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Keys to Victory: What the Giants must do on SNF


The New York Giants travel this week to Buffalo, where the connections run deep, starting with coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen. The Giants (1-4) will look to break a three-game losing streak while the Bills (3-2) come off a loss in London that ended a stretch of three consecutive wins.

Here are three keys to victory for the Giants on Sunday Night Football:

Plaster coverage

Josh Allen is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Stefon Diggs is one of the best receivers in the NFL. Put them together, and the sum is even greater than the parts.

"He's like those guys that sell a lot of jerseys," defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said about Diggs. "I mean, you can talk about all of them, as far as the guys who want the ball in game-winning situations, and he's one of those guys. He makes a lot of plays, has great hands, runs routes, sometimes runs his own routes. I've talked to the defense about plaster coverage because the combination of those two with Josh and Diggs, I mean, it turns into like when you're growing up playing football at recess. The play breaks down and you've got to defend the second play, the third play, and like I said, Josh is elite at avoiding the rush, buying time, and he can put the ball wherever he wants."

Diggs is averaging a career-high 104.0 receiving yards per game this season and has recorded at least 100 receiving yards in four of five games (most in the NFL). Diggs (five) and Gabe Davis (four) have combined for nine touchdown catches in 2023, the most by a duo on the same team.

Force multiple turnovers

The Giants come off a game in which they allowed 524 yards to the high-powered Dolphins, whom the Bills beat in their prior game, while Big Blue still forced their first three turnovers of the season. Since 2021, the Bills are 10-0 and average 34.5 points in games when Allen has no giveaways. With one turnover, those numbers drop to 12-6 and 28.6 points. With at least two, they go down even further to 5-5 and 23.7 points per game.

Start fast

The Giants are well aware this will be a key until they fix it. They have been outscored, 94-19, in the first half this season - the worst differential by a wide margin. The Bills, on the other hand, have outscored their opponents, 88-38, before halftime. That makes a gap of 125 points in first-half differentials.

Notes & stats to impress your fellow football fans

Forty-three of Tyrod Taylor's 53 career starts were with the Bills (from 2015-2017), but his first NFL start was at wide receiver. As's Michael Eisen wrote, that lasted one play. Taylor moved to quarterback for the game's second snap and threw a 20-yard completion. The date was Sept. 13, 2015, the game was in Buffalo, and Taylor was playing his first game for the hometown Bills after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. The following week, he made the first of his 42 quarterback starts – plus one in the postseason – in three seasons for Buffalo.

The Bills lead the NFL with 13 takeaways in 2023.

The Giants are the only team who hasn't run an offensive play with a lead this season. The Bills have run 171 offensive plays with a lead (seventh-most in NFL).

Tight end Darren Waller has at least six catches and 75 receiving yards in two of three road games this season.

Outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux aims for his fourth consecutive game with a sack. He had 12 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery for a touchdown in his only other career road SNF game (12/18/22 at Was.).

Last week, safety Jason Pinnock scored the Giants' only touchdown on a 102-yard interception return. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest return by a player on his first career interception in the Super Bowl era.

View rare photos of the all-time series between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills.


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