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On Sunday, we get a rare battle between two teams who have a lot in common: the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants. Both teams have uniform kits that resemble one another, with red, white, and royal blue being the three main colors, and both are from the state of New York.
Although they only play once every four years, the Bills-Giants matchup owns a slice of history that is very, very memorable. Back in 1991, the Bills and Giants met in Super Bowl XXV and will forever be known as the “Wide Right” game.
As for present day, the two teams had very different season openers. The Bills had a major comeback victory (17-16 over the New York Jets) behind their quarterback of the future (Josh Allen). The Giants, on the other hand, had their doors blown off 35-17 by the Dallas Cowboys and many think this is the last year we’ll see Eli Manning as the Giants No. 1 quarterback.
Kickoff is set for 1pm ET on Sunday with CBS on the broadcast.
Bills Looking to Build Off Week 1
For nearly three full quarters, the Buffalo Bills looked outmatched against the New York Jets. They trailed 16-0 right up until the 3:48 mark in the third, then everything flipped and they slowly started their comeback. By game’s end, the Bills had pulled off the comeback victory, beating the Jets 17-16 to move to 1-0 on the season.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) September 11, 2019
How’d they do it? Well, you can point to two things: the poise of their quarterback, Josh Allen, and their defense. On their last four drive, the Jets offense wasn’t able to do anything against the Bills D. They punted twice, turned it over on downs once, and turned it over via fumble once. As for Josh Allen, he led three consecutive scoring drives down the stretch, running for a three-yard touchdown and dropping a beautiful 38-yard pass in the hands of John Brown for the game-winning score.
Hall of Fame RB Thurman Thomas talks about Josh Allen.
“In a short period of time he’s really turned into a great leader for the Buffalo Bills organization and the city of Buffalo,” Thomas told One Bills Live. “When you have that type of leadership going the way he does, he wants to win, and he wants other players to do well. But he also has the mindset of, ‘you know what? If I play bad, I’m going to own up to it.’ I think that’s what you’re getting right now out of Josh Allen.”
Giants Are Not a Good Football Team
Unlike the Buffalo Bills, the New York Giants looked great at the beginning of their Week 1 game before completely falling apart. Against the Cowboys in Dallas, the Giants marched down the field for a touchdown on their opening drive. After that, however, there wasn’t much going on. In total, they managed just 10 more points in the game and the bulk of those came via a garbage-time touchdown run with two minutes remaining.
On defense, it’s obvious they have real issues. The Giants are young in the secondary and it showed. Dak Prescott carved them up for over 400 yards through the air and overall, they allowed eight yards per play. Even against a defense worse than Dallas, those kinds of numbers won’t fly.
— New York Giants (@Giants) September 12, 2019
Additionally, the Giants turned the ball over twice in Week 1, in addition to losing the penalty battle (8 for 70 to 6 for 47) and the time of possession battle (27:42 to 32:18). On third down, the Giants were also atrocious…on both sides. Offensively, they converted just 2-of-11 on third and 1-of-3 on fourth down. On the other side, they allowed Dallas to convert at a 60-percent clip.
- 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games in September.
- 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 2.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on field turf.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win.
Updated on Sep 15 at 4:20am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The Bills have gone from -2.5 down to -2, despite getting 57% of the bets. Looks like the Sharps are on the side of the Giants.
Injury / Weather Report
Buffalo’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: TE Tyler Kroft
Out: DB Taron Johnson and WR Andre Roberts
New York’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: WR Cody Latimer
Out: WR Darius Slayton, WR Sterling Shepard, and TE Garrett Dickerson
Gametime Weather: Sunny with temps around 79.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
There’s a lot to like about this Bills pick on Sunday. First off, they’re going up against a defense that’s quite possibly the worst in football. Going into the season, FTW had them ranked 29th and after one game, that rank has held up. They allowed the Cowboys to move the ball at will (8 yards per play) and Buffalo will capitalize on that. They have a young offense but late in Week 1 they really figured something out and started feeling comfortable with one another. With another week to prepare, expect them to be even more cohesive. They have weapons on board for Josh Allen now and they’ll be at his disposal against the G-Men. Bills roll here.
Prediction: Buffalo Bills -1
Full-Game Total Pick
Even though the Bills are going to eat up New York’s crummy defense on Sunday, they’re not a team that’s going to blow anyone out. In their last four regular-season games, they’ve averaged 21 points per game…and three of them were wins. Plus, the Bills defense is above average; they entered the season as the fifth-best unit, per FTW, and that rank held up in Week 1, allowing Sam Darnold, LeVeon Bell, and company to just 16 points on their home field.
Prediction: Under 44