Detroit Lions NFL highlights recap win over New York Giants
Detroit was seeking its first three-game winning streak in five years, plus its second consecutive road victory.
Running back Jamaal Williams led the offense with two touchdowns, helping the Lions defeat the Giants, 31-18. It brought Detroit’s record to 6-6 in Dan Campbell’s second season at Motown.
On the first offensive drive, Lions signal-caller Jared Goff led the team on an 11-play, 64-yard drive that took nearly six minutes off of the clock. Kicker Michael Badgley gave the Lions a 3-0 lead after they got down to the Giants’ 6-yard line.
Here’s five lessons learned from the Lions’ victory win over the Giants.
Aidan Hutchinson delivers another turnover
Needing momentum, Hutchinson delivered his his second career interception, which the team capitalized on quickly. With Jones’ interception, Hutchinson became the Lions’ first defensive lineman with two interceptions.
The drive was capped off with running back Jamaal Williams recording his 10th rushing touchdown of the season. Williams scampered four yards into the end zone to give Detroit the 10-6 lead.
He became the fourth player in franchise history to rush for 10 touchdowns in a single season, joining James Stewart, Billy Sims and Barry Sanders.
In the fourth quarter, with the Giants trailing, 24-12, Hutchinson was also able to recover a Giants fumble caused by cornerback Will Harris.
Detroit capitalized on the opportunity and increased its lead. D’Andre Swift’s first rushing touchdown of the afternoon increased Detroit’s lead to 31-12.
Jeff Okudah leaves game in second quarter
Unfortunately for Detroit’s defense, Okudah was lost for the entire game early in the second quarter.
The 23-year-old defensive back ran into Will Harris, and was forced into the medical tent for further evaluation.
After going back into the locker room it was discovered that Okudah had been placed in the league’s concussion protocol, and was unable to return to the team’s defense.
In the past couple of games, Okudah had started to emerge as the high-end player the team used the 2020 No. 3 overall pick on.
Prior the end of the game, Okudah posted on social media, “I’m good.”
Alim McNeill has one of his best career games
Detroit’s second-year defensive lineman may not be a player that will light up a stat sheet, but the defensive tackle certainly made his presence felt early and often on the road. McNeill was a key contributor to the Giants’ offensive woes. He had three tackles for loss as well as a sack.
McNeill had only two interceptions in his season so far. Jones came into the game with three tackles for loss and a sack.
He threw two more against Detroit’s defense, including a costly turn to safety Kerby Joe .
Entering the fourth quarter, Detroit led, 24-6.
Jamaal Williams is the Lions’ top running back
Among the team’s offensive leaders, Williams is having a career season. In fact, the ex-Packers runningback has been a model of the type of player the Lions regime is looking for. Dan Campbell and his coaching staff repeatedly praised him as reliable, productive, and dependable.
On Sunday against the Giants, Williams added two more touchdowns in the first half.
His second touchdown of the afternoon extended Detroit’s lead to 17-6 late in the first half.
Throughout the season, Detroit has struggled with executing coming out of halftime.
Williams recorded his third rushing touchdown on the opening drive of the second half. Detroit marched down the field on a nine-play, 56-yard drive that ate up 5: 00 of the clock.
Having scored over 30 points against Don Martindale’s defense, Detroit has now scored 30 or more points on five different occasions this season.
Dan Campbell makes debatable decision early
The Giants were able to answer quickly after Detroit opened the scoring. The Giants were penalized for holding on their second offensive possession.
Instead of accepting the penalty and backing up the Giants 10 yards, Campbell declined the penalty.
Unfortunately, on third-and-7, Jones completed a pass to running back Matt Breida for a gain of 16 yards.
Jones completed the drive with a rushing touchdown, giving the Giants a 7-3 lead.
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