The Detroit Lions will be playing a team in the New York Giants that experienced a very similar season. The Giants’ Eli Manning turned the ball over more than ever, and the team fell out of contention for the playoffs. The Giants, having tasted a Super Bowl victory twice in recent years, will find that especially hard to swallow, and changes will be made I’m sure. As for the Lions, this is a game they absolutely must win. If the Lions lose, the Chicago Bears could clinch the NFC North. The Giants are a very beatable team, but a team playing with nothing to lose. They’re also a team with players and coaches fighting for their future jobs.
The Lions will have to be more disciplined than in past games, and avoid the numerous costly turnovers that have plagued them in recent losses. If the Lions can play a sound game with minimal mistakes, there is no reason why they cannot beat the Giants. In fact, if the Lions eliminate turnovers and mistakes, there’s no reason why the Lions shouldn’t be able to beat any team in the league. The season can be turned around, but it only gets turned around if they beat the Giants.
The Lions’ Matthew Stafford needs to make the smart plays. He has a little bit of the Brett Favre syndrome, trying to force in crazy passes, failing to set his feet and not throwing the ball away when necessary. He’s been getting rattled too quickly, and releasing the ball in a rushed manor that does not reflect his protection. The defense also needs to limit the penalties, especially pass interference, unnecessary roughness on late hits and leading with the helmet; not to mention the encroachment penalties need to be gone. If this happens, the Lions will beat the Giants on Sunday.