The New York Giants silenced the critics of blowing fourth quarter leads and beat the Buffalo Bills 24-10 at Orchard Park.
The Giants came into the game with expectations on how the offense would match up against the Bills defense. The defense orchestrated by head coach Rex Ryan known for blitzes and a good number of pass rushers by defensive end Mario Williams.
The Bills defense strategy didn’t faze the decision-making of quarterback Eli Manning. Manning, without the addition of Victor Cruz, played a great game. He was 20 of 35 with three touchdowns for 212 yards and one interception. Two of his touchdowns were thrown to Dwight Harris and Ruben Randle. The third one was to running back Rashad Jennings for 51 yards, which changed the momentum of the game.
We were challenged after the first two games where we had leads going into the fourth quarter and lost them both,” Eli Manning said according to ESPN. “So that was a huge play by Rashad. A great effort and we need it. The team needed it.”
The Giants defensively held the Bills offense to 77 yards in the first nine possessions. They eventually came away with a scoring drive but was stopped at the redzone twice. The lack of discipline between both teams determined the winner.
Can we play a lot smarter? Absolutely,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “Say what you want, but I’ll take a team that will fight.
Bills committed 17 penalties for 135 yards. They lead the league in penalties which falls under Ryan, who gets emotional at critical moments. Head coach Tom Coughlin is known for his disciplinary tactics and hopes to shape up the team as a whole.
Giants are now 2-2 and have a winnable game at home against San Francisco 49ers. They are in a wide open NFC East division and can potentially have a commanding lead over the other teams as long as they remain healthy.