Rather than keep Perry Fewell as their coach after promoting him
during the 2009 season, the Buffalo Bills gave the job to Chan
No one is questioning that decision now.
Gailey and the Bills look to knock off an NFC East opponent for
the second straight Sunday when they visit a New York Giants team
being plagued by a struggling run defense with Fewell as
Buffalo (4-1) is tied with New England and San Diego for the
AFC’s best record. The Bills, third in the league with 32.8 points
per game, already have beaten the Patriots and knocked off
Philadelphia 31-24 last Sunday at home.
“They have beaten the outstanding teams,” Giants coach Tom
The Bills already have matched their win total from last season
as they look for their first postseason berth since 1999.
“I expect us to win every time we walk out there, I don’t care
who we’re playing or when we we’re playing,” Gailey said. “You
expect to win. Everything you do, every practice rep that you take,
every meeting minute that you spend is done with the idea that
you’re going to win. You’re surprised when you lose, not when you
Gailey, though, is concerned about Fewell’s familiarity with
Buffalo after he spent four seasons there as defensive coordinator
and served as interim coach for the final seven games of 2009.
“Well, he certainly knows a lot of the people that are on this
team,” Gailey said. “He knows what some of the strengths and
weaknesses are of some of our players. I think that’s probably a
little bit of an advantage for him to be able to talk about
While Buffalo is impressive in numerous areas, its 138.2 rushing
yards per game for the league’s fourth-highest total could be the
biggest factor against New York (3-2).
The Giants defense, with Fewell in his second season as
coordinator, has allowed an average of 159.3 rushing yards over the
last three weeks. Now Fewell’s group will have to face Fred
Jackson, the NFL’s third-leading rusher with 96.0 yards per
“I don’t know,” Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck said. “A
lot of times you look at the films and just shake your head as
whatever the situation may be, we could have played it better or
it’s a combination of a lot of things.”
Tuck has played two games this season because of neck and groin
injuries, and he’s been ruled out again Sunday. The Giants have
produced a league-high 18 sacks even with his limited
The Bills have allowed a league-low four sacks, with Ryan
Fitzpatrick producing 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Buffalo defense picked off four of Michael Vick’s passes
last week to bring its NFL-leading total to 12 – one more than it
had all of last year.
“We’re getting the breaks,” linebacker Andra Davis said. “I
don’t really believe in luck. But whatever it is, we’ll take
Eli Manning is fourth in the league with a 102.3 passer rating,
but he was picked off three times in last Sunday’s surprising 36-25
home loss to Seattle. Manning has five interceptions after throwing
a league-high 25 a year ago.
“We have to make sure that we are careful with the ball,”
Manning said. “The receivers have to watch it all the way in and
myself throwing it in the right spots, being accurate and making
sure I am making the right reads.”
The Giants’ offense has been hampered by a rushing attack that
is the league’s fifth-worst in yards per game (83.8) and
second-worst in yards per carry (3.2).
New York has averaged fewer than 3.0 yards per rushing attempt
in back-to-back games for the first time since 2004.
“Of course, you are not going to control the ball unless you are
running the ball and that would certainly help us,” Coughlin
Backup running back Brandon Jacobs will miss a second straight
game with a sprained left MCL, though he’s averaged just 3.1 yards
per carry. That will leave Ahmad Bradshaw with the majority of the
The Giants’ offensive line would be boosted if center David Baas
returns from a neck injury. He’s questionable, while right guard
Chris Snee will miss his first game since his 2004 rookie season
because of a concussion.
The Bills’ key pass rushers, however, are also banged-up.
Starting outside linebackers Shawne Merriman (Achilles) and Chris
Kelsay (calf) are out and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (foot) is
a game-time decision.
Buffalo leads the series 6-5, with New York winning 20-19 in
1991 in the only Super Bowl decided by a single point.