Week 2 ends in the Big Apple: The Detroit Lions are guests at the New York Giants and come to the East Coast with a wide chest.Can the G-Men pull the rudder around quickly without Odell Beckham?Or is there a false start for New York?Normally the SPOX editorial staff discusses with a user – but in Week 2 there is one exception: Martin Senfter of senfl. at defends his Lions against SPOX editor Adrian Franke.The game can be seen live on DAZN.
New York Giants (0-1) – Detroit Lions (1-0) (Tue, 2:30 a. m. live on DAZN)
Martin Senfter (senfl. at): The Lions scored a 35-23 win against Arizona in their first match.Once again, quarterback Matthew Stafford led his team in the final quarter and finally took the lead to victory (ninth time in the last 12 months).The NFL’s best-paid player – $135 million – is the lion’s heart and should now shine against the New York Giants.
The offensive looked pretty good in the first game: the offensive line held out unexpectedly well, despite the loss of left tackle Taylor Decker (shoulder injury).Greg Robinson, formerly the second pick of the 2014 Los Angeles Ram’s 2014 drafts, was picked up for him.The 24-year-old has not yet been able to meet the high expectations, but in his first match he has performed well for his new employer.The right side with the new entries T. J.Lang and Rick Wagner also worked.
Unlike the running game: Ameer Abdullah could not convince in his comeback, was always stopped quickly.If you want to continue to play football successfully, this is where you have to improve significantly.
However, the fit catchers showed a strong performance.Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Rookie Kenny Golladay took care of the space gain and the important points.Theo Riddick as a strong receiving running back was also an option for Stafford.We are well positioned here.
Defensive is defensive end Ziggy Ansah back.The great hopes are resting on him in terms of pass rush – last season, the riders were far behind in this ranking.Rookie Jarrad Davis is a promising linebacker in the unit, covering the middle and stopping the runs of the opponents.
The secondary around Glover Quinn and Darius Slay is underestimated to a large extent, but actually represents a good group.Against the cardinals, one could show a very strong performance, the whole defensive kept as close as possible.There is an urgent need to improve in the Special Teams – Arizona (except for Matt Prater) were not able to beat them.
Detroit has to call for a similarly strong collective effort against the Giants in order to end up as the winner.The defensive must be against the many weapons – even if Odell Beckham Jr.could fail – and show themselves from the best side.
Adrian Franke (SPOX): Admittedly, when I bet on the Giants on Wednesday, I was still convinced that Odell Beckham would be there.One of the great qualities of New York’s Offense is to use the scheme to create spaces for Beckham so that he can play out his explosiveness to the full.
The G-Men still don’t have a Run Game and a line that doesn’t inspire much confidence.This offense runs through Beckham, and the Giants will not only miss his individual quality if he fails again.The odds still appear to be at 50:50, even though Beckham’s statement on Thursday was surprising.In the end, it will probably only be decided shortly before the game.
So what gives us hope?Especially the other weapons in passing.Eli Manning must now show that he can use Brandon Marshall, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard better than he could against Dallas.Why this works?Because the Lions will be more vulnerable to undercovering.
The Cowboys Defense played surprisingly fast and aggressive against New York on Sunday evening and I don’t think the Lions linebackers and slot-cornerbacks can keep up with it.Manning should have more opportunities with passes over the center, even without Beckham.Then he’ll have to use them too, of course, that’s for sure.
However, the Giants’ view of the Defense is also worthwhile in terms of the chances of victory this year.Detroit’s offensive line looked surprisingly good against Arizona’s otherwise dangerous pass rush in Week 1, but I don’t trust the roasting yet.As at the start of last season, the Cardinals chose a very conservative approach at the start of the season, flashing at only 15.5 percent of the Passing Plays – a clear drop to their own average of 40 percent in the pre-season.
Therefore, I am confident that New York’s strong defensive line around Vernon, JPP and Damon Harrison will be able to control the line of scrimmage and make Detroit one-dimensional.For Ameer Abdullah and Co.should there be no rooms again, the D-Line seems to be too strong.Already in Week 1, the Lions, as you also said, revealed clear deficits in the Run Game.
What’s more, Stafford should be under much more pressure and have fewer passport options against the G-Men’s powerful cornerback trio.Dallas was able to defeat Vernon and JPP with Tyron Smith and La’ el Collins.I don’t trust the Lions, especially Greg Robinson, to do that.This will lead to mistakes and turnovers.
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