The Giants have a lot of question marks going into this game. The starting offense looked lost during the pre-season. The offensive line is a big question mark. They have rookie Weston Richburg starting at left guard at right guard the Giants have Brandon Mosley who reportedly has had some back issues and his backup is Adam Snyder who hasn’t played in a couple of seasons and who ironically will be the backup to Weston Richburg who is getting the start in place of the injured Geoff Schwartz. The wide receiver position is thin, Victor Cruz is more of a threat in the slot than on the outside, Ruben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, and Preston Parker are not real outside threats. Corey Washington looked good in the pre-season and his height should be an asset in the red zone, he could also be a target downfield, while I haven’t seen the scouting reports on him, I think there is more upside to using him as a third receiver than as a fifth, but I don’t expect him to have much of an impact this week in Detroit, not because of Detroit’s secondary but because I don’t expect him to play a lot of snaps. The Giants if they can generate a pass rush if Stafford is still as undisciplined as last year, the Giants secondary will create turnovers.
The Lions have a legitimate number two threat in Golden Tate who should help Calvin Johnson stretch the secondary, although they are thin at the position behind those two. The running game should still be solid with the Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. The defense is okay I would say it is at least on par with last year’s defense. The biggest question that faces this Lions team and will determine the success of the Lions this year is Can Jim Caldwell instill discipline in Matthew Stafford? Stafford will challenge opposing corners he will try and go deep on them, but has he learned to be a smarter passer, has he learned enough to not throw low percentage passes. Stafford is going to throw interceptions that can’t be avoided as Mike Francesa aptly compared Stafford to Brett Favre. Brett Favre was a gunslinger and threw lots of interceptions and Matthew Stafford is the same just less disciplined
The Key matchup is not Matthew Stafford versus the Giants secondary while an important matchup especially since it will tell much about how much Jim Caldwell’s discipline has rubbed off on him. The key matchup is the Giants offensive line versus the Lions front four. If the Lions front four can beat the Giants offensive line at the point of attack it will be a long day for Eli Manning.
I love the Lions and they are heartbreakers to watch and root for with that said without any towel waving on my part, I can honestly say this is a game that the Lions should win. With two legitimate downfield threats in the passing game and one f the most effective running back tandems in the NFL and an adequate defense there is no reason why the Lions shouldn’t win this game.
Final Score: Detroit Lions 27 New York Giants 10