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Bills vs. Giants: What to Watch For in Week 6

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Eli Manning.   These two signal callers will go head-to-head in the teams’ first meeting since 2007 and points could be plentiful.  Both offenses rank inside the top 10 this season.  The Bills have scored at least 31 points in four of five games while the Giants have scored at least 25 points in four straight contests.  Fitzpatrick has thrown for 1,233 yards and 10 touchdowns completing nearly 66 percent of his passes while besting the likes of Tom Brady and Michael Vick along the way to 4-1.  He’s got two game-winning drives already under his belt this season and in the second half of games, Fitzpatrick has thrown for 553 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions.  Manning is fourth-rated passer in the NFL with a QB rating of 120.3, throwing 11 TDs while coming off a career-high 420 yard passing game last week against Seattle.

In the Trenches.  It’s strength versus strength.  Buffalo has allowed the fewest sacks (four).  New York leads the NFL in sacks with 18.  Cincinnati has been the only team the Bills have faced this season that’s made Fitzpatrick look uncomfortable and off his game with pressure in his face inside the pocket.  Can the Giants duplicate what the Bengals did to the Bills’ offensive line two weeks ago?

JPP New York’s MVP?  With injuries troubling the effectiveness of both Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, the Giants’ pass rush hasn’t taken a step back and that’s largely because of the emergence of Jason-Pierre Paul.  The Giants have alot of players who can get after the quarterback and Pierre-Paul is leading the way with 6.5 sacks, just one and a half off his total as a rookie last season. He’s very athletic and has established a knack for coming up with big sacks as a sophomore.  Bills rookie LT Chris Hairston has his hands full this afternoon.

Manning vs. Buffalo’s secondary.  Who gets the better of this matchup will likely determine how this game plays out.  Manning is fresh off a 420-yard, 3 TD and 3 INT performance against Seattle.  Buffalo’s defense ranks 29th in the league against the pass, but the good news is that despite surrendering huge numbers in total yards, the Bills lead the NFL in takeaways with 12 INT’s including 10 over the last three games. 

Cruz Control.  The Bills have had trouble this season against the likes of Denarius Moore, Wes Welker, A.J. Green and to a lesser extent last week, DeSean Jackson.  What do all those receivers have in common?  Speed and elusiveness.  Giants WR Victor Cruz has emerged as Manning’s second favorite target.  His catches have increased in every game this season.  He has two 100-plus receiving yard games this season and Cruz is coming off a career-high game against the Seahawks with eight catches for 161 yards and 1 TD.

 


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