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Game 2 preview
Sunday Sept 15, 1:00 PM - Bills at Giants

Giants (0-1) Buffalo (1-0)
The Buffalo Bills got off to a good start last week with a come from behind road win over the Jets. The final score was 17-16. The Bills will be back at MetLife Stadium again this week to face the Giants.
The Giants lost in their first game to the Dallas Cowboys 35-17. The offense showed some sparks, but it was their defense that went up in flames.

Buffalo Bills
The Bills are in a tough division that includes the New England Patriots. They need every win they can get, and are off to a good start winning last week over the Jets. They finished 6-10 last year, and were next to last with their passing game as they broke in new quarterback Josh Allen. Their ground game was much better, and it was actually with Allen leading the way, averaging 7 yards a carry while scoring 8 rushing touchdowns.
Allen is the only player in NFL history to throw for 200+ yards and run for 100+ yards in consecutive games. General manager Brandon Beane has said he is concerned about the injury aspect of relying on his strong-armed quarterback running with the ball. With LeSean McCoy having the worst season of his career, The Bills signed Frank Gore to help in that area, and they drafted running back Devin Singletary in the third round of the draft.

Buffalo Bills Offense
Last week the Bills turned the ball over four times in the first half. One was a pick six, and they also gave the Jets a safety for two points. When they did finally score for the first time, it was just a field goal late in the third quarter, but that got them going. Their next two possessions resulted in touchdowns, and the Bills managed to beat the Jets on the road. The Bills really want to see Josh Allen throwing the ball. It should be noted that the Bills opened the game against the Jets with 18 straight pass plays.
As for the running game, the Bills had released LeSean McCoy when they trimmed their roster down to 53 players. Frank Gore averaged only 1.8 yards a carry in the game, and rookie Devin Singletary was off to a good start in his first game, running four times for 70 yards, and catching 5 of 6 for 28 yards. John Brown was the leading receiver with 123 yards and 1 touchdown. The Giants didn't have to deal with Cole Beasley on the field last week with the Cowboys, but will on Sunday, as he's now with the Bills.

Buffalo Bills Defense
While waiting for their offense to actually score points instead of give them away, the defense showed why they were the top passing defense in the league last year. They kept the pressure on Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, with four sacks and ten quarterback hurries. They also did well last week dealing with new Jets running back Le'veon Bell, holding him to 60 yards on 17 carries.
The Bills defense looked sharp, holding Darnold to 175 passing yards, averaging just 4.3 yards a pass, but Darnold wasn't in the best of health. Who knew at the time that Darnold was suffering from Mononucleosis instead of a strep throat? It won't be as easy against Eli Manning, who manages to get completions to whatever receiver he has on hand (more on that later). Likewise, Saquon Barkley will be tougher to handle then Bell was. As good a running back as Bell is, it was his first game back after not playing for a year.

Giants Offense
Where are the points? Did someone forget to put them up on the board? Last week tight end Evan Engram led the team with 11 receptions, and finished with 116 yards (10.5-yard avg.), and a touchdown. Saquon Barkley totaled 120 rushing yards on just 11 carries, and had four receptions for 19 yards in the passing game. Eli Manning finished the game with over 300 yards passing, and had a 68 percent completion rate. Going 2 of 11 on third down conversions (1 of 3 on fourth) did not help, and all those yards - 470 total, translated to only 17 points.
Manning will be at a disadvantage this week. Sterling Shepard is out, and Cody Latimer is listed as questionable. They had accounted for nine of Manning's 30 completions. Golden Tate is still on suspension, leaving Russell Shepard, Benny Fowler, and T.J. Jones, who was brought back this week after being cut at the end of the preseason. Some felt the play calling should have involved Barkley and Wayne Gallman more, considering how well the running game was working. The Giants can't make that mistake again.

Giants Defense
They kept the Dallas offense in check for the most part on the ground. The Cowboys averaged 3 yards a carry and just one touchdown with their rushing attack. It was the pass defense that was all over the place. We mean take that literally in the secondary, where it seemed they had no idea what they were doing. They weren't helped up front. That would be linebackers Markus Golden, Lorenzo Carter, and rookies Oshane Ximines, and Dexter Lawrence providing no pass rush pressure on Dak Prescott, who sustained just two quarterback hits.
Thanks to blown coverages, mistakes, and missed tackles, the defense gave up an overall 494 yards and 35 points to the Cowboys. The only good news is that the Bills are not the Cowboys when it comes to their offensive weapons. The Giants did acquire linebacker Tuzar Skipper off waivers from the Steelers, who expected to sign him to their practice squad. Skipper had five sacks in the Steelers in the preseason. Let's hope this young defense, both up front and in the secondary, learns fast from their mistakes.

Last year the Giants had the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, and they used that on Saquon Barkley. They could have chosen Josh Allen. The Bills chose Allen as the seventh overall pick, and the team will be fired up to show the Giants that they made a big mistake.
Allen will try to pick the Giants secondary apart (that could happen), and the Bills defense will try to stuff Barkley (that won't happen). If they do, they'll have a 2-0 record, and bragging rights that they own MetLife Stadium with back to back road trip wins. We feel the Giants will do better than last week by scoring more points, and making less mistakes on defense, just enough to upset the Bills in this game.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Bills (1-0) at Giants (0-1).
Sunday at 1:00pm Cowboys (1-0) at Redskins (0-1)
Sunday at 8:20pm Eagles (1-0) at Falcons (0-1).
The Cowboys and Eagles are the only NFC East teams favored to win in these games.
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