The Giants will look to build on their solid outing last week vs the undefeated New England Patriots with a wild card win Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Below are five keys for the Giants as they look to stop the Bucs in Tampa Bay this weekend:
1. Avoid that “Post-Pats” Hangover – For some reason teams tend to put so much into trying to beat New England, that the following weekend they tend to come out flat. The Giants cannot afford for that to happen on the road against a rested Buccaneers team. Getting early success and putting up points will be more important than ever to keep the good feelings from last week going.
2. Learn from Last Week’s Mistakes – Last week Randy Moss was wide open on one play and the ball came in low and he dropped it. Instead of making an adjustment and playing deeper, the Giants ran the same defense, and on the next play Moss got by the defense AGAIN, and this time it resulted in a touchdown. Joey Galloway can do that same thing to a defense, so getting the corners some safety help and not committing too many secondary players to the run game will help in keeping Galloway in check.
3. Watch the Play Action – It’s one of Jeff Garcia’s strong points, along with his mobility to run out of the pocket. You want to make Tampa Bay predictable on offense, because they are at their best when they can mix it up and then spring a play-action on you to beat the secondary. This is why being able to stop the run without using a safety is going to be key to the Giants success on defense.
4. Don’t Commit Foolish Penalties – More than once last week the Giants hurt themselves against the Patriots with dumb penalties. This week it’s do or die, and your on the road, so staying away from those types of mistakes is going to be critical. Tom Coughlin has got to preach hard to his guys to stay within themselves and not lose their composure throughout the game.
5. Cross Up the Running Game with Ahmad Bradshaw – This rookie showed two weeks ago vs the Bills the ability to change a game with one carry. They cannot be afraid to give him some carries using him as a change of pace back to the power game of Brandon Jacobs. Bradshaw has shown he’s a solid cut-back runner that can get you yards in big chunks.