NFL PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY VS NY GIANTS
September 12, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-0) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1)
BUCCANEERS: Head coach GREG SCHIANO returns to NJ. Was born in Wyckoff, NJ & was head coach at Rutgers for 11 seasons (2001-11). Off. Coor. MIKE SULLIVAN spent 8 years as coach with NYG (2004-11) & won 2 SBs…Since 2010, QB JOSH FREEMAN is 1 of 2 QBs with 7,000+ pass (7,181) & 600+ rush (615) yards (AARON RODGERS). Had 95.5 rating last week & when Freeman has 95+ rating, Bucs are 10-4 (.714)…Rookie RB DOUG MARTIN rushed for 95 yards & had 4 catches for 23 yards in NFL debut. RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT has 7 career 100-yard games…WR VINCENT JACKSON had 2 TDs in only game vs. NYG (11/8/09 with SD). Since 2008, Jackson avg. 17.88 yards per catch, best in NFL (min. 200 catches). WR MIKE WILLIAMS had TD catch last week. TE DALLAS CLARK aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with TD…Defense allowed 10 rush yards last week, tying club record. CB RONDE BARBER started 200th consecutive game last week, most by CB in NFL history. Had sack & INT. Is only player in NFL annals with 25+ sacks (28) & 40+ INTs (44). GIANTS: Head coach TOM COUGHLIN is 3-0 vs. TB with NYG (incl. playoffs)…QB ELI MANNING is 3-0 in career vs. TB (incl. playoffs). In those 3, has completed 50 of 82 (61 pct.) for 500 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 98.6 rating. In past 6 starts (incl. postseason), Manning has 106.9 rating, completing 151 of 228 (66.2 pct.) for 1,778 yards with 13 TDs vs. 1 INT. NYG is 5-1 in those 6…In last meeting, RB AHMAD BRADSHAW rushed for 104 yards (14 att., 7.4 avg.). Has 8 100-yard rushing games in career & team has won all 8. Rushed for TD last week & aims for 3rd in row with rush TD (incl. playoffs)…WR VICTOR CRUZ has 9 career rec. TDs & avg. 52 yards per TD (468 yards). Has 5 TDs of 65+ yards & 8 TDs of 20+ yards. WR HAKEEM NICKS has 2+ catches in all 24 career home games (incl. playoffs). TE MARTELLUS BENNETT had TD catch in NYG debut last week…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 6 sacks in past 5. In WC meeting (1/6/08), CB COREY WEBSTER had INT & FR. NYG is 12-4 when Webster has INT (incl. playoffs).