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.
2. Bills Secondary
The Bills are a big play defense, meaning they make big plays, but also allow their opponents to run wild as well. They are 26th against the pass, so they can be beaten through the air, but they also force a lot of interceptions. They have already picked off Tom Brady and Michael Vick four times each (the two combined for ten interceptions all of last season). The Bills have also returned an interception for a touchdown three times.
Eli Manning needs to figure out a way to limit turnovers while still getting the ball in the hands of his playmaking wide receivers. It’s kind of cheating to select an entire unit, but no one player sticks out as a superstar. Safety George Wilson has been their steadiest player, leading the team with 47 total tackles and three interceptions, and Jairus Byrd is a talented third year safety.
3. Stevie Johnson
When the Bills traded Lee Evans to the Ravens this offseason, it showed that they had faith in Johnson to be their number one receiver. Johnson put up fantastic numbers last season, with 82 receptions for 1073 yards and an even more impressive ten touchdowns. Although some thought last seasons statistics were a fluke, he’s kept it up this season with 343 yards, good for 9th in the AFC, putting him on pace to top last season’s mark.
Johnson has good size (6-2, 210) and speed, and is a threat to be thrown to in any situation. He has been consistent this season as well, with at least four catches in every game. Corey Webster is having an outstanding season, and with Johnson easily the Bills’ best weapon through the air, this matchup should figure greatly into the outcome of the game.