Folk made a 34-yard field goal as time expired and the Buccaneers improved to 2-1 on the season with a 25-23 victory.
The New York Giants come to town a wounded 0-3 team. The New York Giants are one of the winless teams that remain in the league. There were nine total rushes, with Jacquizz Rodgers having the most yards at a mere 15 in total.
Alexander and David's absence would test the Bucs linebacker depth. Additionally, defensive linemen Gerald McCoy (ankle) and Robert Ayers (knee) have been limited.
"We thought we were in a good spot", guard Justin Pugh said. You keep fighting for a win and that is all you do every week. This game will be won in the trenches, and hopefully the Bucs lines will play better.
Mike Evans vs. Janoris Jenkins: This is one of the most important matchups of the game. "That's where we are right now".
Tampa Bay also has a list of players questionable for Sunday: DE Robert Ayers, DT Chris Baker, CB Brent Grimes, DE Jacquies Smith, and DE Noah Spence. Don't look now, but the Buccaneers have developed quite the home field advantage under head coach Dirk Koetter. "The knife is in there deep and you're bleeding".
"It's not one person, it's not one thing, it's not one group", Manning said. "We're leaving some plays out there". Not only was he the Giants' most consistent rusher, he also showed some value out of the backfield, hauling in a key third quarter touchdown.
Rick Stroud, @StroudNFL: Winston bailed out the Bucs and especially kicker Folk, who had missed two field goals and a point-after, with a clutch drive to top Eli Manning's clutch drive.
"It's surprising. We still have a good team". "I have gone the other direction. Just have to polish up and get ready for next week".
"We've had talks and we've had some opportunities to make sure everybody is on the same page". He'll have to prove he can do it against the Giants, who are hungry for a win and just about back to full strength in the secondary.
The silver lining in that is that New York's offensive line has not been stellar to this point in the year. The Eagles ran for 193 yards. It's a theoretical boost for Paul Perkins and the Giants' rushing "attack" in Week 4. That's something we are not proud of. We only called eight runs. We are not panicking. The media can't play for us. "We need to do a better job of catching the ball". Keenum totaled 369 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no turnovers.
It's time for Eli Manning to quarterback his G-Men to a first-half lead, for once. He injured his hamstring in Tampa Bay's loss to Minnesota last week and has been ruled out. "I saw a window and we got the touchdown right there, so it was a big play at the moment". "Offense is a rhythm".
Even if the Bucs find that rhythm, they acknowledge that the Giants will pose a formidable challenge.
NY (0-3) rolls into Tampa Bay (1-1) looking to right the ship offensively. Nope. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook ran for 97 yards and picked up a rushing touchdown as well. We can't take them lightly at all. The guys we have in this room, the talent we have in this room, we can go out and win any week.