Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions second win against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football

1. The Lions defense is for real

While it was obvious that the New York Giants have lots of problems on offense, credit still needs to be given to this Lions defense. The defense had five sacks, with Ziggy Ansah having three of them. They also forced an interception at a crucial time in the game because the defense forced this turnover right after the Lions turned the ball over. So far, the Lions have forced lots of takeaways in the first two weeks and if they keep it up at this rate, then you are looking at a top rated defense.

2. The Lions need to help out Greg Robinson at LT

Greg Robinson had a rough night facing off against Olivier Vernon on the left side. On one series, Robinson got a holding penalty as well as a false start penalty which forced the Lions back and eventually made them punt the ball. While Taylor Deckker isn’t expected to be back until around Week 6, the Lions will have to help Robinson out on the left side a little more by giving him supporting blocks. This will help reduce the number of holding penalties on him and it will also help Stafford get more time in the pocket.

3. Matthew Stafford is proving why he is the highest paid player in the NFL

When Stafford first got his contract, people really questioned if he was worth it. On the national spotlight, Stafford definitely proved why he is getting that contract. Stafford was able to extend plays with his feet and made throws that only he knew he would be able to make. It is obvious that the Lions rely on him heavily and he was able to handle the pressure and look calm under it too. While the numbers were not flashy because he only threw for 122 yards and had 23 rushing yards, the timing of the plays he made were crucial.

Overall, the Lions got a huge win on the road on Monday Night Football against the Giants, who were a playoff team last year. The Lions really have a test next week when they host the Atlanta Falcons at home. This will be a battle of 2-0 teams and one will walk out still undefeated and on top of the NFC.