Here are a few things I will be looking for on Sunday when the New York Giants (0-1) host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m. ET/FOX).
- Giants offensive line vs. Tampa Bay front seven: We discussed this in-depth on Thursday. Fact is, no matter who the Giants are playing the blocking has to be better than it was last Wednesday against the Dallas Cowboys, and much of last season. Whether Will Beatty replaces Sean Locklear at left tackles or not, the Giants have to get movement in the run game and they have to give Eli Manning a chance in the passing game.
- How much does David Wilson play?: Tom Coughlin said this week that Wilson was "a little bit our of the doghouse." Which means he still has at least one foot in there. The Giants need big plays in the run game, and Ahmad Bradshaw can't continue to play 95 percent of the snaps.
- Martellus Bennett vs. Michael Bennett: The Bennett brothers will likely square up occasionally. Can the Giants' MB get the better of the Bucs' MB?
- Giants' run defense: The Giants surrendered 143 yards rushing against the Cowboys. The Bucs ran for 130 against Carolina. Part of the problem for the Giants was simply that defensive tackles Linval Joseph (55) and Rocky Bernard (50) played too many snaps. C'mon down, Marvin Austin! And make a play. Or three!
- Giants' pass defense: Will Prince Amukamara (high ankle sprain) play? it's obvious from the comments by Coughlin this week that Amukamara isn't 100 percent. If he plays, the Bucs will target him. if he doesn't play, can Michael Coe or Justin Tryon do a better job than they did last week? Can anybody cover a slant route? Can Antrel Rolle take a decent angle to the sideline in Cover 2? Questions, questions, questions. I don't have any answers.