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The Detroit Lions will host the New York Giants in the first of two Monday night football games to start the 2014 NFL regular-season. Both teams are  battling back from disastrous 2013 seasons with the Giants failing to win in their first six games and and the Lions  losing their last seven to cost them a postseason berth as well.

The Giants made the changes to their offense.

Longtime offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride retired and the team hired first-time offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo away from Green Bay to install his West Coast system. The team also went on a free-agency binge that was designed to fortify the offensive line, which performed miserably in 2013, and upgrade the defense.

Eli Manning, who led the NFL last year with a career-high 27 interceptions, looked out of sync with top receivers Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle throughout the preseason as he struggled to adapt to the first change in offenses of his career.

for the Lions Matthew Stafford passed for 4650 yards with 29 touchdowns, but also through 19 interceptions. Calvin Johnson caught 110 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 scores to pace the league’s third-ranked passing offense (280.1 ypg), while Reggie Bush ran for 1,006 yards.

Jim Caldwell replaces Jim Schwartz as head coach  and under Caldwell you can expect a little more offense.

“We’re incredibly motivated after what happened last year,” said Johnson, who was limited to 14 games by a nagging knee injury. “We know what we had in our grasp, but there were so many games down the stretch that we couldn’t finish. We learned from that, and we’re in a position now that we can win those games and get into the playoffs. Once you get in, anything can happen.”

About James Rhodes

James is an American born sports writer that covers all sports and has a passion for football at every level He began his journalism career then and has been published on numerous sports websites and publications

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