After their dud of a game on SNF last week, the Giants have an opportunity to respond this week on MNF. Coming into town are the Detroit Lions, who put together a 4th quarter comeback against the Arizona Cardinals last week. Being down 17-15, the Lions scored 20 in the 4th to win 35-23. Matthew Stafford passed for 292 yards, four touchdowns, and one pick. So, to keep it simple, Detroit has the momentum heading into this MNF showdown.
Having an opportunity to rebound after the game in Dallas at home is huge for the Giants, and this one will go a long way in determining what type of team the 2017 Giants really are. It’s also crucial to win, because the next two opponents are both on the road in the form of Philly and Tampa Bay. The Giants being 0-2 heading to Philly would not be good.
New York defeated Detroit not too many football games ago, 17-6 in Week 16 of last year. It was an important matchup in determining the NFC playoff picture because both teams were 9-4 heading into the game. Stafford passed for 273 yards and threw a pick, although he was playing with a dislocated finger. Eli Manning had a 201 yard day with two touchdowns, including this spectacular one-handed grab by Odell Beckham (seen at 36 seconds):
So what will it take for the Giants to once again defeat the Detroit Lions at home? Key things the Giants must do to get their first win of the season:
1. Get Brandon Marshall the ball. Even if Odell Beckham plays, Marshall is the key to opening up the offense and getting the passing game going. Sterling Shepard had a solid game last week, but is more of a buffer when it comes to the trio of Beckham/Marshall/Shepard; he’s not the go-to guy.
2. Just keep running. The Giants were insistent on passing last week, and although this offense is centered around the passing game it must incorporate the run game more often. Now, the Giants rushing attack is dismal, but if they were to even attempt to get it going it would surely open up more options on offense. I want to see Paul Perkins and Orleans Darkwa get close to an equal amount of carries. The Giants offense must do something other than dumping it off to Shane Vereen play after play for no game, and that starts by giving the ball to Perkins and Darkwa more.
3. The Giants time of possession was pathetic in Dallas. Getting the running game going and getting the ball to Marshall are keys to ensuring the lackluster offense won’t go 3 & out time and time again. The capabilities of the defense are known, but if they are on the field as much as they were last week they won’t be able to contain Stafford for long.
4. Kenny who? Kenny Golladay, rookie WR out of Northern Illinois. He burst onto the scene last week with 69 yards and two touchdowns, including this beaut:
It seems the lesser known WRs always give the Giants trouble. Janoris Jenkins is locked down, and contained Dez Bryant last week, but Terrance Williams had six catches for 68 yards. Cole Beasley had just three catches for 32 yards, but seemed to make a play whenever the Giants needed a stop most. Jenkins had a terrific game, however both DRC and Eli Apple struggled at times. Those two will be tasked at holding Golladay and Marvin Jones, two weapons that are a big part of Stafford’s offense. Ameer Abdullah and Detroit’s rushing attack shouldn’t be a worry with the Giants front four, and so there’s a major focus on stopping the passing game.