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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (4-5) take on the Buccaneers (2-6) on Sunday in Tampa, Florida, at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on Tuesday:

Need to know

The Jets will practice today at Florham Park. The team will likely provide injury updates within the next day or two.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice later this week. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants' woes 00:04:39
Marc Malusis and Ralph Vacchiano debate who is to blame for the Giants' disappointing 0-4 start to the season.

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As a rookie head coach last year, Ben McAdoo had to deal with a kicker suspended for domestic violence and the organization's mishandling of his status, a boat-load of receivers flying to Miami to party right before the playoffs and his offense collapsing, all while trying to fix a team that had become a perennial loser.

That was easy compared to what McAdoo has to do now.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ralph Vacchiano
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FNNY: What went wrong in Tampa? 00:01:49
The Football Night New York crew discusses what went wrong in Tampa for the Giants in Sunday's loss.

After Sunday's last-second loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped the Giants to 0-4, New York reportedly saw its playoff odds diminish to around 1 percent.

The Giants, who lost 25-23 on Nick Folk's game-winning field goal as time expired, had a 4.4 percent chance at making the playoffs, according to Football Outsiders, and now they are around 1 percent, according to ESPN Stats & Info, via the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard.

"We have to figure this out fast, because we're so far in a hole that it's hard to see," cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said, according to Leonard.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans catches the ball on the half yard line over New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans catches the ball on the half yard line over New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Jameis Winston threw for 332 and three touchdowns without an interception, and Nick Folk kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 25-23 victory over the winless New York Giants on Sunday.

Folk redeemed himself after missing two field goals and an extra point earlier in the day, booting the winner after Winston answered Eli Manning's second TD pass of the day with an impressive drive that began at his 25.

The Giants (0-4) lost on a last-second field goal for the second straight week. They took a 23-22 lead on Rhett Ellison's 2-yard TD reception with 3:16 remaining. Manning threw to Odell Beckham Jr., in the rear of the end zone for a 2-point conversion that was disallowed because the receiver had stepped out of bounds before making the catch. >> Read more

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Tags: Eli Manning, Nick Folk, Odell Beckham Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Wayne Gallman
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches a four-yard touchdown pass against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches a four-yard touchdown pass against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (0-3) at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1), at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 4:05 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It will be warm, muggy and maybe a little rainy. The temperatures are expected to be in the high 80s and there's a 60 percent chance of evening thunderstorms, which could make for a messy second half of the game.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Giants are already in deep trouble and the odds are decidedly against them. Only three teams have reached the NFL playoffs after an 0-3 start since the playoffs expanded in 1990. Right now, before they think about anything else, they need to stop the bleeding. Their last 0-3 start came in 2013, and they ran that all the way to 0-6 before they started to play to their capabilities, going 7-3 over their final 10 games. Maybe this season is already over, who knows? But they desperately need a win to make sure things don't get worse, either in the standings or in the locker room. Then they can reassess everything from there.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ralph Vacchiano
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants, still winless heading into Week 4, hope that their defense can help them rally to pick up their first victory of the season in Tampa Bay this Sunday. 

While New York came in with a highly touted defensive corps, the unit as so far been toward the bottom of the pack statistically, ranking 16th in yards allowed per game (334.3) and 23 in points per game (23.3). This weekend they'll have the task of going up against Jameis Winston, who has thrown for 532 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. So far this season the Giants have just two takeaways, both of them being fumble recoveries.

"We know they're explosive," Janoris Jenkins said Wendnesday. "On the outside, they've got some big threat receivers. Jameis is going to try to force the ball and get it up anyway he can. He's mobile and he's the leader of the team." 

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Running back Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter winning touchdown during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports Images)
Running back Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter winning touchdown during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports Images)

While the New York Giants are still alive in the postseason and head to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card round, their 2017 opponents became official on Sunday.

The Giants will have four road games on the West Coast next season, traveling to face the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. 

In addition to home and road games against their division rivals, New York will travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next year.

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins
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Quarterback Eli Manning in the New York Giants huddle (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
Quarterback Eli Manning in the New York Giants huddle (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

As much as the New York Giants wanted to clinch their first playoff berth since 2011 on the field in Philadelphia on Thursday, they know it doesn't really matter how they get in - just as long as they get in. And they can still get in four different ways this weekend, before they even have to think about playing their finale in Washington on Jan. 1.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Ralph Vacchiano
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Can Giants win a playoff game? 00:02:53
The Daily News Live panel discusses if the Giants are good enough to win a playoff game on the road.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

Earlier this week, I gave you a long and complex look at the New York Giants' relatively simple playoff situation, which boils down to this: win and they're in, or hope they can avoid a three-way tie with the Lions and the Buccaneers.

The NFL made it even simpler. The Giants can clinch a playoff spot in Week 16 if any of these five things happen:

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive end Robert Ayers (91) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the first half at Metlife Stadium. (NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
New York Giants defensive end Robert Ayers (91) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the first half at Metlife Stadium. (NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

The Buccaneers will sign former Giants defensive end Robert Ayers to a three-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport.

Ayers will get a $21 million deal, with $10.5 million guaranteed.

Ayers spent the last two season with New York, picking up 14.5 sacks combined (9.5 sacks in 2015).

He had 63 total tackles, five passes defended and three forced fumbles over his tenure with the Giants.

Tags: Robert Ayers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Andrew Vazzano

The Jets are expected to pursue CB Darrelle Revis should he become a free agent (Schefter, Feb. 1).

Revis played for the Jets from 2007-2012 and quickly earned a reputation as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. He has been named to six pro bowls (four with the Jets), first-team all-pro four times (three with the Jets) and won the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year award.

The Jets traded Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the 2013 season.?Despite signing a 6-year-contract with the Buccaneers they?released him after just one season. The Patriots then signed him as an unrestricted free agent to a two-year deal.

Tags: avsny, brianbassett, buccaneers, Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots, NYJets, Patriots, revis, revis island, treilly8, Tim Reilly
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We?re back NFL fans. The season starts tonight, so it?s a perfect time for the first installment of my NFL picks for the week.

Each week, I will pick three games against the spread and then of course the Giants game from that week.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

Tags: buccaneers, giants, New York Giants, nfl picks, patriots, vikings
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The big win from the Giants and a late victory from Dolphins allowed me to stay at .500 for the week.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

Week 12 Record: 2-2

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, bears, buccaneers, giants, jaguars, nfl picks, Editorial Aside, week 13
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Giants' safety Kenny Phillips told reporters this week that the league has decided not to fine him $30k for his Week 2 hit on Tampa Bay WR Vincent Jackson.

Phillips launched into Jackson as Jackson tried to reel in a pass from QB Josh Freeman late in the 3rd quarter of the Giants' 41-34 victory over the Bucs on Sept 16. Phillips came in high and appeared to hit helmets with the 6'5" Jackson, dislodging him from the football for an incomplete pass. There was no flag thrown on the play, but Phillips received a letter later that week informing him that his hit was illegal and that he would be fined.

From Tom Pedulla of the New York Times:

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The Giants seemed like the logical pick last week but were instead embarrassed. The Chargers also looked bad against the Buccaneers, while the Seahawks and Rams both covered.

Here are this week?s picks. The Giants will have their bye this week. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

Week 10 Record: 2-2

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, buccaneers, cardinals, giants, nfl picks, Editorial Aside, ravens, SNYGiants
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Some tidbits from yesterday's game that you may have missed....

  • The Giants won the Time of Possession - 33:29 to 26:31
  • The Giants made 31 first downs (21 via passing). Tampa only had 14.
  • The Giants went 5-13 (38%) on third down to Tampa's 20% (2-10).
  • The Giants continued to struggle in the red zone, going 1-for-5 on the day.
  • The Giants only had five passed defended on defense. The Bucs had 15.
  • There were only 7 penalties called on the day: Tampa Bay (2 for 7 yards); Giants (5 for 43 yards)
  • Of Eli Manning's 51 passing attempts, 42 of them were to three targets: Victor Cruz (17), Hakeem Nicks (15) and Martellus Bennett (10). 27 of them were completed.
  • RB Andre Brown averaged 5.5 yards per carry: 13 attempts for 71 yards.
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul recorded a sack and another QB hit along with 8 tackles - two for losses.
  • RB David Wilson had 86 yards on 3 KO attempts, including 44-yarder.
  • LB Michael Boley had an interception for the second consecutive week.
  • WR Rueben Randle is the punt returner du jour. He had two return attempts (11 and 12 yards) and 3 fair catches.
  • P Steve Weatherford only had only two punt attempts yesterday, tying his Giant low. He punted twice in the losses to NO and SF last year.
  • DT Marvin Austin dressed but did not play a down on defense or special teams.
  • OLs Chris Snee, David Baas, Kevin Boothe, Sean Lcoklear and QB Eli Manning played all 84 offensive plays. TE Martellus Bennett played 83 and 11 more on ST.
  • CB Corey Webster, LB Michael Boley and safeties Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips played all 53 snaps on defense.
Tags: Giants-Buccaneers, New York Giants News, NFL

The Giants had finished their comeback, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with it. With only seconds left on the clock and no time left for the Bucs to come back, the Giants did the traditional kneel-down to end the game. When the ball is snapped, the defense usually makes light contact. The QB takes a knee and the play is over.

Yesterday, when Eli Manning took the snap, he was bowled over by the surging Bucs' defensive front. When the game ended and the two coaches met to shake hands in the middle of the field, Tom Coughlin had some heated words for new Bucs' head coach Greg Schiano.

"I don?t think you do that at this level," Coughlin told the media afterward. "You don?t do that in this league. You don?t just, you jeopardize the offensive line, you jeopardize the quarterback. Thank goodness we didn?t get anyone hurt--that I know of. A couple of the linemen were late coming in."

Tags: Giants-Buccaneers, Greg Schiano, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Giants put a flaccid start behind them, overcoming three Eli Manning interceptions, several dropped passes and some penalties to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 41-34, this afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

Manning ended up with a whopping?510 yards passing and three scores - one to each of his key receivers - to lead the Blue to a thrilling win.

Hakeem Nicks battled through foot problems all day long, catching ten passes for 199 yards including a 50-yard TD. Victor Cruz had 179 yards on 11 grabs with an electric 80-yard scoring play thrown in.

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Fourth Quarter:

- The Giants have had four trips into the red zone and have come away with 4 field goals. Champions do not play like this team is playing. There is no sense of urgency for the players or coaches inside of the 20s.

- The Bucs are content with running the ball and milking as much clock as possible. The Giants defense comes up with a huge stop and the offense needs to hold up to it's end of the deal.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, beatt, Bucs, david d, giants, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, week 2
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Giants CB Prince Amukamara will be inactive vs Tampa Bay this afternoon. Rookie Jayron Hosley will start in his place instead of veteran Michael Coe. This is a great move by the Giants. Get that speed out on the field.

WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) is active and will start. Same for C David Baas (hip).

Other inactives: WR Jerrel Jernigan, LB Keith Rivers, RB Da'Rel Scott, TE Adrien Robinson, DE Adewale Ojomo and as usual - OT James Brewer.

Tags: Giants-Buccaneers, New York Giants Inactives, New York Giants News, Editorial Aside
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The Giants can't really afford to start this season 0-2, but if history has taught us anything it's that the regular season is all about getting to the postseason. Opening the season 0-2 would not be the end of the world, providing they they lose no more than four of their remaining 14 games. They've gone this route before.

After gift-wrapping an opening night win for the Cowboys, the Blue will be trying smack down a young, feisty Tampa Bay group that features the twin brother of their greatest offensive player (Ronde Barber) and the brother of their new TE (Michael Bennett).

The Bucs also come in with a new head coach (Greg Schiano), a New Jersey native who is very familiar with Giants football.?Not to mention they Bucs' new OC is Mike Sullivan, who coached under Tom Coughlin here for eight seasons and knows where all the silverware is hidden.

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Former Rutgers' head coach Greg Schiano and longtime Giants' assistant Mike Sullivan bring their Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) to MetLife Stadium to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants (0-1) this afternoon.

Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern

Surface: FieldTurf

Tags: football, Giants-Buccaneers, Giants-Bucs, NFL Week 2
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Tiki Barber retired after the 2006 season, leaving Giant fans wanting more and possibly foregoing a chance at the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame. His twin brother Ronde, however, decided to go a different route. He is now in his 16th season as a defensive back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Last week, Ronde was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week:

  • Barber made his NFL-record 200th consecutive start at cornerback in the Buccaneers? 16-10 win over Carolina. He had an interception, a sack, five tackles and two passes defensed in the victory.
  • The performance was the third time in his career, including playoffs, that he recorded a sack and an interception in the same game. He is the only player in NFL history with at least 40 interceptions (44) and 25 sacks (28).
  • Barber led a defense that held the Panthers to 10 total rushing yards, tied for the fewest rushing yards allowed in franchise history (12/4/94). Carolina?s offense led the NFC last year averaging 150.5 rushing yards per game.
  • In his 16th year from Virginia, this is Barber?s 10th career Player of the Week Award, including the postseason. He has won nine times on defense and once on special teams. This is his first award since he was named NFC Defensive Player of Week 3 in 2011.
  • Barber?s nine Defensive Player of the Week Awards are tied for the most in NFL history with Pro Football Hall of Famers Chris Doleman, Bruce Smith and Lawrence Taylor and Ray Lewis.
Tags: Giants-Buccaneers, New York Giants News, NFL, Ronde Barber, Tiki Barber

Well, certainly. That would be foolish not to. He?s been a big help, but on the flip side, the Giants know what?s inside of his brain. It goes both ways. There are a lot of similarities with our offenses, but they?re different players that are doing it. Eli is so far along in the process of being in that offense, where Josh is so new to this offense. So there?s a whole bunch of differences, but a bunch of similarities as well.

- Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano on if he has been picking Mike Sullivan's brain about how to defend Eli Manning

Tags: Eli Manning, Greg Schiano, Mike Sullivan, New York Giants, Quote, Quotes, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Below is the official injury/practice report for the Giants and their upcoming opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Giants

DNP: WR Hakeem Nicks (Foot), DE Adewale Ojomo (Hamstring)

Tags: Giants-Buccaneers, Injuries, New York Giants Injuries, NFL
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Bill Sheridan is back as a defensive coordinator in the NFL. He was hired this week to run the Tampa Bay Bucs' defense by new head coach Greg Schiano. Sheridan was fired from the same position by the Giants after the 2009 season. His defense was atrocious, surrendering 427 points, the second-highest total in the 87-year history of the team.

The current defense, now under the stewardship of Perry Fewell, is getting high praise, but in reality, they aren't much better statistically than Sheridan's group. Ironically, the Giants yielded 400 points this season, too - the 4th highest in their history.

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Giants' QB coach Mike Sullivan was hired last week by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be their offensive coordinator. New head coach Greg Schiano could not have made a better selection.

Tom Coughlin has endured in this league and his methods are now being recognized. Sullivan is part of that coaching tree, having served under Coughlin in both Jacksonville and New York, winning two Super Bowls along the way.

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Well, it didn't take long for the rest of the NFL to begin rifling through the Giants' coaching ranks.

Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who named former Rutgers' head coach Greg Schiano their top man last month announced they had reached a deal with Giants' QB coach Mike Sullivan to become their offensive coordinator.

Tags: Mike Sullivan, New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants News, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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With five weeks remaining in the regular season, eleven of the sixteen NFC teams are still mathematically in the playoff hunt.

That includes three sub-.500 NFC West teams (St.Louis, Seattle and San Francisco) and the 5-6 Washington Redskins. The Redskins' chances are slim since they would have to win every game the rest of the season and hope for some divine intervention along the way to qualify for the post season.

The West winner will most likely be the only entrant into the NFC Playoffs from that bracket, so we will not include them in any of our league-wide scenarios going forward unless something dramatic occurs.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, New York Jets, NFC, NFC Championship Game, NFC East, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins
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On this beautiful Friday afternoon, here is what I've been reading on my laptop....on my deck....

First, this great article bt Andrew Ilnicki of GiantsGab on how he believes the Giants can use yoga as a form of injury prevention.......READ

Second, former Buccaneers' beat writer Tom Edrington breaks down the Giants-Bucs match up from the Tampa point of view......READ

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