Giants bringing reeling defense to Tampa this weekend

TAMPA, Fla. -- Here are 10 things to know about the New York Giants (4-4), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' opponent Sunday at Raymond James Stadium:

1. The Giants are coming off a wild shootout loss. Forty-nine points and 416 total yards -- and six touchdown passes by Eli Manning -- weren't enough to beat the New Orleans Saints in Week 8. That point total was the Giants' largest in a loss in their 91-year history. Their seven touchdowns allowed -- all of them on Drew Brees passes -- tied for the second-most in the team's existence, one shy of the franchise record. Still, it's tough to win when surrendering 52 points and 608 yards. Which leads us to ...

2. The defense has been a disaster. The Giants rank last in the NFL in total defense (427.5 yards per game) and passing defense (315.4 ypg). In addition, they're 19th in rush defense (112.1 yards per game) and 24th in scoring defense (26 points per game). Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo shouldn't be sleeping well.

3. The offense, on the other hand, has done damage. New York has shown the ability to produce points, ranking fifth in the NFL in scoring offense (26.9 per game). Manning has thrown for 2,126 yards with 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions. The Giants' run game isn't as prolific: Rashad Jennings is their leading rusher with 316 yards and one touchdown on 81 carries.

4. Jason Pierre-Paul might make his season debut Sunday. On Monday, Giants coach Tom Coughlin left open the possibility that Pierre-Paul could play against the Bucs. The defensive end is working his way back from a July 4 fireworks accident that damaged his right hand.

5. Cornerback Prince Amukamara could return. The veteran cornerback has missed New York's past three games with a partially torn pectoral muscle, but results of Amukamara's MRI on Monday were "encouraging," according to ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano. There's a chance Amukamara will play Sunday, but the Giants will wait to see how he practices this week.

6. The Giants are very much alive in the mess that is the NFC East. Even at 4-4, New York finds itself atop the maligned division. The Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are both 3-4, and the Dallas Cowboys aren't far back at 2-5. Only the AFC South is in worse shape.

7. The Giants enjoy seeing the Bucs. The teams haven't played much lately, but New York has won four consecutive games in the series and five of the past six. The most recent meeting happened in Week 2 of the 2012 season, when the Giants won 41-34 at MetLife Stadium. In the past two visits to Raymond James Stadium, New York has outscored Tampa Bay by a combined score of 48-14.

8. Teams have had success running against the Giants. New York has allowed at least 103 yards rushing in the past four games. The worst moment for the Giants' defense came in Week 7, when the Cowboys ripped them for 233 yards on the ground. Doug Martin has three 100-yard games this season, and don't be surprised to see him earn his fourth Sunday.

9. The Giants have struggled against the NFC South. New York is 0-2 against the division this season, with a loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 in addition to the result against the Saints. The Giants will close out play against the NFC South by hosting the Carolina Panthers in Week 15.

10. It has been a strange first half of the season. The Giants began with two straight losses and they stopped that slide with three consecutive victories. Since, they're 1-2. New York has struggled to build momentum, leaving hope alive for all its division rivals. A loss at Raymond James Stadium would leave the Giants in a precarious position with the New England Patriots waiting in Week 10.