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Bucs QB Jameis Winston On Facing Giants’ Defense: ‘I’m No Drew Brees’

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After losing three of the first four games of the 2015 NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may finally be getting into a groove at the halfway point. Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has helped lead this team to two wins over the last three games with the Bucs no longer being a team opponents takes for granted.

In Week 9, the Bucs will host the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium with high hopes of winning their fourth game on the season. Winston was recently asked about facing the Giants this week and made it clear not to expect the same kinds of numbers Drew Brees put up on New York for the New Orleans Saints last week, via Andrew Astleford of ESPN.

“That is Drew Brees that did that,” the Buccaneers’ rookie said Wednesday. “I’m no Drew Brees, but you’ve just got to go to the next game because they’re coming with a different attitude, because they’re like, ‘Drew Brees just did this to us.’ So they’re going to try to play even harder. And so they’re going to rise up to the occasion, and we have to be there to match their intensity.”

Brees and Eli Manning had an incredible quarterback duel last week with the Saints coming away with the win as the result of a game-winning field goal by kicker Kai Forbath. The two veteran quarterbacks combined for 851 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. Brees shattered records and improved his team’s record to 4-4.

Although Winston likely won’t come anywhere near Brees’ record-breaking stats, the rookie quarterback will be aiming for the win over the Giants in order to get his team back to .500. New York, however, will attempt to bounce back from an exhausting game against the Saints while keeping in the hunt for the NFC East division title.

According to Sportsbook.ag, the Giants are favored to get the win on Sunday in Tampa Bay with a -2.5 point spread. The Bucs may be an improved team that is beginning to surprise some people, but the Giants are definitely the superior squad and should get the win while covering the -2.5 point spread.

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