Lions QB Matthew Stafford has one of the strongest arms in the league, and Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie knows the secondary needs to be weary of it Monday night.
"Definitely. He definitely trusts his arm," Rodgers-Cromartie said on Stafford's abilities in the pocket. "You can see on film, he has tight coverage, but somehow he zips it in there. When he's healthy, he's got a real strong arm."
Stafford is without his favorite target last season in Anquan Boldin, but with rookie WR Kenny Golladay showing out in his NFL debut, he has another viable deep threat in Rodgers-Cromartie's eyes.
"More of a deep threat," he said on Golladay. "He's outside, he's a taller guy. I think he's one of the tallest on their roster and he can stretch the field and that's what the quarterback wants. He's got the arm to definitely get it to him, so I think it gives him more of a deep threat."
Golladay notched four receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' season opener against the Cardinals.
Other than the pass game, the Lions highlight a two-headed backfield in Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. Their ability to gain yards both on the run and in the air makes it harder for the secondary to guess what the offense is doing.
"Big difference. Anytime you can run the ball, it makes it hard for [the opposing defense] to game plan, when you can run and throw the ball," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "So, it just makes it a tougher matchup."
In the Giants season opener, the defense was on the field more than half the game as the Cowboys racked up yardage while killing the clock. Many commended the Giants for only allowing 19 points, but Rodgers-Cromartie said the unit has higher expectations than what they showed in Dallas.
"We come in, we put together this unit last year and you bring most of the guys back, ready, it should be the same thing," he said. "We're not sneaking up on anybody. Expectations should be to go out there and dominate. When we have a chance to get off the field, or to make those plays, I think we should make them."
Rodgers-Cromartie tallied five combined tackles in his season debut. Last season, he notched six interceptions which tied his career-best from 2009 with the Cardinals.