Looking to claw their way out of the NFC North cellar and snap a three-game losing streak, the Detroit Lions will attempt to get back to .500 Sunday when they host the Giants.
How to Watch:
When: Sunday, Oct. 27
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
Time: 4:05 p.m. EDT.
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
The Lions (2–3–1) have lost back-to-back games to divisional opponents since coming out of the bye week and were on the short end of a 42–30 scoreline at home vs. Minnesota last Sunday. Matthew Stafford threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns, but the defense failed to protect early first-half leads and could not get a key stop in the second.
Perhaps sensing the season is slipping away from them in terms of reaching the playoffs in Matt Patricia's second year, the Lions stunningly dealt captain and starting safety Quandre Diggs to Seattle on Tuesday in exchange for a fifth-round pick. The team had signed Diggs to a three-year, $18 milion extension in September 2018 and named him one of the team's captains this season.
The Lions, though, struggled in pass defense and entered this week ranked 30th in passing yards allowed per game (289.7). Teams were undeterred passing against Detroit, which is ranked third in opponents’ completion percentage (58.5). The move was not met all that well on social media, with many of Diggs’ now-former teammates expressing their displeasure.
Stafford, who crossed the 40,000-yard threshold in last week's loss, has done all he can with 920 passing yards and seven touchdowns in the three defeats. The Lions will be leaning heavily on Stafford offensively the rest of the season after starting running back Kerryon Johnson was placed on injured reserve following surgery for a knee injury. Detroit likely will start rookie and sixth-round draft pick Ty Johnson to replace Johnson while rotating J.D. McKissic, Paul Perkins and Tra Carson in the backfield.
The Giants (2–5) also have lost three in a row after a 27–21 setback at home to the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones continues to take his lumps, getting sacked eight times, while completing 22 of 35 passes for 223 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
New York also welcomed back star running back Saquon Barkley, who proved a fast healer after missing just three games with a high ankle sprain suffered in a Week 3 win over Tampa Bay. Barkley had 72 yards on 18 carries and added another eight yards on three catches.
Jones has put up relatively solid numbers since being installed starter in Week 3, completing 61.1% of his passes for 1,144 yards and six touchdowns. Like all rookies, Jones has had problems with turnovers, totaling 12 in his five games since taking over the offense.
Stafford has split four career games against the Giants and powered the Lions to a 24–10 win in the most recent matchup in 2017. He had a pair of first-half touchdown passes, finishing 15 of 21 for 122 yards. Jamal Agnew sealed the win with an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.