Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions Win over the New York Giants

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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions Win over the New York Giants

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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions Win over the New York Giants

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The Detroit Lions visited the New York Giants and stunned the 7-2 Giants with a comprehensive victory. The Lions triumphed 31-18 and are now enjoying a three-game win streak. Detroit returns home on Thanksgiving, but before that, here are three takeaways from this superb win. 

The Big Man is Back

Sophomore defensive tackle Alim McNeill came to the party in this game. The 324 pound behemoth opted to take up residency in the Giants’ backfield during this game. In the first half, McNeill had six pressures on 13 pass rushes, one sack, and a 46.2 pressure rate. McNeill terrorized New York’s offensive interior. Furthermore, McNeill notched four tackles, including three tackles for a loss. The Lions needed their interior defenders to step up and dominate. McNeill finally did that, and the results were violently spectacular. 

The Lions Dominate the Trenches

Detroit was a lousy rushing defense before this game. Concerns and questions plagued those in Honolulu Blue before the game. How would they stop Saquon Barkley? The answer? An all-in team effort. The Lions’ interior defenders swamped New York’s offensive line. Star running back Saquon Barkley was limited to 22 rushing yards on 15 carries. Whenever the Giants called inside zone runs, Barkley was swallowed up by McNeill, John Cominsky, and the run-fitting linebackers. Derrick Barnes totaled seven tackles, and Alex Anzalone posted five tackles. Overall, the Lions surrendered 89 rushing yards. They gang-tackled brilliantly and dominated the line of scrimmage. 

Detroit’s offensive line reciprocated the domination as well. The Lions gashed the Giants’ tough defense for 160 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. Frank Ragnow, Jonah Jackson, Evan Brown, and Dan Skipper pulled, pinned, and pushed all over the Giants. It was physical, gritty football on both sides. 

 

The Rookies Continue to Play

And finally, the Lions got more big contributions from their rookie defenders. Aidan Hutchinson displayed brilliant instincts in the second quarter as he dropped into coverage, patrolled his zone, and plucked an interception. Hutchinson read Daniel Jones’ eyes like a veteran. The interception changed the game. The rookie also came up with a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter, which iced the game. Moreover, Hutchinson still got pressure and set the edge magnificently. It was a mature performance. One can say the same for Kerby Joseph. The rookie safety caught another interception and was seldom beaten on deep passes. The Lions’ rookies are making significant, game-changing plays.

 

What Next? 

The Lions host their temporary lodgers, the Buffalo Bills, on Thanksgiving Day. It promises to be a raucous atmosphere inside Ford Field. 

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