Line: Bills -5.5

The New York Giants head to Buffalo this weekend in what should be one of the more intriguing matchups of week 4. The Giants started off the season by blowing double digit fourth quarter leads in the teams first two games however they rebounded nicely with a convincing win over the Redskins last Thursday night. Buffalo started the season with a dominant win over the Colts and a near comeback in a loss to the Patriots in week 2. A thrashing of the Dolphins last week got the team back on track and sets up this week’s showdown between the only team who actually plays their games in the state of New York and The New York Giants.

Buffalo came into the season with a top 5 defense, a new head coach in Rex Ryan, major additions at running back ( Lesean McCoy) and wide receiver (Percy Harvin), and one looming question mark at quarterback. In camp E.J Manuel, Matt Cassell, and Tyrod Taylor all competed for the job and to the surprise of many the starting nod went to Taylor and so far he is making his coaches happy with their decision. He is 5th in the league in quarterback rating so far in his young career. He was magnificent against the Dolphins last week 21-29 passing for 277 yards and three touchdowns. It was clear from his college experience and limited snaps as a pro that he could run, however his ability to throw the deep ball has been a pleasant surprise. McCoy has been battling injuries all season and been largely ineffective. The team is unsure if he will even suit up this week. Whoever plays on offense for the Bills will look to attack a Giants defense that has struggled to put any pressure on the quarterback all season long.

The Giants could very easily be 3-0 if not for some poor late game decisions in the seasons first two weeks. Quarterback Eli Manning has improved with each game and has not thrown an interception all season long. At first it looked like he would have favorite target Victor Cruz back fro the game this Sunday but after reinjuring his calf at practice on Wednesday it is now less likely that Cruz will be able to return. The Giants have a three RB attack that hasn’t been dominant but has been productive all season long in veteran Rashard Jennings, Big back Andre Williams and pass catching specialist Shane Vereen who has quickly picked up the Giants offensive system and can make plays after the catch. The Buffalo secondary will need to come up with a game plan for 2nd year wide receiver Odel Beckham who shows no signs of slowing down after an incredible rookie campaign.

Bottom line is the Giants need this win badly in order to get back to a 500 record. A 1-3 start is tough to come back from. The Bills will get a chance to prove that they can win the games they are supposed to win and experts say they are supposed to win this one.

Pick: Giants +5.5

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