DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have taken a lot of hits lately.

Detroit (2-3-1) has dropped three straight games and its latest setback included running back Kerryon Johnson going down with a knee injury that put him on injured reserve.

 

(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

 

Days later, starting safety and team captain Quandre Diggs was traded to Seattle in a move no one outside of the front offices of the teams involved saw coming.

“We have to focus on the Giants and move forward,” receiver Marvin Jones said.

 

DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 20: Marvin Jones #11 of the Detroit Lions catches a second quarter touchdown in front of Mike Hughes #21 of the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on October 20, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

 

The New York Giants (2-5) don’t have any sympathy.

New York has also lost three straight, and the hope rookie quarterback Daniel Jones generated with two touchdown passes in his first start has been dashed by his turnover woes.

“There is certainly a sense of urgency in the building, amongst the players, that we need to get a win,” Jones said.

WELCOME BACK

Giants receiver Golden Tate was dealt by Detroit last season to Philadelphia. The move seemed to stunt the team’s chances to have a successful season in coach Matt Patricia’s first year, taking away Matthew Stafford’s slot receiver and one of the leaders in the locker room.

Now, Tate is back to face the franchise he signed with after helping Seattle win a Super Bowl. He was one of Detroit’s top players and most popular people for four-plus seasons.

 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 20: Golden Tate #15 of the New York Giants celebrates a first down reception against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at MetLife Stadium on October 20, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

 

“I’m sure he’ll be juiced up,” Lions safety Tavon Wilson said. “We’ll be juiced up, too.”

Tate has become Jones’ go-to guy since Sterling Shepard was sidelined with his second concussion of the season. Tate had six catches in each of the past two games for 182 yards, including a 64-yard scoring play against Minnesota.

GENEROUS JONES

Jones has gotten into a habit of not protecting the ball. He has turned it over 12 times, with 11 turnovers coming after he replaced Eli Manning as the starter in Week 3.

“It’s part of what a young quarterback goes through,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. “As time goes on, that gets better. But obviously, we want it to get better fast.”

 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 20: Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants looks to pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at MetLife Stadium on October 20, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

 

The three-game losing streak has seen the No. 6 overall pick in the draft throw five of his seven interceptions and lose two fumbles. Jones has lost five fumbles, continuing a problem he had in the preseason.

“I think it’s tough to win when you’re turning the ball over that much,” Jones said. “I’ve got to do a better job with that. Decision-making, securing the ball in the pocket, and securing the ball when I’m out of the pocket — all of that stuff is really important.”

STEPPING UP

Lions rookie running back Ty Johnson will likely start in place of Kerryon Johnson and he might flourish. The Giants allowed Chase Edmonds to run for 126 yards in last week’s loss to Arizona after he averaged just 17 yards rushing over the first 22 games of his career.

Ty Johnson, a sixth-round pick from Maryland, had a career-high 57 yards from scrimmage in last week’s loss to Minnesota.

 

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Ty Johnson #31 of the Detroit Lions warms up before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 22, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

“It’s an opportunity for everybody in the (running backs) room, not just me,” he said.

J.D. McKissic will likely split time with Johnson, giving the offense a speedy option out of the backfield on the ground or through the air.

The Lions signed former Giants running back Paul Perkins, for the second time in two weeks, after Kerryon Johnson went on IR. They also have Tra Carson, who was claimed via waivers from Green Bay earlier in the month.

ON THE LOOKOUT

New York’s Evan Engram has developed into one of the NFL’s top tight ends, and he has the Lions’ full attention.

 

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 22: Darius Slay #23 of the Detroit Lions and Jarrad Davis #40 of the Detroit Lions celebrate a sack of quarterback Chase Daniel #4 of the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on November 22, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

 

“We have to always know where he’s at,” Detroit linebacker Jarrad Davis.

The third-year pro leads the Giants with 34 receptions, 379 yards receiving and two touchdowns. In his last two road games, Engram had 100-plus yards and caught a pass for a score.

DEFENSIVE WOES

The Giants’ defense has played one complete game this season, and playing well for a half has become the norm. The Cardinals scored 17 points on their first three possessions last week. Dallas, Tampa Bay and Minnesota each gained at least 490 yards and New England had 427.

Likewise, Detroit’s defense is struggling. The Lions let Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins pick them apart and could not slow down Dalvin Cook during a 42-30 loss in which they gave up 503 yards.

 

© 2019 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Comments