The New York Giants will face off against the Buffalo Bills in a week two match up that is a must-win game. After a severe loss against division rivals the Dallas Cowboys, Big Blue is in a position of adversity.
After allowing over 500 yards of offense, the Giants’ defense will look to bounce back in week two with better coverage in the secondary and a more efficient pass-rush. Meeting the Bills will be difficult, though, considering they have one of the league’s more tantalizing mobile quarterbacks in Josh Allen. Last week against the New York Jets, he did turn the ball over four times. However, he rushed for 38 yards on ten carries and a touchdown. He also threw for 254 yards and a touchdown.
In favor of the Giants, the Bills don’t have any electrifying pass catchers. They featured John Brown, Cole Beasley, Tommy Sweeney, and Devin Singletary, their young running back.
Despite having lackluster pass options, the Bills have one primary strength, and the Giants must stop him at all costs.
New York Giants: the key to beating the Buffalo Bills
Again, the key to victory in week two will be the Giants pass rush. The Giants had a total of five tackles on their defensive front, putting out a fat zero in the sack column. After claiming former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker to Tuzar Skipper this week, the team will receive an extra boost from a player that is highly touted. However, relying on him to pick up the slack from last weeks, performance is hugely optimistic.
Rookie interior defender Dexter Lawrence will be the catalyst once again in pushing the pile forward. His massive frame often draws double teams, which should give B.J. Hil and Dalvin Tomlinson extra room to work with. Also, pass rushers Oshane Ximines and Markus Golden must have better performances in week two. Golden, who played a significant portion of the game, finished with just one assist and zero tackles. Both Lawrence and Golden finished as the bottom two producers on the defensive side of the ball, something that cannot be repeated if the Giants wish to earn a win this week.
The ultimate key will be putting pressure on Allen, who will make mistakes consistently if startled. Containing him in the pocket and utilizing unique blitz packages is what defensive coordinator James Bettcher will look to do.
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