Week 6: Bills vs. Giants
The Bills head to New Jersey but they will not be facing their usual foe in the swamp. The Bills make a rare appearance to play the Giants. It is the middle of a three game stretch against NFC East foes and four of five against the division. The Giants will be fired up after blowing a home game to Seattle last week. The Bills look to continue their early season success.
Sunday, Oct. 16th
FACTS AND FIGURES
||Buffalo (4-1) vs. N.Y Giants (3-2)
||Met Life Stadium
||Network: CBS; DirecTV: 704; Sirius: 112
||Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
||Giants by 3½
||Bills lead 6-5 (Giants 1-0 in Super Bowl)
||Giants Won 1
||Giants 38-21 in Buffalo (2007)
||Rush (28th); Pass (9th); overall (13th)
||Rush (21st); Pass (18th); overall (20th)
||Rush (4th); Pass (13th); overall (11th)
||Rush (29th); Pass (26th); overall (30th)
The Bills will be without their starting left tackle as Demetrius Bell a second straight game with a shoulder injury. LB Chris Kelsay is out with a calf injury. CB Aaron Williams remains out with a chest injury. WR Donald Jones is the latest injured Bill as he is sidelined with an ankle injury. Kyle Williams may miss the game as well with a foot injury. The team may get LB Chris White and DT Torrell Troup back. Terrence McGee will return this week as well.
The Giants may be without RB Brandon Jacobs for a second straight game with a sprained left MCL. The team may be without DE Justin Tuck again as he has battled groin and neck injuries this season. G Chris Snee has been out with a concussion and they hope to get him back along with C David Bass. Osi Umenyiora and cornerback Prince Amakamura are also banged up and missing practice time.
Check out our Bills Daily Injury Page throughout the week for the latest updates on the injured players.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. DB Aaron Ross:
Fitz will have to watch for Ross who leads the team with three interceptions. He will likely line up opposite David Nelson so there will be opportunities for the ball hawk to make plays.
Bills Offensive Line vs. The Giants Front Seven:
This is the battle of the best in the league. The Bills lead the league in fewest sacks allowed with four and the Giants lead the league in sacks with 18. If the Giants make things uncomfortable for Fitzpatrick with pressure it could throw the Bills whole offense off its game.
LT Chris Hairston vs. DE Jason Pierre-Paul:
This is a specific battle on the line to watch. Hairston had a solid game in his first start last week, it gets tougher this week. Paul leads the Giants with 6½ sacks.
CB Drayton Florence vs. WR Victor Cruz:
Florence lines up on the left side and will likely see Cruz most of the game. He is developing into a big time receiver the past few weeks as fellow receiver Hakeem Nicks continues to draw attention away from him.
S George Wilson vs. QB Eli Manning:
Wilson is coming off AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors and will likely be used in a variety of ways again. Manning's arm will be how the Giants try to beat the Bills and he will have to look to see where Wilson is on every play.
When The Bills Have The Ball: They will use a balanced attack as they will likely mix in the run and the pass out of the stretch formation. Look for the Bills to try and get TE Scott Chandler back involved especially in the red zone.
When The Giants Have The Ball: They have struggled running the football this year and are banged up on the offensive line and in the run game. That means the Giants will likely rely on the arm of Manning and throw the ball early and often.
BILLS DAILY PREDICTION
I am always leery of playing a good team on the road that is coming off a troublesome loss. That is the case this week but it is time I start having more confidence in this team. This is the time to do that as the Bills will head into the bye on a positive note with another shootout victory:
Bills 34, Giants 28
Season Prediction Record: (1-4)
Season Record Against The Spread: (2-3)
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