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The New York Giants are coming off of a 32-21 win on Thursday night against the Washington Redskins. This was a game that the Giants desperately needed to win. Not only was this a division rivalry game, but really it was an important game moving forward for New York. The Giants had lost two games to the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons, by blowing 10 point leads going into the fourth quarter. The focus in Week 3 was to finish strong, and that is what New York did against Washington.

The Giants were able to force three turnovers, and didn’t give the ball away themselves. Winning the turnover battle is big in the NFL. Teams are too talented on both sides of the ball, and one turnover could be the difference of the game.

Eli Manning led the Giants in arguably his best performance of the season. Manning completed 23 of 32 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns. Manning connected with Reuben Randle for 7 completions totaling 116 yards and a touchdown. This was huge for the Giants to see a different receiver other than Odell Beckham Jr. producing. Beckham Jr. added 7 receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown as well. Beckham Jr. has been the Giants most consistent player on offense and it shows week in and week out.

Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports ... Tyrod Taylor will look to give the Bills their 3rd win of the season Sunday.

Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports … Tyrod Taylor will look to give the Bills their 3rd win of the season Sunday.

After Thursday’s win, the Giants (1-2) sit in second place in the NFC East behind the Cowboys (2-1). New York will go on the road to face the Buffalo Bills (2-1) in Week 4 on Sunday. The Giants will be going up against a Buffalo team that is averaging 33.3 points per game behind their quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Taylor has thrown for 714 yards and 7 touchdowns in three games, and thrown just three interceptions. The Giants are going to have to step up, and get some pressure on Taylor to try and force a turnover. Taylor has fumbled three times this year, so a strip sack may be in order for Sunday.

LeSean McCoy has had a slow start since coming to Buffalo. McCoy has just 146 yards on 43 rushing attempts with no touchdowns. His lone touchdown came on a 10 yard reception last week against the Miami Dolphins. The Giants currently have the second best rushing defense in the league, giving up just 74 rushing yards a game. Look for New York to dominate the line battle, and limit McCoy to under 50 yards rushing and another scoreless game.

New York got the monkey off their back by finally winning a game this season. This will take a great deal of pressure off of them, and help put the first two games behind them. With Victor Cruz looking to make his season debut this week, this offense can get a lot more deadly. Buffalo is 31st in the league against the pass, so Manning could have a field day on the road passing. Randle can build off his great performance Thursday night, and continue to produce which will help out Beckham Jr. and Cruz.

Prediction: The Giants come slow out of the gate on the road. However, Manning buckles down and puts on a showcase in Buffalo. Cruz will score in his first game back, and the Giants will force at least one turnover. Look for New York to be 2-2 and get the win over Buffalo 27-13.

Barry Holmes is a Feature Writer for PureSportsNY.com. Follow him on Twitter @BHO732.

 

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