Only two teams are on a bye this week, so the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 8 of the NFL regular season is near max capacity. The early window will see nine games kickoff, including this one between a pair of NFC squads that are looking to right the ship.
The New York Giants head to Detroit to take on the Lions. Both of these teams showed some flashes earlier this season, but it has been a different story since then. The Giants and Lions are both riding three-game losing streaks and looking for answers as a result.
Rookie signal caller Daniel Jones gave the Giants a lift when he entered the starting lineup, but reality has set back in since that point. Over in Detroit, the second year of head coach Matt Patricia’s tenure started off well, but it has been downhill since then.
While recent results have been disappointing for both sides, it’s still early enough in the season for them to get back on track. We’ll see which one of them is ready to do so on Sunday. Let’s take a look at the matchup in full detail, starting with the game lines.
New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions, 1 PM EST, Sun. Oct.27, FOX
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New York was home last week to welcome the Arizona Cardinals to town. They were 3.5-point favorites at kickoff, but the game broke in a decidedly different fashion. The visitors stormed out to a 17-0 lead before the Giants woke up. The hosts closed the gap and made it interesting, but the end result was a 27-21 victory for Arizona, marking the third loss in a row for New York.
Detroit was also at home on Sunday. They played host to the Minnesota Vikings as 2.5-point underdogs. The game was all tied up at 21-21 at the half, but the Vikings would take control after the break. Minnesota found the end zone three more times to roll to a 42-30 win. Both Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford threw four scores in what was an entertaining contest from an offensive perspective.
The Giants opened up the season with two straight losses. In the runup to Week 3, the keys to the offense were handed over from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones. The rookie delivered a memorable debut performance in a road win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The club won again the following week, but the air has come out of the balloon since then with three straight losses.
The Lions were on the road in Week 1 playing the Cardinals to a tie. The team would go on to win its next two in a row. This year’s version of the team was looking much improved over the 2018 edition at this point. The club played both the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers before coming up short, but they fell flat in last week’s home game with the Vikings.
The Giants offense showed some flashes when Jones entered the lineup, but the unit has struggled over the three-game skid. Defense has been a sore spot throughout the season. There have been some moments of solid play, but overall opponents are having little trouble moving the ball against them. For further evidence of the team’s struggles, a gander at the -10 turnover margin does the trick.
Jones has leveled off since his solid start. To date, he has thrown for six scores versus seven picks while also running for two scores. Saquon Barkley missed some time with a high ankle sprain, but he still leads the team in rushing with a line of 55/309/2. Evan Engram is the top pass catcher at 34/379/2. Antoine Bethea leads the team with 55 tackles, while Markus Golden leads with five sacks.
On an overall basis, the Lions offense has looked better in the second-year of the Patricia era. The defense has also shown some improvement, but the bottom line is that the club has dropped three straight. The passing game remains the strength on offense, while the defense is somewhat balanced. That said, the unit can be beat, as evidenced by the 42 points the Vikings dropped on them last week.
Stafford is off to a strong start to the season with 13 TD tosses versus three INTs. Kerryon Johnson leads the backfield at 92/308/2, but he’s headed to injured reserve after a knee procedure. Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay are neck and neck to lead the team in receiving. Tracy Walker tops the team with 50 tackles, while Devon Kennard leads leads with three sacks.
The Lions lead the all-time series with the Giants by a margin of 23-21-1. The last meeting took place in 2017, a 24-10 road win for Detroit.
For the season to date, the Giants are 2-5 against the spread and 3-4 on totals. The Lions are 4-2 both ATS and on the Over/Under.
Since the 2016 season, New York is 6-18 overall as a road underdog and 13-10-1 ATS. Detroit is 8-4 overall as a home favorite over that span and 7-5 ATS.
Both sides enter this contest off of poor outings and riding three-game losing streaks. Answers have been tough to come by for both squads over the respective skids, but there’s still time for them to right the ship.
Overall, Detroit has shown more in 2019. The clock is really ticking on New York to show something resembling improvement. They can make that happen with a road cover, but the Lions get the outright win on the homefield.