New York Giants: What you need to know for Buffalo 9/15/19

Wayne Gallman, New York Giants. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Wayne Gallman, New York Giants. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

It’s the New York Giants home opener this Sunday as Big Blue hosts Buffalo. Empire Writes Back has all you need to know.

Empire Writes Back presents, what you need to know in order to enjoy New York Giants football Sunday afternoon. This week Big Blue hosts the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Whether you are going to see the game live, or staying at home and watching on television, we have you covered.

Who: Buffalo Bills (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1).

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ.

When: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 1:00 p.m. EDT.

TV: CBS – Announcers Greg Gumbel, Trent Green & Melanie Collins. **

Line: Giants +2. Over/Under 44 (Odds Shark).

Interesting Trends: September hasn’t been kind to the New York Giants the past two-plus seasons, they have a 1-8 record. They are 1-6-1 versus the spread in their past eight games at MetLife. On the other side. Buffalo is 1-5 in their last six games versus the point spread against the NFC. They have also gone under in seven of their past eight road games.

Injury Report: Giants: Out – WR Sterling Shepard (concussion), TE Garrett Dickerson (quadriceps), WR Darius Slayton (hamstring), WR Golden Tate (suspended). Questionable – WR Cody Latimer (calf). Probable – LB Kareem Martin (knee).

Buffalo: Out – LB Tyrel Dodson (suspended), DT Vincent Taylor (foot), T LaAdrian Waddle (quadricep). Doubtful – WR Andre Roberts (quadricep). Questionable – TE Tyler Kroft (foot), CB Taron Johnson (hamstring). Probable – WR Cole Beasley (sick).

Last Week

Don’t think one man can make a difference? Check out Buffalo’s performance before and after Jets middle linebacker C.J. Mosley left last week’s game. Beforehand, the Bills couldn’t generate any offense and trailed 16-0. After Mosley left with a groin injury, Buffalo rallied to pull out a 17-16 win. They may have been the least impressive winning team in the NFL last week not named the Packers.

It was hard to tell if the Buffalo defense was that good or if the Jets offense was that bad. NYJ was held to 155 total yards of total offense with eight tackles for loss (including four sacks), and eight passes defended. The Bills offense itself was stagnant, accounting for only 255 yards.

The New York Giants didn’t have a good week either. They were trampled in Dallas. A late touchdown pulled them to within 35-17, but after the first quarter, the game wasn’t that close. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott picked apart the Giants defense as he was virtually untouched in the pocket. In addition, New York’s secondary couldn’t cover a pin-hole, Dallas receivers were open all day.

It seemed like Big Blue had a good offensive plan in the first quarter. Hand the ball to Saquon Barkley and mix in some passes to tight end Evan Engram. After they went down 14-7, the game plan changed and the G-Men could never catch up.

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This Week

The New York Giants played well against the rush last week, and Buffalo doesn’t have anyone near as good as Ezekiel Elliott. That means the Big Blue D will get a big dose of second-year quarterback Josh Allen and his receivers. They will have to do a better job in coverage than they did last week. Jackrabbit Jenkins should be able to handle Buffalo speedster John Brown. Cole Beasley, on the other hand, will be a very difficult assignment.

Expect the G-Men to control the ball with Barkley. It will be up to the offensive line to open holes as well as giving Eli Manning a clean pocket to work with. It will be interesting to see how Buffalo handles the Giants west coast offense. If Big Blue’s offense runs the way it did in the first quarter last week, they will even their record.

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