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Giants visit Lions in Week 16 battle

New York Giants Detroit Lions
5-9 December 22, 2013, 04:05 | Ford Field 7-7

With four losses in their last five games the Detroit Lions have given up the lead in the NFC North to the Chicago Bears.

In fact, Detroit, which has led the North most of this season, is suddenly on the verge of being eliminated from contention.

Coming off a tough loss at home Monday night the Lions will try to stay alive when they host the New York Giants Sunday at Ford Field.

Detroit took a lead over Baltimore Monday night with two minutes to go, but allowed the Ravens to drive just far enough for a game-winning 61-yard field goal in an 18-16 defeat. At 7-7 the Lions could be eliminated this weekend, if the cards fall wrong.

New York, meanwhile, continued its dismal season with a 23-0 shutout loss at home to Seattle Sunday. In the early betting desperate Detroit was favored by a touchdown over the G-Men at GTbets.eu.

Supporters of the Giants have seen them go 5-9 and 5-9 ATS so far this season, while the Lions are at 7-7 and 6-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Lions are 8-6, while the Giants are 7-7.

View New York Giants vs Detroit Lions Odds and Stats.

The game pits the Lions, currently No. 16 in our OddsShark NFL Power Rankings, against the Giants, who rate No. 18 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 23-15 victory for the Lions.

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In their last game, the Lions were Week 15 losers coming out on the wrong end of 18-16 score against Baltimore.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 25.86 PPG, against a Giants defense that ranks No. 20 this week at 25.5 PPG. The Lions aerial game is averaging 292.36 yards per game, more than the Giants secondary allows through the air, 229 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Giants feature the league's No. 17-rated road run defense, allowing 117.71 yards per game. Detroit, meanwhile, ranks No. 9 in rushing offense at home.

A few Giants at Lions trends to consider:
NY Giants is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
NY Giants is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
NY Giants is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of NY Giants's last 17 games on the road
Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 9 games
Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
New York home to Washington, Sunday, December 29th
Detroit at Minnesota, Sunday, December 29th