Lions at Giants score, takeaways: Detroit rides Jamaal Williams, New York makes turnover for third straight win

The Detroit Lions extended their winning streak to three games on Sunday when they defeated the New York Giants 31-18 at MetLife Stadium. The Lions improved to 4-7 while the Giants fell to 7-3 – and for New York the losing game with a long list of injuries.

Turnovers were the story of the game, with the Giants giving up three times and the Lions scoring two touchdowns on those turnovers.

The Giants offense rebounded from a hard first drive to take a 6-3 lead when quarterback Daniel Jones completed a 75-yard drive with a three-yard rush for a touchdown. The extra point wasn’t good as the wind in New Jersey was a big factor.

In the second quarter, Aiden Hutchinson gave the Lions the big play they needed, intercepting Jones as the Lions took over at the Giants’ 18-yard line and not long after Jamaal Williams chipped him in to put the Lions ahead bring.

The Lions extended their lead just before the end of the half thanks to another Williams touchdown, this time with a 1-yard rush to make it 17-6.

Coming out of half time the lions came back into the end zone and who was that? Williams, of course, with a hat trick that day. Williams has now passed Barry Sanders for the Lions record for most quick touchdowns in the first 10 games with 12.

Hutchinson made noise again late on defense, this time clinching a fumble recovery that the Lions converted to seven points. D’Andre Swift ran four yards into the end zone.

Here are our key takeaways from the week 11 game:

Why the lions won

jamaal Williams. The Lions running back scored three touchdowns in the win. He finished with 64 yards on 17 carries. Justin Jackson had 66 yards on 9 carries.

The Lions offensive line did a good job protecting Jared Goff, who was not sacked.

The Lions defense had two interceptions and utilizing the first was key in setting the tone with William’s first goal.

The Giants dominated the passing game (Jones had 345 yards with a TD and the two INTs), but that didn’t matter. Total rushing yards and trips into the red zone also spoke for the Lions.

Detroit Defense Limited Giants star running back Saquon Barkley, who had 15 carries for just 22 yards.

Why the Giants lost

Throwing two interceptions isn’t exactly the recipe for a win. After falling behind, the Giants had to make the most of every possession. Passing the ball to the Lions and good field position not only took the ball away from New York, but gave the Lions more momentum to take a bigger lead.

Offensively shut down for most of the game, but the Giants got things moving…in the fourth quarter, and by then they were too far behind to catch up. The running game struggled with just 89 yards as the Lions contained Barkley.

The Giants desperately needed more travel to the end zone to keep up with the Lions offense and running game that the New York defense couldn’t contain. And injuries didn’t help New York either.

turning point

Neither team did much offensively to start the game and after a quarter and a half, after six drives, the Lions were 6-3. Enter Aiden Hutchinson, who intercepted Daniel Jones to reverse the momentum and establish a great field position for the Lions. Detroit got their first touchdown of the game and it was all Lions from there.

game of the game

Daniel Jones’ pass intended for Lawrence Cager was intercepted by Kerby Joseph, who ran it back 38 yards.

What’s next

The Lions have a challenge ahead as they host the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving. Not only is it a short week, but they also face one of the best teams in the AFC.

The Giants have a divisional showdown on Thanksgiving as they travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys. The NFC East is a tight race, so this game could have serious playoff implications.