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Monday Night Football returns as the New York Giants walk into the Lion’s Den at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
Wow, things have changed. Once upon a time Eli Manning’s Giants were known as two-time Super Bowl champs. Now they’re 6 ½ point underdogs against a team who has made just one playoff appearance in 14 years. But it’s true, the Lions usually start fast then fall apart in December. And isn’t it ironic, the Giants are the opposite.Matt and "Megatron" celebrate another touchdown.
You never know what you’ll get from either side, making for an intriguing Monday Night matchup. Matthew Stafford and “Megatron” want to show they’re the best tag team in the league. Calvin Johnson definitely has shown he’s the best receiver in the game, but can they do it under the bright lights?
The Giants’ secondary including hard hitting safety Antrel Rolle and newly acquired cover corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie provide a tough test. To counter, the Lions finally added a number two receiver. Super Bowl champ Golden Tate left Seattle to possibly decoy for Megatron.
The Lions can control the tempo if Reggie Bush gashes for highlight runs with the home crowd behind him. New York has softened up on paper. After all, the Giants are missing a captain in Justin Tuck, now in Oakland. Despite a thin defensive line, Stafford must be patient for play action.
Enough x’s and o’s now. We all know Eli Manning led the league in interceptions last year with 27. That’s more picks than Super Bowl star Russell Wilson’s touchdowns last season (26).
All it takes is one bad throw, and the count continues. We’ll be watching Eli’s every throw.Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh are beasts in the middle.
There’s no doubt, Ndamukong Suh and company are going to eat through the trenches. Their strength is the defensive front with three first round picks (Suh, Nick Fairley, Ezekiel Ansah). Eli was blasted for a safety last time these two teams met. Will Eli take some sacks or toss up some prayers?
Unless Victor Cruz has a monster game doing more salsa than Dancing With The Stars, picking the Lions at home is pretty safe.
Lions 31-Giants 13.