Detroit Lions vs New York Giants NFL Week 11 – Predictions

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Sunday, November 18
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Your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger has put the Local Detroit Media selections for the game on Sunday against the New York Giants in this post. I have also included the ESPN experts picks and MSNBC’s Jay Novaceks choice.

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Detroit Lions vs New York Giants NFL Week 11 – Preview

This Week's Game

(6-3) (6-3)

Sunday, November 18
1:00 pm ET on

Detroit, after wilting in the Valley of the Sun against the Arizona Cardinals with a 31-21 loss come home to Ford Field to take on the New York Giants.

  • Detroit Lions Offense vs New York Giants Defense

Detroit’s offense will be challenged by New York’s highly rated defense. Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz has said that the Lions will get back to utilizing the rushing game this week. The Giants have the 8th ranked overall defense and are 9th stopping the run and 9th defending the pass. Detroit will have to get RB Kevin Jones some running room which in turn will slow down the Giants pass rushers who lead the league in sacks. Giants Defensive Ends Osi Umenyoria, Michael Strahan and Justin Tuck will give Detroit’s offensive tackles Jeff Backus and George Foster much trouble protecting QB Jon Kitna. If Kitna does not have time to throw from the pocket it usually leads to sacks and fumbles or hurried throws and interceptions. Detroit has given up the most QB sacks in the NFL this season so this is a matchup that favors the potent Giants defensive front. Kitna will be executing a passing offense ranked 9th by throwing to Wideouts Roy Williams, Mike Furrey, Shaun McDonald and Calvin Johnson with his sore back. New York Corner Backs Sam Madison and Aaron Ross will rely on the pass rush to get to Kitna or safety help to help slow down the Lions receivers. No doubt the Giants are aware how well the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins were with a 4 man rush stopping the Lions Passing offense.

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Detroit Lions vs New York Giants NFL Week 11 – Updates

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Sunday November 18, 2007 @ 1:00 Ford Field

TV: Fox Network with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa

  • Fumble was the Right Call – NFL Supervisor of Officials

A play that happened as the Lions were driving early in the 3rd Quarter against Arizona last Sunday hoping to cut the 10 point half time Cardinal lead to 3 points. The Lions had 1st and 10 at the Cardinal 26 on their 1st possession of the half. Offensive coordinator called an end around by WR Shaun McDonald. Arizona LB Karlos Dansby had the play figured out and McDonald was trying to avoid the pursuit and going backward until the LB hit Shaun and brought him down for a 15 yard loss. It appeared on TV replays that McDonald’s forearm and elbow hit the turf causing the ball to come loose. Dansby recovered the ball which was ruled a fumble on the field. Lion Coach Rod Marinelli challenged the ruling and Referee Walt Coleman upheld the call after going under the hood to review the play. Arizona scored in only 5 plays and the potential 3 point game was now a 17 point lead and essentially was over. Mike Pereira Supervisor of NFL Officials said on Tuesday that the play was ruled correctly. Evidently McDonald’s hand with the ball in it hit the ground and the ball was coming loose before his forearm and elbow hit the turf.  

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Detroit Lions vs New York Giants NFL Week 11 – Tidbits

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Sunday November 18, 2007 @ 1:00 Ford Field 

TV: Fox Network with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa

  • Lisfranc Injuries to Colts and Chiefs Stars? 

Rumors are out that Indianapolis Colts DE Dwight Freeney and Kansas City Chief RB Larry Johnson have both suffered Lisfranc injuries to their feet. No official report has come from either team but the net is full of stories. Detroit Lions fans have seen the consequences from having a Lisfranc injury. RB Kevin Jones suffered the injury last December and still is limited to what he is able to do with the Lions during practices. Last week during the game in Arizona, according to Coach Rod Marinelli, Jones suffered some soreness in his foot and played very little in the 2nd half. Here is a clip from one of the stories on the net.

ESPN reported that Freeney might have suffered a Lisfranc injury that will require season-ending surgery.
There also are suspicions around the league, incidentally, that Kansas City Chiefs tailback Larry Johnson might have suffered a Lisfranc injury.

Source: Mark Maske’s NFL Insider

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Detroit Lions Week 11 NFL Power Rankings

  • NFL Power Rankings for Week 11

The Detroit Lions fell a little bit, after the loss they suffered in Arizona, in all the Week 11 NFL Power Rankings by the entities that do the Weekly NFL Power Rankings. Your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger is providing this NFL Power Rankings post as a regular weekly feature during the NFL Regular Season. I am using the same 5 NFL Power Rankings sites each week. The 5 are:

  1. Fox Sports NFL Power Rankings
  2. ESPN NFL Power Rankings
  3. Cold Hard Football Facts NFL Power Rankings
  4. CBS Sportsline Power Rankings
  5. Peter King Monday Morning QB – SI

Source: Fox Sports NFL Power Rankings

Peter Schrager dropped the Lions to 12th, a descent of 4 spots, this week from week 10 NFL Power Rankings. Schrager was singing the ‘Same old Lions’ song after Detroit’s showing in the Valley of the Sun:

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Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals NFL Week 10 – Recap

  • NFL Week 10 Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals – Recap

Photos in article Source: Detroit News Kevin Jones, Jon Kitna, Roy Williams

In a NFL road game that could have cemented the Detroit Lions as legitimate playoff contenders in the NFC, the Arizona Cardinals dominated defensively and won 31-21. The score was closer then the game actually was as the Cardinals defense controlled the Lions offense throughout the game.  As impressive as the last 2 Lion wins were the performance against the Cardinals was just the opposite, very un-impressive. In the NFL it is very difficult to win games on the road and this game was another example. Included in the game by the Lions was:

  • Season high 10 Penalties
  • Season high 5 Turnovers
  • 4 Sacks of QB Jon Kitna
  • Negative 18 yards rushing, Lowest in NFL since 1948 but surprisingly only the Lions 2nd worst against the Cardinals 
  • Inability to get 1 yard on the ground on 3 attempts on 2 different possessions deep in Arizona territory one of those on a 4th and 1
  • Relentless pressure of Kitna by Arizona defenders
  • Only 8 rushing attempts and 49 passing attempts 

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Detroit Lions fall to 6-3 after loss to Arizona Cardinals 31-21

  • Detroit drops to 6-3 after suffering from road woes and Arizona easily wins 31-21

Looking like a completely different team the Detroit Lions lost badly again on the road, this time to the Arizona Cardinals 31-21. Your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger predicted yesterday that the Cardinals would win 31-27 in a close game. The game was not really close and this is the 5th straight time the Lions have lost to the Arizona Cardinals in Arizona. Here is how futile it was for the Lions:

  • QB Jon Kitna sacked 4 times, pressured relentlessly, hit numerous times
  • Kitna threw 2 interceptions
  • Lions lost 3 fumbles 
  • Only ran the ball 8 times with 49 passes
  • Total rushing yardage for the Lions was negative 18
  • Lots of penalties, 10 for 70 yards including 3 by T George Foster before he was benched 
  • 4 straight Arizona possessions after the 1st quarter, when the Cardinals didn’t turn the ball over, that ended with Cardinal TDs: in other words no punts by the Cardinals until they had a 17 point lead
  • Lots of injuries, CB Fernando Bryant looked serious, S Gerald Alexander, CBs Keith Smith and Travis Fischer all returned to game
  • 3 times the Lions failed to get 1 yard running the ball, needed for a 1st down, twice on 3rd and 1 and once on 4th and 1
  • Special teams coverage was not nearly as good as it has been recently
  • Screen pass defense was exploited for a long gain when the game was still close
  • After taking an early 7-0 lead Detroit turned the ball over and then had 4 straight 3 and outs and Arizona scored 17 points to end the 1st half and essentially the game
  • Detroit only had two 1st downs in the 1st half
  • Arizona dominated Time of Possession, 1st half especially, 21:17 to Detroit 8:43

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Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals NFL Week 10 – Predictions

  • Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals NFL Week 10 – Predictions 
(6-2) (3-5)

Sunday, November 11
4:15 pm ET on

Your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger has put the Local Detroit Media selections for the game on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals in this post. I have also included the ESPN experts picks and MSNBC’s Jay Novaceks choice.

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Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals NFL Week 10 – Preview

  • Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals NFL Week 10 – Preview

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Sunday November 11, 2007 @ 4:15 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

TV: Fox with Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli and Kevin McCabe

Detroit, after an impressive performance routing the Denver Broncos 44-7 Week 9 travels to Arizona. The Lions face the Arizona Cardinals losers of 3 straight including last week’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-10.

  • Detroit Lions Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Defense

Detroit has used a more balanced offensive attack the last 2 weeks. The Lions must continue to be balanced this week against the Cardinals NFL 9th rated overall defense. QB Jon Kitna will continue to spread the ball around to Wideouts Roy Williams from Detroit Lions siteRoy Williams, Calvin Johnson, Shaun McDonald and Mike Furrey. They will be going up against the Cardinals 7th ranked passing defense with ex-Lion FS Terrance Holt and CB Eric Green. RB Kevin Jones will get the bulk of the rushing attempts but look for RB T.J. Duckett to get carries for a change of pace. Arizona’s rushing defense, ranked 18th in the NFL, will depend on LB Gerald Hayes and SS Adrian Wilson to stuff the Lions running game. Detroit’s offensive line must protect Kitna to keep the Cardinals, 12th in the NFL in QB sacks, from pressuring the QB. If Kitna has time, and he has been sacked more than any QB in the NFL this season, he should be able to have some success against the Cardinals defensive backs who are 25th in the league getting interceptions. Detroit’s 12th overall offense has a better reputation than it actually is. The ‘experts’ all rave about genius Mike Martz’s offense being high powered and all passing all the time. Martz himself says right now the offense is just ok.

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Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals NFL Week 10 – Updates

  • Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals NFL Week 10 – Tidbits

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Sunday November 11, 2007 @ 4:15 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

TV: Fox with Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli and Kevin McCabe reporting

  • 2nd Half of NFL Season Starts in the Desert

Detroit starts their 2nd half of the season in Glendale, Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadiumat the site of Super Bowl XLII battling the Arizona Cardinals. Sticking with Coach Marinelli’s ‘one snap at a time’ the players are only focusing on the Cardinals and not thinking about the seemingly difficult 2nd half schedule that the Lions face.

“It’s definitely all about Arizona,” said defensive end Jared DeVries. “There are no easy wins in this league and as far as I’m concerned and this team is concerned, we don’t care or know who we play next.”

Source: Detroit Lions article by Chrissie Wywrot

  • Cardinal Coach Whisenhut Compliments Lions Defense

During the Detroit media conference call with Arizona Coach Whisenhunt this week, Whisenhunt had many complimentary things to say about the Lions defense. Here are some of the highlights I heard:

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