September 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) points in the red zone in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Your New York Giants (0-1) look for their first victory of the 2012 NFL season on Sunday when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at MetLife Stadium at 1 p.m. ET
Here is an early sneak peek at the game, and at the week ahead here at Big Blue View.
What the game means to the Giants
You hate to think of the second game of the season as must win. This, however, is a must win for the defending Super Bowl champion Giants. If the Giants are serious about getting to the playoffs, starting off 0-2 -- especially 0-2 at home -- is definitely not the recommended way to get that done. The Giants face road games at Carolina and Philadelphia in weesk 3 and 4, so they have to win this game.
What the game means to the Buccaneers
The Buccaneers are looking to establish respectability after a 4-12 season last year. They have a new coach in Greg Schiano trying to prove he belongs in the NFL. They have former Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan trying to prove he deserves to be an offensive coordinator. They have former Giants running back D.J. Ware trying to prove the Giants made a mistake letting him go.
Here is a quick look at some of the coverage we have ahead for you this week.
Monday -- Later today the transcript of head coach Tom Coughlin's press conference will be available. We will have that, as well as some player transcripts and maybe a feature.
Tuesday -- Fantasy Football recap by Mike Farley.
Wednesday --Your truly will think of something -- probably several somethings. Don't you worry about that.
Thursday -- Fantasy Football advice from Mike Farley and Mike's weekly NFL picks column.
Friday -- Kelsey O'Donnell will debut a new feature here that we are calling 'Spotlight On.' Each week Kelsey will feature a player or personality of interest from the Giants or the opposition, or possibly focus on an interesting topic leading up to the next game. You will have to wait until Friday to see what we have in store for you this week. A 'what to watch' post, probably featuring a key matchup and more information about Sunday's game, from yours truly.
Saturday -- Mike Farley's weekly 'Football Fodder,' where he looks around the NFL at some interesting stories making news. Kelsey O'Donnell will have another new feature that we are caling 'Kelsey's Keys To The Game.'
Sunday -- A game time/TV schedule preview of the game, and much more.