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MNF Review – Bucs Back In The Groove As Brady Slays Giants

Question marks had been asked as to whether the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were undergoing something of a crisis after two defeats in a row against the Saints and Washington.

After the Bucs 30-10 win over the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, there is no doubt that Tampa Bay are on the match towards the playoffs once again.

With his favored target, Rob Gronkowski back fit and starting, Brady was back to his imperious best, throwing for 307 yards and two touchdowns, though there was an interception in there too.

Ronald Jones added a rushing touchdown, with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin landing the touchdowns from Brady’s passes.

For New York, it was a very disappointing second half that saw the game get away from them after they had initially kept things tight in the first two quarters of the contest.

Bucs Defense Step Up To Hound Giants

In their last two defeats, questions had been asked about Todd Bowles’ Bics defense, but this win was built on the play of their defense, who hounded the Giants all night long.

Even without Vita Vea, the Bucs defensive line frequently collapsed the pocket meaning Daniel Jones was often hurried, throwing the ball with at least one and often two Bucs in his facemask.

Despite this, at the half, the Bucs led by just seven points despite being well on top.

That coming chiefly to a tipped interception from Adoree Jackson which gave the Giants possession deep in the Bucs territory which Jones managed to convert into a touchdown with a pass to tackle Andrew Thomas, who has reported in as an eligible receiver.

However, in the second half, Brady and the Bucs stepped up the pace and with the Giants only able to convert one of their nine third downs, it was genuinely only a matter of when the home side would increase their advantage.

They did that with a further touchdown and two more field goals in a one-sided second half.

Sobering Night For Giants

The return of Rob Gronkowski to the Bucs offense made a big difference, with the big Tight End collecting six passes for 71 yards. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette also had half a dozen receptions each for 73, 65 and 39 yards respectively.

Bucs fans were even treated to the rare site of a Tom Brady rush for a first down, with the quarterback adding ten yards rushing to his 307 passing yards.

The Bucs defense had a stellar night with Sean Murphy-Bunting’s return seeing him have a big game while Mike Edwards and Steve McLendon picked off two Daniel Jones passes for interceptions.

The Giants struggles were laid evident by the fact Jones had only 167 yards passing for one touchdown but two interceptions, while they only managed to rush for 66 yards in total.

Judge Blames Coaching Staff For Loss

After the game, head coach Joe Judge was forthright about where the issues were for the Giants and calling out his coaching staff when commenting

“Players have to execute. That is their job, right? It’s our job to teach them. It’s their job to go out and execute. But we’ve got to make sure we put them in a position to have success. That has to be consistent, by the way. So, you can go ahead and write that down. I’m not going to debate that.”

“We have to do a better job of putting our players in position to make plays. We have too many good players. We have to put them in a better position to capitalize on it. That’s it.”

“As a player, there are things I would be frustrated with too.”

Judge’s comments seem to heap pressure on offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and the head coach hardly offered a ringing endorsement of his OC when asked if he would remain as offensive coordinator.

“I’m not going to go into it right now,” Judge commented when asked by the press.

Having seen the Giants offense score 30 points or more just once in the 26 games since he has been OC, the pressure is certainly on Garrett to come up with more.

Next Up

The Giants have a short week this week and must get ready for a game against divisional rivals the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, while the Bucs face a tricky trip to face the in-form Indianapolis Colts in what should be an entertaining game on Sunday.

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