In just a few hours, the Detroit Lions will take the national stage for the first time in 2017. All offseason, the narrative surrounding the Lions has been one of regression and that of a team that will take a backseat to the perennial NFC North champions: the Green Bay Packers.
After a Week 1 win over the Cardinals team and a weekend filled with losses in the NFC North, the Lions have a chance to control their own narrative on Monday night. Detroit, sitting at a record of just 1-0, has a chance to take sole lead of the division just two weeks into the season.
But like every other divisional foe this week, the Lions must prove their worth on the road and against one of the more desperate teams in the NFL. The Lions haven’t won a game on the road since taking down the Saints in Week 13 of 2016.
This year, the Lions are trying to prove they now belong with the NFL’s elite. They did a good job last week, beating what could be an NFC contender in the Arizona Cardinals. They’ll have an opportunity to win over some doubter this week by heading to New York* to face the New York Giants.
The Giants are looking to keep their head above water after dropping their season opener to the Cowboys on “Sunday Night Football.” Not a whole lot went right for the Giants that night, and they can ill-afford to start the season 0-2 with losses against two NFC competitors.
Last year, the Giants handled the Lions fairly easily. Led by a strong defense and a safe offense, the New York downed Detroit 17-6 on a rainy Sunday afternoon. But the Lions are coming to town with a healthy Matthew Stafford and an entirely rebuilt defense. Anything could happen.
Here is the gameday information you need to get ready Monday night’s showdown.
Lions vs. Giants gameday info:
Game time: 8:30 p.m ET on Monday, September 18, 2017
Location: MetLife Stadium—East Rutherford, NJ
TV channel: ESPN, Locally WXYZ (ABC Detroit)
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters
Week 2 TV coverage map: Click here
Local radio: Find your affiliate (Dan Miller, Jim Brandstatter)
National radio: Westwood One (Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Steve Tasker)
Odds: Giants by 3