The numbers are what they are, but what's been the underlying problem behind Eli Manning's struggles this season?
Schwartz: Eli’s struggles started with his very first pass of the season, which was intercepted by DeMarcus Ware. It has been a myriad of things. The offensive line lost two starters, Chris Snee and David Baas, and has been unreliable most of the season and Manning has not been comfortable in the pocket. The running game was non-existent in the first half of the season. Hakeem Nicks in a contract year was expected to be the top receiver but he’s had a very disappointing season. Add all that into the fact that Manning has simply not thrown the ball well most of the season, missing passes he’s made in the past. The Giants were behind in games almost every week and there’s no doubt Manning has forced the issue with the offense in comeback mode. Thus, you have a 25-interception season.
What's concerns the Giants most about this Detroit Lions team?
Schwartz: Here’s a shocker but it’s
What do you see as the Giants' biggest advantage this week?
Schwartz: There is really no personnel advantage whatsoever for the Giants. The Lions are only ranked 23rd against the pass but the Giants will play their first game this season without Victor Cruz, who underwent knee surgery on Thursday. It would be surprising if Manning has much time to throw and if Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan can do much damage in the passing game. The only advantage for the Giants night be that their pass rush, led by Justin Tuck, might be able to get some heat on
Who is one player Lions fans might not know who could impact Sunday's game?
Schwartz: Rueben Randle is a second-year receiver from LSU and he leads the Giants with six touchdown receptions. He will start in place of injured Victor Cruz and he has excellent size and enough speed to break for some big plays. He averages 15.4 yards a catch and he does have the ability for yards after the catch. If the Lions opt to roll their coverage toward Hakeem Nicks, Randle is capable of getting down the field.
The Giants will win if ...
Schwartz: They do not turn the ball over, which has been Mission Impossible for them, as they have at least one turnover in every game this season, adding up to a ghastly and league-leading 39 turnovers. Their defense can keep them in games but not if the offense is giving the ball away and putting the defense in difficult situations.