Giants vs. BIlls

New York Giants vs Buffalo Bills, 8/20/16 – Preseason Prediction and Pick

New York Giants vs Buffalo Bills

When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday August 20, 2016

Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Lines: Buffalo -2.5

Total: 40

Saturday afternoon preseason football action and the New York Giants will battle the Buffalo Bills from Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. The Giants enter this game off a 27-10 loss to Miami, while the Bills come in off a tough 19-18 loss at the hands of the Colts.

Where Is The Passing Game?

The Giants fell 27-10 in their opener vs the Miami and it was not a good game all around for them as they had their struggles on both sides of the ball. Let’s start with the offense. The passing game was horrendous. Eli Manning didn’t play at all in the game and that left Ryan Nassib and Logan Thomas as the signal callers in the game and they didn’t perform well at all. Nassib was 7/15 for 75 yards, while Thomas was just 2/3 for 12 yards. Not good at all. Manning is expected to play in this game, but not much and if he goes down this year then the giants will be in real trouble as they have shown already that they don’t have a solid backup. Also not in the line for the Giants was Victor Cruz and he will miss this game as well. Rookie Sterling Shepard had a solid debut as he caught four passes for 24 yards to lead the team. He is expected to be on the field plenty this year with Victor Cruz, which will give the Giants a strong aerial attack, especially with Manning at QB.

The running game has been average at best the last few years, but they did total 158 yards on 32 carries vs the Dolphins. They had to run as they couldn’t throw the ball at all. Leading the way was Andre Williams, who had 41 yards on nine carries, while rookie Paul Perkins had 36 yards on seven carries. He is a player to watch for the Giants and could get plenty of time on the field this year. The offensive line depth is a concern for the Giants so look for them to work on that the rest of the preseason. The defense allowed just 192 yards through the air and they had four sacks in the game, but Miami also connected on 20 or 29 passes in the game, which is good for 69% passing. Not good at all and must be addressed. Rookie B.J. Goodson had a solid opener as he led the team with six tackles. Look for him to get plenty of time in this one and during the regular season as he really looks like an impact player.

Bills Come Up Just A Bit Short Vs The Colts

Yes it’s preseason football, but still any player hates to lose a game, especially one they had a real chance to win. The Bills led the Colts 12-9 as the teams headed to the 4th quarter, but the colts scored the first 10 points of the 4th to take an 19-12 lead. Buffalo then got a four yard TD pass from Cardale Jones to Jarrett Boykin to make the score 19-18 as time expired. Buffalo then missed the two-point conversion and that’s the way the game ended. Very tough loss in a game that was hard fought throughout from both teams. On offense the Bills put up 372 yards of total offense and were led by rookie QB Cardale Jones, who had a great debut as he was 11/21 for 162 yards and a TD, plus he ran for another 34 yards. He has all the tools to make it in the NFL, but for now is playing for a backup role. EJ Manuel was 10/18 for 92 yards in the game and he had a TD as well. Those two will continue to battle for the backup role behind Tyrod Taylor, who was one of the bright spots for the Bills last year and just signed a six year extension with the team.

The Running game had a good showing with 126 yards overall and was led by rookie Jonathan Williams, who had 44 yards on just eight carries, while Walter Powell lead all receivers with 88 yards on just four catches. The defense for the Bills struggled some vs the pass as they allowed the Colts to throw for 244 yards, while not recording a sack in the game. The defense is dealing with injuries to rookies Shaq Lawson (1st round pick, DE) and Reggie Ragland (2nd round, LB), plus they will be without star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who just received a 4-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy, so they are a bit short-handed. Still the front seven was excellent in the loss to the Colts as they allowed just 30 yards on 23 carries in the game. Rex Ryan states that even with the injuries and suspension that the Bills defense will be improved over last year’s team that allowed 22 ppg and 356 ypg. Stay tuned.

Trends

New York is:

  • The Under is 0-4 in their last four games during week two of the preseason

Buffalo is:

  • The Under is 12-5 their last 17 home games

The Under is the play in this game. Neither team has strong offenses, especially the Giants who will struggle to score once Eli Manning is out of there. The defense were not great, but both teams do have solid players on that side of the ball that are looking for playing time and I see both teams have better play in this one. The teams may score a TD or two with the first team offenses in there, but both will struggle to score once the backups come in. Mid-30s at most in this one.   

Pick: Under 40