NFL Monday Night Week 8: New York Giants vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction and Analysis

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November 1, 2020 9:20 pm

After a shaky start against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found their ‘mojo’ over the last couple of weeks. The Buccaneers are sitting comfortably at the top of the NFC South Division table with a 5-2 record. They are currently on a two-game winning streak and will start the game against the New York Giants as firm favorites.

On the other hand, the Giants are last in the NFC East Division table with just one win from seven games. They suffered a narrow one-point loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7. Can Giants head coach Joe Judge orchestrate a major upset against the Buccaneers on Monday night?

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 8 game day predictions.

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New York Giants will start as underdogs on Monday night

The New York Giants are on a 1-6 record heading into Week 8. Things are not looking for Joe Judge’s boys who are playing without their star running back Saquon Barkley since week two. Giants’ young shot-caller Daniel Jones will go up against one of the best defensive teams in the league. The dual-threat quarterback threw for 187 yards with two passing TDs in last week’s narrow loss to the Eagles.

He will need all the help he can get when going up against the Buccaneers on Monday. WR Sterling Shepard and Tight End Evan Engram will be crucial for the Giants when they host the Bucs at the MetLife Stadium. But the real spotlight will be on Golden Tate, Logan Ryan, and the other defensive players in the Giants team who will be kept busy by Tom Brady and his band of speedsters.

Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers looking to maintain momentum in Week 8

As we approach the halfway stage of the 2020 NFL season, Bruce Arians-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers are slowly emerging as outside contenders to challenge for the Super Bowl title. What’s even more exciting is the arrival of veteran NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown. The Buccaneers brought in the former Pittsburgh Steelers man on a one-year deal.

In the absence of the injured Chris Godwin, Brown could be the perfect candidate to step in and help out Tom Brady. After all, the last time Brown played in the league was beside Tom Brady’s New England Patriots in 2019. Will we see the controversial NFL wideout make his much-anticipated return to the league on Monday night?

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NFL Preview: New York Giants vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injury Updates

New York – Out

S Adrian Colbert – Shoulder

RB Devonta Freeman – Ankle

Questionable

WR C.J. Board – Concussion

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Out

WR Chris Godwin – Finger

Giants vs Buccaneers Prediction

New York Giants 17 – 35 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Oct 8, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) makes a pass against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

This game should be a proper cakewalk for Tom Brady and the in-form Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In addition to that, it gives the visitors a perfect opportunity to allow Antonio Brown to get some minutes on his return to the big leagues.

The Buccaneers will be wary of the disastrous conditions at the MetLife Stadium, which has led to multiple injuries to stars across the league. They should not take any unnecessary risks and preserve their top performers for the second half of the season.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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