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Matthew Stafford's finger will be tested by Giants, inclement weather

Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who suffered a dislocated middle finger on his throwing hand against Chicago, could be testing the injury in miserable conditions on Sunday. Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- If the New York Giants thought the footballs were slippery last week, wait until they play the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The forecast calls for rain and temperatures as unseasonably high as 58 degrees in the morning before dipping into the 40s, according to weather.com. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent with winds expected to be 10-20 miles per hour.

Sounds like there is a pretty good chance of inclement weather at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday when the Giants play host to the Lions at Metlife Stadium. It could be troublesome for Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford. He’s dealing with a dislocated right middle finger and has toyed with the possibility of wearing a glove on Sunday.

Stafford had issues last week with velocity and grip, and that was with optimal conditions in a dome. This week could be even more challenging.

"You know what, we are going to work our way through that this week and kind of get a sense of it," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday on a conference call with reporters. "It is his first time, so we will see how it goes."

Stafford is enjoying a standout season. He has thrown 22 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions. Except none of the those 22 touchdown passes came after injuring his finger in Sunday's 20-17 victory against Chicago.

The weather won’t be optimal for the Giants this Sunday either. That could be troubling for a team that remains minus-5 in turnover differential this season. They had three turnovers -- including two fumbles by quarterback Eli Manning -- on Sunday night against the Cowboys.

It wasn’t raining on Sunday night, but it did snow before the game and the Giants mentioned on several occasions that the footballs were slick. Manning had one pass simply slip out of his hand on a play they insist was set up to be a touchdown.

This Sunday could be a similar challenge.

"Again, we all have to play in the same weather out there," coach Ben McAdoo said. "From what I hear, [Stafford is] a little bit dinged with his finger, but we all have to handle the elements on Sunday."

It should be interesting if it’s difficult to throw the football on Sunday. Neither team runs the ball well. The Lions are 29th in the NFL (83.7 yards per game) and the Giants are 31st (78.7 ypg). And both teams have strong run defenses, allowing less than 100 yards per game on the ground.

Yards and points might be hard to come by this week.

The Giants defense is preparing as if Stafford and the weather will be fine. They don't see any other option. They can’t sleep on a quarterback who is in the running for the Most Valuable Player award. They plan to make adjustments to the conditions or Stafford’s injury, if necessary.

"You have to assume that it is fine. You have to assume that it is the quarterback that was playing the last 13 games," safety Landon Collins said. You have to watch how the ball is coming out. We definitely will do that. On the back end, I will.

"If it doesn’t have a lot of zip on it, then you can feed off how he is going to throw the ball."

Or if it's too wet and windy, nobody will be able to throw the ball.