Detroit Lions vs New York Giants Week 15 Preview

Detroit Lions vs New York Giants Week 15 Preview

The Detroit Lions try to protect their first place lead with a huge week 15 game at the Meadowlands versus the New York Giants. Here is our weekly Lions game preview.

FUNDAMENTALS: 

Opponent: New York Giants

When: Sunday, Dec. 18, 1 p.m.

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Television: Fox 2 Detroit

Radio: WJR-AM 760

WHAT’S ON THE LINE:

Inching one step closer to the NFC North division title. This would be the Lions’ first NFC North crown in the history of the team. This is huge for the team and fans of the Lions, so a win in New York gets them closer to that goal. No one expected the Lions to compete for that title this late in the season, yet here we are. The Giants are also looking to advance themselves in the wild card race. Both teams have a lot on the line this week, so it should be a slugfest.

WATCH FOR…

  1. Von Lozon: The Lions’ and Giants’ run games/rush defenses. They have both been awful this season (Lions: 29th in the NFL, Giants 31st), so we won’t really learn about the run games, but more so the rush defenses for each team. The Lions have the 22nd ranked rushing defense in the NFL while the Giants have the 25th, so neither of these rankings are good either. But the game may be decided by who wins this battle. The Lions gave up 86 rushing yards to Jordan Howard last Sunday, while the Giants gave up over 100 rushing yards to Ezekiel Elliott. Honestly, this could go either way for both teams, hence why I’ll be looking for it this Sunday.

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  1. Kyle Mallett: Matthew Stafford. The Lions have a two game division lead with three games remaining. The trending topic is Stafford’s injury to the middle finger of his throwing hand. Although there are several reports saying it’s not as bad as it sounds, any injury to a quarterback’s throwing hand is bound to make things a little more difficult. So how much, if any, will Stafford’s on-field performance be affected by the injury?

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  1. Kent Platte: Asa Jackson. The Lions threw him over the coals against the Bears, and the results were pretty bad for the former Raven Nickelback. Can an extra week of preparation help him against a very tough draw of the Giants’ receiving corps, or will he be an easily exploitable defensive centerpiece like he was against Chicago?

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  1. Nick Kostora: Containing Odell. Detroit’s defense must contain Odell Beckham Jr. in order to earn a victory in the Meadowlands. New York has the 31st ranked rushing attack in the NFL, relying heavily on the passing game to put points on the board. Eli Manning has been inconsistent this season, but Beckham has been a safety-net of sorts, with over 1,000 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Darius Slay will likely line up across from Beckham most of the game, but look for New York to move the superstar wide receiver around pre-snap to get him into space.

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  1. Kevin Remenap: Overall team health. Theo Riddick, Travis Swanson and Zach Zenner are all banged up and may not play…and they are the second story! Obviously the most pressing thing is Matthew Stafford’s finger — is he going to be even a close replica of his normal, All-Pro-level self? Here’s hoping…

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  1. Michael Berson: DeAndre Levy. Hopefully after last week, Levy has shaken off most of the rust and will be his playmaking self again. If he is, that helps the defense a lot and gives the Lions a better shot to win. Hopefully he can stay healthy for more than one week and give the Lions consistency.

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Predictions:

Von Lozon (6-7): A lot of people are concerned about Stafford’s finger injury. I, on the other hand, don’t think it will affect him nearly as much as other people do. It will have an effect on the way he grips the ball and releases it, but he should still be good to go. He’s a tough guy, but the Giants’ defense is playing incredible at the moment. I see this as a close loss for Detroit. Here’s to hoping I am wrong again. Giants 24, Lions 20

Kyle Mallett (8-5): This Lions team gets another opportunity on Sunday to either extend or maintain their NFC North lead, depending on what Green Bay does. The Giants hold one of the league’s top pass rushing units, and the Lions’ offensive line has a tough task at hand at protecting Stafford. I see this being won or lost in the trenches, and I also see the lesser Manning cooking up a few delicious turnovers for Detroit. Lions 23, Giants 18

Kent Platte (7-6): As much as people are worried about this game, I think the Lions match up very well with the Giants. Darius Slay should be able to bottle up Odell Beckham enough that he doesn’t break the game, while the Lions’ stagnant pass rush should get a boost going against Ereck Flowers and Co. Lions 20, Giants 16

Nick Kostora (6-7): Detroit has not traditionally had much success on the road in December, but these aren’t the same old Lions. I don’t believe Stafford’s finger will prove to be a problem, and with neither team having much of a rushing game. I think Detroit’s more balanced passing game will be a huge key to victory. Throw in the fact that Sam Martin and Matt Prater are as good of a 1-2 special teams punch as the NFL has to offer, and Detroit will have a great chance to steal one in New York. Lions 24, Giants 23

Kevin Remenap (6-7): Heading into East Rutherford in bad weather and facing a Giants team that managed to squeak out a win against Dallas? With an injured quarterback and lots of cuts and bruises all over the roster? My hope is the Giants are in hangover mode after their big win and come out flat. Otherwise, I just don’t see things panning out for the Lions. Giants win this one in Mother Nature’s mess. Giants 17, Lions 14

Michael Berson (8-5): I expect this to be a tough game, especially after the way the Giants played Dallas. However, I have Detroit pulling away for two reasons. I think the Giants will be in a hangover after playing really well against the Cowboys, and the Lions just really need to keep the game close. Lions 17, Giants 10

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