The disappointing New York Giants (5-8) and Detroit Lions (7-7) face off in a battle of reeling teams at Ford Field.
But for the Lions, there is still hope of playing in January. Look for them to give it there all and more as a loss leaves takes them out of the playoff picture.
This season each team has a poster child at quarterback for what not to do. Eli Manning (eight) and Matthew Stafford (nine) have combined for 17 interceptions in the last four weeks. Turnovers are the one thing that could keep this game from being a blowout.
The Giants are absolutely crushed with the injury bug. Their offensive line has first round rookie Justin Pugh manning right tackle with four scrubs alongside him. There is no reason why the Lions front four should come away with less than three sacks this week.
Giants playmaker Victor Cruz has recently been ruled out with a season-ending surgery. That leaves Andre Brown, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle as the key targets of the Lions defense. Even with Cruz last week, the Giants could not score a point against the Seahawks.
Stud defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has also been ruled out for Sunday’s game. The Giants’ strongest and deepest unit is their defensive line, so don’t be surprised if Tuck and company still come away with a sack or two.
As for the Lions, their damage in the injury department is relatively minor with a couple exceptions. Darius Slay will stay out this week as his torn meniscus has not fully recovered from surgery, and Brandon Pettigrew hurt his ankle on Monday night leaving him out as well. Injuries like these come with the territory this late in the season and are no excuse for another Lion letdown.
Because when looking at every matchup in this game, the Lions are better. Whether it be Matthew Stafford against the banged up Giants secondary, or Reggie Bush against the slow Giants linebackers, the Lions have the edge on offense.
And on defense the Lions should terrorize the NFL’s interception leader, Eli Manning, all afternoon. The Giants are the third-worst scoring team in the NFL, and an injury to Cruz makes them deplorable in the passing game. In the run game Andre Brown is back but the Giants still rank 28th on the ground, while the Lions have the NFL’s fourth-ranked run defense.
The Lions should steamroll the Giants. Other than Justin Tuck the Giants are utterly void of firepower. If the Lions, somehow, make this meeting an actual game, they do not deserve to make the playoffs.
Lions win 31-10.