Ira Kaufman’s 10 Takeaways From Bucs-Giants

November 23rd, 2021

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BY IRA KAUFMAN

The Bucs just won a game by 20 points … and it really wasn’t that close.

The bright lights came on at Raymond James Stadium Monday night and the stars came out. With John Lynch and Warren Sapp cheering from a suite, Devin White led a defensive charge that choked the life out of Daniel Jones and that sorry Giants attack.

Tom Brady was on point most of the evening behind stalwart protection and Rob Gronkowski looked sharp in his return. Even Ryan Succop got in on the action, converting all three field goal tries.

When ESPN’s 157-person crew finally called it a day, Tampa Bay was sitting atop the NFC South by two games over the fading Saints and the Bucs were once again the favorites to win the Super Bowl.

In a complete effort, the Bucs refused to extend their brand of dumb football to three games. They are now 5-0 at home, where Brady has thrown 20 TD passes and only three picks.

Despite the return of Saquon Barkley, the Giants never found an offensive rhythm. They were awful on third down as a relentless Buc pass rush battered Jones into submission.

As the Giants slunk back to the Meadowlands at 3-7, the Bucs generated some momentum for a challenging matchup at Indianapolis. Job 1 for a stifling run defense will be keeping Jonathan Taylor in check.

The Bills are still chasing him.

Here’s how Tampa Bay shook off the demons and quelled the concerns of Buc Nation:

* White followed up his monster game at Washington with another splendid effort. His tipped ball led to an interception and he hounded Jones all night. He has become adept at disguising late blitzes, using his rare speed to make up ground in a hurry.

* New York converted its opening third-down situation midway through the first quarter, then proceeded to go 0-for-8 the rest of the way on the money down. No wonder the Bucs owned 11 more minutes of possession and boasted 22 more snaps.

* There were several occasions when Brady had enough protection to go through his progressions — for a second time. Aaron Stinnie played well filling in for left guard Ali Marpet. The only downer was a holding call against Tristan Wirfs, wiping out a 34-yard strike to Chris Godwin that would have given the Bucs a first down at the 1-yard line late in the first half.

* Brady did a nice job distributing the ball as four Tampa Bay players each caught six passes. Gronkowski’s presence in the middle of the field and the attention he commands opens up a lot of options for Byron Leftwich.

* If you thought this game flew by, you’re correct. A tidy 2 hours and 53 minutes, well short of a typical Rays-Orioles tilt at the Trop. Every Buc player who dressed saw some action.

* What was Joe Judge thinking with 6:54 remaining and his Giants down 30-10? On fourth-and-5 from the New York 30, Judge ordered in the punter. That’s a white flag from a franchise representing a blue-collar town. Just awful.

* This was not a game for aficionados of downfield passing. Brady had only two completions of at least 20 yards while Jones had one. Lots of screens, lots of checkdowns.

* No receiver in the league is more crafty in boxing out a defender in the red zone than Mike Evans. The man’s on pace for 17 TD catches. In his last 17 regular-season games, Evans has reached the end zone 16 times. That’s called making ’em count.

* Jason Pierre-Paul had a modest game statistically, but he was a positive factor. He’s playing with a torn rotator cuff, yet the Giants paid a lot of attention to him. By the way, Giants guard Will Hernandez, a former second-round pick out of UTEP, had a night to forget. He needs to hit the weight room pronto.

* This site once labeled RayJay the Den of Depression for good reason. From 2009-2019, the Bucs were 31-57 at home, reeling off 11 consecutive years without a winning record in their home stadium. Brady helped change the narrative last year, going 5-3 in Tampa, and the Bucs currently boast the best home record in the NFL. No wonder Bruce Arians hits the sheets dreaming about the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed.

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15 Responses to “Ira Kaufman’s 10 Takeaways From Bucs-Giants”

  1. Coburn Says:

    I’m kinda annoyed at the huge okay wiped out by what looked like a bogus illegal formation on Evans. Announcers couldn’t figure it out either. Was a huge play and thankfully we still got those yards back.

    It may seem like an odd fascination, but I’m really curious to see more of can gil. He’s too light in the pants for every down, but seems to know how to rush the passer on obvious passing situations with his very limited opportunities, same as last year

  2. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Bucs were favored to win the Super Bowl before the game was even played.

  3. Medicated Pete Says:

    U 4got to rip Ryan Succop u cockatiel

  4. zzbuc Says:

    I just can’t go with you Ira with the Succop saga….. I find Succop a reliable kicker….. He missed a couple yes….but he is consistent on important kicks……Just can’t be with you Sage on this one…..

  5. Dean Bucs fan for life!!! Says:

    As Tom Brady said: “We figuring out the formula!” I witnessed the Offense, Defense, and Special Teams finding that formula last night! With a plethora of players returning from the IR and winners all over the field, its time to take that #1 seed and take care of business!!! Sean Murphy-bunting looked great; and I can’t wait for Carlton Davis’s return!!!! GO BUCS!!!!!!!

  6. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Wirfs manhandled # 51 so badly I guess they felt the need to call that penalty. Iffy at best.

    #11 Ira would like to walk back the Antonio Brown column. 🙂

  7. Jp09 Says:

    The distribution to the top targets was on point. Now when AB comes back we shouldn’t be seeing balls thrown to Tyler Jonson, Perriman or Darden

  8. Bucamania Says:

    JTS was causing pressure nearly every down. Shaq not so much. 58 better turn it up.

  9. Casual Observer Says:

    Agree with Winny. Borderline holding call.

  10. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    That was NOT a hold!! I see that exact scenario almost every game!! Wirfs just owned his ass!!!

  11. Mike Says:

    Yeah, I was very upset with both the Evans illegal formation call and the Wirfs “hold”. I’ve seen Vea practically dragged to the ground and no holding penalty called.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Ira, you missed the key to the win……..OJ starts the game with a 10 yard reception instead of a false start.

    And, thank you for recognizing our stadium as Raynond James Stadium……

  13. Colonel Angus Says:

    That illegal formation was horse sh!t, they lined up in that exact same formation, with Evans in the exact same spot the next play. No flag.

  14. orlbucfan Says:

    They ought to call RJS the Licht House. Tryon-Stroyinka (sp) was in that Giants backfield causing havoc. He’s lightning fast and if he stays healthy, wowsers!! Bucs are eerily following the same pattern as last year. Here’s hoping to win the d####### division!

  15. Buczilla Says:

    You are the best Ira!

 

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