What the Bucs are saying ahead of Monday Night Football matchup
The Giants and Buccaneers will face off this week at MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football. Here is what's going on with the Buccaneers ahead of the Week 8 matchup.
The Buccaneers have only ruled out wide receiver Chris Godwin for Monday Night's matchup against the New York Giants. Three players that had been limited in practice this week, Rob Gronkowski, Scotty Miller and Antoine Winfield Jr., all practiced fully on Saturday. Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh sat out on maintenance days.
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Head Coach Bruce Arians spoke to the media on Saturday about his relationship with Joe Judge ahead of the team's Week 8 matchup vs. the New York Giants.
The Buccaneers have activated undrafted rookie guard John Molchon from injured reserve, filling an open spot on their 53-man roster.
After leading all players with 12 touchdown passes and throwing just one interception in October, Tom Brady became the first Buccaneer ever to win Offensive Player of the Month honors.
View photos of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers starters ahead of the Week 8 matchup, based on their unofficial depth chart.
MNF Preview: 10 things to watch in Giants vs. Bucs
The Giants and Buccaneers will meet for the fourth year in a row and the fifth time in six seasons. The last three games between the teams were decided by a total of six points. On Sept. 22, 2019, the Giants edged the Bucs in Raymond James Stadium, 32-31. Daniel Jones started his first game at quarterback and threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores, including the seven-yard game-winner with 1:16 remaining in the game. The Giants lead the regular-season series, 15-7. Big Blue won their only postseason matchup to kick off the Super Bowl XLII run.
NEW TEAM, SAME OLD TOM
Tom Brady is 4-3 (0.571 winning percentage) against the Giants as a starter, including the postseason. Against everyone else, he is 249-74 (.771). Meanwhile, the all-time passing touchdowns record is going to come down to the wire. Brady moved ahead to No. 1 last week with 559. Right behind him is Drew Brees (558), who originally broke Peyton Manning's all-time record of 539.
GRONK IS BACK
Including the postseason, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have connected for 92 touchdowns, tied with the Pro Football Hall of Fame combination of Steve Young and Jerry Rice (92) for the second-most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history. Only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (114 touchdowns) had more.
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Rookies bring Halloween fun to children's hospital
Wearing fancy, funky hats, the New York Giants rookies brought early Halloween fun to patients at Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. Instead of their annual in-person Halloween visit, rookies visited patients virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Continuing their annual Halloween tradition, the New York Giants rookies donned their Halloween best to virtually surprise patients and treat them with New York Giants memorabilia. Players worked closely with the medical center to reimagine this year's visit due to the importance of mask wearing and social distancing guidelines.
This year, patients and Giants players were set up with accounts on Caribu, a family video-calling app that integrates children's books and activities for an engaging experience between children and family members. The app bridges the miles to connect participants for reading, learning, and drawing experiences in real time. The hospital's use of the app comes at a time when positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the state of New Jersey.
"We are truly fortunate to have the New York Giants as our partners," said Judy Aschner, M.D., physician-in-chief, Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital and Hackensack Meridian Children's Health. "Their annual Halloween visits bring smiles and excitement to our patients and their families each year. We are pleased to be able to continue this tradition virtually so that our patients can have this special experience with such compassionate and thoughtful sports heroes."