[1:00 PM] Lions @ Giants

What will be the match result?

Detroit Lions (9-4)

@ New York Giants (9-4)


The line for this game is Giants by 4.5 points.

Matthew Stafford isn’t going to let a dislocated digit prevent him from helping the Detroit Lions show they’re No. 1 in the NFC North. With glove expected in tow, Stafford and the surging Lions could wrap up the division title with a road win against the New York Giants on Sunday and a Green Bay loss to Chicago.

Cornerback Darius Slay routinely covers the opponent’s top wide receiver without much fanfare — so little in fact that the 25-year-old felt he was snubbed from last season’s Pro Bowl. Detroit’s running game could be stuck in neutral again with Theo Riddick (wrist, ankle) sitting out practice this week and backup Zach Zenner in the league’s concussion protocol. Tight end Eric Ebron, who is a native of Newark, N.J., has just 70 yards receiving over his last three games after reaching that mark in each of his previous three contests.

Eli Manning has failed to eclipse 200 passing yards in each of his last three games and tossed three interceptions in that stretch, causing the two-time Super Bowl MVP to cast a critical eye on his own performance. A 31st-ranked running game hasn’t helped matters, with Rashad Jennings (team-leading 459 yards) limited to just 64 yards in his last two contests heading into a tilt with the 11th-ranked Lions’ rush defense (97.7).

New York WR Sterling Shepard has reeled in a touchdown reception in four of his last five games and his six on the season ties him for second-best in the NFL among rookies.

Detroit DE Kerry Hyder has collected six of his team-leading eight sacks in his last six games on the road.

 Giants DE Olivier Vernon has recorded seven sacks in his last six contests.


StreakSmarts Pick: New York Giants

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick