Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
Date and Time: Monday, September 18, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium
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Lions vs. Giants TV Coverage: ESPN
The Detroit Lions were one of the bigger surprises a season ago. The betting public was out to prove that point in their Week 1 tilt with an Arizona Cardinals squad that grossly failed to live up to expectations the previous season. Though Detroit entered 2017-18 winning six of its eight played home games, upwards of 64 percent of the betting handle rode the visitors and turned them into 2 point favorites after opening as 2.5 point dogs. The decision to do so looked to be correct with Zona holding a 17-9 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter, but then Matthew Stafford happened.
The veteran, fresh off inking the most lucrative quarterback contract in the league, put the team on his back and led them to 26 straight points to turn a competitive match into a laugher. When it was said and done, the Lions won another home game, and did so in a covering fashion fighting back to topple the Cardinals 35-23. The Lions won the turnover and time of possession battles, and saw rookie Kenny Golladay flourish as the third wide receiver hauling in four of seven targets for 69 yards and a pair of scores.
The Giants saw their three game win streak go up in smoke against the Cowboys last Sunday night. They were outgained 392-233, lost the time of possession battle by nearly 10 minutes, and only reached the red zone once. An appearance that saw them fail to put up any points. Most disturbing was the offense’s inability to get anything done on the ground. Now I get Big D entered the season with the prior season’s best rushing defense in the league, but it’s simply unacceptable to get just 35 total rushing yards from Paul Perkins and Orleans Darkwa.
The absence of Odell Beckham Jr. might have had plenty to do with that. With the superstar out of the lineup even though he suited up and participated in pre-game warm ups, New York simply had nobody on the offense that could take the top off the Cowboys defense. The longest pass play went for 31 yards. Even though Eli Manning completed 29 of 38 passes, he only accrued 220 total passing yards. Brandon Marshall was non-existent hauling in one pass for 10 yards, while Sterling Shepard’s seven receptions amounted to just 44 total yards. This offense needs OBJ back in the lineup to flourish. Especially against a Lions secondary that’s the Achilles Heel of the defense.
These teams met up in Week 15 of last season in this exact venue. The Giants won the game by a 17-6 final score to cover the closing 4 point spread, but the win was extremely tough to come by. Both teams matched one another stat wise with Detroit logging 324 total yards and New York 300 with each possessing the pigskin an almost identical amount. Both teams also tallied long scoring drives. However, the key difference was Detroit settling for field goals, while Manning tossed the only two touchdowns of the game. The triumph pushed New York to 4-1 straight up and 3-2 against the spread in the team’s last five meetings dating back to 2007. Two of the three most recent meetings played to low scorers. If Detroit is to end its misery against the Giants, it has to find a way to reach the end zone.
Lions vs. Giants Picks
Don’t expect to see a line released for this matchup at the top 5 online sportsbooks until the availability of Beckham Jr. is widely known. Due to him warming up last week before shutting it down, the odds look good for him to make his 2017-18 debut on Monday night. New York gave up nearly 400 combined yards to Dallas last week, but much of that had to do with the near 10 minute time of possession advantage the Cowboys earned. Detroit doesn’t have Ezekiel Elliott in its backfield, so in order to sustain drives, Stafford will have to fend off the Giants’ defensive strength in the secondary. On the flipside, the Lions should once again keep the Giants offense one dimensional. Regardless of whether OBJ gets the starting nod or not, I don’t foresee many points hitting the board in this Week 2 concluder.
Lions vs. Giants Week 2 ATS Pick: Under at BookMaker.eu
Lions vs. Giants Score Prediction: Giants 20 – Lions 16