The clash between Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants will wrap up the action in the NFL 2021 Week 11. After the two straight defeats, the home side wants to bounce back with a win and stay at the top of the division. The visitors have shown some improvement lately, and I’m curious to see if they can pose some trouble to their rivals.
Tampa Bay has had some issues on the road lately, but they want to make things right on the home field. A victory in this match would keep them in a pole position for securing the post-season spot. On the other hand, it has been another disappointing season for the visitors, but they want to build up on their latest victory. It will be a very challenging task for New York, as they are facing the defending champions.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Will they break their losing run?
The Buccaneers go to this game with a wish to stop their two-match losing streak and get back to the winning track. They lost to the Saints and the Team on the road but stayed at the top of the NFC South. However, with a 6-3 record, Tampa Bay is just one win ahead of New Orleans, and they don’t want to jeopardize their first position in the division. The Bucs gained only 273 total yards in the offense, while they also turned the ball over two times, which cost them a defeat. They lacked the ground game, while Tom Brady threw for 220 yards and a pair of scores and picks.
The legendary quarterback has gone 2,870 yards through the air with 27 TDs and seven interceptions, while he was sacked 12 times. Leonard Fournette leads the Bucs’ ground game with 486 yards and four scores, while Ronald Jones II has rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown. Chris Godwin dominated the receiving department with 717 yards and four TDs, while Mike Evans generated 606 receiving yards with nine scores. On the other hand, Devin White leads the defensive corps with 79 total tackles, while Shaquil Barrett logged 5.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Leonard Fournette, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Jaelon Darden, Cameron Brate, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Ryan Jensen, Alex Cappa, Tristan Wirfs
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Ndamukong Suh, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, William Gholston, Jason Pierre-Paul, Devin White, Lavonte David, Shaquil Barrett, Jamel Dean, Antoine Winfield Jr., Jordan Whitehead, Pierre Desir
Quarter Back: Tom Brady
Kicker: Ryan Succop
with best odds
New York Giants – Are they capable of providing a surprise?
Despite failing to find a place in the playoffs, the Giants have started playing a bit better lately. They celebrated twice in the previous three rounds, improving to a 3-6 record and a 3rd place in the NFC East. The away side heads to this game after beating the Raiders 23-16 at home, despite gaining only 247 yards in the offense. New York struggled in the passing game, as they generated only 98 yards through the air. The Giants need to do much better against the Bucs to stay in the contest.
New York’s starting quarterback Daniel Jones has passed for 2,059 yards with only eight touchdowns and five picks. On the other hand, the opponent’s defenders sacked him 19 times. Devontae Booker leads the ground game with 315 yards and a pair of scores, while Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley have combined for 453 rushing yards and four TDs. Kadarius Toney, Sterling Shepard, and Kenny Golladay generated 300+ receiving yards each but combined for only one touchdown. On defense, Logan Ryan dominates with 72 total tackles, while Leonard Williams and Azeez Ojulari logged 5.5 sacks each.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Gary Brightwell, Kenny Golladay, Collin Johnson, Kadarius Toney, Evan Engram, Elijhaa Penny, Matt Peart, Matt Skura, Billy Price, Will Hernandez, Nate Solder
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Dexter Lawrence, Austin Johnson, Leonard Williams, Quincy Roche, Tae Crowder, Reggie Ragland, Azeez Ojulari, James Bradberry, Xavier McKinney, Logan Ryan, Adoree’ Jackson
Quarter Back: Daniel Jones
Kicker: Graham Gano
Expert Pick #1 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers -10.5 @-110
Despite a double-digit margin, I expect the Buccaneers to be dominant in this match and cover the number. New York struggled in the offense last time, and I don’t see them doing much better against Tampa Bay. I’m going to take the hosts against the spread for the first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 49.5 @-110
Although the Giants looked better in defense in the past few weeks, I’m going to back the Over as my second bet. Tampa Bay has been excellent in the offense this season, except for the latest match, while their defense is not among the most disciplined ones in the NFL. I believe this match should go over a 49.5 margin.
Expert Pick #3 – Buccaneers to win by 19-24 @+550
The third pick will be a long shot with pretty generous odds, as I expect the Bucs to deliver a quite comfortable win. They should bounce back after two straight defeats and boost their confidence against a weaker opponent, and they might beat New York by 19 to 24 points.