The New York Giants are set to tangle with the Buffalo Bills this Sunday in an NFL showdown at Bills Stadium. The Giants are trying to come back from their recent setback against the Dolphins, which further dented their season record, plunging them to a bleak 1-4. Meanwhile, the Bills, with a 3-2 record, are licking their wounds after a close five-point defeat at the hands of the Jaguars during their London expedition.
The Giants’ season has been fraught with disappointments. The devastating 40-0 rout by the Cowboys set a grim tone for the year. Their brief revival came in a hard-fought 31-28 triumph over the Cardinals. However, the subsequent matchups, a 30-12 loss to the 49ers and a 24-3 defeat against the Seahawks, painted a gloomy picture for New York’s supporters. Their recent clash with the Dolphins only added to their woes. Despite a 31-16 scoreline, Daniel Jones could only muster 119 passing yards, while Darren Waller and Eric Gray did their best to contribute. Historically, while the Giants have had some fortune as underdogs versus AFC teams, their recent track record has been lackluster, both in terms of gameplay and covering the spread. Their NFL rankings, particularly in yards per game and punt return yards, further underscore their struggles.
Switching gears to the Bills, their season has been a rollercoaster. An initial overtime loss to a Rodgers-less Jets squad was followed by an impressive three-game winning spree. The victories against the Raiders, Commanders, and Dolphins showcased what their offense can do. However, the recent London fixture against the Jaguars brought them back to earth. Despite a valiant fourth-quarter surge, they were bested 25-20. In this game, Josh Allen’s 359 passing yards and Stefon Diggs’ receiving heroics stood out. On a brighter note, the Bills’ record against teams with losing streaks is impeccable, and their performance against NFC East teams is commendable. Moreover, they are the NFL’s frontrunners in both sacks and interceptions.
As we look ahead, the Bills appear to be the safer bet even if you consider the gigantic -14 spread in BUSR NFL Odds. They are desperate to regain their stride, and the Giants, with their ongoing struggles, seem like the perfect opportunity.
The Bills’ recent shortcomings against the Jaguars, including a mere 29 rushing yards and a plethora of penalties, hint at areas that need urgent attention, yet they have the makings of a contender. Their defensive frailties were also exposed but they still lead the league in sacks and interceptions. On the Giants’ end, their defensive and offensive stats, especially against the Dolphins, are concerning. Given that New York has consistently leaked 24 or more points in all their fixtures, it’s challenging to envision them halting the Bills’ offensive onslaught.