The New York Giants will be looking for a bounce-back win on Sunday, September 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Likewise, some of the team's key players will be seeking to bounce back after a humbling loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the season opener. These are five Giants who need to rebound in week two in order for the team to win.
Michael Coe (CB) -In the season opener, Kevin Ogletree torched the Giants for eight grabs, 114 yards and two touchdowns. To be kind, Coe was partly to blame. With Prince Amukamara hurting, Coe probably will start opposite Corey Webster, who will match-up with speedster Vincent Jackson. Coe must hold down his side of the field and not get burned again by another mediocre wide receiver.
Mathias Kiwanuka (LB) - Dallas' DeMarco Murray chewed up 131 yards on the ground against the G-Men in the season opener. The shortcomings of Kiwanuka (one tackle) was part of the reason why the Cowboys were able to run the ball so well. Kiwanuka can be an effective run-stopper and pass-rusher when on his game and the Giants need a boost in both areas right now.
David Wilson (RB) -Wilson fumbled on his second carry against the Cowboys and basically was chained to the bench by coach Tom Coughlin. The team's first-round pick has to be thirsting for a chance to get back out there and make plays. And the Giants need him to make plays against the Buccaneers, who held the Carolina Panthers to 10 yards rushing in week one.
Jason Pierre-Paul (DE) -- To be fair, none of the defensive ends did any damage against the Cowboys (zero sacks combined), but Pierre-Paul's uneventful game was the most disconcerting. As the linchpin of the defense, Pierre-Paul must turn up the pressure on Bucs' quarterback Josh Freeman. Keep in mind, Freeman led all NFL signal-caller with 22 turnovers (17 interceptions) last season.
Victor Cruz (WR) -- First of all, let's give our condolences to Cruz, whose grandmother passed away earlier this week. She was the inspiration behind his end zone salsa celebration. Naturally, Cruz would love to dance the salsa in her memory, but first he has to focus on catching the ball. Cruz finished with six catches for 58 yards against the Cowboys, but had had three detrimental dropped passes.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. You can follow Adam on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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