NFL Game Previews: Giants-Bucs Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Giants-Bucs Matchup

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N.Y. Giants (+11) at Tampa Bay, o/u 49.5 – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

Is it time for Saquon Barkley's return, part two? The running back's been out since Week 5, but he might be ready to suit up coming out of the Giants' bye. The receiving corps is probably as healthy as it's going to be too, so Daniel Jones won't have any excuses left for his play if he can't turn things around. The third-year QB hasn't hit for 250 passing yards since, hmm, Barkley's last full game in Week 4, when Jones had his best performance of the season against the Saints. Maybe there's hope for him yet. He might need another 400-yard effort to keep up with a motivated Tom Brady. The Bucs have lost two straight sandwiched around their own bye, and last week's dud against Washington isn't going to sit well with the future Hall of Famer. Brady also gets Rob Gronkowski back this week, leaving only Antonio Brown likely out. Tampa Bay's defense is another unit that needs to find its footing, giving up 65 points during their brief losing streak. The team's still in first place in the NFC South, and the division doesn't look as tough as it did at the beginning of the season, but the defending champs still haven't looked the part for more than brief stretches in 2021. There's time for the pieces to fall into place, especially given the QB carousels in New Orleans and Carolina,

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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