So far, so good for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Eli Manning and the New York Giants are heading in the opposite direction.
Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return and the Lions beat the Giants 24-10 on Monday night.
The Lions (2-0) sacked Eli Manning five times and Stafford put together another big game while sending the Giants (0-2) to a second straight disappointing performance. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned from a sprained left ankle, but New York still struggled offensively.
“We did a nice job of getting in the end zone early and our defense did what they do,” Stafford said.
Immediately after Monday night’s loss McAdoo began his news conference by declaring the blame should be placed on his shoulders. The delay of game — and lack of a timeout — was later placed primarily on his quarterback.
McAdoo began his conference call Tuesday by saying “it’s my responsibility” to make sure the team gets out of its own way and avoids the costly mistakes that plagued the Giants against the Lions.
While Manning took some blame after the game, Flowers appears to remain off-limits. Instead of being critical of Flowers’ play the day after a rough outing, McAdoo was again complimentary of his young tackle.
When asked if Flowers would remain the team’s left tackle moving forward, he didn’t even flinch.
“Yes, absolutely,” McAdoo said. “Ereck is a young player, he did some good things in the ballgame yesterday. He gets singled out and that’s the way it goes in this league. Again, the breakdowns are spread out. It’s not just one player making breakdowns. The breakdowns are spread out and I am included. Throw me in there.”