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NFL Game Preview: Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants (-11 ½)

Eli ManningThere was just something in the sports betting air for NFL week 5 that had one of the NFL predictions being the Detroit Lions getting their first win of the season over the St. Louis Rams. It certainly was not the Rams’ record as they came into the game 2-2. It was just something about the Lions. Rookie running back Jahvid Best was back in action in week 5, and all of the stars seemed to line up for the Lions last week.

The New York Giants are not playing great football but, luckily for them, neither is the rest of the NFC East. The NFC East was supposed to be one of the most competitive divisions in football this season, but after five weeks of play it seems like the winner of the division will be the one who can hold on to a .500 record.

The Giants are coming off a very impressive victory last week over the Houston Texans. The Texans are a playoff caliber team, and the Giants shut down the Houston offense and made the prolific Texans running game useless. The Giants showed why they have the best defense in the NFL in their win over the Texans, and they showed that they know how to shut down a passing tandem like Houston quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson.

The NFL betting in this game is extremely lopsided, and the reason for that is the Giants defense. The Giants offense is playing well, but penalties at the wrong times are constantly pushing the Giants offense backwards. Quarterback Eli Manning is having another Pro Bowl season with 1,302 yards and eight touchdowns. However, Manning has also thrown eight interceptions this season and that is typical of the up and down season the Giants offense is having.

The NFL scores from week six will probably not shine brightly on the Detroit Lions. But, the Lions are re-building and a game against the best defense in the league is a necessary step in the growth of a young offense. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is still recovering from a week one injury, and that means that veteran Sean Hill will be under center again for the Lions. That may be a blessing in disguise for the Lions as the calming presence of the veteran quarterback that led the team to its first win of the season may help rookies like Best get through and learn from what will certainly be a challenging game for the Detroit offense.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions are pleased with the progress of rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. He already has three sacks this season and is playing every bit like the first-round draft pick that he is. Suh by himself may not be enough to shut down the Giants offense, but he will get some valuable experience in this game.

While the Lions do not stand much of a chance of winning this game, they do have a great opportunity. In order to improve, you must play teams that are better than yours. The Giants are most definitely a better football team than the Lions.

Pick: New York Giants 37-28

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