Giants vs. Lions NFL Week 1: TV Schedule, Betting Lines, Prediction
TV Schedule: Monday, Sept. 8, 7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Stadium: Ford Field
Weather: 76 high, 58 low
Line: Detroit (-5.5)
The New York Giants and Detroit Lions are both coming off of 7-9 seasons, and will be looking to get the 2014 season off on a good note. Unfortunately, only one of these teams can capture the victory in Week 1.
As for the Giants, QB Eli Manning has to get his interceptions down. Football is a team sport, so it is not 100 percent on him. However, 27 picks is a lot. The rushing game wasn’t incredible either. New York managed to rush for 83.3 yards per game, which was good enough for 28th in the NFL.
Detroit QB Matthew Stafford had his fair share of interceptions as well (19), but he also threw for 29 touchdowns. Believe it or not, that was the second most of his career. Him and WR Calvin Johnson should hook up many times in 2014, and it would not be a surprise if Johnson was able to rack up more than 12 TDs.
Both teams have a good amount of questions entering the season, but it is the Lions who get to play this one at home. Both teams play in competitive divisions, but it is the Lions who play in arguably the best division in football. Both teams could come away with the victory in this one, but it is, once again, the Lions who will be all smiles once the clock hits zero.
With that said, if Manning can avoid turnovers and get his receivers involved early on, we could be in store for a great Monday night game.
PREDICTION: Giants 24, Lions 28