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Bucs capitalize on Manning picks for halftime lead

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The loss of right tackle David Diehl was just the start of the injury fun for the Giants on Sunday.

Diehl is done for the day with a knee injury and he’s since been joined in the locker room by wide receiver Domenik Hixon and running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Hixon has a head injury after getting popped in the dome by Bucs linebacker Mason Foster following a catch in the first quarter. Bradshaw has gone to get x-rays on his neck after running head first into a wall during a running play in the second quarter. Fullback Henry Hynoski was also shaken up after getting flipped head over heels following a short catch.

Adding insult to injuries are three Eli Manning interceptions. Manning tried to drop a ball over Foster to tight end Martellus Bennett, but underthrew it badly and Foster picked it off. That set the Bucs up for a pretty 29-yard touchdown pass from Josh Freeman to Vincent Jackson. The Giants have had a very hard time keeping up with Jackson through the first half, even with a more robust pass rush than they had against the Cowboys in the opener. It’s looking like a winning combo for the Bucs, as Freeman clearly trusts Jackson enough to put the ball up and let his receiver go get it against man coverage.

Manning was picked again in the second quarter by Brandon McDonald on a play that looked like it should have drawn a flag for defensive holding on intended receiver Victor Cruz. It didn’t and the Giants picked up a penalty for a horse collar tackle on McDonald to give the Bucs even more yardage. Doug Martin sprinted into the end zone a few plays later to make the score 17-6.

The third pick was all on the quarterback, though. Manning threw a ball directly into Eric Wright’s hands and Wright danced his way through the Giants for a 60-yard touchdown return that killed a brief comeback attempt before the half for the Giants. It’s 24-13 in the Meadowlands and Tom Coughlin’s face is as red as a tomato.

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10 Responses to “Bucs capitalize on Manning picks for halftime lead”
  1. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 16, 2012 2:34 PM

    Hahahahahaha. The Giants are who I thought they were!!!

  2. rockyburnette says: Sep 16, 2012 2:40 PM

    It is David Carr time. Easily the worst half Eli has played in the league. DB holding on the previous INT aside, that pass was wildly over thrown. The pass to Barden preceding the pick 6 was as badly thrown as any INT he’s had ever. The TD was a disgrace. We’ve seen enough, something is wrong. Whether he got boozed up last night, was concussed on an earlier hit, whatever the cause this player isn’t right today.

  3. abninf says: Sep 16, 2012 2:52 PM

    Dallas left them shell shocked.

  4. mantastic54 says: Sep 16, 2012 2:52 PM

    At least he didn’t yell at anyone

  5. gotampabay52 says: Sep 16, 2012 2:53 PM

    Like I have been saying this a new Buccaneers team. Last yt we had coach that wanted to treat players a friend abd let them di whatever they wanted. We are like we were in 2010 when we had 10 wins. Lot of you bust on the Bucs go for while we kick your ass on the field

  6. kingcarlbanks says: Sep 16, 2012 3:32 PM

    Clearly still suffering from the SB hangover. Better get heads out of rectums or it’ll be a long season. They look like the damn Redskins!

  7. tialen says: Sep 16, 2012 4:03 PM

    Eli “I am Elite!”

  8. brutusmandingo says: Sep 16, 2012 4:39 PM

    As a Bucs Fan thank You eli for breaking my heart this sucked soooo much u know you’re the veteran team and won well bounce back

  9. phillyphannn83 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:41 PM

    and so are the Eagles!!! 2-0 baby!! Can’t say we didn’t beat a good team this week!!!

  10. stoudemelo says: Sep 17, 2012 3:25 AM

    I’m glad everyone on this thread had to eat their words.

    There is an old saying in sports “bad teams blow it”

    Eli does whatever it takes to win, and does it well.

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