Weather could turn Lions-Giants matchup into defensive battle

Eddie Goldman Authentic Jersey Will Matthew Stafford’s right throwing hand negatively affect him against the Giants? Leon Halip/Getty Images
Throughout almost three seasons as the Detroit Lions’ head coach, Jim Caldwell has been able to keep his team remarkably focused. Yes, it’s clich¨¦ to mention just the next game over and over again, but somehow, Caldwell has defied human nature and gotten his team to buy in.

Steve McNair Limited Jersey “I hope you don’t think that I’m able to brainwash these guys where they don’t think for themselves and look at different scenarios and all that kind of stuff, because they do,” Caldwell said. ¡°But the fact of the matter is we have to keep them focused on what we can control. What I worry about is when those processes become a distraction, which they can become.”

Detroit has consistently gotten better as the season has gone on in each of Caldwell’s three seasons with the Lions but now they have their toughest three-game stretch of this season, starting Sunday against the New York Giants followed by games at Dallas and a home finale against the surging Green Bay Packers.

That focus, along with team unity, is part of the reason Detroit has a two-game lead in the NFC North with three games left despite a roster that has dealt with injuries to big names throughout the year and only one definitive star in quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Cold-weather gloves have more padding and are thicker than the standard gloves we see wide receivers, running backs and defensive backs wear. But they still aren’t warm enough, in my opinion. And no one wants to play the game with numb fingers. The solution? Put some thin, cloth gloves (like little kids wear) under game-issued gloves.

Sit your butt down on those heated benches and warm up that helmet. That’s key to playing in the cold.