The New York Giants (7-2, 4-1 Home) and their outstanding rushing offense welcome the Detroit Lions (3-6, 1-3 Away), one of the league’s weakest ground defenses, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. The Giants are three-point favorites, and the total is 45.
Detroit is coming off a tight 31-30 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field last Sunday. Jared Goff was 19 of 26 for 236 yards and a touchdown. Jamaal Williams ran 16 times for 59 yards and a touchdown. Amon-Ra St. Brown was targeted 11 times, catching 10 passes for 119 yards.
New York beat the Houston Texans 24-16 at MetLife Stadium last Sunday. Daniel Jones threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Saquon Barkley carried 35 times for 152 yards and a touchdown. Darius Slayton also scored once. He caught three receptions for 95 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since October 2019, a 31-26 win for the Lions.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Lions are averaging 24.3 points per game for the season, ninth in the NFL, and they are facing a Giants defense that has surrendered 19.2 PPG (9th). Meanwhile, New York has scored 20.8 points a game this season, 22nd in the league, and Detroit is allowing 29.3 PPG (32nd).
The Lions rank eighth in the league in passing yards per game (253.7) and 11th in rushing (129.8), while the Giants are 18th in passing yards allowed per game (230.3) and 24th against the run (133.2). New York has been one of the league’s top rushing teams, averaging 164.8 yards per game (3rd), while ranking 29th in passing yards (178.6).
Detroit’s defense has been vulnerable on the ground, as the Lions are 31st in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (160.9). Against the pass, the Lions are 26th (266.1). Detroit has found the end zone on 70% of red zone trips this season, fifth most in the NFL, averaging 3.7 trips a game (12th).
The Lions will have to overcome one of the league’s best red zone defenses, as the Giants have allowed opponents to score on only 38% of red zone trips (2nd).
New York ranks as the one of the lowest volume red zone offenses in the league, moving inside the 20-yard-line only 2.9 times per game (29th) and scoring a touchdown on 54% of those possessions (20th).
Through nine games, Jared Goff has thrown for 15 touchdowns (7 INT) and 253.0 yards per game to lead Detroit in passing. In four away games this season, he has two TDs (4 INT) and an average of 242.5 yards passing.
Jamaal Williams leads the team in rushing with an average of 67.1 yards a game over nine games. He has nine touchdowns on the ground. Amon-Ra St. Brown is the Lions’ leading receiver with 64.8 yards a game and three TDs.
He is averaging 6.1 receptions on 8.8 targets per game. Daniel Jones has eight passing touchdowns (2 INT) with 177.3 yards per game through nine games to lead New York. In five home games this season, he has thrown for five TDs (1 INT) and an average of 162.6 yards.
Saquon Barkley has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 103.4 yards a game through nine games. He has six touchdowns. Darius Slayton has been the primary target in the Giants’ aerial attack. He has two touchdowns and a 54.5 yard per game average through six appearances.
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NY Giants -3 (-110)
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