TALE OF THE TAPE

Tale Of The Tape: New York Giants At Detroit Lions

New York Giants
Detroit Lions
(credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
(credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images)
(credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
(credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Quarterback
While the Giants and Lions first played in 1934, these two teams rarely get together. This will be their second meeting in Detroit since 1997. Eli Manning hopes to make the trip a successful one for the Giants, but his main goal is to finish this disastrous season healthy. Manning is coming off a five-interception game against the Seahawks.
Winner The Lions need help to win the NFC North after losing to the Ravens in their Week 15 Monday night game. Matthew Stafford threw two fourth quarter interceptions that gave the game to the Ravens and may keep the Lions out of the postseason. Stafford certainly has the arm strength and quick release scouts want, but that’s not enough to be successful in the NFL.
Offense
The Giants need to get some semblance of their running game going against the Lions. They couldn’t against Seattle, and it proved disastrous against the Seahawks. Andre Brown had just 17 yards on 11 carries, but he should be able to be much more productive against the Lions. Wide receiver Victor Cruz (knee sprain and concussion) may not be available.
Winner The Lions are one of the most talented offensive teams in the league, but Jim Schwartz has rarely been able to get his offense to play consistently. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson is the best at his position in the league and he can defeat double coverage. The Lions are hoping that Reggie Bush has an explosive game and takes the pressure off of Stafford.
Defense
Winner Almost shockingly, the Giants have risen to 10th in the league in overall defense. Strong safety Antrell Rolle is certainly the best overall player on the unit. He leads the team with 86 tackles, but he also has 17 passes defensed and six interceptions. Linebacker Jon Beason has made a solid contribution since signing with the Giants. He has 73 tackles this season.
The Lions rank 16th in overall defense, but they are a solid fifth against the run. Defensive tackles Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh are a formidable duo who can keep any opponent from establishing the interior run. Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch is one of the NFL’s most underrated performers. He leads the Lions with 107 tackles and he also has 3.0 sacks.
Special Teams
The Giants have been beaten up and bruised this year, and they have gotten no relief from their special teams. They have given up three punt returns for touchdowns this year. Josh Brown is a decent kicker who has made 18-of-20 FG attempts. Steve Weatherford gets excellent distance on his punts.
Winner The Lions have been ordinary in their special teams coverage, but they have gotten quite a lift from return specialist Jeremy Ross. He has returned both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown. David Akers has made 15-of-20 FG attempts, including 2-of-2 from 50 yards and beyond.

The Winner Is

(credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Winner Detroit Lions
3 out of 4

If the Giants are interested in competing hard, they could push the Lions in this game. If they are more interested in heading on vacation, the Lions should win easily.
-Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports contributor

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 4: Tight end Dennis Pitta #88 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with teammate quarterback Joe Flacco #5 after scoring a second quarter touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 04:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to throw a pass during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at Gillette Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
    Week 14 Tale Of The Tape: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

    The Ravens and Patriots meet again in Gillette in what should be another great game.

  2. MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 1:  Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys hands the ball off to Ezekiel Elliott #21in the first half of the game agains the Minnesota Vikings on December 1, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants drops back to pass in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 4, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
    Week 14 Tale Of The Tape: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

    The NFC East rivals meet again in the Meadowlands as the Cowboys look to avenge their only loss of the year.

  3. SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 04: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes during warmups before a game against the Carolina Panthers at CenturyLink Field on December 4, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 04:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is pressured by Christian Covington #95 of the Houston Texans during the first half of a game at Lambeau Field on December 4, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
    Week 14 Tale Of The Tape: Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers

    The Seahawks travel to Lambeau for a match-up with the resurgent Pack.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Detroit

Best Christmas Light Displays
Best Holiday Drink Ideas
Top Hidden Destinations

Watch & Listen