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Bills Face Tough Test in New York

October 15, 2011

In what has to be one of the games of the week this week in the NFL, the 4-1 Buffalo Bills head to New Jersey to face the 3-2 New York Giants.  The Bills are coming off a wild win against the Eagles, and will be looking to go into their bye on a strong note.  The Giants will be looking to rebound after a tough loss at home against Seattle and will surely be a very focused bunch.  A win would send the Bills to 5-1, and one very important game closer to the playoffs.

Both teams have their fair share of injury issues.  The Bills will be without Donald Jones, Shawne Merriman, Chris Kelsay and possibly Kyle Williams.  In addition, Nick Barnett is dealing with an injury but should play.  The Giants are without bruising HB Brandon Jacobs, DE Justin Tuck and starting RG Chris Snee.

Buffalo will need to continue to rely on a quick passing game to help counter the Giants prolific pass rush.  The team currently leads the NFL with 18 sacks.  Due in part to the offensive scheme as well as a much improved offensive line, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been sacked only twice.  It will be interesting to see how much pressure Jason Pierre-Paul and company can put on the Bills.  Look for Steve Johnson to bounce back from a tough week last week and have a great game.   Fred Jackson has been consistantly great for Buffalo as well, and should find running room tomorrow as well.

The biggest statline tomorrow will be turnover margin.  The Bills have allowed over 400 yards of offense each of the last 4 weeks.  Winning the turnover battle has allowed the team to go 3-1 in that span.  The Giants are going to get their yards and points tomorrow, and the Bills will need to force turnovers and rattle Eli Manning early.  Manning was playing great over the first 4 weeks of the year, but was bit by the interception bug last week.  If the Bills can continue to force Manning mistakes, they should end up winning convincingly.

This has been the most entertaining season of Bills football in a long time, and I see no reason why that will change any time soon.  Chan Gailey has the players  to match the scheme he runs, and this is only the beginning of the teams success.  My prediction for tomorrow; Bills 31, Giants 21


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