Giants Lions Game Preview

The 1-4 Lions are coming to the New Meadowlands to take on the 3-2 Giants. This has all the makings of a trap game: The Giants are hot, the Lions do have a lot of talent. Can the Giants avoid a letdown?

INJURIES:

Giants:

OUT: OL Will Beatty (foot),  DE Mathias Kiwanuka (neck), DB Brian Jackson (neck), WR Victor Cruz (hamstring), FB Madison Hedgecock (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: RB DJ Ware (groin), C Shaun O’Hara (ankle/Achilles), LB Keith Bulluck (toe)
PROBABLE:   DE Osi Umenyiora (knee),S Kenny Phillips (knee)

Lawrence Tynes is a game time decision with a sprained ankle. Matt Dodge will handle kickoffs. The Giants signed veteran K Shayne Graham just in case Tynes cannot go.

Lions:

OUT: DE Turk McBride (ankle), LB DeAndre Levy (ankle/groin), CB Nathan Vasher (nose/biceps)
QUESTIONABLE:  LB Landon Johnson (concussion), WR Calvin Johnson (shoulder/knee), QB Matthew Stafford (right shoulder)
PROBABLE:  RB Jahvid Best (toe), LB Spencer Havner (hamstring), WR Nate Burleson (ankle), S Louis Delmas (groin), WR Stefan Logan (foot)

OFFENSE:

The Giants offense looked explosive last week, with a stellar performance by Hakeem Nicks leading the way. Between him, Ahmad Bradshaw and a seemingly rejuvenated Brandon Jacobs, the Lions will have a tough time. The Giants do have to deal with rookie sensation Ndamukong Suh; with Adam Koets likely getting the nod at center, Eli Manning will be under a lot of pressure all game. Short passes and rollouts with help to combat that. Still, I expect the offense to be firing on all cylinders.

DEFENSE:

The defense has been incredible the past two weeks, and I don’t see that changing. As long as the pass rush is working, everything else falls into place. Jahvid Best is tough to stop, but with Calvin Johnson questionable, the Lions offense isn’t the same. Even if he does play, he won’t be 100%. The Giants have to keep the pressure up; as long as they do that, they will be fine.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Bit of a rough week ahead. Lawrence Tynes sprained his ankle, and the Giants signed veteran kicker Shayne Graham in case Tynes is a no go. If Tynes is a no go, can Graham come in and make big kicks? How will Matt Dodge handling the kickoff duties affect his punting? Beyond that, they still need to improve their kickoff coverage and their return game. Stefan Logan returned a kick last week for a TD. Can the Giants stop him?

THE LIONS:

The Lions are one of the most exciting 1-4 teams in recent memory. Lots of young talent. Jahvid Best, Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh and others. When Matthew Stafford gets healthy, watch out. They’re not there yet. But they’re very close. In a few years, this is a playoff team.

PREDICTION:

This has the makings of a letdown game, but I think the Giants are too talented to let that happen. FINAL SCORE: Giants 21, Lions 10

COVERAGE:

Unfortunately, no game coverage (or very limited). I will be at the game today, and since I can’t bring my laptop, well, you get the point. I’ll provide intermittent tweets, but it will be limited. I will post a recap later Sunday night. Look for that! And look for normal coverage going forward!


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3 Responses to “Giants Lions Game Preview”

  1. Russo757 says:

    Matt Dodge is F-ing awful!

    • Jason C. says:

      He clearly doesn’t belong in the NFL, though he does have talent, any way to place him on the practice squad, hope he’s more mentally prepared for next year and sign Hunter Smith? I’m not sure how all the practice squad rules work.

  2. CMH says:

    Glad we won but Gilbride’s plaÝ calling kills me. Our ground game is wearing them out,we need to grind some clock and he calls 3 straight ridiculous passes?
    Goff and cofield continue to impress by shutting down the middle and freeing the ends up to attack.
    Steve Smith is a pleasure to watch. He’s a craftsman.
    We need a new return man. Calhoun?
    I like the 3 safety formation. Grant is solid.

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