5 Key Matchups for Detroit Lions vs New York Giants

If the Detroit Lions want to come away victorious against the New York Giants, there are a few key individual battles that must be won. Let’s take a look:


1.  WR Marvin Jones vs CB Janoris Jenkins

Marvin Jones is getting the #1 WR treatment. Last week, the Arizona Cardinals had their #1 CB Patrick Peterson follow Jones. This week that duty will go to the New York Giants #1 CB Janoris Jenkins. However, Jenkins got hurt late in week 1 and was recently downgraded to questionable status. If Jenkins cannot play this is a huge help to the Lions because the Giants are deep in defensive backs and losing one of them would significantly affect the depth.

2. QB Matthew Stafford vs Giants Elite Secondary

Stafford had a great showing last week with four TDs against a very strong secondary of the Arizona Cardinals. This week will be an even bigger test versus a stronger defensive back unit, staring Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple, Landon Collins, and Dominic Rodgers Cromartie. Pro Football Focus ranked the Giants secondary as the best in football before the season started.

Giants S Collins added some bulletin board material by saying when asked about Lions rookies WR Kenny Golladay, “Kenny who? no. 19? yeah yeah yeah, he’s got a little speed on him, but other then that, I mean….”

3. CB Darius Slay vs WR Odell Beckham Jr.

On the Lions side of following the Giants #1 WR the job goes to Darius Slay. Once again, Odell Beckham Jr. may not even play with an ankle injury. If Beckham Jr. plays, I think this actually helps the Lions chances at winning this game. When healthy Beckham Jr. is a top three WR in the NFL., but if he plays, he would only be approximately 80% ready to go and facing a fully healthy Slay. I like those odds.

4. LB Jarrad Davis vs QB Eli Manning

This is the most interesting matchup as far as I’m concerned. Davis had a lot of growing pains in matchups versus veteran QBs. When Davis went up against Tom Brady (yes, I know it was pre-season), Brady picked Davis apart going right at the rookie LB. Week 1 was no different as Carson Palmer went straight at the young LB and showed a few holes in his game. Although Davis lead the Lions in tackles, he had quite a few missed tackles and bad penalties. I would not expect a veteran like Eli Manning to do anything besides go at Davis with his tight ends and running backs.

5. P Jeff Locke vs Giants Return Game

The Lions are looking at their second punter in as many weeks. Locke is a familiar name to some Lions fans as he spent the last four years being the Minnesota Vikings full-time punter. Locke averaged 43.2 yards per punt over those four years.  The Lions hope Locke can continue that kind of production while they await Sam Martin to come back from his injury.

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