*A look at the state of the Giants following the team's MNF loss to the Lions: *
After the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Lions on Monday night, Ben McAdoo told the media the same thing he said to his players just a few minutes prior in the locker room: put this game on him.
"Because we're not playing complete, complementary football," the second-year head coach said. "We had a turnover in the first half, then we come back and turn the ball right back over. We get a stop and a chance to get the ball back, we give up a punt return for a touchdown. Just too many issues. We've got to play and feed off of each other and we're not doing that right now, and I've got to find a way to make that work."
After cutting it to a seven-point deficit by the start of the fourth quarter, the Giants needed a stop and a score to tie things up. They got the first part, but they went three-and-out on the ensuing drive, setting up a Brad Wing punt. He boomed it 60 yards to the Lions 12, where Jamal Agnew caught it at his feet and then weaved his way for an 88-yard touchdown and a 24-10 lead with 12:56 to play.
IT WAS OVER WHEN
On fourth-and-10 with 4:34 to play, Eli Manning threw an incomplete pass to Odell Beckham Jr., handing the ball back to Matthew Stafford to bleed the clock with a two-possession lead. On their previous drive, the Giants came up just short of the sticks on a pass to Shane Vereen on fourth-and-three.
Down 17-7, the Giants found a spark in the third quarter thanks to a third-down conversion by Beckham, a 38-yard catch by tight end Jerell Adams, and a 17-yard grab Brandon Marshall to set up first-and-goal at the one. But then a holding penalty on Brett Jones brought it back to the 11. The Giants eventually got to fourth-and-goal at the two, and McAdoo kept the offense on the field. That's when Manning was called for a delay of game as the Giants settled for a field goal.
The Giants have failed to eclipse 20 points in eight consecutive games, including postseason. It is the longest active streak in the NFL.
AROUND THE LOCKER ROOM
"I felt like a little bit of myself, just still not there. Came out and do what I can." – Beckham on his first game back from an ankle injury
"We've just got to keep holding our own. We know our offense is going to come around just like last year; they came around. We've just got to hold [the opponents] down, now we've just got to hold them down to maybe three points and keep them from the red zone and stop the big plays." – safety Landon Collins
"You know, they're a good front four. Some of the best players on their defense [are on] their front four, so we knew we were going to have to get the ball out quickly at times. They were playing some coverage where I thought I was going to have some chances to get the ball downfield and I knew I was going to have to buy some time, move around a little bit on those plays and just didn't have the opportunity on some." – Manning on Detroit's pressure
WHAT THE LOSS MEANS FOR THE GIANTS
McAdoo's head coaching career began with two victories a year ago, but now his 2017 team is in a 0-2 hole. Coming off the Monday night game, the Giants have a short week to prepare for the Eagles (1-1) in their first of back-to-back road games.
"We've got to do better," McAdoo said. "We dug ourselves into a hole. No one feels sorry for us. We've got to find a way to get better and get better in a hurry."
WHAT THE WIN MEANS FOR THE LIONS
Detroit is 2-0 for the first since starting the 2011 season with five consecutive wins. The Lions return home in Week 3 to host the reigning NFC champion Falcons, who are also undefeated.
"I think it's just another football game," Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said when asked about not having a big road win like that for a couple years. "The dimensions of the field were going to be the same. The team we were playing is a good football team, a playoff caliber football team with a great defense and talented offense. Any time you can go on the road in this league and play a team like that and get a win in a tough environment, it's a good thing."