Despite a loss on Sunday to the Seattle Seahawks, the New York Giants (3-2) open the week as two-point favorites over the 4-1 Buffalo Bills in this Sunday's matchup at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Bills knocked off Philadelphia last week to improve to 4-1 and equal the team's win total from 2010. Buffalo forced five turnovers (four interceptions, one fumble) and leads the NFL with 16 takeaways and a +11 turnover differential.
"One of the things we've done a tremendous job with this year is winning in different fashions," says Bill running back Fred Jackson, who ranks third in the NFL with 712 scrimmage yards (480 rushing, 232 receiving). "We've made plays on defense to win games, we've made plays on offense and we've made plays on special teams. As long as we continue to make plays like that as a team, we're going to be hard to beat. The number one thing we're trying to focus on is to get team wins."
The Giants enter the contest at 3-2 and look to get back on track. Quarterback Eli Manning passed for a career-high 420 yards last week and wide receiver Victor Cruz had a career-best 161 receiving yards.
"We are confident," says Manning, who ranks third in the NFC with a 102.3 passer rating. "We are doing a lot of good things but we just have to keep working. Everybody had a great study from this tape and we will come back and have a great week of practice."
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New York Giants - Game Averages
|Off||25.4||359.2 (13th)||275.4 (9th)||83.8 (27th)|
|Def||24.6||373.4 (20th)||251.2 (18th)||122.2 (21st)|
Team Stats - Game Averages
|Off||32.8||379.4 (10th)||241.2 (13th)||138.2 (4th)|
|Def||24.0||421.8 (29th)||283.4 (26th)||138.4 (29th)|