At 0-2, ESPN's Football Power Index gives NY a 7.2-percent chance to make the playoffs. Only about 19 of the allotted 40 seconds on the play clock remained when Manning appeared to get his instructions through the communication system in his helmet.
Appearing on CBS Sports Radio's Tiki and Tierney on Tuesday, former Giants running back Tiki Barber said that if Flowers "has a job on Wednesday morning, then Eli Manning might be in a body bag three weeks from now".
There was nothing particularly flashy about it, and Detroit's postgame comments reflected that. "I thought he did some good things in the pocket, making some plays under duress, but the whole offense needs work". He played his butt off trying to guard me. "I didn't play great".
The Giants could not get within single digits the rest of the game. The biggest story of the game has been the story of the Giants since past year.
Stafford, predictably, was in no mood to shed light on any of his audibles when asked about "Kershaw" - who happened to pitch Monday night - after the win.
They made the playoffs a season ago by pulling off several comebacks in the final quarter, but that wasn't necessary this time. Stafford, who completed 70.7 percent of his pass attempts Sunday, is also undefeated under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter when he completes at least 70 percent of his pass attempts as he did Sunday (70.7) for the 10th time since Cooter was named to his current post. "And he's a very hard player to handle, and their offense has missed him the first couple weeks".
Las Vegas lost money on the Lions for the second week in a row. "The sack looks better than a hurry", he said. "I'm not sure what you mean by calling him out; we need to get the ball snapped". "He's one of the best in the business at rushing the passer, and he showed it tonight".
My guess is Atlanta won't have any problem putting up three touchdowns or more but because Detroit is at home, I'm not counting Stafford out of this game.
On the Giants' first series, just after Manning was sacked for the first time, right tackle Bobby Hart limped off the field after re-aggravating an ankle injury. Another big challenge awaits. Where getting in the end zone and not committing costly penalties are rarities.
Look, no one wants to tank, just like no one wants to have a troublesome tooth removed. "It came around. We've got to just hold them down".