MetLife Stadium —The Detroit Lions came into MetLife Stadium with a chip on their shoulder and they inserted their dominance on the NY Giants for sixty-minutes.
The New York Giants gave a lackluster effort for the first time this season under first-year head coach Brian Daboll.
Running back Jamaal Williams ran for a career-high three touchdowns, the Lions beat the New York Giants 31-18 Sunday, posting consecutive roads wins and their first three-game winning streak since November 2017.
“Everything that we said we had to do and needed to do to beat this team, we did that for almost all of the game,” Campbell said. “There were a couple of spots in there. These guys are playing their (butts) off and they’re starting to figure out a way to win.”
The Lions (4-6) now already have one more victory than they did last season, when they went 3-13-1.
The 31 points were the most allowed by the Giants since a 34-10 loss in Philadelphia last Dec. 26.
The G-Men couldn’t get any pressure on Jared Goff, he threw dimes all over the field and the Lions’ offense didn’t have a turnover for the second straight game.
The Lions shut down NFL leading rusher Saquon Barkley and had him running side to side instead going downhill carrying defenders.
Daniel Jones’ touchdown run gave the Giants a 6-3 lead late in the first quarter and New York was ahead with a little more than six minutes left in the half when Aidan Hutchinson changed the momentum of the contest.
Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was a menace all game long, he intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble to help set up 14 points for Detroit.
Jones was 27 of 44 for 341 yards dropped back to pass on a second-and-6 at his own 31 yard line. He didn’t see Hutchinson in coverage and he picked the ball at the 37 and returned it 19 yards to the 19. Williams scored three plays later and the Lions led 10-6 and never trailed again.
“It just wasn’t good enough today,” Daboll said. “Again, it’s hard to overcome three turnovers.”
The Giants trailed at halftime, 17-6, their second-largest deficit after two quarters this season. In the opener at Tennessee, they were behind, 13-0. Sunday’s halftime deficit was the Giants’ largest at home since they trailed Dallas, 15-3, on Dec. 19, 2021.
The Giants gained 413 yards and had 25 first downs, both their second-highest totals of the season but the turnovers was there achilles heel.
The G-Men (7-3) got 3-yard touchdown runs by Jones and Matt Breida. J also threw a late TD to Richie James but also was intercepted twice, his first picks since Week 3.
Goff finished 17 of 26 for 165 yards with Amon-Ra St. Brown catching seven passes for 76 yards. The Lions gained 163 yards rushing, led by Justin Jackson (66) and Williams (64).
“He’s our horse,” Goff said of Williams, who has 12 rushing touchdowns this season. “Anytime we get down there, tight in the red zone, it feels automatic with him at times. As a quarterback, sometimes you want to throw them in, but Jamaal is automatic.
Barkley finished with 22 yards on 15 carries. Jones led New York with 50 yards on seven carries.
“I think we’re all pretty disappointed with our effort today and how we played,” Jones said, “and we’re not up to our standard to, you know, what we’re capable of doing.”
Lions: Host Buffalo in their annual Thanksgiving game.
Giants: Travel to Dallas for a rare Thanksgiving game for New York.