Keys to Cannon Fire: Giants at Buccaneers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off a surprising loss to the Washington Football Team. A game where Tom Brady threw two early interceptions that quickly flipped the script. This week, the Buccaneers will face the New York Giants on national television, their second straight NFC East opponent. Let’s take a look at how Tampa Bay can get their first win since week 7.

Working Around McKinney

Xavier McKinney, a second-year safety out of Alabama, is one of the Giants’ best defensive weapons. The team is fresh off their bye week, and in the last game they played against the Raiders, McKinney had two interceptions. Since taking on the Saints, Tom Brady has become prone to turnovers, so it might be best to avoid targeting players that McKinney is covering. 

Carries for RoJo

Leonard Fournette is clearly the RB1 for the Buccaneers but many are now wondering what happened to Ronald Jones. After putting up respectable numbers in 2020, he’s barely done anything for the offense this season. Jones is currently averaging 4.4 yards per carry, not bad considering his workload is far from consistent. Around the time of the trade deadline, many thought the team was ready to move on. Head coach Bruce Arians said it would take an “extraordinary offer” for that to happen. Arians knows that the fourth-year back has plenty of talent, so can it be seen on a larger scale against the Giants? 

Getting Darden Involved

It’s not often that I talk about special teams, but I figure it’s worth mentioning here. Jaydon Mickens was released a few weeks ago, making Jaelon Darden the new returner. Darden was taken in the fourth round of this years’ draft, and given how deep the receiver room is already, the Buccaneers clearly liked the North Texas product for his potential. Although it won’t be easy, Darden now has an opportunity to make a name for himself on one of the NFL’s most talented teams. 

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