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.”
The Bills knocked off Philadelphia last week to improve to 4-1 and equal the team’s win total from 2010. Buffalo forced five turnovers (four interceptions, one fumble) and leads the NFL with 16 takeaways and a +11 turnover differential.
“One of the things we’ve done a tremendous job with this year is winning in different fashions,” said RB Fred Jackson, who ranks third in the NFL with 712 scrimmage yards (480 rushing, 232 receiving). “We’ve made plays on defense to win games, we’ve made plays on offense and we’ve made plays on special teams. As long as we continue to make plays like that as a team, we’re going to be hard to beat. The number one thing we’re trying to focus on is to get team wins.”
“We’re giving ourselves a tremendous opportunity,” Jackson said about the team’s 4-1 start. “But that’s all it is. It’s still early. We still have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be. We’re happy where we are right now, but we’re not going to settle. We still have a lot of work to do and a lot of teams left to play.”
Gailey, whose club has an NFL-best 75.0 touchdown percentage in the red zone this season, says the standard is reaching the end zone when inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
“I can give you all the coaching clichés about that we work on it, we spend time on it and all that,” says Gailey, whose Bills take to the road to face the New York Giants in Week 6, who rank second to Buffalo with a 71.4 red zone touchdown percentage.
“The bottom line is execution-being able to defeat the defenses that you play each week. The guys have done a good job of understanding that we need to score touchdowns down there. We’ve done it a variety of ways. If you can score touchdowns instead of field goals, it helps you win games.”
Buffalo’s offense features a duo of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who ranks second in the NFL this season with nine touchdown passes inside of the 20-yard line, and running back Fred Jackson, who is tied for fifth in the league with four red zone rushing touchdowns.
Through Week 5, Buffalo’s defense ranks first in the NFL in interceptions (12) and takeaways (16; 12 INTs, four FRs).
Bills' safety George Wilson was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 5. Wilson registered a team-high 11 tackles, one tackle for a loss, three passes defensed and an interception in the Bills’ 31-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
In the first quarter, Wilson recorded the second of the Bills’ four interceptions in the game. Wilson has recorded an interception in three consecutive games and is tied for first in the NFL with three INTs.