Bills Looking for First 2-0 Start Since 2014

"We certainly were not perfect by any means last week..."

Brendan Keany
September 14, 2019 - 8:13 am

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EAST RUTHERFORD (WBEN) - The Buffalo Bills are riding high after an improbable 17-16 comeback victory over the division rival New York Jets last Sunday, and they'll have the opportunity to improve to 2-0 this Sunday against the Giants - a start they haven't earned since 2014.

Head Coach Sean McDermott has been impressed with the team's effort.

"Look, we've got a good team; we've had a good week of practice, and the guys have stayed focused on the process here, and these guys are going to continue to come together as a team as the weeks go on...so that's what we're really looking to do - continue to grow," said McDermott, who joined Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR550. "We certainly were not perfect by any means last week, myself included, and I really just asked the guys to focus on two to three things - there's probably 10 for all of us - but if we just focus on two to three things that we can improve on from last week, we'll continue to get the results we're looking for."

Of course, the most glaring imperfection from the wild game against the Jets was the offense's FOUR first-half turnovers. Second-year quarterback Josh Allen knows that it's unlikely at best to continue winning games while turning the ball over at that rate.

"I was careless with the ball on the fumble; I was a little low on the pass to Cole (Beasley), and I've got to pick that up; on one, their guy made a good play on defense too, and the fumble with Mitch (Morse)...the stadium was really loud, and it was just kind of a miscommunication deal, but that's something that I've got to clean up," said Allen.

Odds makers actually like the Bills in this game (-2 as of Saturday morning), even though they're on the road, and it's not too often that the Bills are favorites away from New Era Field. One of the main reasons for that is the hobbled Giants offense and defense that was exposed last week against the Dallas Cowboys. That may spell trouble for the G-Men, as the Bills' defense is already trending toward being one of the top units in the NFL yet again, but McDermott knows all about New York's stud running back Saquon Barkley.

"He's one of the best backs I've seen in the amount of years I've been in an around the league," said the head coach. "He's strong; he's got good vision; he understands the game, and he has instincts; he can catch the ball out of the backfield; he'll bounce it outside just as much as he'll cut the ball back. Very rarely does one guy bring him down, so this is going to be an all hands on deck type of effort here."

Another weapon in the Giants' offense is tight-end Evan Engram, but star cornerback Tre'Davious White says they'll be locked on to him and Barkley come Sunday.

"I feel like we just got to do what we do and play the cards that we play," said White. "Don't try to play hero ball, just do our job and do our fundamentals - stay on top of those guys, and I feel like we'll be fine. Our coaches are doing a great job of coming up with a game plan that's going to put us in a great position to try to limit those guys from making big plays, but it's going to take all 11 guys to the ball to stop 26 (Barkley) and 88 (Engram), so those are two great players, and we feel like we've got a good plan."

Last week, the Giants defense really struggled in Dallas, and that's an understatement. Much of New York's woes can be seen in their secondary, which was exposed by Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' receivers. ESPN's Field Yates provided more details.

"There certainly were some mental communication error but I think just overmatched personnel wise," said Yates. "On the back end, they have Jenoris Jenkins, who's a very capable cover corner but not a lot of other guys who sort of scare you in the way that, if you're facing the Bills, you do your best to find Tre'Davious White and throw it somewhere else, right? - That's just not what the Giants bring pretty consistently with their secondary and their personnel there. I do think that the Giants have some girth up front, not particularly potent in terms of pure edge rushers, again it's going to be another year for them where the personnel needs a lot of work."

Kick-off is scheduled for 1 pm.

Listen to McDermott's full Friday interview below:

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