NFC Game Of The Week
Detroit Lions (9-4) at New York Giants (9-4)
Lions: No Megatron, no problem. After the win last week against the Bears, the Lions have clinched a winning season for the first time since 2014, the last time they made the playoffs. Matthew Stafford has been the best quarterback in the NFC North this year by far and his name has been thrown into the MVP conversation and he’s put the Lions in a great position to win the franchise’s first division title. How’ve they done it? Stafford has done a great job at spreading the ball around to his receivers, the offensive line has given him more than enough time to throw the ball and their defense has stepped it up big time, especially when the game is on the line. The Lions have been known to give up leads late in games. Three games left and all are against teams in the playoff picture and race. The Giants this Sunday in East Rutherford, the Cowboys next Monday night at JerryWorld and then they close the regular season out with the Green Bay Packers at home and that could be for the NFC North division title.
Giants: After a bad performance in Pittsburgh on December 4th, the Giants bounced back and handed the Dallas Cowboys their second loss of the season snapping an 11 game winning streak and I’ll be the first to admit to you that I doubted the Giants coming into this game because of the loss of Jason Pierre-Paul who is out for the rest of the season. Other guys stepped up and shut down a Cowboys offense that can score at any time and held them to only a single touchdown. I will say that moving forward, I’m concerned about the Giants offense moving forward because it hasn’t been all that great. They’ve yet to score 30 points this season and at times, they beat themselves. When I see guys drop perfectly thrown footballs that could result in a touchdown. It’s always been this way with the Giants where one side of the football is stronger than the other and this year, the defense has definitely been the backbone of the team this year because they have closed games out that they should’ve won. With a win on Sunday, the Giants will be 10-4 and could still compete to win the NFC East.
Lions Player To Watch: Matthew Stafford– For the rest of the season, he’ll play with that glove on his throwing hand after injuring his finger last week. I’m curious to see how he’ll look against a good defense and on the road along with the weather being a major factor.
Giants Player To Watch: Will Tye– With teams really locking in on stopping Odell, Tye can create many mismatches across the board and be that other potential reliable weapon for Eli outside of a guy wearing the number 13.
Prediction: This begins a tough stretch for both teams fighting for playoff positioning. The Lions have two games on the road as do the Giants and these two will face each other in one of the bigger games on the schedule for week 15. Darius Slay will have the task of trying to shut down Odell Beckham. I like the Giants at home in this one. Giants 20 Lions 10