For the Giants to keep their season afloat, they needed to come away with a victory on the road against the Lions with a tough schedule ahead. But they dropped their fourth straight game in a 31-26 loss to Detroit to fall to 2-6 on the season. >> Box Score
Seven Takeaways from Sunday's loss...
1) A week after losing three fumbles and having a sub-par game against the Cardinals, rookie QB Daniel Jones had a big bounce back game. He was 28-for-41 with 322 yards and four touchdowns to no interceptions. There were a couple plays that Jones would love to have back, especially the Lions' first touchdown on what was deemed a lateral to Saquon Barkley. However, he did have some nice passes like his two touchdown throws to Darius Slayton -- the second being a beautifully thrown deep ball that Slayton could only go up to grab. Improvement is what the Giants want to see, and that's what occurred in Detroit for Jones.
2) Opposite Jones was Matthew Stafford, who also had a great game with 342 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The Giants secondary was getting torched all game long, with Kenny Golladay leading the way for the Lions with 123 yards and two touchdowns. With New York able to stuff the run, Stafford was forced to pass. But they could only come up with four sacks while Stafford had a lot of time on many of his throws.
3) Speaking of Slayton, the Auburn product showed the Giants once again that he can go up and get a football over a defender. He did it twice for his touchdowns, and could've had a third on what was a questionable no-call in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Progression of the fifth-round pick has been consistent each week, and Jones is certainly finding chemistry with Slayton.
4) The former Lion in Golden Tate was the Giants leading receiver again. He shared a team-high in targets with Saquon Barkley at 10 with eight receptions for 85 yards. While he couldn't find the end zone, Tate is providing the Giants exactly what they brought him in to do -- get open, have reliable hands, and get yards after the catch.
5) Barkley was limited earlier this week, but he proved to the world that his ankle isn't hurt. Or he's just doing a good job covering it up. The Pro Bowl back touched the ball 27 times overall with 19 carries for 64 yards and eight catches for 79 yards with one touchdown at the end of the game when things were out of reach.
6) The play that broke this game open came in the Lions first fourth quarter drive. They ran a flee flicker that worked to perfection with Golladay hauling it in for the 41-yard touchdown. Jabrill Peppers was too antsy on the quick pitch, and Antoine Bethea couldn't catch up to Golladay streaking down the field. That made things 31-19 and the Giants couldn't answer.
7) They could've on the next drive when they were cruising down the field. However, on 4th-and-6, Jones saw tremendous pressure from the Lions front seven, and he quickly threw to Tate who wasn't open in the slightest. The same thing came on fourth down on their next drive in the red zone, when Jones just threw it up for Slayton who wasn't looking for a pass.
8) Janoris Jenkins, a man that has been in trade conversations when bringing up the Giants, had a pick in the first quarter and didn't give up much yardage. For a player Big Blue might want to move before Tuesday's trade deadline, that's always good to see.