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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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