Odell Beckham Jr. back Monday against Lions after missing Week 1


The Lions will try to make it a 2-and-0 start to the season when they battle the Giants on "Monday Night Football" at MetLife Stadium. Central (8:30 p.m. Eastern) on ESPN.

The Giants are already in need of a win, as dropping to 0-2 would put them a game behind every other NFC East team. Brandon Marshall dropped a perfectly thrown deep ball down the sideline that helped kill a fourth-quarter possession, and two plays later, the Lions' Jamal Agnew was taking a punt back 88 yards for a score. I'll take the points, but I wouldn't be surprised if Detroit wins outright. Not surprisingly for a player who has played hurt before in his career - including with an injured finger on his throwing hand at MetLife Stadium a year ago - he ended up back on the field without much rest or time for doctors to examine him. For a team that won seven games, that's a pretty significant stat. In the receiving end, Roger Lewis posted 54 yards in four receptions while Shane Vereen added 51 yards in nine catches.

Regardless of Stafford's heroics, there's plenty to be concerned about with this Detroit offense. Besides, the Giants' offensive line is a mess. Big Blue managed just 35 yards on the ground. The state of Beckham for the game Monday night is unknown due to the high ankle sprain he suffered more than three weeks ago in a preseason game.

DYNAMIC DEBUT: The Giants will have to watch Kenny Golladay, who had two TD catches last week. Shit serves a goal in nature, it helps enrich the soil and for many scavenging animals and types of bacteria, it's a cheap source of sustenance.

The Giants receiver was a game-time decision, but felt good enough during warm-ups to be listed as active.

When I asked Odell Beckham Jr is he playing just now he told me, "what you think?" He hasn't had meaningful snaps since 2015 (his rookie season), but his -0.03 Rushing NEP per attempt from that year was just about league average (-0.04). How effective he'll be is another matter.

Beckham returned from an ankle injury, but Manning was sacked five times and the Giants lost 24-10 to the Detroit Lions. He keeps defenses on the back foot, and he certainly brings something to the game that no-one else in this Giants' roster can.

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)".