The Giants defeated the Houston Texans at home, 24-16, to improve their record to (7-2). Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones both had strong outings, while the Giants’ defense continued its dominance on third down and in the red zone.
Detroit Lions Winners Of Last Two
The Lions come to town riding a two-game winning streak. After picking up a victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 9, the Lions traveled to Chicago and defeated the Bears, 31-30.
Jared Goff has done a solid job of leading the Lions’ offense this season. Goff has thrown 2,277 yards, 15 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in nine games. He has four games with multiple touchdowns passes, including two with four. In last week’s win over the Bears, Goff completed 73.1 percent of his passes for 236 yards and a touchdown. Detroit’s offense also boasts the talented running back duo, D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams.
“They create explosive plays. Goff plays at a high level; he’s a very accurate passer downfield, intermediate, off the play action,” Daboll said Wednesday. “And then their two runners have taken it to the distance a few times. They’re both a little bit different but both very good. They’ve scored 30 points four times. In six of their losses, four of them have been four points or less. The other one against the Cowboys it was 10-6 with 3:20 left. Explosive team. Good football team. We’re going to need a good week of practice.“ Brian Daboll – New York Giants
Can Wink & Giants Rise To The Challenge?
The Giant’s defense has often found success when the team has needed it most. Wink Martindale’s unit has been great all season on both third down and in the red zone, and that trend continued last week against the Texans. The Giants unit held Houston to just three third down conversions on ten attempts, while they allowed only one of their four trips inside the red zone to result in a touchdown. The Giant’s defense also forced a turnover on one of those red zone trips when Leonard Williams knocked the ball out of Texans RB Dameon Pierce’s hands on the 10-yard line.
Following Sunday’s performance, the Giants now rank second in the league in both third down (32.7 percent) and red zone (38.2) defense. This has played a large role in the unit becoming a top-ten-scoring defense this season. While the Lions currently rank 19th in third-down conversions, they have done much better once they get near the opponent’s goal line. Detroit’s offense has found the end zone on 69.7 percent of their trips inside the red zone, good for the fifth-best mark in the NFL.
“Execution. They execute well,” Daboll said about the defense’s success in the red zone. “It’s not very complicated in terms of if you do your job, you give yourself a chance to make a play or execute a particular (play).
Whether it’s offense, defense – whatever it may be – those guys do a good job each week of honing in on the game plan. Coaches do a good job of installing the game plan, and at the end of the day, the players got to make the plays down there. It’s been important. They’ve done a good job of holding them out (of the end zone).“ Brian Daboll – New York Giants
Can D.J. Continue To Play At A High Level?
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones put together an impressive performance in the first half of the season with a league-high five game-winning drives through the first eight weeks. In his first game in the second half of the season, Jones picked up right where he left off. He earned a passer rating of 153.3, which is the highest of his career and the highest among all starting quarterbacks this season.
Detroit’s defense ranks last in both points and yards allowed. The Lions rank 27th in passing yards and 26th in passing touchdowns allowed. In last week’s win, Detroit limited Bears QB Justin Fields to 167 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception with a completion percentage of 60 percent. However, Fields did a lot of damage with his legs, rushing for 147 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries.
The rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchinson from Michigan has 5.5 sacks, and ten quarterback hits through the first nine games and just had a career-high eight solo tackles against the Bears last week.
“A good player; that’s why he was selected high,” Daboll said about the No. 2 pick. “He made a great play against Chicago, too, which led to an interception off of a screen pass to a tight end. He recognized it, and he kind of dropped back, made (Chicago quarterback Justin) Fields throw it over the top, (Detroit cornerback Jeff) Okudah picks it off (and) runs it back. Instinctive, can play a wide variety of spots. Can play inside some, does a good job on his field goal rush with his movement. A good football player.” Brian Daboll – New York Giants
Can Detroit Slow Down Saquon & Giants Run Game?
The Giants running back Saquon Barkley carried the ball a whopping 35 times for 152 yards (4.3 avg.) and added one reception for eight yards. The 35 rushing attempts set a new career-high, topping his previous mark of 31 carries in the Week Four win over Chicago. Those two games were the first two times Barkley topped 30 rushing attempts since joining the Giants in 2018.
Barkley’s 152-yard outing was his second-highest rushing total of the season (he ran for 164 yards in the season opener against the Titans). Heading into Week 11, the Giant’s fifth-year running back now leads the league with 931 rushing yards and 103.4 rushing yards per game this season.
He also ranks second in total yards from scrimmage with 1,128, just 45 yards behind Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill for the most in the NFL (the Dolphins are on bye this week). He has also handled a league-high 227 total touches, which has helped the Giants jump out to their 7-2 start.
“To be completely honest, it feels good,” Barkley said after the Sunday’s win. “Obviously, you’re not too excited about it because you know it’s a long season and you got to keep going week by week. Being healthy during it, it’s not something that I’m shocked about. I believe in having positive thinking.
I’ve been vocal about it when I was hurt that I feel like we’re going to get back on track and I want to be part of the reason to help us get back on track. We’re doing it right now, 7-2, great start, especially coming off a bye week and a loss. That was our mindset, come out and go 1-0. We were able to do that and now we got to build on that to next week.“ Saquon Barkley – New York Giants
Detroit comes into this matchup ranking 31st in the NFL with 160.9 rushing yards allowed per game. Their 5.3 yards per rush and 15 rushing touchdowns also rank 30th. In last week’s win over Chicago, Lion’s defense gave up 258 yards on the ground. At the same time, Justin Fields accounted for 147 of those yards, and David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert combined for 94 yards on 19 attempts (4.9 avg.).
Let’s all tune in for week 11’s match-up against the Lions at Metlife Stadium for another exciting game.
The Lions have won two straight games, but the Giants are amidst a resurgent season, so watch out, Detroit…New York is aiming for the “W.” And that’s…”The Lex Of It”