The Lions lead the NFC in points per game but only have one win to show for it. Meanwhile, the Giants defense is coming off consecutive shutdown performances. It’s kind of interesting that these two teams are meeting this week in New York, no?
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The Lions are projected to squeak by for a 22.1 to 21.7 win. I doubt it, but the oddsmakers are giving the Lions 10 points. That’s too much.
One game after sacking Jay Cutler and the Bears 10 times, the Giants held the Arian Foster-led Texans running game to a franchise-low 24 yards. As was mentioned above, the Lions are pouring on the yards and point since Shaun Hill took over. That’ll be a fun matchup to watch Sunday.
There are some big injuries in this one, the biggest is next to Calvin Johnson’s name. At this point he looks like a game-time decision. That’s never good for fantasy owners. We’ve given him some stats because he needs to be on here, but they will be better if he plays. Tony Scheffler, Brandon Pettigrew and Nate Burleson (who is also a little banged up) get some slight upgrades because of the concern.
However, with the way the Giants get after the quarterback, it might not be a great game to play a Lions receiver.
Detroit has been one of the least effective teams at stopping opposing running backs. With Brandon Jacobs getting back on track, the Giants should be able to take full advantage.
Eli Manning, NYG: 21-34, 254 yards, 1.5 TD, 1.5 INT
Shaun Hill, DET: 21-35, 216 yards, 1.3 TD, 1.3 INT, 20 rush yards
Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG: 90 yards, .6 TD, 3 catches, 20 receiving yards, .2 TD
Jahvid Best, DET (injury concern): 55 yards, .5 TD, 4 catches, 40 receiving yards, .2 TD
Brandon Jacobs, NYG: 45 yards, .6 TD, 1 catch, 5 receiving yards
Kevin Smith, DET: 15 yards, .3 TD, 2 catches, 15 receiving yards
Hakeem Nicks, NYG: 6-75, .7 TD
Steve Smith, NYG: 6-65, .3 TD
Mario Manningham, NYG: 3-55, .2 TD
Nate Burleson, DET (Inj): 2-25, .2 TD
Calvin Johnson, DET (Inj): 3-35, .1 TD
Bryant Johnson, DET: 1-10
Brandon Pettigrew, DET: 5-55, .4 TD
Tony Scheffler, DET: 5-45, .4 TD
Kevin Boss, NYG: 2-30, .1 TD
Travis Beckum, NYG: 1-10
Jason Hanson, DET: 1.8 FG, 2.7 XP
Lawrence Tynes, NYG: 1.0 FG, 2.6 XP
Giants: 2.9 sacks, 1.3 INT, 0.6 fumble recovery
Lions: 2.2 sacks, 1.5 INT, 1.2 fumble recovery