Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) and New York Giants (2-7) will square off in an NFC collision on Sunday, November 18th, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Previous to the last encounter in 2017, the Giants had won the previous five meetings between both teams. However, the Buccaneers edged out the Giants 25-23 in Tampa Bay last year still allowing the Giants a splitting-hairs cover as a 2.5-point underdog. Coverage will be shown for regional audiences on FOX.
Tampa Bay vs. New York Giants Overview
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs come in off a bitter defeat sustained at the hands of the Washington Redskins when they came to town and handed the Buccaneers a 16-3 loss. The Washington defense wreaked havoc on the Tampa Bay offense to create four turnovers which ultimately was the deciding factor.
New York Giants
The Giants come into this contest winning just their second game this season, but it was nonetheless a high profile one when they defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the Bay City on Monday Night Football. The game was one that the Giants could have easily lost until a holding penalty ultimately handed the Giants a walk-off 27-23 win when San Francisco was driving the field for a potential game-winning touchdown.
Reasons to Back Tampa Bay
Despite an anemic performance last week, Tampa Bay still bodes the most productive offense in the NFL regarding passing yardage (361.2 yards per game) and total offense (452.8 yards per game). We have to like their prospects as they will get additional opportunities by way of a Giants defense that will see a lot of playing time thanks to their sputter and stall offense. With points to take back, the Bucs have tremendous equity here.
Reasons to Avoid New York
New York's win on Monday Night will undoubtedly create a reaction. This is why we saw the Giants go from a pick-em to a low-range favorite very quickly because they won a game that many perhaps didn't expect them to win. With heightened optimism, the G-Men may also be a popular selection concerning the fact that their emerging talent Saquon Barkley may actually get his motor working against Tampa Bay's worst-ranked scoring defense (32.3 points per game). However, we will have none of that as the Giants offensive front has simply too many holes.
Bucs at Giants Prediction 11/18/2018
Another argument offered by many is that the Giants have a home-field advantage. It is a bit of an ironic statement considering that Big Blue has yet to win a game in the Meadowlands, all year. This situation doesn’t seem to be ideal for them to get their first. In the late stages of the game, Tampa Bay will pull away as their skill players will begin to eat up yards from a scrimmage against a beleaguered defense. The Giants’ offense is too suspect to bank on regardless of the match-up.