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In seasons past, the Giants probably could have penciled in a W whenever they saw the Buffalo Bills on the calendar. But in 2011, the formerly bumbling Bills are looking more like bombers. Fred Jackson leads a high-flying offense that ranks fourth in rushing yards. The matchup promises to be a shootout of serious importance heading into both teams’ bye week.
Last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks ended with a red zone interception that bounced off the hands of an otherwise stellar Victor Cruz. Until that game (which included three interceptions and a fumble), Eli Manning had looked like an elite quarterback, but the old pattern of turnovers may have resurfaced for the Giants.
The Bills lead the league in interceptions so the Giants absolutely must win the turnover battle to be successful this Sunday. However, the Bills have a league low five sacks so Manning will have all day in the pocket to rack up yardage.
The Giants are still hurting with veteran Chris Snee going down last week with a concussion. Leaders are out on both offense and defense. Defensive end Justin Tuck hasn’t seen action since Week 3, and running back Brandon Jacobs missed the game against Seattle with a sprained MCL. The bye week will provide plenty of time for recovery so look to see a refreshed Giants squad in the second half of the season.