Football is a game of matchups. Too often analysis boils down to “this team is better than this team, therefore they should win.” That’s now how football games are won or lost. Perceived worse teams beat better teams all the time. Partially that’s because of the dumb luck that is involved in every game, but oftentimes it’s because of a certain vulnerability or mismatch between the two teams.
What is the Lions’ biggest advantage over the Giants that they can exploit?
My answer: Eric Ebron. While the Giants are clearly weakest on the offensive side of the ball, it’s also where the Lions struggle. Instead, I’m going to go with the Lions’ biggest strength, and that’s their passing game. The Giants bolster one of the best secondaries in the league and Lions wide receivers have struggled at time to find separation on their own. So instead, I think Ebron could be the key to breaking down the Giants defense. While true Ebron only has eight catches for 70 yards in his past three games, he will be extra motivated playing in his hometown. I think we see Ebron haul in at least five passes for 70-ish yards on his own.