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

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  1. Tyrod Taylor has made headlines this week by having the best start to a season by a QB in Bills history. What makes Taylor a successful quarterback and what are his greatest strengths and weaknesses?

Ryan Talbot | BuffaloFootballReport.com

Right now, the biggest strength that Taylor has exhibited is his accuracy. A lot of his passes are short to intermediate routes, but the ball has been delivered right where it needs to be and the quarterback has done a terrific job of moving the chains. Unlike other former Bills QBs, Taylor will later throw the ball down the field once defenses try to take the short passing game away. In three games, Taylor has attempted 15 deep passes and he's connected on six of them for 211 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. 
 
In addition to his accuracy and willingness to throw downfield, Taylor is a terrific athlete. When Buffalo's offensive line collapses, Taylor has the ability avoid pressure and find a receiver, run with the ball or simply throw the ball away.
 
Through three games, Taylor's biggest weakness has been stepping up in the pocket. Luckily, it's something he can improve upon as he's only played in three games with the Bills.

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2. Karlos Williams ran for 110 yards off 12 carries a week ago scoring his third touchdown last week in as many games played. Lesean McCoy was acquired via a trade and a lot of people anticipated that he would be the sole lead back. Should the Giants expect the two RBs to split carries once again or will Rex Ryan chose to ride the hot feet and keep feeding Williams the rock?

Ryan Talbot | BuffaloFootballReport.com

Right now, it seems like the Bills may rest McCoy this week as he's struggling with his hamstring injury. While not having McCoy in the lineup would hurt the Bills, it's best to let him heal so he's healthy for the majority of the season. Through three weeks, Karlos Williams has been a terrific complement to McCoy and it'll be interesting to see what he can do carrying the load against the Giants. Look for Buffalo to feed Williams early and often on Sunday. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the rookie running back get 20-25 carries.

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3. Ronald Darby has quietly been one of the most impressive rookies in the NFL this season, leading the NFL in pass break-ups and already intercepting two passes? Will he be able to man up against Victor Cruz in his first game back? And is the secondary ready to take on the trio of Odell Beckham Jr, Cruz, and Rueben Randle?
 

Ryan Talbot | BuffaloFootballReport.com

Darby's athleticism is off the charts. He doesn't seem to have any issue keeping up step for step with receivers. His biggest weakness during training camp and the preseason was tracking the ball but Rex Ryan intentionally put him on an island during this time. Through three games, Darby has done a great job of turning his head and playing the ball but the Bills will certainly give him safety help on Sunday
 
As for having to deal with New York's receivers, it will probably be the secondary's biggest test to date. Indianapolis and the Dolphins have good WR corps, but the Giants legitimately have two No. 1 wide receivers on their roster. Stephon Gilmore, Nickell Robey and Darby will have to be at their best on Sunday.
 

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4 The Giants O-Line has only surrendered three sacks on the season and have been able to foster formidable protection for Eli Manning through the start of the season. Will the fierce D-Line that the Bills boast be able to orchestrate pressure against the 12 year pro?
 

Ryan Talbot | BuffaloFootballReport.com

While I've been thoroughly impressed with New York's pass protection, I fully expect the Bills to get after Eli Manning on Sunday. Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Jerry Hughes alone can create pressure, but Rex Ryan will throw some exotic blitzes at the Giants offensive line. Buffalo's defense has benefited greatly when they've successfully pressured the quarterback. Forcing Eli Manning into one or two mistakes has to be Ryan's goal on Sunday.
 

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5. What is the most essential component of the game that you believe the Bills need to execute on to come out with a victory this Sunday?
 

Ryan Talbot | BuffaloFootballReport.com

Offensively, the Bills need to have success running the ball on Sunday. While Taylor has been excellent through three games, he hasn't dealt with such a strong starting CB duo like Amukamara and Rodgers-Cromartie. If the Bills can run the ball with success, it will make life much easier for Taylor and the passing game. 
 

Defensively, getting after Eli Manning is the key. In Week 2, Buffalo didn't blitz and the results were disastrous against Tom Brady and the Giants. Manning isn't Brady, but he can pick apart a defense if he's not pressured.

 


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