Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants Preview and Predictions 11-18-2018

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Jason Pierre-Paul accepted his offseason trade from the New York Giants to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as strictly business, but it became personal when he failed to receive a phone call from his former team's brass prior to the move. The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end will have a chance to vent his frustrations on Sunday when the Buccaneers visit the Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

"Honestly, I had this game checked off since I left there, so emotions running big. I'm coming, man. I'm bringing the house down," said Pierre-Paul, who won a Super Bowl while spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Giants. Pierre-Paul has registered a team-high eight sacks and has his sights set on adding to that total when he sees Eli Manning, who did take the time to call the 29-year-old prior to the trade. Manning showed he still has more in the tank on Monday when he threw three touchdown passes -- including one to Sterling Shepard in the final minute -- as New York snapped a five-game losing skid with a 27-23 victory over San Francisco. The win guaranteed Manning the start versus the Buccaneers' 29th-ranked pass defense and nothing more from coach Pat Shurmur, although he has tossed at least two scoring strikes in his previous four encounters with Tampa Bay.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Giants -1.5 O/U: 52 

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (3-6): Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to find plenty of "magic" as he recorded his NFL-best fourth 400-plus-yard passing performance this season on Sunday, but the end zone eluded him as Tampa Bay lost its third straight and sixth in seven outings with a 16-3 setback to Washington. The 35-year-old didn't help himself with a pair of interceptions and a lost fumble near the goal line to boost his turnover total to five in the last two games. "Turnovers are killing us right now," coach Dirk Koetter said. "We're minus-19. We're last in the league, 13 in the last four games. Thirteen turnovers and no takeaways. That's by far the No. 1 thing that's hurting our team." DeSean Jackson has tormented New York with five touchdowns (three receiving, two punt returns) in his last six meetings, although he has been held out of the end zone in six of his last seven games after scoring three touchdowns in the first two.


ABOUT THE GIANTS (2-7): Odell Beckham Jr. has made himself at home in the end zone with four scores in his last five games after being held without a touchdown reception in each of his previous four. Rookie Saquon Barkley has reached 90-plus scrimmage yards in all nine games this season and faces a Tampa Bay defense that has yielded at least 99 scrimmage yards to running backs in each of the past four weeks. A revamped offensive line paid dividends for both Barkley and Manning on Monday, as the former had a season-high 15 carries in the first half while the latter was sacked just once as opposed to 31 times in the previous eight contests. "I thought the offensive line played great. I thought they did a good job," Manning said.


1. Tampa Bay's injury-riddled linebacker corps sustained a significant hit with Lavonte David suffering a sprained MCL last week.

2. New York LB Olivier Vernon has three sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery in his last four home games.

3. Buccaneers DE Carl Nassib has four sacks in his last four contests.

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Last Injuries

New York Giants

  • Adrian Colbert

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Colbert has been absent from the previous two games due to an injured quad, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Sunday against the Rams.

  • Brandon Williams

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Williams is on the injured reserve list with a groin injury, and it is unclear when he will return to the fold.

  • Jabrill Peppers

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Peppers exited the previous game with a low-ankle sprain, and it is unknown if he will play against the Rams on Sunday.

  • Sterling Shepard

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Shepard has been shifted to the injured reserve list with turf toe, and he is without a definitive timetable for recovery.

  • Carter Coughlin

    Prob Sun | probable

    Coughlin missed the last game due to a hamstring injury, but he is likely to available against the 49ers on Sunday.

  • Saquon Barkley

    I-R | I-R

    Barkley has been moved to the injured reserve list with a torn ACL in his right knee.

  • Golden Tate

    Prob Sun | probable

    Tate missed the last game due to a hamstring injury, but he is likely to play Sunday versus the Bears.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Sean Murphy-Bunting

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bunting left the last game due to a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Sunday versus the Chargers.

  • Justin Watson

    Prob Sun | probable

    Watson missed the last game due to a shoulder injury, but it is anticipated that he will take the field against the Chargers on Sunday.

  • Scotty Miller

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Miller is dealing with injuries to his hip and groin. It has yet to be established if he will be available for Sunday's matchup against the Chargers.

  • Chris Godwin

    Out Sun | out

    Godwin exited the previous game due to a right hamstring injury, and he will not suit up for Sunday's contest versus the Chargers.

  • Leonard Fournette

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Fournette is tending to an ankle injury, leaving his availability for Sunday's battle against the Chargers hazy.

  • Donovan Smith

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith is nursing a knee injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will line up Sunday against the Broncos.

  • Parnell Motley

    Prob Sun | probable

    Motley has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, but he is projected to be available Sunday against the Broncos.

  • Jason Pierre-Paul

    Prob Sun | probable

    Pierre-Paul is dealing with a knee injury, but it is expected that he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Broncos.