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Week 8 Game Recap: New York Giants 26, Detroit Lions 31

What you need to know

New York Giants

1. Jones was a lot better at evading pressure and took less sacks but is still too casual when it comes to ball security. He easily could have had 2-4 turnovers in this game.

2. Slayton - Jones chemistry was on display as the duo connected for two touchdowns down the field. Jones will surely continue to look to his play making receiver as the season develops.

3. Tate has value as a PPR play but isn't likely to get into the endzone often. The Giants need their defense to play better so they can run the ball more and use play action.

Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions improved to 3-3-1 with a win against the Giants at home on Sunday. The Lions benefited from an early defensive touchdown and got a strong performance from Matthew Stafford. Stafford threw three touchdowns, including one to Marvin Hall and two to Kenny Golladay. Tra Carson started in place of injured Kerryon Johnson ahead of Ty Johnson and ran physically on the interior, while Johnson played more snaps.

New York Giants

QB Daniel Jones, 74 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 41 - 322 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 13 - 0
Daniel Jones had a very productive game for the Giants and looked a lot better but still had a few plays that should have resulted in turnovers that he got away with. In the first quarter, Jones threw an ill advised ball short to Barkley that was ruled a lateral and Detroit took it into the endzone. Jones got away with a throw that should have been intercepted but the Detroit player couldn't keep his feet in bounds. He began to relax after this and looked downfield to connect with Slayton for his first touchdown. Jones simply gave his receiver a chance to come down with the ball as the coverage was good but Slayton used his better positioning to snag the big score. His decision making was generally better and he forced less balls. Jones took less sacks, got rid of the ball and seemed to feel the rush in this game. He scrambled a lot outside, connected with players for first downs and managed to shake off a potential sack before getting rid of the ball to live for another day. Jones hit Slayton again on a close coverage pass down the field, there was a bit more separation this time and placed the pass just where his target could catch it. The rookie duo seem to have incredible chemistry and trust with each other, which should benefit the Giants a lot going forward. Jones found Engram wide open after a rub route on the goal line left his target wide open for the easy score. Jones fumbled the ball in the pocket later but managed to recover it. He should have been picked off again on a short pass to the outside that was clearly forced but his receiver managed to break it up. Jones tried to connect for a third time in the endzone with Slayton but the coverage won the battle this time. He found Barkley in the flat for an easy score as the game was ending. The Giants failed to recover the onside kick. Jones made several big throws down the field and avoided pressure a lot more but still is too reckless with the ball at times. He will have to reduce his turnovers and "turnover-worthy" decisions.

RB Saquon Barkley, 61 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 64 - 0, Rec: 8 - 79 - 1 (10 targets)
Saquon Barkley couldn't get much going on the ground for the Giants as the Lions were stout at the line of scrimmage. The Giants tried to stick with the run throughout the game, even though they were behind for almost the entire duration. Barkley was patient, followed his blocks and exploited any gaps up front vs Detroit but the big play on the ground never happened. Still, he pushed the pile well, routinely knocked back defenders at contact and couldn't be faulted for the Giants lack of rushing production. Barkley had more value as a receiver out of the backfield. He broke a big play over the middle and almost fell over, which caused him to slow down and get tackled.

He displayed incredible agility to avoid 2 tackle attempts on the outside and punishing strength to stiff arm another tackler to the ground before securing a big first down. Barkley dropped a sure touchdown late in the game on a quick out in the redzone. The Giants came right back to him however and he scored on a similar route the very next play. Barkley was explosive and dynamic as always but the Giants couldn't run the ball as much as they would have liked due to the score line.

WR Golden Tate, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 85 - 0 (10 targets)
Golden Tate had the most receiving yards and was a frequent target for Jones in this game. He was used in the short - intermediate game, as is his strength, to decent success against his former team. Tate made the first tackle attempt miss on a catch over the middle and escaped for a big first down. He showed good chemistry with Jones, connecting on scramble attempts on the outside. Tate made a nice grab on a back shoulder pass and was wide open on a flea flicker play but this catch was negated due to a hold. Tate's defender was flagged for pass interference late in the game on a clear foul and this helped set up the Giants for a score. Tate routinely made tough catches in traffic over the middle and he excels at this. His concentration and hands are top tier, though he doesn't have the talent anymore to burn defenses deep. Tate still has an important role in this offense and has decent value as a #3 receiver in PPR leagues.

WR Darius Slayton, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 50 - 2 (5 targets)
Darius Slayton had only two grabs against the Lions but he made the count. The chemistry with Jones was clearly evident on these plays and he is becoming known as a big play receiver down the field. Jones floated a high ball deep for Slayton early in the game. Slayton fought hard and won the ball by having better positioning than the cornerback and timing his jump to secure the score. He scored again on another big play on a go route. Jones led his target by just enough and Slayton did an excellent job to haul in the ball in traffic and secure it for another impressive score. Both of his scores were made with tight coverage, though he does possess the speed to burn defenders deep on his own. Worth owning in most fantasy leagues as a big play threat. He rarely gets a lot of targets however, so there is boom/bust risk potential with this play.

WR Cody Latimer, 33 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 28 - 0 (3 targets)
Cody Latimer got very few looks on Sunday but made some nice catches. He ran a good comeback pattern early in the game and snagged a deep pass outside with one hand while maintaining control in bounds for a big conversion.

Latimer was largely invisible for the rest of the game however. The Giants have too many options ahead of Latimer and this is very unlikely to change as the season progresses, best to leave Latimer on the waiver wire.

TE Evan Engram, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 40 - 1 (7 targets)
Evan Engram wasn't heavily involved on Sunday against the Lions but made his mark with a late touchdown. Engram was wide open due to a rub route in the redzone and Jones found him for the easy score. Engram had another catch ruled incomplete as the ball was jarred loose. He caught some other balls over the middle and helped move the Giants at times but you might expect the rookie quarterback to lean more on his tight end than he has been. Jones takes risks and throws the ball downfield and Engram rarely runs these deep patterns. Still a good play in fantasy, it looks like there is a lot more potential for Engram in this offense.

Detroit Lions

QB Matthew Stafford, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 32 - 342 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - -3 - 0
Matthew Stafford had a good performance against the New York Giants on Sunday, throwing for three touchdowns. Stafford threw an ill-advised interception on the first drive of the game, where he severely underthrew Marvin Jones in double coverage. Stafford bounced back with an efficient game and showed a particularly good rhythm with Danny Amendola. Stafford’s first touchdown was a deep ball to Marvin Hall, who has become a shot target for Stafford in recent weeks. Stafford added two touchdowns to Kenny Golladay, the first a contested catch along the sideline on a red zone throw and the second a trick play where the Giants busted a coverage. Stafford continues to get better protection from the offensive line than he has in prior years and will get a good matchup next week against the Raiders.

RB Tra Carson, 19 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 34 - 0
In a surprise, Tra Carson started for the Detroit Lions against the New York Giants with Kerryon Johnson out of the season. Carson started hot, running well on the perimeter with physicality on the first drive, before struggling later in the game. Carson played with the Packers earlier in the season and was claimed off waivers prior to the Johnson injury. His workload from week 8 projects him to work as an interior runner in a committee with Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic next week at the Raiders.

RB Ty Johnson, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 25 - 0, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (4 targets)
Ty Johnson entered the week as a popular projection to replaced injured Kerryon Johnson, but he worked behind Tra Carson early in the game against the Giants. Johnson entered the game on the second drive and saw his first carry after Carson had five touches. Johnson had the best run of the day where he displayed his speed by burning the perimeter containment to the edge. Despite finishing behind Carson in touches, Johnson had the opportunity to salvage his day, but dropped a target on a wheel route and had a near miss later in the game on a ball off his fingertips that was just overthrown. Johnson likely would have scored on the play, but it would have taken a remarkable one-handed catch to haul in the throw. He also added a good physical interior run that was called back by penalty. Johnson projects for a committee role next week against the Raiders.

WR Danny Amendola, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 95 - 0 (8 targets)
Danny Amendola had another strong game against the New York Giants on Sunday. Amendola started hot, with three receptions on the first drive, including a catch up the seam from the slot. Amendola was consistently open in the short area of the field and is a preferred option for Stafford as a chain moving option, but the target up the seam is an expansion of his usual route tree. Amendola will look to continue his strong role in the offense next week against the Raiders.

WR Kenny Golladay, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 123 - 2 (8 targets)
Kenny Golladay had a quiet start against the Giants before erupting for two touchdowns and a 100-yard game. Golladay’s first reception was on an intermediate crossing route late in the second quarter, but he had a strong second half that included two touchdowns. The first was a terrific body control catch in tight coverage along the sideline in the red zone. The second was a wide-open target on a trick play where the Giants busted a coverage. Golladay also had a strong catch on a crossing route in tight coverage but added a fumble late in the game that the Giants recovered. Golladay will get a good matchup next week against the Raiders.

WR Marvin Jones, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 22 - 0 (5 targets)
Marvin Jones had a quiet game against the Giants after his breakout performance last week. Jones drew a deep target on a double move but was underthrow by Matthew Stafford in double coverage for an easy interception. He got his first reception in the middle of the second quarter and his work was confined to the short area of the field while taking a backseat to Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola during the game. Jones did see a red zone reception on a curl, but the play was well defended and gave Jones little chance for a touchdown. Jones will look to rebound next week against the Raiders.

TE T.J. Hockenson, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 21 - 0 (1 targets)
T.J. Hockenson had a quiet game against the New York Giants catching his only target on an out route for a first down. Hockenson has been inconsistent with limited targets as a rookie and will look to get on track next week against the Raiders.