John Fennelly, Lead Writer
If you can imagine an offense that contains a former No. 1 overall pick at QB, a former Heisman Trophy winner at RB and the best WR since Jerry Rice you’d be hard-pressed to think they’d be fighting for their playoff lives this season.
But that’s where the Detroit Lions stand at this point in time. They need to beat the Giants today to stay in the thick of the NFC playoff picture. I think they will.
The Giants might be the perfect team for the Lions to be playing right now. The Giants, with 39, are the only team to commit more turnovers than the Lions (31) in the NFC this season.
The Detroit d-line will prove to be too tough for the Giants’ makeshift offensive line to handle, and without Victor Cruz, Eli Manning will have to find other options to throw to.
The Lions have a practically unstoppable pitch-catch combo with Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson and the Giants have not had much success against the top QBs and wideouts this season. Let the misery continue….Lions 27, Giants 14
Jim Mancari, Contributor
After a brutal loss Monday night, the Detroit Lions are due for a bounce-back performance, and the Giants are looking like the victims.
At this point, the games for the Giants don’t matter, unless they want to play for pride and potentially finish the season on a high note. But with locker room rifts and just overall poor play, most Giants are simply praying for the end of the season.
Calvin Johnson had a very uncharacteristic performance, so he could be poised for another big game, especially with the Lions hanging on to playoff hopes.
For the Giants, just don’t get embarrassed again. Based on last week, scoring a touchdown — or even just a field goal — would be considered an improvement.
Both teams make plenty of mistakes, so this one will come down to which team can hang onto the ball more often. Lions 30, Giants 20
Tom Uddo, Contributor
Another tough one for the Giants, as the Lions are fighting for their proverbial playoff lives. The defense may be able to capitalize on the turnovers made by Matthew Stafford and Lions offense, but I think Megatron is going to hurt them with the deep ball, especially if Stafford gets time.
With the only capable threat in their offense, Victor Cruz, out for the remainder of the season, it wouldn’t surprise me in the Giants resorted to FG’s for their only scoring of the day, but I think they will find the endzone at least once. I have been optimistic for a majority of the season, but after last week’s embarrassing performance that left them with a giant donut on the scoreboard, I can’t see the Giants winning this one. Lions 31, Giants 10