Yesterday, we witnessed embarrassment for a majority of the NFC East. In no time, Dallas was getting blown out at home by the Niners, while Washington failed to even score a touchdown with a "new and improved" offense. Philadelphia, who got out to a slow start against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, were able to put together a solid second half, coming away with the only victory for the division.
Even though it is the first week of the season, the Giants would make a statement with a victory against the Lions tonight. Here comes the boom, and your primer for the New York Giants and their week 1 matchup.
Matchup: New York Giants (0-0) vs. Detroit Lions (0-0)
Game Time: 7:10ET (Part of an ESPN MNF doubleheader, so it's an early start)
Where: Ford Field - Detroit, MI
Line: Lions -6.5 (Figure if the Giants lose, it won't be by just three points)
Injuries: Odell Beckham Jr. (OUT), Markus Kuhn (OUT), James Brewer (OUT), Jon Beason (PROBABLE), Brandon Mosley (PROBABLE)
The Boom: It is going to be interesting to see how this new Giants secondary handles superstar Calvin Johnson. Many claim that Big Blue's backfield is the best in years; well they are going to have their hands full with 'Megatron', who is sure to see plenty of targets from QB Matthew Stafford.
|Rashad Jennings will look to bolster the Giants running game against a Lions defensive line that has proven their value over the years. (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)|
Another point of emphasis will be the one-two punch of running backs for New York, with the combination of Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams. While Jennings handled most of the work during the preseason, successfully, I might add, look for Williams to be that 'lightning in a bottle playmaker' the Giants hoped that David Wilson could be, and possibly even take some goal-line carries.
The Giants offensive line is going to have a tough test against a solid Lions defensive line that could cause headaches for Eli Manning and an offense that is still trying to find some chemistry.
Unsung Hero: While eyes will be focused on Manning and his connection with wideout Victor Cruz, look out for Rueben Randle to see some balls thrown his way. With Odell Beckham Jr. on the sidelines still recovering from a hamstring injury, Randle is going to be a huge factor in the Giants passing attack and should have some space while the Lions defense contains Cruz.
The End of the Tight-End: So after tonight, will we all remember Larry Donnell, the Giants starting tight-end or will he be another member of a unit that has changed members several times over the last five years? Only time will tell, but look for new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to rotate several options at the TE position including Daniel Fells and Adrien Robinson to see who comes out on top.
Prediction: There's no doubt that the Giants have an uphill battle tonight against the Lions. Some even picked them to win the NFC North over the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears (which might be the case after this past week's play). It's hard for me to pick Big Blue when we haven't really seen the offense click. The running game is much improved from last season, which will only be effective if the offensive line can rebound. On the opposite side, if the Giants can contain 'Megatron' and Reggie Bush, who is a proven run/catch option, while getting pressure on Stafford, they could have all the momentum and provide a spark for the offense. I think defense wins this game, and Big Blue comes out on top 24-17.