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No punts as Giants lead Buccaneers by one score at the half

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The New York Giants are leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-9 at the half.

This game got out of hand fast. The Bucs were leading 6-3 midway through the first quarter, but a defensive collapse followed by a Doug Martin fumble and yet more terrible defensive play saw the Bucs trail 17-6 with 11:11 left in the second quarter. A solid drive then went unrewarded after two Mike Evans drops were capped off with Connor Barth's first missed field goal of the year.

That could have turned this game into a blowout, but the Bucs defense actually got a fourth-down stop on their own 39-yard line with just over three minutes remaining, giving Jameis Winston a chance to drive the Bucs down the field for another score. Once again, the Bucs settled for a field goal. They've been inside the ten-yard line three times this year, and have yet to score a touchdown.

Despite a couple of drops, Mike Evans is putting up some monstrous production with four catches for 106 yards so far today. The Bucs haven't been able to get the ground game going, though, and Doug Martin seems to have disappeared from the game plan after losing a fumble.

Here's your third quarter open thread. Can the Bucs pull out their second home win under Lovie Smith?