Stafford throws 2 TDs to Lions beat Giants and Beckham

Posted September 20, 2017

Manning and the Giants' offensive struggles date back to last season, as the team hasn't eclipsed 20 points in its last eight regular and postseason games - since November.

On Monday, for one of the first times in his career, the Lions didn't need him to be. They have the reigning MVP as a quarterback and the best combination of offense and defense Detroit will have faced to date.

Whether it was a perfectly planned audible, or a clutch scramble, Stafford showed that stats aren't everything. The Giants have stuck with their 2015 first-round pick through thick and thin, but time for patience may be running out.

Abdullah was a major part in that.

It starts with how the Lions have played as much as that they've won.

On the Lions' second touchdown, Stafford used his feet to buy time in the backfield. Anybody can look good on paper. Quarterbacks don't get more mobile when they get older - unless they have a special trainer and a special diet and don't eat nightshades.

"That was the biggest play of the game", Marshall said of his drop. That was after Eli badly threw a pass and was picked off by Tahir Whitehead.

"I know the punter's going to be unblocked and the long snapper's going to be unblocked", Agnew said.

Ebron finished with a game-high five catches for 42 yards for the Lions, who managed just 257 yards of offense as a team but once again took advantage of good field position. With Sam Bradford's injury the Lions are at least the second best team in the NFC North.

Matt Prater added a 56-yard field goal just before halftime that bounced off and over the upright, helping the Lions to a 17-7 lead at the break.

The injury bug looks to finally have gotten to the Lions. The rookie linebacker was not made available to reporters after the game because he was in the league's concussion protocol, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein. Letting Matthew Stafford rest his arm in the fourth quarter is something everyone should be happy with. Before looking ahead to that game, let's take a look back at Monday's game and see what we learned. While they did hold the Giant's receivers (mostly) in check, there were times where they allowed catches where there shouldn't have been. A Lions fan riding a wave of optimism might say it's too much while the skeptic will say it should be an easy Falcons cover. LT Greg Robinson had a couple of crucial holding penalties early in the game, while TJ Lang and Rick Wagner each had a holding penalty of their own. They aren't, but it might be coming sooner than expected.

This is no doubt a great win for the Detroit Lions.

With an 0-2 start at his back, with a stagnant offense in his hands, with a second straight week of so many questions and so few answers, that was the best the second-year Giants' head coach could do to questions about potential changes in personnel or the possibility of giving up the play-calling duties, saying to both, "We'll consider everything".