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Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs with the ball against New York Giants safety Darian Thompson (27) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs with the ball against New York Giants safety Darian Thompson (27) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Lions might have come away with a win over the Giants Monday, but tight end Eric Ebron is still not pleased with at least one play that occurred in the first half. 

Giants safety Landon Collins unleashed a big hit on Ebron in the early portion of the game, which still has the tight end stewing. That, however, didn't stop Ebron from catching a touchdown during the second quarter of action.

"I was pissed off," Ebron told the Detroit News. "I was pissed off at that little punk of a safety that got over there. ... I just told him good hit. He may have said some other things, but it's cool.

"Collins, he played a good game, that hit just pissed me off and I didn't feel like celebrating. I wasn't in that kind of joyful mood. It was still a good game. He played his butt off trying to guard me. I commend him for that."

Tags: Detroit Lions, Landon Collins
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants lose 00:06:10
Head coach Ben McAdoo and quarterback Eli Manning discuss what went wrong in the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Lions on Monday night.

Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions beat the New York Giants 24-10 on Monday night.

The Lions (2-0) sacked Eli Manning five times and Stafford put together another big game while sending the Giants (0-2) to a second straight disappointing performance in a season where so much was expected. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned from a sprained left ankle, but New York still struggled offensively. >> Read more

Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press

Tags: Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr.
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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to give Josh McCown more playing time.

McCown, who did not get receive any reps at Thursday's practice when the Jets did game-plan prep, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, played the opening drive last week in New York's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but Christian Hackenberg then played the following eight possessions.

Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but left the door open to it by saying, "we'll discuss it."

Tags: Christian Hackenberg, Detroit Lions, Josh McCown
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New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin tweaked his back and sat out practice Thursday, leaving him uncertain for the preseason game at Detroit on Saturday night.

Mauldin had been dealing with a back issue earlier during training camp, but returned to the field Wednesday. Coach Todd Bowles said the third-year linebacker was inside receiving treatment during practice Thursday.

Bowles added that he was unsure how long Mauldin would be sidelined, but said that he would likely not play against the Lions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Detroit Lions, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
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GEICO SportsNite: G-Men Deja Vu? 00:03:12
Marc Malusis and Chris Lopresti debate the Giants chances to make a deep run in the NFL Playoffs with a top ranked defense.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The New York Giants' road to Super Bowl LI begins in Green Bay, the site of two of the greatest triumphs of Eli Manning's career.

Their trip to Lambeau Field became official hours after the Giants finished up their 11-5 season with an impressive 19-10 win in Washington on Sunday afternoon. When the Packers (10-6) defeated the Detroit Lions 31-24 Sunday night, they clinched the NFC North title and the No. 4 seed in the NFC. That set up a date with the fifth-seeded Giants in the wild-card round Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Rashad Jennings, Seattle Seahawks, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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Running back Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter winning touchdown during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports Images)
Running back Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter winning touchdown during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports Images)

While the New York Giants are still alive in the postseason and head to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card round, their 2017 opponents became official on Sunday.

The Giants will have four road games on the West Coast next season, traveling to face the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. 

In addition to home and road games against their division rivals, New York will travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next year.

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins
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Giants face Packers in wild card 00:03:34
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein talk about the Giants? chances against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field in their wild-card matchup.

The New York Giants will face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the NFC wild-card round on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET in their first playoff appearance since winning Super Bowl XLVI.

Despite their 11-5 record being tied for second best in the NFC, the Giants are the No. 5 seed in the playoffs after they finished second in the NFC East to the 13-3 Dallas Cowboys. 

The Packers, who have won six in a row, finished 10-6 and are the No. 4 seed following their 31-24 win over the Lions on Sunday at Ford Field.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Odell Beckham Jr., Seattle Seahawks
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Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores a touchdown against Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores a touchdown against Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

Everybody on the bandwagon! And make room for me, because the Giants have most definitely made me a believer. I'm not sure what I'm believing in exactly -- that they're a legitimate contender or on some sort of destiny trip towards Super Bowl XLI. But after what I've seen the last two weeks, I'm done doubting them.

It's only fair, really. Like everyone else who watched them survive despite their flaws during their six-game win streak, I wanted to see more. I trumpeted the big step up in class provided by their December schedule and I wondered if they'd be up to the task. Then they faltered in Pittsburgh, showing all the same flaws and having them cost them a win, and it looked like they maybe weren't as good as they wanted everyone to believe.

Tags: Detroit Lions, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants win 00:02:04
Ralph Vacchiano chats with Victor Cruz on the field after the Giants' victory against the Lions.

Ralph Vacchiano

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' defense has been so good, especially over the last few weeks, it looks capable of carrying them all the way to the Super Bowl. So imagine how unstoppable the Giants would be if their offense was even adequate instead of just bad.

That's the irony of this team: After the offense carried it the last few seasons, the script has been completely flipped. The offense has been so bad that it had reason to celebrate on Sunday when it gained 300 total yards in the Giants' 17-6 win over the Detroit Lions -- it was the first time it hit that low total in almost a month.

Tags: Detroit Lions, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants guard Geoff Schwartz during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants guard Geoff Schwartz during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)

Former New York Giants offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Giants released Schwartz in February to clear roughly $3 million in cap space. He played 11 games with the Giants last season and two games in 2014, missing significant time due to injuries. He thanked the organization for giving him an opportunity to play after he was cut.

Schwartz, 29, had played with the Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs before joining New York.

Tags: Detroit Lions, Geoff Schwartz
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Martin Mayhew speaks during press conference at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)
Martin Mayhew speaks during press conference at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)

The Giants hired former Lions general manager Martin Mayhew as their director of football operations/special projects, the team announced.

Mayhew replaces Matt Harriss, who left the position for Detroit's vice president of football operations job.

Mayhew was the Lions GM from 2008 until November, when he was let go by Detroit. He joined the Lions originally in 2011 as senior director of football administration.

Mayhew played nine years in the NFL as a cornerback for Buffalo (1988), Washington (1989-92) and Tampa Bay (1993-96). He was the Bills' 10th-round selection in the 1988 NFL Draft and was a starter on the Redskins' Super Bowl XXVI championship team, the Giants said in a release.

Tags: Detroit Lions

New York Giants four super bowl trophies on display in the lobby of Giants headquarters at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)
New York Giants four super bowl trophies on display in the lobby of Giants headquarters at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)

The Detroit Lions hired former Giants Director of Football Operations Matt Harris as VP of Football Administration, accordin to Mike Garafolo.

Harriss spent 10 years with the Giants and has helped maintain New York's salary cap, collective bargaining agreement compliance and player-contract negotiations. 

With the Lions, his main responsibility will be maintaining the team's salary cap, according to Garafolo.

Tags: Detroit Lions

If you can imagine an offense that contains a former No. 1 overall pick at QB, a former Heisman Trophy winner at RB and the best WR since Jerry Rice you'd be hard-pressed to think they'd be fighting for their playoff lives this season.

But that's where the Detroit Lions stand at this point in time. They need to beat the Giants today to stay in the thick of the NFC playoff picture. I think they will.

Tags: Detroit Lions, Giants-Lions, New York Giants
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The Giants will be facing Lions' superstar WR Calvin Johnson this week. "Megatron" has been battling a sore knee most of the season

Since 2011, Detroit Lions' WR Calvin Johnson leads the NFL with 5,094 receiving yards and 113.2 yards per game. He is the only player in NFL history with 5,000 receiving yards in three-year span.

Johnson is a great player, no question. He stands 6'5, weighs 235 lbs and is a threat to score from any part of the gridiron. He has had some monster games this season, including one in which he racked up 329 yards, but there have been times this year when Johnson has been held in check.

Tags: calvin johnson, Detroit Lions, Giants-Lions, New York Giants
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Here?s a good strategy for an offense: Actually get the ball into your opponent?s territory.

The Giants did not accomplish that feat until the nine-minute mark of the fourth quarter in Sunday?s loss to the Seahawks, so it?s up to offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride to figure out how to move the ball.

Of course, five more interceptions from Eli Manning didn?t help, but it wasn?t all his fault.

Tags: coordinator corner, Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, fairley, giants, Giants Offense, Kevin Gilbride, lions defense, New York Giants, suh, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz
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Even though the season is over for the Giants, the game must still be played, and this week, Big Blue will look to play spoiler as they face the Detroit Lions who are still battling for the top spot in the NFC North.

With an offense that includes the combination of Matthew Stafford, superstar Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush, the Giants defense is going to have to prepared to avoid another blowout. It might not be so much about the preparation for Detroit's high-powered offense?that has?talent at every offensive position, but the effort that the defense puts in, knowing that they are playing for nothing other than attempting to salvage what is left of the team's reputation.

Tags: coordinator corner, Detroit Lions, Jonathan Hankins, New York Giants, Perry Fewell, prince amaukamara, Ryan Mundy
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This week's highlight is from Week Six of the 2010 season, when the NFL Network wired Giants' CB Corey Webster for his showdown with Detroit's Megatron: WR?Calvin Johnson.

Johnson would have a banner game (5 catches for 146 yards) but he had an 87-yard TD reception thrown in there (on a tipped pass over Terrell Thomas and Antrel Rolle) to pad his stats.

The Lions were without starting QB Matthew Stafford?(shoulder). Then the Giants knocked his backup - Shaun Hill - from the game with a broken left forearm, which paved the way for third-stringer Drew Stanton - who almost pulled off an upset.

Tags: Corey Webster, Detroit Lions, New York Giants
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We?have?been hearing?all week?that this is the classic trap game. And the response from the Giants has been clear: They'll be ready for the Lions.

Here's the AP's Tom Canavan:

When Tom Coughlin started discussing the Lions with his New York Giants, there was no mention of either Detroit's near-record 23-game road losing streak or the 1-4 regular-season?mark.

Tags: Detroit Lions, New York Giants, NFL Week 6
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The Detroit Free Press?has the latest on the key injuries to the Lions' Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford:

... receiver Calvin Johnson, who was limited in practice again today by a right shoulder injury, said his availability for Sunday?s game against the New York Giants remains up in the air.

?I?m not guessing or betting anything, it just depends on how it feels,? Johnson said when asked about the chances he plays Sunday. ?If my range of motion and my strength is there, then I can play. It?s all going to come down to Saturday night and see how it feels then, really.?

Tags: calvin johnson, Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford, New York Giants
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Justin Tuck on the Lions (compliments of the Detroit Free Press):

"I've been telling all our guys, it's not the old Detroit Lions. The Detroit Lions are a team to be reckoned with. They could easily be 4-1 or maybe even undefeated if a couple of the plays go their way. We know we're going to have our hands full, and we're looking forward to the challenge.

"Obviously, both quarterbacks (Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill)?are putting Detroit in situations to score a lot of points. They put up 44 last week and plus you've got Megatron out there running rapid. It doesn't really matter who's throwing the ball to that guy. Calvin Johnson is a tremendous force to be reckoned with."

Tags: Detroit Lions, Justin Tuck, New York Giants

Former Safety C.C. Brown Claims Media "Did Him Wrong"

C.C. Brown is trying to recapture his football dignity as a member of the Detroit Lions after one forgettable season as New York Giant.

In New York, we're happy to be rid of him, for everyone's sake, and we wish him well.? End of story.? So, why is he now telling the Lions' beat pool that the media was the cause of his demise in New York?

Yes, he got tagged with the "Can't Cover" moniker by the local writers but that was because a) it was great copy and b) he really couldn't cover anyone!?

Tags: C.C. Brown, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News
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Lions A Better Fit Right Now For Campbell Than Giants

The Giants begrudgingly released former U of Minnesota LB Lee Campbell this week to make space on their roster for Jerry Reese's new draft class.
That's basically all it was - a numbers game.? Campbell was one of 12 linebackers on the Giants' roster - way too many to take north this summer.?

My personal assessment is that Jerry Reese covets his draft choices.? Phillip Dillard and Jonathan Goff will be the finalists in the MLB derby.? Both were drafted by Reese, while Campbell was an undrafted free-agent.

Tags: Detroit Lions, Lee Campbell, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, New York Giants Preseason
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