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Giants Look for Their First Win Against a Bucs Team They've Owned

Long gone are the days of the Barber brothers but the Giants’ winning streak against the Buccaneers lives on. The G-Men haven’t lost to the Bucs since 2003 and in that five-game span, they’ve failed to cover the spread just one time. That said, the Giants have started their season 0-3 and their chances at making the playoffs are now slim to nil.

SHARK BITES
  • The Giants are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games on the road.
  • The Buccaneers are 7-3 SU and ATS in their last 10 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the Giants' last 10 games against the Buccaneers.

Maybe they’ll draw some inspiration from the 1998 Bills, the last team to start a year 0-3 and make the playoffs. That Buffalo club reeled off five straight wins after its horrendous start and the Giants could have to do something similar with every other team in the NFC East sitting at 2-1 after three weeks.

They can get that started with another win over Tampa Bay but oddsmakers aren’t sure they can, opening the Bucs as four-point faves.

Jameis Winston and the Bucs are coming off a throttling at the hands of the Case Keenum-led Vikings in which Tampa’s quarterback threw three interceptions and its defense got torched by a bottom-tier journeyman QB. Facing another quality secondary and a better signal caller in Week 4, both Winston and Mike Smith’s defense will have to be much better if the Bucs are to break their dismal streak against their East Coast foes.

So far this season, though, Tampa has allowed the second most passing yards per game (329.5) and the Giants have accumulated the eighth most (257.3). If the Bucs can’t pressure the pocket and allow New York’s offense to get cooking, get out your forks and knives – Eli Manning Odell Beckham Jr. and could whip up a feast in the Bayou.

As for Eli and the Giants, they’re going to have to wake up before the fourth quarter this week. While Manning’s 35/47, 366 yard and three-touchdown day looks good on paper, the film tells us another story. OBJ bailed Eli out with a couple of circus touchdown catches in the fourth and Sterling Sheppard gained a huge chunk of that yardage on a 77-yard pitch and catch score.

The Giants are probably a bit better than their record implies and this seems like a good matchup for New York to finally get into some kind of rhythm on offense. Ben McAdoo could be coaching for his job security on Sunday, don’t count them out just yet.

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Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this one found them as -4-point favorites earlier in the week at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 43.5.

Odds Shark prediction models picked the Buccaneers to win this game on Sunday 27-18. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

New York Giants vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Giants will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Sunday, as they are 1-2 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 1-1 ATS. New York is 1-2 against the over under total, while Tampa Bay is 1-1 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs New York injuries news.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sit at No. 7 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the New York Giants are at No. 17 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 23 PPG, against a Giants defense that ranks No. 23 this week at 23.33 PPG. The Buccaneers aerial game is averaging 255 yards per game, more than the Giants secondary allows through the air, 181 YPG per game.

Defensively, the New York Giants feature the league's No. 31-rated road run defense, allowing 161 yards per game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, meanwhile, ranks No. 13 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the Giants got 3 passing scores out of Eli Manning, but lost 27-24 to the Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

In their last game, Tampa Bay's aerial attack generated 328 yards but it was the Vikings coming away with a 34-17 victory over Tampa Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • NY Giants is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • NY Giants is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of NY Giants's last 12 games
  • NY Giants is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Tampa Bay is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York home to Los Angeles, Sunday, October 8th
Tampa Bay home to New England, Thursday, October 5th

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