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Buffalo Football Report's Ryan Talbot behind enemy lines to interview The Giants Beat's Josh Fyffe ahead of the Week 4 contest between the Bills and Giants.

Ryan Talbot | BuffaloFootballReport.com

1.     The New York Giants have only recorded three sacks this season. The Patriots sacked Tyrod Taylor eight times, but the Colts and Dolphins were unsuccessful in getting to the QB. Through three games, Taylor has picked apart defenses when he's given time. How do you envision the Giants defense attacking Tyrod Taylor?

Josh Fyffe | TheGiantsBeat.com 

The Giants have had a diminished pass rush this season with the injured JPP sidelined due to his off the field fireworks incident. That being said, while only getting the quarterback 3 times, the Giants have been able to apply pressure and help their growing secondary out. SS Landon Collins has gotten into the backfield a few times already this season and Spagnuolo has used corner and safety blitzes to compensate the depth on the defensive line. DT Jonathan Hankins is also continuing to build off his strong year from a season ago and has been a standout on the defense thus far.

 

Because the Giants lack stand-out single pass rushers I expect them to really load the box against the Bills who employ a run first offense. I would expect a few different specialty blitzes from the secondary, as Spagnuolo loves to give opposing offenses mixed looks. A big focus in their preparation this week will be making sure they are able to contain Tyrod Taylor, as he already displayed how can hurt opposing teams with his legs. Having Jon Beason healthy and in the game will allow the defense to be more flexible in their play calls, as he was a big difference maker against the Redskins. Overall I expect the Giants to nullify Taylor’s rushing ability and focus on keeping him contained in the pocket.

 

 Ryan Talbot | BuffaloFootballReport.com

2. Buffalo enters Week 4 leading the league in rush yards, but the Giants are second in terms of rush yards allowed. Why have the Giants been so successful in run defense this early in the season and what's the best way for the Bills to attack New York's run defense?

 

Josh Fyffe | TheGiantsBeat.com 

           In some instances, this one in particular, numbers lie. While the Giants do currently employ the second best rush defense in the NFL, it isn’t because they have been plugging up opposing running backs. They did a solid job against all of the running backs they have faced this season, but also extended second half leads that forced opposing offenses to throw more often. In the three games played this seasons, opposing quarterbacks have thrown the ball 45, 46, and 49 times against the Giants, meaning that opponents average 46.6 pass attempts per game.

 

While the minimized rushing attempts is a product of the large leads that the Giants have had in the second half, the Giants also hold a very vulnerable secondary that can be exposed in nickel and dime formations. The lack of depth in the secondary has given opponents the opportunity to spread their receivers out and really challenge that depth.

 

I do suspect the Giants to be loading the box against the Bills, and having their defensive game plan be oriented around stopping the run. Beason will be instrumental in executing this game plan, and Collins has proven that his tackling ability has transferred from the collegiate level. The best way for the Bills to attack the Giants rush defense is to just stay consistent in the run game, even if they find themselves in an early hole.

Ryan Talbot | BuffaloFootballReport.com

 

3. New York's offensive line has only allowed three sacks this season and due to the lack of pressure, Eli Manning hasn't thrown an interception through three games. Rex Ryan will send some exotic blitzes at the OL on Sunday, but is there a weak link among the starting five?

Josh Fyffe | TheGiantsBeat.com 

 

This is actually the longest start to a season that Eli hasn’t thrown an interception, and a lot of that has been his development in McAdoo’s system and his decision making. There is no question that the offensive line play has allowed Manning to elevate his play as well. The offensive line has been able to gel throughout the preseason and really has been the same five starters from the start of OTA’s. The line struggled through a few injuries in the preseason, with starts Justin Pugh, Ereck Flowers, Weston Richburg, and Geoff Schwartz all take time to recover from minor injuries. While that set them back in the moment, it allowed each starter on the offensive line to become more malleable and be able to adapt to playing different positions on the line.

 

Thankfully the line has had a clean bill of health to start the season this year, and each week they are gelling further as a collective unit. Pugh is the emotional leader of the unit and really sets a “rough, grind, and tough” vibe that the line has taken a game-time attitude. The line really did a nice job setting the line of scrimmage against the ‘Skins on Thursday night, so hopefully that can continue.

 

As for a weak link, I would say RT Marshall Newhouse. The line is pretty stellar but Newhouse was the only line member who struggled to hold his starting job in the preseason. That being said, he hasn’t done anything since then to make coaches question his starting role. Also rookie LT Ereck Flowers could be thrown off by exotic blitzes just because of his inexperience.

Ryan Talbot | BuffaloFootballReport.com

 

4. Stopping Odell Beckham, Jr. doesn't seem like it can be done, but what is the best way to slow the dynamic receiver down?

Josh Fyffe | TheGiantsBeat.com 

 

OBJ has had a nice last two weeks after a quiet week 1 performance against the Cowboys. Honestly, Beckham Jr. is so talented that if you try and do single coverage on man-to-man press him at the line of scrimmage, the defender is going to be beaten and Eli Manning is at the very least give the reining OROY a chance to make a plan.

 

What slowed him down against the Cowboys was the consistency of two high safeties that Dallas played the entire game. With one safety over the top of the corner, OBJ was limited to inside slants, post, and sideline routes. I would expect Rex to make sure the Beckham Jr. is double covered, or at the very least followed intensely by Stephon Gilmore (who I personally think is a very underrated corner in the NFL).

 

But definitely the best way to slow down the former LSU star is by playing two high safeties, because it also decreases the chance that Eli Manning will look his way in McAdoo’s low-risk system.

Ryan Talbot | BuffaloFootballReport.com

 

5. At Ralph Wilson Stadium, the crowd will be raucous. In terms of execution, what is the one thing the Giants have to do to take the crowd out of the game?

Josh Fyffe | TheGiantsBeat.com 

 

The Giants need to start of fast and be in attack mode. Usually it would be optimal in any game to initiate the run game, but the Giants should try to stretch the defense early and use their three wide receiver sets to their advantage. This is Victor Cruz’s 2015 debut, and I would expect McAdoo and Manning to incorporate him into the game in the first quarter.

 

I would expect a lot of Shane Vereen in this game, especially on quick screen plays out of the backfield to further diffuse the Bills fierce pass rush. If the Giants can march down the field through the air in one of their opening drives, they can set the tone for the game force Tyrod Taylor to make plays with his arm rather than his legs (or with McCoy’s or William’s legs). 


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