3 things we learned as Giants lost to Lions

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At 0-2, ESPN's Football Power Index gives NY a 7.2-percent chance to make the playoffs.

It was fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line and Giants coach Ben McAdoo made a decision to go for it with his team down by 10 points late in the third quarter of Monday's game against the Lions. A punt returned for a touchdown pretty much guarantees an "A" grade for special teams, how could it not?

The head coach was discussing a delay of game penalty by the offense deep in the redzone, before going on a brief rant about "sloppy quarterback play" from his veteran under center.

"The team we were playing is a good football team, a playoff-caliber football team with a great defense and talented offense".

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

But then, when explaining what happened when the Giants were hit with a delay of game penalty when he chose to go for it on fourth down with five minutes left in the third quarter down by 10 points, he wasn't putting this on himself anymore.

New York's record fell to 0-2 on Monday night, as the franchise's two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback was responsible for blunder after blunder in a 24-10 loss to the Lions. That led to the field goal.

NY is 0-1 after falling 19-3 to Dallas in Week 1.

Flowers has had a brutal start to his third season and was mostly non-competitive matched up with Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, yielding three of Detroit's five sacks of Manning as well as a quarterback hurry. In the second quarter, Eli Manning threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram. He would be missed and having him on the field could be the difference that the Giants need. That put the dagger in the Giants. Today's big game comes from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and has a scheduled start time of 8.30 p.m. ET. I've never been one to get too concerned about the crossing of players. "And with that being said, that's what I'm going to do".

"I think that's stuff you guys like to talk about and write about", said Stafford, who threw touchdown passes of 27 yards to Marvin Jones and 7 to Eric Ebron.

Why can't these Giants get things going? He finished 29 of 41 for 292 yards, four touchdowns and a pick and shut everybody up that was complaining about his new, monster contract. The drive was set up when by the Whitehead interception.

Lions SS Tavon Wilson (shoulder) left in the second half.

Tonight he correctly audibled away from blitzes at least five times, which not only gained solid run yardage, but also probably saved him from about at least two big hits. They failed to get the snap off and were called for delay of game.

A 38-yard pass from Manning to the backup tight end Jerell Adams gave the Giants the ball at the Detroit 1-yard line near the midpoint of the third quarter.



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