The New York Giants remain home this week as they take on the Detroit Lions as this will be their last almost gimme game until they play their hardest remaining opponents the rest of the season. After picking up a big win last week over the Houston Texans, the Giants will look to keep the momentum going. Can they get to eight wins? Here are my three keys for a Big Blue victory on Sunday.
Take advantage of Detroit’s defense
The Lions have the 25th best defense in the NFL and have given up 32 touchdowns this season. On top of that, they have given up 30 points or more in four out of their nine games they have played this season and on top of that, have given up over 20 points in four other games thus far this season. The Giants offense for the most part seemed to be clicking last week and against a bad defense like Detroit’s, the Giants should have no problem running up the scoreboard this week. They have not hit the 30 point mark yet this season, could this be the time?
Keep feeding Saquon
On top of a terrible Detroit defense overall, the run defense has also been bad this season so this would be a perfect situation for Saquon Barkley to break out another huge game and why not? Barkley added on to his resurgence season last week rushing for 152 yards on a career 35 carries. Expect the Giants to feed Barkley the ball to pick apart Detroit’s defense. After the year the former Nittany Lion has had thus far, there is no reason why Barkley won’t have another huge game. But if this game does end up close, Barkley will be the reason the Giants win by his dominant play all year long.
Defense needs to be ready for Lions offense
Even though the Lions sit at 3-6 and are looking at another losing season in Detroit, who would have thought despite their record being where it is, they have the 11th best offense in the league. Jared Goff has been playing really well this season passing for over 2,200 yards and they also have some pretty solid weapons on their receiving core like Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds to just name a few. Though the Giants should win this game, they can’t take any opponent lightly and the Lions are no expectation. The Defense has a tendency of giving up huge plays both through the air and on the ground and with their defense already being depleted with injuries with safety Xavier McKinney and linebacker Azeez Ojulari still out, look for the Lions to take advantage of the Giants holes on defense. They have to step up and avoid the huge plays and more importantly, get off the field on third down.