Giants roll over Buccaneers

TAMPA, Fla. - Eli Manning and company are unbeaten, though there's still plenty of room for improvement.

Reviving a dominant rushing attack and stopping the run defensively were major priorities yesterday, and the New York Giants did both during a 24-0 rout of the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Eagles, who have a bye week next weekend, will host the Bucs at 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at Lincoln Financial Field.

A week after giving up 251 yards on the ground and needing a field goal as time expired to beat Dallas, the defending NFC East champions (3-0) pushed the sputtering Bucs (0-3) around from start to finish.

Tampa Bay, which has lost seven straight dating to an 0-4 December that cost it a playoff berth last season, was outgained, 397 yards to 86, and did not have a first down until late in the third quarter.

Manning completed 14 of 24 passes for 161 yards.

The New York star left this one after his 18-yard TD pass to Sinorice Moss put the Giants up by 24-0 early in the fourth quarter. Backup David Carr and an injury-depleted defense finished up, with New York preserving a shutout by stopping the Bucs on downs at the Giants' 5 with five minutes to go.

Manning also threw a 4-yard TD pass to Steve Smith in the second quarter, and Brandon Jacobs scored on a 6-yard run to complete an 80-yard drive on New York's opening possession of the game. New York also had scoring marches of 72, 66, and 64 yards, and wound up dominating time of possession, 43 minutes, 38 seconds to 16:22.

 

 

N.Y. Giants 7 7 3 7 – 24

Tampa Bay 0 0 0 0 – 0

First quarter

NYG–Jacobs 6 run (Tynes kick), 8:05.

Second quarter

NYG–Smith 4 pass from Manning (Tynes kick), 14:54.

Third quarter

NYG–FG Tynes 26, 5:48.

Fourth quarter

NYG–Moss 18 pass from Manning (Tynes kick), 12:26.

A: 63,689.

NYG   TB

First downs 27   5   

Total net yards 397   86   

Rushes-yards 49-226   10-28   

Passing 171   58   

Punt returns 5-46   3-41   

Kickoff returns 0-0   3-67   

Interceptions ret. 1-3   0-0   

Comp-att-int 16-27-0   11-26-1   

Sacked-yards lost 0-0   0-0   

Punts 4-50.0   7-44.4   

Fumbles-lost 0-0   0-0   

Penalties-yards 5-60   5-25   

Time of possession 43:38   16:22   

Rushing: N.Y. Giants, Bradshaw 14-104, Jacobs 26-92, G. Johnson 6-23, Manning 1-9, Carr 2-(minus 2). Tampa Bay, J. Johnson 1-15, Williams 2-8, Leftwich 2-3, Ward 5-2.

Passing: N.Y. Giants, Manning 14-24-0-161, Carr 2-3-0-10. Tampa Bay, J. Johnson 4-10-0-36, Leftwich 7-16-1-22.

Receiving: N.Y. Giants, Smith 7-63, Manningham 4-55, Boss 2-27, Beckum 2-8, Moss 1-18. Tampa Bay, Winslow 3-14, Stroughter 2-23, Ward 2-7, Bryant 1-6, Stevens 1-6, Williams 1-3, Askew 1-(minus 1).

Missed field goals: N.Y. Giants, Tynes 21 (WL).