Detroit Lions at New York Giants
Monday, September 18, 2017, 8:30 pm Eastern, TV: ESPN
MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, New Jersey
Opening Line: New York -3
Current Line: New York -3 (-115)
Opening Total: 43
Current Total: 42
Opening Money Line: Giants -170 / Lions +150
Current Money Line: Giants -155 / Lions +135
The New York Giants host the Detroit Lions Monday night in a battle of teams that made the NFC playoffs last year. Detroit leads the series 22-21-1 against New York. This series dates back to 1930 with the Lions were the Portsmouth Spartans. The Giants won last year at home against the Lions 17-6 in a mid-December match-up.
Detroit is coached by Jim Caldwell. The Lions won last week at home 35-23 over the Arizona Cardinals. Detroit was a 2.5 point home underdog to Arizona and the total was 48.5.
New York is coached by Ben McAdoo. The Giants were beaten on the road last week 19-3 by the division rival Dallas Cowboys. Dallas was a six point favorite and the total was 46.5.
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The Lions did not get off to a good start against the Cardinals last week as Arizona jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first including an 82 yard pick six. In the second quarter, Detroit scored on a six yard touchdown pass from Matt Stafford to Marvin Jones, but missed the extra point. The Lions added a field goal to make it 10-9 at halftime. Arizona scored a touchdown with just over five minutes to go in the third to take a 17-9 lead. However, the Lions scored 26 unanswered points to take command of the game 35-17 with four minutes to go. Stafford threw two touchdown passes to Kenny Golladay and one to Theo Riddick. The Lions also scored on a 35 yard pick six. Detroit missed a pair of two point conversions. Arizona added a a late touchdown but also missed a two point conversion to make the final 35-23.
Detroit had 367 total yards including 285 passing and 82 rushing yards. Arizona had 308 total yards including 263 passing and 45 rushing yards. The Lions had 19 first downs to 24 for the Cardinals. Detroit was 8/15 on third downs and 0/1 on fourth downs, and Arizona was 6/15 on third downs and 1/1 on fourth downs. The Lions had 10 penalties for 100 yards and the Cardinals had six for 55 yards. Four Arizona turnovers doomed them, while Detroit only had one. The Lions held the ball for 33:20.
Stafford completed 29/41 passes for 292 yards with 4 touchdowns and an interception, along with 2 carries for 14 yards.
Running back Ameer Abdullah had 15 carries for 30 yards, plus 3 catches for 11 yards. Dwayne Washington had 6 carries for 22 yards.
Receiver Golden Tate had 10 catches for 107 yards. He is probable with a finger injury. Kenny Golladay had 4 catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Marvin Jones, Jr. had 4 catches for 37 yards and a touchdown. T.J. Jones had 2 catches for 32 yards. Theo Riddick had 6 catches for 27 yards and a touchdown. Eight defensive players are listed on the injury report.
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Last year, the Giants handed the Cowboys two of their three regular season losses by a total of four points. It would be a different story last Sunday as the Giants were without star receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., who was out with an ankle injury. They could do virtually nothing on offense.
Dallas kicked field goals to take a 6-0 lead in the second quarter. The Cowboys made it 13-0 on a 12 yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to Jason Witten. Dallas added another field goal just before halftime to lead 16-0. The Giants drove down the field to begin the third quarter but had to settle for a field goal after an almost 10 minute drive. The Cowboys added another fourth quarter field goal to make the final 19-3.
Dallas had 392 total yards including 263 passing yards and 129 rushing yards. New York had 233 total yards including 198 passing yards and 35 rushing yards. The Cowboys had 22 first downs to 13 for the Giants. Dallas was 8/15 on third down conversions, while New York was 4/12 on third downs and 1/1 on fourth downs. The Giants had 6 penalties for 55 yards and the Cowboys had 5 for 50 yards. The Giants had the only turnover of the game. Dallas held possession for 34:14.
Quarterback Eli Manning completed 29/38 passes for 220 yards and an interception.
Running back Paul Perkins had 7 carries for 16 yards plus two catches for 9 yards. Orleans Darkwa had 3 catches for 14 yards.
Receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. is questionable with the ankle injury, but reports say he is closer to probable. Roger Lewis had 4 catches for 54 yards. Shane Vereen had 9 catches for 51 yards. Evan Ingram had 4 catches for 44 yards. Sterling Shepard had 7 catches for 44 yards. Brandon Marshall had a single catch for 10 yards very late in the game. Nine defensive players are listed on the injury report.
Detroit is 4-1 ATS after allowing less than 90 rushing yards, 8-3 after a cover, 5-2 in Monday games, 10-4 after rushing for less than 90 yards, and after gaining more than 350 yards, 2-5 in September, and after passing for more than 250 yards, 2-6 in road games, 5-17-1 after scoring more than 30 points, 3-12-1 in week two, 1-4 against teams with losing home records, 1-5 overall, against NFC teams and on field turf. The road team is 6-2 ATS in this series recently.
New York is 3-0-1 ATS after failing to cover and a straight up loss, 5-0 against teams with winning road records, 4-0 after gaining 250 yards or less, 5-1 at home, 5-1-1 after rushing for less than 90 yards, 6-2 on fieldturf, 5-2-1 against teams with winning records, and 0-5 in week two.
The Giants need Odell Beckham to come back, but even if he does he probably won’t be 100%. Still he is always a threat to break a big play. The Giants couldn’t run the ball at all, and that was a problem. I think the Lions have the offense to pull off the upset on the road.