After a sluggish and lethargic opening to Week 4 of the NFL season with Thursday Night Football, let’s all hope the Sunday slate of games turns out a bit better. Our first game of the day will focus on the New York Giants as they travel to take on an impressive-looking Buffalo Bills squad fresh off a huge victory in Week 2. Both teams have looked fairly solid so far in 2015, and surprisingly so for the G-Men. You could make the case that the Giants deserve to be undefeated this year, and had it not been for some egregious errors and odd play-calling, they could legitimately be atop a wide-open NFC East. This is a game that both teams enter thinking a victory will be in their sights, and it should make for a competitive affair. Read on below for a full game breakdown and the official selection for Bills/Giants.
Giants vs. Bills Betting Odds:
New York Giants +5.5 (-110)
@ Buffalo Bills -5.5 (-110)
Over 46.5 (-110)
Under 46.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Giants vs. Bills Pick:
First things first, let’s point out that Buffalo is a very good football team and put on an absolute show last week in Miami. Aside from a poor second quarter against the Patriots, this Buffalo team is poised for good things this season, but don’t be surprised if they struggle a bit at home to the Giants this week.
For starters, it’s a pretty brutal spot for Rex Ryan’s team. They’re fresh off a huge win over their main rivals, and now need to face a solid Giants team that can beat you in many ways, on extra rest. This is a New York squad that could be undefeated as they’ve led by double digits in every 4th quarter they’ve played in. They’re a sneaky-good team that will pose real issues for a Bills team due for a bit of a letdown on Sunday.
Making matters worse for the Bills is the fact that last week’s game seemed to take a lot out of them. Key offensive playmakers Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy won’t suit up vs. the Giants and the G-Men showed pretty well on defense last Thursday night vs. Washington.
Running on this Bills’ defense may prove problematic so look for Eli Manning and the Giants offense to simply circumvent that route. The Giants are loaded with talented receivers and should be able to have some success through the air, much like New England did in Week 2. Odell Beckham is as dynamic as they come, and despite the talent on the Bills’ stop unit, you can’t stop Odell. Look for the Beckham to Manning connection to be in fine form Sunday, and that should be able to move the chains and keep New York relatively close throughout. The Bills are also slated to be without key safety Aaron Williams in their secondary. Even if Beckham does in fact get doubled, Reuben Randle has finally emerged as a great second option could be in line for yet another impressive outing.
The Giants are rolling offensively, especially through the air where Buffalo has showed some vulnerabilities. And with Buffalo entering a banged-up group fresh off a very emotional victory against Miami, you have to wonder which Bills team will show up on Sunday. Oddly enough, the Bills are 7-28 against the spread in the weeks following the Dolphins. Beating Miami is meaningful to them, so much so that it impacts their outing in the week following. Tyrod Taylor has shown well of late, but without key weapons at his disposal, look for the G-Men to do just enough in this one to keep it within the number.
PICK = Giants +5.5 (-110)