Across-the-board contributions help Lions beat Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — So far, so good for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Eli Manning and the New York Giants are heading in the opposite direction.
Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew scored on an 88-yard punt return and Ezekiel Ansah had three sacks as the Lions got contributions from all over their roster in defeating the Giants 24-10 on Monday.
Detroit (2-0) sacked Manning five times altogether.
Stafford found Marvin Jones for a 27-yard touchdown in the first quarter and passed to Eric Ebron for a go-ahead 7-yarder in the second. Matt Prater added a 56-yard field goal just before halftime that bounced off the upright, helping the Lions to a 17-7 lead at the break.
“We did a nice job of getting in the end zone early and our defense did what they do,” said Stafford, who finished 15-for-21 for 122 yards.
Stafford has six touchdown passes this season, tying him with the Denver Broncos’ Trevor Siemian for the most in the NFL, and the Lions are one of three unbeaten teams in the NFC, along with the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.
The season debut of receiver Odell Beckham Jr. — he missed the opener while recovering from a sprained left ankle — wasn’t enough for the Giants (0-2).
Beckham had four catches for 36 yards. Manning completed 22 of 32 passes for 239 yards with a touchdown and interception.
Manning threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram on the first play of the second quarter, but the rookie tight end was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for a seemingly obscene gesture. It allowed the Lions to get the ball at the Giants 45 after the kickoff went out of bounds and Stafford drove them for a second score.
Agnew scored with 12 minutes, 56 seconds left, on the fifth-longest punt return in team history.
“We talked about playing complete, complimentary football. By no stretch of the imagination did we do that tonight,” said Giants coach Ben McAdoo. “We’ve got to do better. We’ve dug ourselves in a hole. No one feels sorry for us. We’ve got to find a way to get better and get better in a hurry.”