Odell Beckham Jr. Returns, but Giants Sputter Against Lions

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay catches a 45-yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit Sunday Sept. 10 2017

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay catches a 45-yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit Sunday Sept. 10 2017

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr is getting closer to a return from an ankle injury, with the early prognosis ahead of Monday night's game being that the Giants wide receiver will take to the field - NY head coach Ben McAdoo said that Beckham responded well to his first practice in more than three weeks on Thursday. It was the fifth-longest punt return in team history.

The Lions, per our team rankings, which are based off our nERD metric, are the NFL's 22nd-best squad, while the Giants come in just ahead of them at 20th.

Following a weird sequence of back-to-back turnovers from each team on back-to-back plays in the second quarter, Stafford tossed his second touchdown of the game, this one to Eric Ebron, from seven yards out that gave the Lions a lead they'd never relinquish. We can run the ball better.

Detroit had only 12 first downs, and Stafford was held to 122 yards passing.

The Lions fifth-round draft pick from Dollars returned a punt 88 yards for a back-breaking touchdown in the fourth quarter of Detroit's 24-10 win over NY. Which of these NY offenses turns up tonight may depend on how effective the Lions can disrupt them and get in Manning's face. That led to the field goal. Just as crippling is his inability to keep this third-down play alive.

But of course, that doesn't happen without a group effort, and the Giants have bigger problems than that one play. That put the dagger in the Giants. After the Giants failed to extend that drive, Agnew scored his punt-return touchdown.

"That was the biggest play of the game", Marshall said. "I've got to find a way to make that work".

"Hey, you lose a game, you only score 10 points you deserve some criticism, " Manning said Tuesday on WFAN. "Coach McAdoo knows I can handle it". You really have to wonder how much coaching is this guy absorbing? That's nine yards per catch, without a touchdown.

At 11:45 in the second quarter, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul turned the Lions right tackle, stripping the ball as Matt Stafford was ready to release. Backup LB J.T. Thomas (groin) was ruled out early in the second half. Manning was sacked five times and was hit eight other times. So, like I said, we're definitely taking major strides in the right direction.

If McAdoo came into this game needing to fix his broken offense, he comes out of it needing to repair his team's broken psyche, to channel the deepest part of his leadership profile and get his team back on track.

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