Detroit Lions (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1)
NFL Football: Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8:30 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Giants -3 -- Over/Under: 42 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Lions and New York Giants meet Monday in NFL action at MetLife Stadium on ESPN.
The Detroit Lions look for a statement win to start 2-0 after beating the Arizona Cardinals, 35-23. The Detroit Lions have lost five of their last seven road games. Matthew Stafford is completing 70.7 percent of his passes for 292 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Stafford has three or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay have combined for 176 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Marvin Jones Jr. has two receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 82 yards per contest, and Ameer Abdullah leads the way with 30 yards on 15 carries. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 23 points and 308 yards per game. Jarrad Davis leads the Detroit Lions with nine tackles, Anthony Zettel has one sack and Glover Quin has one interception.
The New York Giants look for a bounce back performance after losing to the Dallas Cowboys, 19-3. The New York Giants have won six straight home games. Eli Manning is completing 76.3 percent of his passes for 220 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Manning has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Roger Lewis and Shane Vereen have combined for 105 receiving yards on 13 catches while Sterling Shepard has seven receptions. The New York Giants ground game is averaging 35 yards per contest, and Paul Perkins leads the way with 16 yards on seven carries. Defensively, New York is allowing 19 points and 392 yards per game. B.J. Goodson leads the New York Giants with 18 tackles, Olivier Vernon has one sack and Eli Apple has one pass deflection.
The Lions are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Monday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Giants are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 5-2-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 2. The road team is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
It's tough to call this game without knowing for sure if Odell Beckham is going to play, athough I've seen in a few spots that he's been upgraded to probable. He makes the Giants offense so much better and takes pressure off of everybody else, including Eli, who is below average with him off the field. Anyway, the Giants had great success at home last season thanks to Eli completing 66 percent of his passes and throwing 16 touchdowns. The Lions aren't the same team when you take them out of their dome, and they did allow 24 first downs despite their victory over the Cardinals last week. You have to be worried about this Detroit defense on the road with a Giants offense that does have weapons.
I'll lay the field goal in this spot.