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Giants at Lions 2014: First look at Monday match-up

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Let's take an early look at Monday's Giants-Lions match-up.

Ndamukong Suh
Ndamukong Suh
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The New York Giants are 5-point underdogs to the Detroit Lions in Monday's season-opening game, and there is a reason for that. Let's take an early look at the matchup.

When the Giants have the ball

We know the Giants offense has been a work in progress throughout the preseason. Everyone hopes to see a smoother, more efficient offense now that cuts have been made and the Giants will put in a full game plan against the Lions.

Detroit's defensive front figures to provide a stout test for the Giants' rebuilt offensive line. Weston Richburg will get an NFL baptism by fire Monday night when three-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro Ndamukong Suh lines up across from him.

The Lions were 23rd in the league vs. the pass last season. If the Giants can give Eli Manning time perhaps the Giants can get their passing attack untracked.

When the Lions have the ball

I don't know about you, but the thing I am most looking forward to when Detroit has the ball is to see how the Giants ballyhooed new secondary stands up against Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford and his cadre of weapons. Stafford has the planet's best receiver in Calvin Johnson, along with Golden Tate, tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Eric Ebron and running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell at his disposal.

Game Notes

This is the 42nd regular season meeting between the two teams with the series tied at 20-20-1 ... The Giants next victory will be Tom Coughlin's 171st. That would move him past Paul Brown and tie him with Joe Gibbs on the all-time list ... The Giants have a 22-33-1 record on Monday Night Football ... Eli Manning's streak of 151 straight starts is the longest among any active NFL player.