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Instant Analysis: Lions 24, Giants 10

Posted Sep 18, 2017

Get an instant postgame recap of the Giants' Week 2 loss to the Lions:


AT A GLANCE

The Giants failed to play complementary football in their first two games, and that’s why they find themselves 0-2 to start the season. In a game where the team allowed five sacks and an 88-yard punt return touchdown, the Giants dropped their home opener, 24-10, to the Lions on Monday night.

UP NEXT

The Giants (0-2) hit the road in back-to-back weeks, beginning with a trip to Philadelphia for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field before a meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following Sunday. The Eagles dropped to 1-1 in Week 2 with a 27-20 loss to Kansas City.

WHAT WE LEARNED ON OFFENSE


•  For the first time since injuring his ankle in the second preseason game in Cleveland, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suited up. The three-time Pro Bowler was questionable heading into Monday night, but after going through pregame warmups, he got the green light. However, Roger Lewis got the start again while Beckham rotated on and off the field throughout the game. His first catch was a four-yard gain late in the first quarter, and he finished the night with four receptions for 36 yards. 

•  Right tackle Bobby Hart, who was dealing with an ankle injury all week, had to leave midway through the first drive of the game. Consequently, Justin Pugh slid over there from left guard, where Brett Jones came in to take his place.

•  Eli Manning went 22 of 32 for 239 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He was sacked five times, three coming at the hands of Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.

•  Rookie tight end Evan Engram, the No. 23 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, scored his first NFL touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. Manning found him wide open over the middle for an 18-yard score. It was also the offense’s first touchdown of the season. They have not eclipsed 20 points in a game since Week 12 of last season.

•  The Giants managed 62 yards on the ground a week after having just 35 in the season opener in Dallas.

WHAT WE LEARNED ON DEFENSE


•  The Giants missed two defensive starters on Monday night: Pro Bowl cornerback Janoris Jenkins (ankle/hand) and middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (shin), who led the NFL in Week 1 with 18 tackles.

•  Calvin Munson, who made the roster this summer as an undrafted rookie out of San Diego State, started in place of Goodson. Before the game, the Giants added more depth to the position by promoting Curtis Grant off the team’s practice squad while waiving wide receiver Tavarres King. Meanwhile, Ross Cockrell, who was acquired via trade shortly before the season began, helped fill the void left by Jenkins.

•  On the drive after the Giants scored their first touchdown, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul strip-sacked Matthew Stafford and linebacker Devon Kennard recovered the fumble. However, on the next play, Manning threw an interception on a pass intended for Engram and the Lions capitalized with a touchdown.

•  The defense surrendered only 257 yards, 13 fewer than the Giants had on offense.

WHAT WE LEARNED ON SPECIAL TEAMS

•  Off a booming punt by Brad Wing in the fourth quarter, the Giants gave up an 88-yard return touchdown from Jamal Agnew, giving the Lions a 24-10 lead with 12:56 to play.

•  Aldrick Rosas made his lone field goal attempt from 25 yards. However, he also kicked a ball out of bounds on an earlier kickoff for a penalty that led to Detroit starting the drive at its own 45.  

INACTIVES

NYG: CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle/hand), LB B.J. Goodson (shin), RB Wayne Gallman, LB Keenan Robinson (concussion), TE Matt LaCosse, DE Avery Moss, QB Davis Webb

DET: CB Teez Tabor, RB Zach Zeener, RB Tion Green, LB Nick Bellore, G Zac Kerin, OT Emmett Cleary

LINEUP CHANGES

NYG: Calvin Munson for Goodson at MLB

DET: None

INJURY REPORT

NYG: RT Bobby Hart (ankle, did not return), LB J.T. Thomas (quad)

DET: RB Dwayne Washington (quad), S Tavon Wilson (shoulder)

GAME CAPTAINS

Wide receiver Dwayne Harris, running back Shane Vereen, and cornerback Janoris Jenkins (not dressed) came out for the coin toss along with season-long captains Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, and Zak DeOssie. They were joined by former Giants Brandon Jacobs, Plaxico Burress, Chris Snee, and Justin Tuck, who were taking part in the 10-year anniversary celebration of Super Bowl XLII.