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NFL Picks: New York Giants and Detroit Lions in Preseason Opener
August 11, 2023
As the curtains rise on the new NFL season, the New York Giants are gearing up to clash with the Detroit Lions this Friday evening in the heart of the Motor City. Last year, the Giants sported a promising 2-1 in the preseason and concluded the regular season with a commendable 9-7 record. On the other side, the Lions showcased an almost identical performance with a 1-2 preseason score, eventually finishing the regular games with a 9-8 record. Fans who follow NFL Lines still recall Detroit’s emphatic 31-18 victory against the Giants in their previous season’s dramatic encounter.
BUSR NFL Lines
Spread: Giants -3 (-110), Lions +3 (-110)
Moneyline: Giants -152, Lions +124
Total: Giants O 35.5 (-110), U 35.5 (-110)
The Lions’ Roaring Game Plan
The Detroit Lions are basking in the success of their previous season. With a near-miss from the playoffs and a 9-8 record that got a starving fanbase excited, the team carries forward this momentum into the new season. It’s worth noting that the optimism around the Lions is so high that they managed to sell out season tickets for the first time in a long while. The buzz is palpable.
Jared Goff, the veteran quarterback, is the heart of the Lions’ offense. After a brilliant 2022 performance, he is expected to take a backseat in the opener, maybe with just a few series. Recently, the Lions have fortified their ranks by signing Teddy Bridgewater, the former backup for the Dolphins. This seasoned player will likely play a significant role in the upcoming games given his history with the Broncos in 2021.
As for Nate Sudfield, last year’s backup, he may find his role a bit curtailed, especially with Bridgewater’s inclusion. However, Adrian Martinez, the young 23-year-old from Kansas State, might just get a shot on the field, even if it’s brief.
The Lions’ ground game is also shaping up with rookie Jahymr Gibbs tipped to lead. Other notable mentions include David Montgomery, with an illustrious four-season stint in Chicago, and Justin Jackson, the seasoned player boasting 1210 career rushing yards.
Detroit’s receiving lineup also promises fireworks with Amon-Ra St. Brown and Marvin Jones leading the way. Denzel Mims, the 2020 2nd-round pick, might just find this game as the perfect platform to impress the coaching staff.
Giants’ Game Face
The Giants step onto the field, carrying the weight of last season’s glory – a spectacular win against the Vikings, although they faltered against the Eagles. The Giants have their eyes set on the NFC East division title, and they have the arsenal to push for it.
The quarterbacking decisions for the Giants are crystal clear. While Daniel Jones will be on the sidelines for most of the preseason, Tyrod Taylor, with his vast experience, including a fruitful stint at Buffalo, will be taking the reins.
Additionally, the Giants have introduced Tommy DeVito the mix, a promising talent with a distinguished college football career at Syracuse and Illinois. The wide receiver space will also see fresh faces with Jalin Hyatt and Kalil Pimpleton expected to grace the field.
The Giants are not without drama as the backup for their star running back Saquon Barkley is still a toss-up between Matt Bredia, Eric Gray, and Gary Brightwell. Brightwell, especially, has shown promise, and it will be interesting to see how this competition pans out.
As the Giants and the Lions prepare for their first showdown of the season, the NFL Odds, strategies, and stories behind each player will shape the narrative of this game. Both teams are on the precipice of another promising season, and this game might just be the prologue to an epic tale of football.