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NFL week 16 preview: Detroit Lions v. New York Giants

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Well, I guess the NFL season marches on. The loss on Monday Night Football to the Baltimore Ravens is still lingering. It pretty much ended the Lions' playoff chances, but it didn't kill them. If the Lions can win out, and if the Packers and Bears both lose a game, and one of them is guaranteed a loss in the season finale, they will still make the playoffs. Still, that seems unlikely. Now the best we can hope for is a winning record, or maybe a .500 record. Detroit has one last final chance, one last hope, and they have to win this week. They are at home, and they are playing the Giants.

The New York Giants are pretty bad. Of course, so were Tampa Bay, and the Bucs beat the Lions on home. That was when it all started to go awry for this team. The turnovers piled up. The Lions play took a dive. They started to lose. Can they right the ship finally. At least they are playing a quarterback that turns the ball over even more than Matthew Stafford.

Eli Manning is having an awful year. The Giants can't run the ball, while the Lions are good against the run. Victor Cruz is hurt. This isn't a good offensive line, so maybe the Lions will actually get some pass rush. Maybe Chris Houston will be back, which would be good for Detroit's defense. On the road, I don't expect the Giants to be able to do much on offense. Of course, the Ravens didn't do much, but their 18 points was enough.

That puts the onus on the offense to, simply put, not screw it up. Stafford can't throw picks. Not fumbling would be nice. Maybe guys can actually catch the ball, and that includes Calvin Johnson. The Giants actually have a good defense, so this is concerning. Nobody can stop Megatron except himself, as he proved last week. Will Reggie Bush come through? Additionally, Brandon Pettigrew will be out. Joseph Fauria can catch the ball, but he can't do much else.

It is hard to pick the Lions at the point. Even though they are at home and clearly the better team, this team is not to be trusted. At this point, all the turnovers seem less fluky. Coach Schwartz's coaching issues become more evident. Still, I am taking Detroit. They will earn at least one more win. Maybe their playoff hopes will still be alive. Or maybe this will spell the end of the Lions' playoff hopes. Later than usual, but still a Lions tradition.


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