Kickoff: 7:10 p.m. EDT
Site: Ford Field
Surface: Field Turf
TV: ESPN/WABC 7 Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
Radio: WFAN 660AM and 101.9FM Bob Papa, Carl Banks, Howard Cross Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason and Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (NYG), 93 (Det) XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NYG), 225 (Det).
The Line: Lions by 5 1/2; O/U 47
Referee: Clete Blakeman
The Series: This is the 42nd meeting between two the NFL's oldest franchises. The series is tied, 20-20-1. The Giants won each of the last 3 meetings, in 2007, 2010, and 2013. The teams have met once in the postseason, when the Lions defeated the Giants, 26-7, in the 1935 NFL Championship Game.
Last Meeting: 12/22/13: Giants 23 at Lions 20 (OT). New York WR Jerrel Jernigan has 6 catches for 80 yards & TD. Giants S Will Hill records 38-yard INT-TD in 4th quarter.
Giants celebrate 90th season...The Giants will wear a patch on their jerseys this season to commemorate their 90th season in the National Football League. Entering this season, since playing their first game on Oct. 11, 1925, the Giants have a regular-season record of 661-547-44, a winning percentage of .547. The 661 victories are the third-most in NFL history, behind only the Chicago Bears (730) and Green Bay Packers (698).
Giants: OUT: WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (hamstring), OL James Brewer (back), DT Markus Kuhn (ankle) PROBABLE: LB Jon Beason (foot), OT Charles Brown (shoulder), OL Brandon Mosley (back), OL Adam Snyder, DE Kerry Wynn, DT Jay Bromley
Lions: OUT: S Don Carey (hamstring) DOUBTFUL: S James Ihedigbo (knee/neck) PROBABLE: DT Caraun Reid (shoulder)
Have 49 wins in road openers, 2nd most in NFL history…QB Eli Manning has started 151 consecutive games, longest active streak by QB. Passed for 3,818 yards last year & is only NYG QB with 9 3,000-yard seasons in row. Has won 8 of 12 starts on MNF…
RB Rashad Jennings set career highs last year (with Oak.) in rush yards (733), rush TDs (6), rec. (36) & rec. yards (292)…
WR Victor Cruz has 241 catches for 3,626 yards & 23 TDs in past 3 years, averaging 80.3 catches, 1,208.7 yards & 7.7 TDs per season. WR Rueben Randle had career-best 41 catches, 611 yards & 6 TDs last year...
Pro Bowl S Antrel Rolle led team with 95 tackles & 6 INTs in 2013. His 6 INTs were most by S in NFL last season. CB Prince Amukamara had career-high 13 PD last year. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had 3 INTs, incl. 75-yard TD, & 14 PD with Den. last year.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul is only DE in NFL with INT-TD in each of past 2 seasons. DE Mathias Kiwanuka had 2 sacks & FF in last year’s meeting…
Host 1st MNF game on Kickoff Weekend since 1971…QB Matthew Stafford passed for 4,650 yards last year, 3rd consecutive 4,500-yard season. Only QB in NFL history with 3 4,500-yard seasons in 1st 5 years. Since 2011, has 14,655 yards, 2nd most in NFL…
Last year, RB Reggie Bush had career-best 1,512 scrimmage yards (1,006 rush, 506 rec.). Scored 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.). RB Joique Bell led team with career-high 8 rush TDs last season…
Since 2011, Pro Bowl WR Calvin Johnson leads NFL with 5,137 rec. yards & 111.7 rec. yards per game. Only player in NFL history with 5,000 rec. yards in 3-year span. In past 2 seasons, has 18 100-yard games. In career, has 5 200-yard games, tied for most in NFL history.
Last year (with Sea.), WR-PR Golden Tate was only player in NFL with 800+ rec. (898) & 500+ PR (585) yards…
LB DeAndre Levy had 6 INTs last year, tied for most ever by Det. LB in season. LB Stephen Tulloch led team with 135 tackles. Since 2010, Pro Bowl DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 27.5 sacks, most by DT in NFC.