The New York Giants (2-5) will take on the Detroit Lions (2-3-1) at Ford Field on Sunday afternoon in a game featuring two teams struggling to stay afloat.
Expert picks are heavily siding with the Lions — 90-10 — with most of those expecting a relatively close game.
How does the Giants Wire staff see this Week 8 battle shaking out? Here’s a look at our picks and score predictions:
I couldn’t tell you why I am feeling a Giants win in this game — they really shouldn’t win this one given the way they’ve played of late. However, the Lions’ inability to rush the passer should allow Daniel Jones a little more freedom to work this week, while a healthier Saquon Barkley will likely settle in and have a big game. Defensively, the Giants have been playing better and I feel they will do just enough to win on Sunday.
I know it makes no sense to pick the Giants in this game but they are due for an offensive breakout and this could be the week. Detroit is 26th in points allowed (26.7), 31st in total defense (428.7), 30th against the pass (289.5) and 28th against the run (139.2). The Giants’ defense will get a boost from the arrival of linebacker Deone Bucannon, who could very well pull this disjointed unit together after a rough start to the season.
The Giants have dropped three straight since they won their first two games with Daniel Jones taking over as the starting quarterback.
During the three-game skid, Jones has committed a lot of turnovers, six of them have been interceptions and after a strong first two games, he’s begun to show growing pains as a rookie and regress a bit.
The offensive line was a huge problem last week, as Jones got sacked eight times and had defenders in his face all game. Both tackles, Nate Solder and Mike Remmers, have been struggling as of late and need to step up their performance and give Jones time to make plays.
The defense has also surrendered a lot of points and yardage in 2019. Matthew Stafford hasn’t made too many mistakes in 2019 — three interceptions and one fumble — and if he’s given time, he will be able to shred a Giants secondary that has really struggled all year to stop anyone.
The Giants could be looking at their fourth straight loss in the expected rebuilding season that is slowly getting harder to watch.
The Giants are coming off a poor performance in the rain at MetLife Stadium last week against the Cardinals. In the midst of a three-game losing streak where Daniel Jones has left a lot to be desired on the field, the Giants will hope to stop bleeding and get a road win this weekend in Detroit.
The Giants will be without Sterling Shepard this weekend, but I think the Giants will be okay without Shepard. I think overall the Lions are just a little bit better of a team. If this was at MetLife Stadium I might pick differently on this one but I’m not expecting a victory from Big Blue on Sunday.
The Lions are on a three-game losing streak of their own including a loss to the Green Bay Packers, where they were arguably robbed by two phantom hands to the face penalties. Matt Stafford and his offense enter the week with the sixth best passing offense throwing for 277.2 yards per game. That is an issue for a Giants secondary that ranks 23rd giving up 257 yards through the air each week.
The Giants offense has failed to put up more than 14 points in a game since Daniel Jones first start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giants pass protection is a mess and Jones has struggled mightily with protecting the football. As seven point under dogs, don’t expect the Giants to pull off the upset this week against the Lions.
Coming off of the embarrassing loss against the Cardinals, the Giants appear on their way to a high draft pick yet again. Even with the defensive struggles of the Lions, the Giants likely endure another home loss.
Back healthy, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is enjoying a strong season. He’s completing 62.4% of his passes for 1,751 yards, 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions with a 101.7 passer rating. He will be without running back Kerryon Johnson, but wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones will be too much for the Giants defense to handle.
Offensively, the Giants will again be without Sterling Shepard. However, a bounce-back should be expected for tight end Evan Engram while running back Saquon Barkley should be in for a strong day. But quarterback Daniel Jones is struggling with turnovers and against a strong Lions defensive line, that trend could continue Sunday.
The Giants are presented with a Week 8 matchup against a Lions team that has played above expectations at times this season and is coming into this contest on a three-game losing streak, albeit against three of the league’s best teams. Even in those losses, the Lions have looked competitive.
The good news for the Giants here is that the Lions defense is very giving to both the run and pass, so Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones will eat in this game. The bad news is the Lions have a prolific passing attack that will undoubtedly scorch the Giants’ suspect secondary. Unless the Giants can get consistent pressure, Matthew Stafford is going to make this game a nightmare for Big Blue’s defense.
This game will be a track meet full of offense, but the Lions have the edge in that department with their ability to throw the football. In a shootout, the Lions will topple the Giants on Sunday.
Detroit has the second worst defense in the league, so if Jones turns the ball over a lot on Sunday, the coaching staff needs to take a hard look at determining if he’s really ready to lead this team. Getting Barkley back last week was huge for the offense and is why the Giants will get points on the board, but being on the road is why they will lose. Unless Jones can keep the ball in the hands of his own team, the Lions have the edge.