Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Giants
Justin Rogers, James Hawkins, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Sunday's Lions-Giants game.
James Hawkins: Both teams enter this playoff-esque clash on a roll, with the Lions winning eight of nine and the Giants seven of eight. While neither team has blown opponents away, the Giants have won five straight at home and are riding high following their big win over the Cowboys. The Lions, on the other hand, limped out last week's victory with concerns over QB Matthew Stafford’s throwing hand and a battered RB unit. Giants 21-14
Justin Rogers: Matthew Stafford's middle finger on his throwing hand is hurting, and the running back rotation is banged up, but my gut is inexplicably telling me to go with the Lions. The Giants are a good, not great team. Remove the lowly Browns from the equation and the average margin of victory in the team's other eight victories is fewer than four points. The Lions know a thing or two about getting it done in close games, so I'm willing to buck conventional wisdom. Lions 16-13
John Niyo: Matthew Stafford's finger may not be a problem. But that Giants defense should be the way it is playing lately. The Giants have been good against the run, and terrific in the red zone and on third downs. So unless the Lions' own improved defense can force a few turnovers — and maybe score — I'm not sure Detroit's ready to clinch a playoff berth just yet. Giants 23-17
Bob Wojnowski: If the Lions 9-4 record is built on more than Matthew Stafford, this is the game to show it. Whether Stafford’s injured finger hampers him or not, it’ll be tough against an excellent Giants secondary. This is where the Lions would love to lean on their ground game, but finding a healthy back is a problem. The Giants have the same record and similar questions, but they also have Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., and one big play might be enough. Giants 19-16