The entire defensive line: For the Bucs to slow Eli Manning, the front four must create pressure. Quarterbacks have completed 71.1 percent of passes against Tampa Bay; only the Detroit Lions have allowed a higher percentage (73.1). Don't expect a breakthrough from the Bucs' secondary Sunday, so help from the defensive line will be needed. Tampa Bay is a bit banged up in this area, with defensive end Jacquies Smith (ankle) and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (pectoral) out Sunday. That means others players, such as defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (4.5 sacks) and defensive end Howard Jones (three), must produce a rush. Manning ripped the New Orleans Saints for 350 yards and six touchdowns in Week 8. He's capable of another huge game.
Jameis Winston: This matchup has the potential to be a shootout, and the rookie quarterback must carry the Bucs with his arm if forced to do so. He has shown discipline from the pocket the past three games, throwing for 683 yards with four touchdowns. The most encouraging development is that he has gone without an interception in that span. When asked what he has learned throughout the season's first half, he said, "Taking care of the football, making things simple." Winston hasn't passed for more than 297 yards in a single game, but New York allowed New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees to throw for 505 and seven touchdowns. If Winston can take care of the ball and exploit the Giants' vulnerable pass defense, the Bucs should like their chances.