The New York Giants try to make up for a lost 2013 season by marching into Detroit and disposing of the Lions in Week 1. Detroit will also be trying to get past a 7-9 record last season. Regardless of what happens, this matchup comes at a value to Giants and Lions fans on the secondary, at just over $161 on average with a get-in price of $73. The Monday Night Football game will have an average price 8% above the season average at Ford Field this season.
Calvin Johnson is the biggest reason people buy Detroit Lions tickets, and it has everything to do with him being the best wide receiver in the game. New Giants cornerback Walter Thurmond III said that Megatron has “weaknesses”, which could have potentially given CJ extra incentive to go nuts. That, or it gets in his head. Either way, Thurmond and New York’s pass defense, which was drastically improved upon during the off-season, will have to answer the call here and find a way to contain Johnson’s impact on the game. Completely shutting him down is probably out of the question.
Unfortunately for the Giants, on the offensive side of the ball Eli Manning led the league in picks in 2013 and continued his shaky play into the preseason. Detroit has a solid pass rush, so making sure he’s protected and has the time to get in sync with his passing weapons is crucial to Big Blue’s success in this one.
People are buying New York Giants tickets to see New York compete, and one of the best ways for them to do that is getting back to what they’re good at: running the ball and playing solid defense. The defense seems to still be there, but it’s yet to be determined if Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams can get it done on the ground. That will certainly be difficult against Detroit’s defensive line.