For the second week in a row, the Detroit Lions will face another tough defense. Luckily for them, their own defense should catch a break once again.
Arizona Cardinals’ top stars failed to perform in their Week 1 tilt against the Detroit Lions. The overall effectiveness of the Cards’ offense was hampered by poor quarterback play, turnovers and injuries. It’s safe to say that the Lions did catch a few breaks to win the game.
Fast forward to their Monday Night Football matchup against the New York Giants for Week 2, the same things could repeat. I figure Detroit can follow a similar recipe to prevail against their next opponent because of these reoccurring themes.
Pressure the quarterback
Another quarterback that gets knocked off his rocker when pressure is in his face is Eli Manning. Fortunately for the Lions, they will have an easier time getting to the quarterback in this game.
This offensive line of the Giants is still struggling and so is their run game. I would be very surprised if their weaknesses weren’t exposed once again. Turnover prone Manning is a sure bet to fail and isn’t set up for success.
Stay disciplined in coverage
Aside from the linebackers, the Lions were excellent in coverage. Rookie tight end Evan Engram of the Giants could have himself a game, if not taken seriously. Detroit’s own rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis would be the man tasked to handle the coverage responsibilities.
Both are quite familiar with one another considering they both played in the same conference in college (SEC). Ex-Florida Gator Davis could be in over his head against former Ole Miss Rebel Engram.
Another player that all eyes will stay glued to is Odell Beckham Jr. I don’t care if he is injured, if he is on the field, New York has a good chance to make big plays and score. Brandon Marshall is another target that although old, can still perform like his younger self from time-to-time.
Be smart and creative on offense
If the Lions could barely run the football last week, don’t expect there to be any Miracles in the Meadowlands. Make no mistake about it, the Giants have one of the top defenses in the NFL. Getting creative and trying to cause confusion against this defense is the best chance Detroit has.
Taking advantage of matchups and having balance on offense will help overcome the daunting New York defense. Their ineffective offense will only hurt their defense’s ability to keep points off the board. It will take guts and grit to beat this team.
Play better on special teams
Whether it’s the kick returner or the punter, the Lions need more than what they got in Week 1. To make matters worse they lost backup punter Kasey Redfern to injury.
Jeff Locke is the new replacement? Yikes!
Against a great defense, field position is vital. A lot of times, games are decided by special teams. I think this game will prove that statement true come Monday night.