Best is the exciting running back out of Cal who I was hoping would fall to the Giants in round 2. He is an electric playmaker who can hurt a defense in the rushing or in the passing game, and is an early front runner for offensive rookie of the year. He started the season with a flourish, racking up five touchdowns in his first two games. Since then, he has been slowed down by injuries (not just to him but also to other offensive players), as well as opposing defenses gameplanning for him. The Giants have had success stopping the run so far this season, so Best will have his work cut out for him. Shutting down Best is the first key to stopping the Lions' offense.
2. Calvin Johnson
The second step to stopping the Lions' offense is shutting down Calvin Johnson. But a couple of things are working against the Lions here: starting QB Matthew Stafford has been out since week 1, leaving backup QB Shaun Hill as the Lions' signal caller. Hill is a decent backup, and he's played well, but he's a backup for a reason. Having Hill under center makes Calvin Johnson much less dangerous. Also making Johnson less dangerous is the injury to his right shoulder. There's a good chance Johnson won't even suit up on Sunday, which would make life for the Giants' secondary much easier. If he can't go, Nate Burleson and tight end Brandon Pettigrew will have to pick up the slack, but the Giants should prepare as if the wide receiver nicknamed Megatron will be playing.
3. Ndamukong Suh
Just like Jahvid Best is a frontrunner for offensive rookie of the year, Suh is a frontrunner for defensive rookie of the year. Suh was the #2 pick, and many considered him the best prospect in the draft. He is a physically gifted defensive tackle, who plays a complete game. He rushes the passer, as shown by his 3.0 sacks, and he's a great athlete for a big man, as shown by his interception last week. The Giants' interior offensive linemen will have their hands full with King Kong.