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The Giants have requested, and received, permission to interview Buffalo Bills defensive line coach Pepper Johnson for their defensive coordinator position (Holroyd, Jan. 10).

After spending 13 seasons coaching various defensive positions with the New England Patriots, he spent last season serving as the Buffalo Bills defensive line coach. Johnson has ties with the Giants organization, he played?linebacker for them from 1986-92 and won two Super Bowls with the team.

"I would have to calm down my emotions, but I would love that opportunity," Johnson said regarding a potential return to the Giants.

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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not! Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.Evaluating the AFC playoff picture through only 10 weeks is akin to watching an 87-year-old put together a puzzle without his glasses. It looks a little jumbled, there?s definitely some pieces missing and it?ll probably be a while before the picture looks coherent.

For all their dominance, the Broncos are buoyed by a 38-year-old quarterback with failing legs. Their chief rival for the No. 1 seed, undefeated Kansas City, is not nearly as imposing as their record, despite a No. 1 scoring defense and Jamaal Charles? MVP campaign. The Patriots, when healthy, look like the AFC?s best team, but they won?t be 100 percent any time this season. Meanwhile, the Colts were just worked in their own building by a Brian Schottenheimer and Kellen Clemens-led offense and the Bengals continue to ebb and flow on Andy Dalton?s schizophrenic arm (and head).

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Case of the Mondays, Corey Griffin, Geno Smith, jets, Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, nfl, NFL playoffs, Ny Jets, Oakland Raiders, Opinion, Rex Ryan, san diego chargers, Tennessee Titans, Wildcard, Brian Bassett
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Doug Marrone, the former Syracuse head coach who was hired this winter to do the same for the Buffalo Bills, is feeling bittersweet about his first selection in the this year's NFL Draft: Florida State QB EJ Manuel.

Bills' GM Buddy Nix and Marrone both agreed the Bills needed to start over at QB and made the decision to take Manuel over Ryan Nassib, Marrone's QB at Syracuse, to lead their club into the future. Many felt that player would be Nassib, but the Bills needed to start this new chapter in their history with the right player under center.

"I don?t think I was very conflicted," Marrone said when asked about taking Manuel over Nassib. "I think that at the end of the day there are a lot of good quarterbacks in the draft and we were able to take the best quarterback that we felt fit us here in our situation in Buffalo."

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft, Buffalo Bills, Doug Marrone, New York Giants, Editorial Aside, Ryan Nassib
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Prepare for some Wildcateering this weekend when the Jets face off against the Buffalo Bills this weekend at MetLife Stadium! ?Yesterday Rex Ryan told reporters that the Jets will plan to use the plays in their Week One matchup against the Bills.

"I think if we don't," Ryan said, "everybody's going to be like, 'Wait a second. You guys have been saying about this Wildcat, and we haven't even seen one snap of it.' But, sure, we're going to run some Wildcat. There's no doubt."

Tags: buffalo, Buffalo Bills, News, Rex Ryan, Spread Option, Tim Tebow, Wildcat, Brian Bassett
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The New York Jets are preparing themselves for their Week One opponent, the Buffalo Bills, there are plenty of soundbites from Jets players like Mike DeVito, Siona Po'uha, Stephen Hill and more.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Film Room, joe mcknight, Mike Devito, New York Jets, Video, Rex Ryan, sione pouha, Stephen Hill, Wildcat, Brian Bassett

As the Giants put fourth their best rushing effort of the season and Eli Manning plays one of his smartest games of the year, the Giants had just enough juice to get by the Buffalo Bills by a score of 27-24.

While the defense was gashed on a couple of big plays, the Giants made enough plays to get by the Bills and win a very important game as they head into the bye.

So, let?s tackle the good, the bad and the ugly.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, New York Giants
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Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is kicking himself today for underthrowing his favorite target - WR Stevie Johnson - on two long passes down the sideline.

Both times, Giants' CB Corey Webster turned just in time to pick the ball off...

"The two interceptions I threw, you couldn?t ask for a better coverage, couldn?t ask for a better play, couldn?t ask for a better route. They were both the exact same thing with basically Stevie (Johnson) on a go route. I want to give credit to Corey Webster. He made plays on both of them.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL
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As the Giants prepare to take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the good news is that this game will not fall under the trap game mantra. The Bills are of the league?s most surprising stories as they are 4-1 and sport of on the leagues? highest scoring offenses (third in the league with 32.8 points per game). So, it's safe to say, the Bills have the Giants attention.

Both teams also come into the game with struggling defenses, so we could be looking at a shootout.

Can the Giants, down many key players, keep up with the resurgent Bills?

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The 3-2 Giants will play host to one of the league's biggest surprise teams this Sunday - the Buffalo Bills - who have jumped out to a 4-1 record and don't intend to revert back to their losing ways. From the NFL:

?What we went through last year, nobody wanted to go through again,? says Bills head coach Chan Gailey, whose team has already matched last season?s win total (four). ?We learned we could play in the big ball games and we were right there last year. We?ve learned this year how to find ways to win games in the clutch.?

Tags: Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News
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Eli Manning:

Outside of a couple of ill-advised throws (one of which went for a Victor Cruz touchdown) Manning was fantastic last week, despite a porous offensive line and a lack of a running game. ?And unlike in real life, three touchdowns and three interceptions still makes for a very good fantasy day.

The Bills have forced a lot of interceptions, but are also the 25th worst fantasy defense against quarterbacks.? I expect another strong fantasy day from Manning.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, fantasy football, New York Giants, rankings, week 6
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In the Buffalo Bills, the Giants face another opponent they know very little about. Last week, they were fooled by Pete Carroll's mediocre Seahawks in a clear case of "any given Sunday..." This week, the Bills' recent success precedes them. They will not be sneaking up on the Giants, but will it matter?

How will the Giants' porous run defense fare against the Bills' explosive rushing tandem of Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller? Even more important - can the Giants' offense secure the ball vs the ballhawking Bills' defense?

The crew at SNY's WheelHouse breaks it down...

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Giants-Bills, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, New York Giants Video, NFL, NFL Week 6
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1. Fred Jackson

When Bill Belichick goes out of his way to praise an opposing player on numerous occasions, chances are that he's a pretty good player.? That is the case with Fred Jackson, who is having his best season yet at age 30.?Jackson is third in the NFL with 480 yards, sporting a fantastic 5.3 yards per carry.

After being exposed by Beanie Wells and Marshawn Lynch the past two weeks, the Giants? run defense will have their hands full with the #4 rushing offense in the NFL. They are going to have to wrap up on every play, as Jackson is one of the best in the NFL at fighting for extra yards.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, key players, New York Giants
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The Giants face the Buffalo Bills this weekend, one of several teams that have reversed their fortunes this season. The lockout has produced some strange results thus far in the NFL this season.?Up is down and down is up.

From the NFL....

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The oddsmakers are either not buying into the Giants' problems or have no respect for the Buffalo Bills. The opening line on this week's matchup between the two teams is Giants -3. The Over/Under is 50 1/2.

At least they know this much: neither team is playing a stitch of defense. The Giants get the 3-point nod because they are at home. Not that that matters, since they are only 6-4 at the new stadium. Since MetLife opened last year, the Giants have won more games on the road (7) then they have at home.

The Bills are 3-0 at Orchard Park this year and 1-1 on the road. They are 4th in the league in rushing and aren't very careless with the football, sporting a league-best +11 turnover ratio. The Giants will have to earn this one.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Giants-Bills, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFL Odds, NFL Point Spreads, NFL Week 6
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Adam Lazurus has written a new book about Super Bowl XXV, which was played as the country readied itself for war in the Middle East:

"Super Bowl XXV between the Bills and Giants is considered to be one of the greatest games in NFL history. A new book -- "Super Bowl Monday: From the Persian Gulf to the Shores of West Florida: The New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills and Super Bowl XXV" -- revisits many intriguing subplots from both teams on their way to the Super Bowl. A big story line was how the two conference championships played out against the backdrop of the first Persian Gulf War, which was just getting underway.."

Tags: 1990 Giants, Buffalo Bills, giants, New York Giants, New York Giants History, Persian Gulf War, Super Bowl XXV

SI's Peter King has Philadelphia as the favorite to land free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. SI.com

Is King right when he lists Dallas as?the second most likely destination for Asomugha? NBC Dallas-Fort Worth

Labor negotiations set to resume this week. AP (via the Star-Ledger)

Tags: Ben Roethlisberger, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Links, New York Giants, New York Giants News, New York Jets, NFC East, NFL, Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia Eagles, Plaxico Burress
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