Wednesday September 3rd, 2014

New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions

The New York Giants kick off their 2014 season against the Detroit Lions on Sunday night. Manning had the worst passer rating of his career in 2013, and the Giants missed the playoffs with a 7-9 record. Detroit and Matthew Stafford's new targets, Golden Tate and Eric Ebron, start the season in hopes of their second playoff appearance since 1999. The Lions also went 7-9 last season and finished third in the NFC North.

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET

Live stream: You can live stream the game here

TV coverage: ESPN

Radio: For the Lions affiliates, click here. For the Giants affiliates, click here.

Game Facts

Lions facts

Matthew Stafford has thrown for more than 4,500 yards in each of the past three seasons. He had 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions last season

Reggie Bush and Joique Bell began sharing time last season at running back, which is expected to continue this season. Bell had 650 yards and eight touchdowns, while Bush had 1,006 yards and seven touchdowns.

Detroit finished sixth in yards per game (392.1) and its passing game was third in the league, with 280.1.

The Lions defense was 13th in the NFL in yards allowed per game (346.6). They also gave up the 12th-fewest points (23.3)

The Lions signed former Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate and drafted UNC tight end Eric Ebron with their first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Calvin Johnson followed up his 122-catch, 1,964-yard, five-touchdown 2012 season with 84 catches for 1,492 and 12 touchdowns in 14 games last year.

Nick Fairley had 35 tackles and six sacks, while Ndamukong Suh had 49 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

Suh and the Lions weren't able to work out an extension over the offseason, though he showed up to camp on time.

The Lions have won one playoff game the last 55 years. 

Ziggy Ansah will be make his season debut on time after being activated off the PUP list on Aug. 12.

Giants facts

The Giants and Lions have met four times in the last 10 seasons. New York has won the past three games.

In their past 10 season-openers, the Giants have gone 4-6. They lost to the Cowboys in Week 1 last year en route to an 0-6 start.

Eli Manning's 69.4 passer rating last season was a career-low. Manning also threw the fewest touchdowns (18) and most interceptions (27) of his career.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks signed with the Colts in the offseason. 

The Giants selected LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. with the No. 12 pick in the draft. Beckham has battled a hamstring injury during training camp.

Victor Cruz missed out on his third straight 1,000-yard season by two yards. His four touchdowns and 73 receptions were his lowest since 2010, when Cruz only played in three games.

The Giants defense ranked 17th in the NFL allowing 23.9 points per game. Their defense also held opponents to the seventh-fewest yards per game, 332.2.

The offense was 28th in the league in yards per game and averaged 18.4 points.

Antrel Rolle had career-highs with 98 tackles and six interceptions in 2013. He made his third Pro Bowl appearance.

Tom Coughlin enters his 11th season as Giants coach with a 90-70 record and two Super Bowl victories. 

- Evan Webeck

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