Three New York Giants To Watch For vs. The Detroit Lions
The New York Giants will look for their 10th win of the season as they take on the (9-4) Detroit Lions in the regular season home finale at MetLife stadium.
The Giants will need to play four solid quarters of football as they face a Lions team that has won eight games this season in which they were trailing in the 4th quarter. Just like the Giants, the Lions are also looking to clinch a playoff berth on Sunday, and also have their eyes on a division title.
Several Giants will play a pivotal role if the Giants are going to win on Sunday. Here are three Giants to keep an eye Sunday afternoon against the Lions.
1. Eli Manning
The Giants have won 7 out of their last eight games, but their quarterback Eli Manning continues to struggle. In five of the last nine games, Manning has failed to throw for 200 yards, and hasn’t thrown for 200 yards in any of the last three games.
We all know the offensive line has been a problem all season, but the Giants will need for Manning to step up if they’re going to make the playoffs and have a deep run. The return of Justin Pugh should help and give Manning more confidence while in the pocket.
The Lions are 20th in pass defense, and have allowed five quarterbacks to throw for at least 300 yards. So this could be the week that Manning gets back on track.
2. Romeo Okwara
Okwara burst on to the scene in his first NFL start against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Playing for the injured Jason Pierre-Paul, Okwara had a team high eight tackles and had a sack. There was no drop off in Okwara playing in place of JPP. Now everybody wants to see what he can do for an encore against a Lions offensive line that’s given up 30 sacks this season. The Lions will likely have a tight end or running back help block Olivier Vernon, so that Giants will need another strong showing by Okwara.
3. Janoris Jenkins
Jenkins had his best game of the season last week as he caught his third interception of the year, and held Dez Bryant to just one catch in which he caused Bryant to fumble. The Lions have three receivers that have at least 45 receptions in Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, and Aquan Boldin. Each receiver has a different skill set. Tate is a good all-around receiver; Jones is the deep threat, and Boldin a physical receiver that runs the short intermediate routes.
So if will be interesting to see who Giants will have Jenkins matched up with, or if they keep him on one side of the field.
Jason Leach is an analyst for Pro Football Spot for the New York Giants for @pfspot. Follow him on Twitter @JasonKLeach