4 things we learned from Monday Night Football


Having already collected eight sacks this season, the Eagles pass rush is likely looking forward to matching up against New York's offensive line.

While the Lions did roll to a 35-20 victory at home against the Arizona Cardinals, it was the defense who carried Detroit to that victory. Second-year wideout Sterling Shepard, who had seven catches last week, joined Beckham in reeling in a touchdown reception in New York's 17-6 win over Detroit on December 18. The Giants, though, never got off a play. In the receiving end, Roger Lewis posted 54 yards in four receptions while Shane Vereen added 51 yards in nine catches. They have the same record as their tanking co-tenants, the New York Jets, and they're the only team in the NFC East that isn't 1-1.

"Just do our job, disrupt their timing", Apple said. Download the Final Play app for your phone or tablet, scroll to the Final Word section and tell me about your conundrum. "We just need to get it together, stay positive and stay with each other".

The Giants struggled offensively against the Cowboys, amassing just 233 yards of offense in a 19-3 loss.

Manning faced heavy pressure for most of the night. Flowers was an abject disaster on Monday, giving up three sacks to Ezekiel Ansah and getting beat like a drum all night.

"He doesn't get a lot of credit for being a quarterback who can move in the pocket and extend plays, and I think that's one of the things that he does best", head coach Ben McAdoo said. "For us, we're on a short week playing a Super Bowl runner-up. We got to get the ball snapped".

Matthew Stafford is making the leap from very good quarterback to a great franchise quarterback in front of our eyes. We've got to do better, dug ourselves into a hole. Marshall dropped the pass from Manning, and on the next play, the Manning-to-Engram connection wound up going for 7 yards on a third-and-8. But they continued to struggle on third downs and missed quite a few tackles in the 24-10 loss.

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"Sloppy quarterback play", he said.

ABOUT THE GIANTS (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 0-1 O/U): NY isn't thrilled with its ground game either, as Paul Perkins accounted for 16 of the team's 35 yards rushing in the season opener. Not at all. As now constructed, the offensive line dictates that Manning must get the ball out of his hands quickly and there is no one better in the National Football League at taking a 3 yard slant 30, 40, 50, 60 (you get the idea) yards than Beckham.

The Giants held the Lions' offense to just 17 points. It was the fifth-longest punt return in team history.

WHAT SHARPS SAY: "Both teams struggled to run the ball on offense last week as Detroit gained just 82 yards (3.0 yards per rush) and NY managed only 35 yards (2.9 ypr)".

To that point in the game, Wise had three quarterback hits - and on two of those, Brees hit receivers for long gains - so he was sacked up to finally get home.

"I mean we can't pull points out of a hat", McAdoo said.