NY Giants 6, Detroit Lions 3: Daniel Jones’ TD run puts Big Blue on top

NY Giants 6, Detroit Lions 3: Daniel Jones’ TD run puts Big Blue on top

Art Stapleton
 

NFL writer

EAST RUTHERFORD – Giants coach Brian Daboll and Lions coach Dan Campbell will be on opposite sidelines Sunday inside MetLife Stadium, leading their respective teams, yet there was a time when Campbell worked for Daboll.

In fact. Daboll shared the story of their first encounter from a decade ago when Daboll had just taken over as Dolphins offensive coordinator under head coach Tony Sparano.

Sparano asked Daboll to interview Campbell for the job.

“It was a great interview,'” Daboll said of Campbell. “He’s slamming chairs on the ground and hitting walls and going through all these drills. You guys know him; he’s a fantastic person, great family. It was an entertaining interview. Knew a lot. Obviously, he was very passionate, tough as nails you could tell. He was out of breath in half that interview with the stuff he was doing. Yeah, great guy.”

Campbell joked with reporters in Detroit that Daboll may have exaggerated the interview a bit.

“Daboll, he tells that story to everybody,” Campbell said Friday. “He tells it to me every time I see him, we talk, he brings it up again. And I don’t remember throwing chairs through the walls or anything. That didn’t happen. But I did demo on chairs. But, yeah, he definitely exaggerated it. But I was sweating and I was out of breath, and I did use the chair.”

The Giants (7-2) are strongly in the mix for an NFL wild-card spot, and they find themselves just one game behind the Eagles (8-1) in the NFC East with eight games remaining. Here’s what to watch, and keep checking back for live updates and analysis throughout the game:

Daniel Jones has been working on his off-platform throws in recent weeks, drilling down with quarterbacks Shea Tierney with an emphasis of making plays downfield with his arm – even when there is yardage to gain with his legs.

Jones kept the Giants’ second possession going with one of those plays. He spun out of the pocket and found Matt Breida for a key first down. Then, later in the series, Jones punctuated the drive with a touchdown run on an old school keeper/quarterback sweep.

Kenny Golladay is active for the Giants after being benched for the second half last week following a pair of drops. How much the veteran receiver plays Sunday remains to be seen.

The Lions won’t have WR Josh Reynolds, but WR D.J. Chark will make his return for the Detroit offense.

Giants: WR David Sills, TE Daniel Bellinger (eye), OL Evan Neal (knee), OL Jack Anderson, OLB Quincy Roche, ILB Austin Calitro.

Lions: DL Charles Harris, CB Chase Lucas, OL Matt Nelson, DL Josh Paschal, Reynolds

Saquon shooting for 1K

Saquon Barkley, who is second in the NFL in rushing, needs 69 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. Derrick Henry of the Titans has a 79-yard lead over Barkley following Thursday night’s win at Green Bay. Barkley carried 35 times against Houston, and he could see a similar workload against the Lions (3-6).

“If it comes down to it and he needs 50 carries for us to win,” Daboll quipped, “then give him 50 carries.”

Shane Lemieux was added to the active roster from IR/designation to return, and he will start at left guard after missing the first nine games of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a serious toe injury.

Giants 24, Lions 20: How do you slow down a high-scoring offense? Well, first off, the challenge is on Wink Martindale’s defense to get after Lions quarterback Jared Goff, who does not fare well against the blitz. Secondly, the Giants can keep Detroit on the sideline if they run the ball as well as they did last week. Another factor: the weather is expected to be in the mid-to-high 30s with winds gusting as strong as 20 mph. Justin Fields gave the Lions fits with his running ability last week, and expect Daniel Jones to do the same, especially working in tandem with Barkley. This is a game the Giants have to have, and a win sets them up at 8-2 with a legitimate chance to send a message to the rest of the NFC East on Thanksgiving after that.

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