Sunday 15 September, 18:00
After a poor opening week performance against the Dallas Cowboys, bookmakers are betting against the New York Giants for their Week Two clash with the Buffalo Bills
Giants Edge the Head to Head
The rivalry between the Giants and the Bills is an old one, dating back to 1970, but they rarely meet in the regular season and this will be their first fixture since 2015. The Giants have the edge, leading 7-6 and they won their most high-profile encounter, at Super Bowl XXV in 1991. New York have also won their last three against the Bills, in 2007, 2011 and 2015.
Same Old Giants
After another disappointing season in 2018, hopes were not high for Giants fans this time round and it looked like business as usual in their opener. Admittedly, this is a strong Cowboys side, but Eli Manning and co were toothless on offense, and barely laid a hand on Dak Prescott in defense. They should fare better against a weaker Buffalo side, but they have to find a way to get Saquon Barkley more of the ball and they will need dramatic improvements in defense. Manning’s inability to convert third downs is another problem and explains why they are 11/10 despite home advantage.
Buffalo Hard to Read
It is hard to know what to make of Buffalo’s opening victory over the Jets. They trailed for much of that game against mediocre opponents before Josh Allen orchestrated a fourth-quarter comeback that saw them overturn a 13-point deficit. Their defense was strong, and only undone by the brilliance of Le’Veon Bell, and they should be able to make things difficult for Manning. But it took the offense a long time to get going and they were helped by the fact that the Jets seemed to crumble under the pressure of holding onto the lead. They are 4/5 favourites here but are no certainties.
Same Place Same Score?
The Bills seem to have a liking for the MetLife Stadium. Last weekend’s win against the Jets extended their record to three wins from their last five in New Jersey, while Giants fans can’t take much comfort from a dismal 27-29 record as hosts over the last seven seasons.