New York Giants
For all the talk about Matthew Stafford and how quickly he would pick up a new system in Detroit, it was easy to forget one crucial factor.
The Detroit Lions opened the season at home for Monday Night Football, vanquishing the New York Giants with relative ease, led by an impressive Matthew Stafford.
“We just felt it was kind of to honor Mr. Ford in his passing,” Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said.
Stafford improvised brilliantly on two early touchdown passes to Johnson, and Detroit beat the Giants in Jim Caldwell’s first game as Lions coach.
Lions safety James Ihedigbo is inactive for Monday night’s game against the New York Giants, leaving Detroit’s suspect secondary short-handed for the season opener.
Caldwell said last week the Lions would not name season-long captains and instead appoint the honors on a game-by-game basis.
With the Detroit Lions under new leadership, film of the team might not be as instructive for opponents as it usually would be.
New York Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason hopes to play in the regular-season opener despite missing all of training camp with a right foot injury.
Free agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie heads a group of new Giants’ defensive backs that have the look and pedigree to make New York’s secondary the strength of the team’s defense. Adding DRC to a talented group that already included Antrel Rolle, Prince Amukamara and Stevie Brown puts Big Blue at the top of the list of the NFL’s best secondaries
Andre Williams ran up some big numbers at Boston College. The fourth-round draft pick is showing glimpses that can do it for the New York Giants, too.