Every week during the regular season, the opposing head coach and sometimes a player speak to the Detroit media via conference call. This week it was only Giants head coach Ben McAdoo on the conference call, but we perused giants.com to see what else Giants players were saying about Monday's contest.
So, what did they have to say about this week's matchup?
1. McAdoo said All-Pro receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was limited in his return to practice Thursday and "didn't do much." Beckham suffered a high ankle sprain in the preseason Aug. 21. Thursday was the first time he's returned to practice since. He sat out New York's Week 1 loss in Dallas, a game in which New York scored just three points. McAdoo said the decision for him to play on Monday will come from the medical staff.
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2. Quarterback Eli Manning is impressed by how much Detroit's defense and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin mix up their coverages, and give opposing offense's a multitude of different looks.
"I think they do a good job of playing kind of every coverage you can imagine and mixing up how they're doing it," he said.
3. Lions rookie receiver Kenny Golladay had two touchdowns in his NFL debut last week. McAdoo says Golladay will be a matchup challenge for his secondary due to his combination of size, athleticism and speed.
4. McAdoo likened Detroit's rotation along their defensive line to that of a hockey line. The Lions do a lot of shifting, and rotate players in and out in an attempt to keep them fresh. McAdoo was particularly impressed with Detroit's play off the edge after watching the Week 1 film.
"A lot of it starts with the way they compress the pockets out there with the defensive ends," he said.
5. Manning didn't seem too worried about New York's poor offensive showing in a 19-3 loss to the Cowboys Week 1. The Giants had just 233 total yards of offense and 12 first downs, but were playing without Beckham. Manning said their issues are just about execution and nothing else.
6. One player who jumped out on film to McAdoo and his staff was Lions second-year defensive end Anthony Zettel, who had a sack and seven pressures last week vs. Arizona. McAdoo commented about the jump he's seen in Zettel from last year to this year. He called him a very physical and combative player.
7. New York's offensive game plan going in is to take what the Lions' defense gives them, but if there are some opportunities to throw it down the field, McAdoo said Manning is never shy in taking those shots. Manning is one of 11 quarterbacks in NFL history to throw 300 passes of 25-plus yards.