Lions (1-4) At Giants (3-2): What To Watch

Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

There are always key matchups to watch in every NFL game, and this week is no exception. Let's take a look at some of the key 'games within the game' to keep an eye on Sunday when the 1-4 Detroit Lions come to New Meadowlands Stadium to face our 3-2 New York Giants.

  1. Chris Snee vs. Ndamukong Suh: Remember back in training camp when Snee, a two-time Pro Bowler, did not take kindly to being challenged by rookie linebacker Phillip Dillard? Well, you get the same sort of vibe this week as Snee has not taken kindly to questions about facing the highly-touted Lions' rookie. Something tells me Snee thinks Suh should be getting questions about facing him, so I will pay special attention to this matchup. Likely, Snee will get some help from Shaun O'Hara, if he plays, or Adam Koets. Still, this should be fun to watch.
  2. The Giants running game: The Lions, even with Suh in the middle of their line, give up 4.8 yards per running play -- third-worst in the league. The Giants have been showing signs of getting back to being the successful running team they were a couple of seasons ago, and you would think this game provides an opportunity to continue that. Unless, of course, Detroit wants to load the box and let Eli Manning throw at C.C. Brown all day.
  3. The Giants kickoff coverage -- Detroit averages 29 yards per kickoff return, fifth-best in the league, and kickoff returner Stefan Logan went 105 yards for a score last week against St. Louis. This is another area where the Giants have shown signs of improvement, and this group will definitely be challenged this week.
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