New Orleans Saints shrink to just 1.5 games. Still, with the Giants visiting town, they are in a good spot to get back into the win column.
Future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady will try to get his team going on the offensive side. This season, Brady has thrown for 2,870 yards, 27 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
His favorite targets to date have been Chris Godwin (57 receptions, 717 yards, four touchdowns) and Mike Evans (41 receptions, 606 yards, nine touchdowns). Unfortunately, he may be without two of his other weapons as Antonio Brown has already been ruled out, and tight end Rob Gronkowski is questionable.
On the ground, Leonard Fournette has led all rushers with 486 yards and four touchdowns on 112 attempts.
Take Tampa Bay To Win And Cover At Home
While the Buccaneers have certainly had their struggles as of late, they seem to play on a whole different level at home. To date, they are 4-0 straight up and 3-1 against the spread at Raymond James Stadium.
Expect Tom Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense to come out strong in this one and to win by a comfortable margin.
Take Tampa Bay -10.5.