Although the Giants are, to put it simply, not good, a team coached by Tom Coughlin will not voluntarily rollover, so look for the G-Men to do their best to assume the role of spoiler on Sunday. If New York has any plans of not being obliterated by the Lions, the defense needs to place Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, in a straight jacket.
Johnson has basically evolved into a wide receiver that cannot be stopped, but only slowed and even that is rare. At 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Johnson creates a matchup problem for any and all defenses. He is currently ranked second in the NFL in receiving yards with 1,449 and is tied for second in touchdown receptions with 12. Johnson is also one of the most targeted receivers in the league, which means Matthew Stafford is going to throw it his way no matter what and allow Johnson to try and make a play on the football.
Both Prince Amukamara and Trumaine McBride will spend some time trying to cover Johnson on Sunday. The Giants will also likely use Antrel Rolle on Johnson in certain situations. Rolle’s size and frame looks like it would be a more favorable matchup for New York instead of the smaller cornerbacks. Rolle is also one of the more physical defenders on the Giants. New York will likely attack Johnson with a committee of defenders and also always have a double team ready to go.
Many players on the Giants are fighting for positions on next year’s team and there are only two games left in the audition process. A good game from the defense will start with how they are able to handle Johnson.