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The Giants are in rebuilding mode and the youth movement will be underway again this weekend when the team travels to Detroit. New York recently got back star running back Saquon Barkley, but they will need better quarterback play from rookie Daniel Jones if they hope to stop their current slide. Jones has committed costly turnovers in each of the last two losses and now has more interceptions (7) than passing touchdowns (6) so far this season. Meanwhile, the Lions continue to disappoint under second-year head coach Matt Patricia, who’s on the hot seat in Detroit following a 2-3-1 start. Can the Lions reverse their struggles against an inexperienced Giants’ team on Sunday?
Mired in a three-game losing streak, the Giants will try to reverse their struggles on the road in Detroit after losing to Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals last week. Daniel Jones passed for 223 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while Saquon Barkley returned to action to finish with 72 rushing yards and a score in less-than-ideal field conditions. It was another forgettable performance for Jones, who was sacked eight times and also lost two fumbles on the day, giving him six turnovers over his last two games.
Detroit is also trying to battle their way out of a funk after sliding to 2-3-1 following last week’s 42-30 drubbing against the NFC North-rival Minnesota Vikings. Matthew Stafford threw for 364 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, while Marvin Jones caught all four scores and veteran receiver Danny Amendola added eight catches for 105 yards in the loss. For Jones, it was his second career four-touchdown game, joining Jerry Rice and Sterling Sharpe as the only two players in the league since 1950 to catch four touchdowns in two games. Detroit also suffered two key injuries in the loss, as both Kerryon Johnson and top cornerback Darius Slay left the game and did not return.
New York never recovered from a slow start last week, losing at home 27-21 to the Cardinals. The Giants have been forced to play without No. 1 wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who remains in the concussion protocol this week after sustaining his second concussion of the season in Week 5 against the Vikings. According to the New York Post, the team is targeting next week’s Nov. 4 Monday Night Football matchup against the Dallas Cowboys for his return. While Jones won’t benefit from Shepard’s presence in the lineup this weekend, he will have a healthy Saquon Barkley. Barkley was limited at practice this week, which is something he will have to get used to coming off a high ankle sprain. Despite the injury, Barkley is in high spirits and believes he can handle his normal workload.
Meanwhile, tight end Evan Engram will try to rebound following a dismal one-catch, six-yard performance last week in a good matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Engram had five targets and dropped two balls last week, leading to some trade rumors heading into this week’s contest.
With next Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline coming closer, and the Giants not competing, there will be more potential players on the trade block. According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, New York is reportedly considering moving cornerback Janoris Jenkins, a veteran who returned this season to help the younger defensive backs. Jenkins is also affordable under the salary cap this season, though he’s not a free agent. Next season, he is under contract for $11.25 million.
On defense, The Giants enter allowing 26.7 points and 406.6 yards of total offense per game. The Lions enter the week without their No. 1 running back, but that didn’t stop Cardinals’ backup Chase Edmonds from rumbling his way to 126 yards and three touchdowns against them last week. The Giants come in giving up 131.4 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 24th in the NFL.
While the Giants have had their fair share of troubles against the run, Detroit has actually been worse than them through the first seven weeks. The Lions have surrendered 139.2 yards per game on the ground, good for 28th in the NFL.
Patricia came to Detroit as one of Bill Bellicheck’s most-esteemed defensive coordinators, but he hasn’t been able to get the Lions’ defense off the field this year. They rank 31st in the NFL in total defense, allowing 428.8 yards per game and they rank 27th in the league with just 10 sacks.
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