It’s been almost four weeks since we’ve had a Victory Monday, and my heart yearns for another one. Fortunately for the Lions, the NFL graced them with
a second bye week a Week 8 matchup with the New York Giants. After Daniel Jones’ hot start, he and the team have since struggled tremendously, and the Lions ought to be drooling at the opportunities they’ll have against New York today.
Bold prediction of the week: Matthew Stafford shreds Giants secondary, throws for over 400 yards
The Giants have had a lot (and I mean a lot) of woes this season, but arguably their biggest one thus far has been the coverage, or lack thereof, in their secondary. Take a look at this play:
These breakdowns in coverage have to stop...look at the stack circled and pay attention to the #2...this is a 3rd & 14, thankfully for the #giants Murray didn’t see it and the drive only resulted in a FG, but these kind of breakdowns can’t continue to happen. pic.twitter.com/9rAIU2iOsH— Nick Falato (@nickfalato) October 23, 2019
We’ve seen Matthew Stafford making absolutely obscene throws this year that no human should be able to make. He’s fit the ball into tight windows, put touch on it like very few quarterbacks can, and even thrown no-look dimes. If the Giants secondary gives him these kinds of looks even once or twice on Sunday, Stafford can blow the top off this matchup very quickly.
Darrell Bevell’s willingness to air the ball out vertically should pose a potent challenge to the Giants secondary. They struggle to cover deep, and they simply can’t cover all three levels. If the Lions keep a balanced attack and take the underneath looks in the passing game early, they’ll have plenty of opportunities to attack in the mid-range and deep passing game.
Expect Matthew Stafford to take full advantage of the deficiencies in the Giants secondary to the tune of a very good day, and eyeing the 400-yard mark that would make us reminisce on the Scott Linehan days.