The New York Giants will open their 2017 home schedule playing host to the Detroit Lions on Monday night, while also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Super Bowl XLII championship team during halftime of the game.
The 2017 Giants (0-1) could use a little magic from that group after laying a major dud last week at Dallas. The New York offense, which was mostly revamped in the offseason with the additions of receiver Brandon Marshall, tight ends Rhett Ellison and Evan Engram, and the promotion of Paul Perkins to starting running back, couldn't get out of its own way against a Cowboys defensive front that had its way against the returning five starting Giants offensive linemen.
The absence of Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) didn't help the Giants offense any. It is unclear if he will play this week, either.
Unlike most of its fan base, which appears to be in a panic over what transpired Sunday night, members of the New York offense have a different take.
"First game," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Wednesday. "Guys were playing fast, got some good guys out there, some new bodies. So, we'll bounce back. We'll be fine. We just have to slow down, everybody take a breath and just run the plays the way we've been running them all spring and all summer."
"I mean, just go back to work," said left guard Justin Pugh, when asked how the offense can ensure that what transpired last week isn't a recurring issue moving forward. "That's the only way you can get better. You got to work on the mistakes you made and correct them. That's the only way you're going to fix it."
Although he was often running for his life Sunday, Manning stressed that he hasn't lost confidence in the offensive linemen to pass block for him.
"They're going to do their job," he said. "Everybody just needs to step up their game a little bit and, again, we don't have to go recreate anything. We just have to execute, play better football."
That might be easier said than done against a Lions team that is coming off an impressive 35-23 win over Arizona last week, a win in which quarterback Matthew Stafford rallied Detroit from a 17-9 third-quarter deficit to score 19 unanswered points to go along with a 35-yard pick-6 by safety Miles Kilbrew that helped seal the win.
Of late, Stafford has dethroned Manning as the comeback king, engineering 27 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2011. Stafford, who completed 70.7 percent of his pass attempts Sunday, is also undefeated under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter when he completes at least 70 percent of his pass attempts as he did Sunday (70.7) for the 10th time since Cooter was named to his current post.
Stafford's latest comeback was made possible thanks to his defense, which a year ago was in shambles. In 2016, the Lions allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete a historic 72.7 percent of their pass attempts and recorded just 14 takeaways, tying them for 28th (with the Jets).
This year, Stafford has a new weapon to target in 6'4", 213-pound receiver Kenny Golladay, the Lions' third-round pick who caught two touchdown passes last week and seems to have passed T.J. Jones on the depth chart as the third receiver.
Golladay, who had a strong preseason for the Lions, has impressed his teammates with his commitment to honing his craft and becoming a bigger part of the offense.
"He's developing. He's a rookie," said Stafford after last week's win. "Did he do everything right? No. But did he make some big-time catches? Absolutely.
"It's nice to have a guy that's willing to put in the work and really grind," he added.
With most of that starting defensive secondary back in the fold and the return of defensive end Ziggy Ansah, the Lions defense is once again roaring.
"When you hustle to the ball, when you do what you're supposed to do, when you execute, you make plays like that," said safety Glover Quin, who had one of Detroit's three interceptions last week.
"I mean, I try to preach to the guys all the time, interceptions don't come from doing something spectacular. Nine times out of 10 if you just do your job and be in the spot that you're supposed to be in and hustle, interceptions will come to you."
VDB Free Betting Prediction: Giants 27, Lions 14
Detroit Lions vs New York Giants VDB Sport Betting Odds and Matchup Report
Detroit Lions vs New York Giants VDB Betting Odds
|Detroit Lions||+3 (-110)||+135||42½ (-105)o|
|New York Giants||-3 (-110)||-155||42½ (-115)u|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
Betting Odds Trends
|Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Detroit's last 12 games|
|Detroit is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road|
|Detroit is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games on the road|
|Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing NY Giants|
|Detroit is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Giants|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Giants|
|New York Giants|
|NY Giants is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Giants's last 10 games|
|NY Giants is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home|
|NY Giants is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Giants's last 5 games at home|
|NY Giants is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit|
|NY Giants is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Giants's last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit|
|Golden Tate||WR||Prob Mon - Finger - 9/14/17||Tate is expected to suit up against the Giants on Monday despite a finger injury.|
|Ezekiel Ansah||DE||Ques Mon - Knee - 9/14/17||Ansah was confined to a limited role in practice due to a knee injury and it is unclear if he will participate in Monday's game against the Giants.|
|Zach Zenner||RB||Ques Mon - Back - 9/12/17||Zenner sat out the last game with a back injury and it is unknown if it will deter his availability for Monday's matchup against the Giants.|
|Armonty Bryant||DE||Elig Week 5 - Suspension - 8/7/17||Bryant has been issued a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs but is expected to be available against the Bears on October 8.|
|Khyri Thornton||DT||Elig Week 8 - Suspension - 6/20/17||Thornton has been issued a six-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy but is expected to be available October 29th against the Steelers.|
|Kasey Redfern||P||I-R - Knee - 9/12/17||Redfern has been designated for injured reserve as he tore his ACL and MCL and also partially tore the patellar tendon in his knee.|
|Corey Robinson||T||Ques Week 10 - Foot - 9/12/17||Robinson has landed on the injured reserve list with a foot injury and it is uncertain if he will be activated November 12 against the Browns.|
|Jordan Hill||DT||I-R - Bicep - 8/27/17||Hill has been designated for the injured reserve list due to a biceps injury.|
|Mike James||RB||I-R - Concussion - 8/15/17||James is on the injured reserve list with a concussion.|
|Brandon Copeland||LB||I-R - Pectoral - 8/17/17||Copeland sustained a torn pectoral muscle and is on the injured reserve list.|
|Kerry Hyder Jr.||DE||I-R - Achilles - 8/15/17||Hyder will have surgery to repair a torn Achilles and is on the injured reserve list.|
|Desmond Lawrence||CB||I-R - Undisclosed - 8/9/17||Lawrence is on injured reserve with an injury to an unannounced location.|
|Sam Martin||P||Ques Week 8 - Ankle - 9/2/17||Martin has landed on the Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list with an ankle injury and it is unknown if he will return October 29 against the Steelers.|
|Taylor Decker||T||Mid Dec - Shoulder - 7/25/17||Decker has landed on the PUP list as he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and is expected to miss four-to-six months.|
|Brandon Chubb||LB||I-R - Knee - 8/6/17||Chubb is on injured reserve due to a knee injury.|
|Bobby Hart||G||Prob Mon - Ankle - 9/16/17||Hart sprained his ankle in the season opener but is likely available for Monday's game against the Lions.|
|Tavarres King||WR||Prob Mon - Ankle - 9/14/17||King sat out the last game with an ankle injury but is likely to participate in Monday's contest against the Lions.|
|Odell Beckham Jr||WR||Prob Mon - Ankle - 9/16/17||Beckham Jr. sprained his left ankle but is expected to make his season debut Monday against the Lions despite being originally tagged with a six-to-eight week timeline when he suffered the ailment.|
|B.J. Goodson||LB||Ques Mon - Shin - 9/16/17||Goodson has an injury to his shin and his status is unknown against the Lions on Monday.|
|Janoris Jenkins||CB||Ques Mon - Hand - 9/17/17||Jenkins has a hand injury and his status for Monday's game against the Lions is unknown.|
|Keenan Robinson||LB||Ques Mon - Concussion - 9/12/17||Robinson missed the last game with a concussion and it is unknown if he will be available against the Lions on Monday.|
|Valentino Blake||CB||Out indefinitely - Personal - 8/24/17||Blake is away from the team tending to a personal matter and will miss an undetermined amount of time.|
|Josh Banks||DT||I-R - Shoulder - 9/2/17||Banks has been placed on the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury.|
|Mark Herzlich||LB||I-R - Stinger - 9/2/17||Herzlich is battling a stinger and is on injured reserve.|
|Adam Gettis||T||I-R - Foot - 8/28/17||Gettis has been placed on the injured reserve list with a foot injury.|
|Evan Schwan||DE||I-R - Foot - 8/28/17||Schwan has been designated for the injured reserve list with a broken foot.|
|Keeon Johnson||WR||I-R - Foot - 8/19/17||Johnson has been placed on the injured reserve with a broken foot.|
|Corbin Bryant||DT||I-R - Elbow - 8/15/17||Bryant has landed on injured reserve with a dislocated elbow.|
|Kevin Norwood||WR||I-R - Hip - 8/15/17||Norwood has been designated for injured reserve due to a hip injury.|
|Ishaq Williams||DE||I-R - Knee - 8/7/17||Williams has been placed on injured reserve while he recovers from offseason knee surgery.|
|12/18/16||DET (6) - NYG (17)||-4/42.5||NYG/U||324||56||268||300||114||186|
|9/8/14||NYG (14) - DET (35)||-6.5/46||DET/O||417||76||341||197||53||144|
|12/22/13||NYG (23) - DET (20)||-9.5/47||NYG/U||355||148||207||279||41||238|
|10/17/10||DET (20) - NYG (28)||-10/45.5||DET/O||366||64||302||334||167||167|
|8/7/08||NYG (10) - DET (13)||-3/32||P/U||298||84||214||310||79||231|
|11/18/07||NYG (16) - DET (10)||3/48||NYG/U||376||25||351||341||72||269|
|10/24/04||DET (28) - NYG (13)||-7/40||DET/O||325||115||210||325||75||250|
|11/19/00||DET (31) - NYG (21)||-6.5/35.5||DET/O||95||95||0||53||53||0|
|10/19/97||NYG (26) - DET (20)||-6.5/38.5||NYG/O||337||111||226||331||121||210|
|10/27/96||NYG (35) - DET (7)||-10/43||NYG/U||252||67||185||335||100||235|
Detroit Last 10
|8/31/17||@ BUF||L 17-27||-3.5/35.5||L/O||-10||-105||95||1.9||0.4||2.8|
|8/13/17||@ IND||W 24-10||-1/36||W/U||106||44||62||1.9||1.0||2.9|
|1/7/17||@ SEA||L 6-26||8/45.5||L/U||-156||-128||-28||-0.8||-1.4||-1.3|
|12/26/16||@ DAL||L 21-42||6.5/46.5||L/O||-56||-74||18||-2.5||-1.0||-5.1|
|12/18/16||@ NYG||L 6-17||4/42.5||L/U||24||-58||82||0.6||-0.6||0.2|
N.Y. Giants Last 10
|9/10/17||@ DAL||L 3-19||6/46.5||L/U||-159||-94||-65||-0.9||-1.2||-1.5|
|8/31/17||@ NE||W 40-38||2.5/37||W/O||62||55||7||0.0||0.7||0.2|
|8/21/17||@ CLE||L 6-10||-1/38||L/U||-30||-43||13||-0.2||-0.2||-0.4|
|1/8/17||@ GB||L 13-38||5/46.5||L/O||-41||-5||-36||-0.3||1.1||-1.6|
|1/1/17||@ WAS||W 19-10||9/47.5||W/U||48||123||-75||-0.7||1.5||-0.7|
|12/22/16||@ PHI||L 19-24||1.5/42.5||L/O||184||-4||188||0.1||0.6||-1.1|