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3 Keys to a Giants' victory against the Lions

stafford-center-91417.jpg highlights three keys for the Giants to get a "W" on Monday night:

After a fall in Dallas, the Giants embraced the long week to prepare for the Detroit Lions, who come to MetLife Stadium on Monday night.

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Big Blue has won four of its last five games against Detroit, including a 17-6 victory last season in Week 15. Here are three ways they can make it five of the last six:


As coach Ben McAdoo said, their "complementary football was non-existent" last Sunday. Dallas doubled up the Giants in time of possession in the first half and held the ball for nearly 10 more minutes for the entire night. The Giants offense couldn't stay on the field, the defense couldn't get off it at times, and return yards on special teams were down. As a result, the Giants never began a drive beyond their own 25-yard line, which they did four times because of touchbacks. On the other six possessions, they began with their backs squarely against the Dallas end zone at the six, nine, 10 (twice), 11 and 14-yard lines.

"Where we go from here: have to make a big jump from Week 1 to Week 2," McAdoo said. "We're blessed to have a long week this week. Have to play complementary team football and take care of each other in all three phases."

A look at the expected starters for the Lions on Monday night


The Giants had an average of 8.4 yards to go on second down in Week 1. Third down is called the money down, but it's hard to cash in if you're not gaining any headway on first and second. While they need to be makeable third downs, they also need to be timely to keep key drives alive. The Giants have to stay on schedule and ahead of the chains. The opposite is true for the defense. Dallas was 8-for-15 on third down last week.


Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a pick-six on his second throw of the season in his game against the Cardinals. He eventually shook it off and went on to throw four touchdowns in a 35-23 victory, but the Giants will try to capitalize in the turnover department. Takeaways tend to come in bunches, like we saw last season, and the Giants were unable to get any last week against Dallas. As bleak as things looked at times at AT&T Stadium, the Giants were just one big play from flipping the field and getting right back in the game.

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