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Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons Pick & Prediction OCT 25TH 2020

FinishedTV: FOXMercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta

OP
57
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CU
56.5o -105
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ML
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Partials
1 2 3 4
7 3 3 10
0 14 0 8
Score
23
22
Recap

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It's no secret that Julio Jones makes the Atlanta Falcons a much more dangerous team.

 

Following a strong opening-day performance against Seattle, Jones missed two games and struggled through two others with a hamstring injury. That was a big reason why the Falcons started 0-5 and fired head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

 

Back in action Sunday against Minnesota, Jones racked up 137 receiving yards and scored twice as Atlanta ended its losing streak.

 

Jones and the Falcons, searching for their first home win of the season, will try to build off that outing when the Detroit Lions visit Sunday.

 

The Lions bring in some momentum of their own, winners of two of their past three, tamping down the hot-seat rumors of their head coach, Matt Patricia.

 

Jones sat out Wednesday's practice but it's likely a precautionary measure.

 

"When he's out there, we are going to be a better team, I can tell you that much," interim coach Raheem Morris said. "When he's not, we will not be as good, but we still have a chance to win."

 

With his top weapon on the field, quarterback Matt Ryan enjoyed his best outing this season last week. Ryan passed for 371 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in the 17-point win over the Vikings.

 

The Falcons have a formidable one-two punch with Jones and Calvin Ridley, but third receiver Russell Gage and tight end Hayden Hurst can also produce impact plays.

 

"It's hard to get them all touches," Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said. "Obviously, everything is going to start off running through Julio and Calvin. We've been trying to get Hayden more involved. All Russ Gage does (against the Vikings) is have four catches and three explosives. There is only one ball to go around."

 

The Lions (2-3), who defeated Jacksonville 34-16 after a bye week, believe the best way to hold the Falcons in check is to pressure Ryan.

 

"I don't know if I have a coverage that can handle all of these guys," Detroit defensive coordinator Cory Undlin said. "But, I would say that it comes down to trying to be effective and make the quarterback work pre-snap and post-snap. Do our best. Mix it up on him and try to make it hard for him. We all know that it's going to be a tough cover for everybody on the field. We welcome that challenge."

 

Detroit has a top-notch receiver in Kenny Golladay but the Lions have become increasingly reliant on their three-pronged rushing attack.

 

Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has used Adrian Peterson, rookie De'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson to varying degrees. Peterson has received the bulk of the carries but Swift had a breakthrough performance against the Jaguars, rushing for 116 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.

 

"We go in with a plan and then as the game goes along, you have to have a feel for the game," Bevell said. "So Adrian goes in with the first bit of carries, but everybody has kind of a specific role or even specific plays."

 

Quarterback Matthew Stafford is averaging just 248 yards per game on the season. He has thrown only four touchdown passes in four career outings against Atlanta. Detroit is 1-3 in those games. The teams last met in 2017.

 

The Lions will go without rookie defensive end Julian Okwara for at least the next three games. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday due to a leg injury.

 

Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley sat out Wednesday's practice with a groin injury.

 

Detroit's biggest injury concern among active players is former Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (hamstring).

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Detroit Lions

Atlanta Falcons

Player Position Lineup
Danny Amendola primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Tyrell Crosby primary: Right Tackle Starter
Taylor Decker primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kenny Golladay primary: Wide Receiver Starter
T.J. Hockenson primary: Tight End Starter
Marvin Jones Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Christian Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Amani Oruwariye primary: Cornerback Starter
Frank Ragnow primary: Center Starter
Matthew Stafford primary: Quarterback Starter
Jahlani Tavai primary: Linebacker Starter
Tracy Walker primary: Safety Starter
Duron Harmon primary: Safety Starter
Nick Williams primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Halapoulivaati Vaitai primary: Right Guard Starter
Jamie Collins Sr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Danny Shelton primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Reggie Ragland primary: Linebacker Starter
Jeff Okudah primary: Cornerback Starter
Jonah Jackson primary: Left Guard Starter
John Penisini primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Adrian Peterson primary: Runningback Starter
Oday Aboushi primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Jamal Agnew primary: Runningback Substitution
Jason Cabinda primary: Linebacker Substitution
Joe Dahl primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jarrad Davis primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trey Flowers primary: Defensive End Substitution
Mike Ford primary: Cornerback Substitution
Marvin Hall primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Da'Shawn Hand primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Will Harris primary: Safety Substitution
Jesse James primary: Tight End Substitution
Kerryon Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
C.J. Moore primary: Safety Substitution
Isaac Nauta primary: Tight End Substitution
Romeo Okwara primary: Defensive End Substitution
Matt Prater primary: Kicker Substitution
Jalen Reeves-Maybin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jack Fox primary: Punter Substitution
Matt Nelson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Don Muhlbach primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jayron Kearse primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tony McRae primary: Cornerback Substitution
Elijah Lee primary: Linebacker Substitution
Darryl Roberts primary: Cornerback Substitution
D'Andre Swift primary: Runningback Substitution
David Blough primary: Quarterback Not active
Miles Killebrew primary: Safety Not active
Bo Scarbrough primary: Runningback Not active
Chase Daniel primary: Quarterback Did not play
Desmond Trufant primary: Cornerback Not active
Logan Stenberg primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Quintez Cephus primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Player Position Lineup
Ricardo Allen primary: Safety Starter
James Carpenter primary: Left Guard Starter
Tyeler Davison primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Grady Jarrett primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Deion Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Julio Jones primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Chris Lindstrom primary: Right Guard Starter
Alex Mack primary: Center Starter
Jake Matthews primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kaleb McGary primary: Right Tackle Starter
Takkarist McKinley primary: Defensive End Starter
Keanu Neal primary: Safety Starter
Isaiah Oliver primary: Defensive Back Starter
Foyesade Oluokun primary: Linebacker Starter
Calvin Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Matt Ryan primary: Quarterback Starter
Kendall Sheffield primary: Cornerback Starter
Hayden Hurst primary: Tight End Starter
Dante Fowler Jr. primary: Defensive End Starter
Todd Gurley primary: Halfback Starter
A.J. Terrell primary: Cornerback Starter
Luke Stocker primary: Tight End Starter
Allen Bailey primary: Defensive End Substitution
Christian Blake primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Russell Gage primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matt Gono primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jaeden Graham primary: Tight End Substitution
Josh Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Brian Hill primary: Runningback Substitution
Younghoe Koo primary: Kicker Substitution
Steven Means primary: Defensive End Substitution
Brandon Powell primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ito Smith primary: Runningback Substitution
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Olamide Zaccheaus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Keith Smith primary: Fullback Substitution
Sharrod Neasman primary: Safety Substitution
Blidi Wreh-Wilson primary: Cornerback Substitution
LaRoy Reynolds primary: Linebacker Substitution
Edmond Robinson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Matt Hennessy primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Mykal Walker primary: Linebacker Substitution
Sterling Hofrichter primary: Punter Substitution
Tyler Hall primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Charles Harris primary: Defensive End Substitution
Austin Edwards primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jordan Miller primary: Cornerback Not active
Qadree Ollison primary: Runningback Not active
Matt Schaub primary: Quarterback Did not play
Deadrin Senat primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
John Wetzel primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Justin McCray primary: Guard Did not play
Jaylinn Hawkins primary: Safety Not active

Detroit Lions

Atlanta Falcons

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 3 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
    • Rusher: D'Andre Swift
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 50 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Prater
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Passer: Matt Ryan
    • Pass Receiver: Calvin Ridley
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
    • Rusher: Todd Gurley
  • Period 3
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 51 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 11 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: T.J. Hockenson
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
    • Passer: Matthew Stafford
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 10 Yards
    • Conv Receiver: Calvin Ridley
    • Rusher: Todd Gurley
    • Conv Passer: Matt Ryan
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 49 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 20% L 80%
2 8
  • Minnesota L 37 - 35
  • Tampa Bay L 47 - 7
  • @Tennessee L 25 - 46
  • Green Bay L 31 - 24
  • @Chicago W 34 - 30
  • Houston L 41 - 25
  • @Carolina L 0 - 20
  • Washington W 27 - 30
  • @Minnesota L 20 - 34
  • Indianapolis L 41 - 21
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @Tampa Bay L 27 - 44
  • @Kansas City L 14 - 17
  • Tampa Bay L 31 - 27
  • @L.A. Chargers L 17 - 20
  • New Orleans L 21 - 16
  • Las Vegas W 6 - 43
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 24
  • Denver W 27 - 34
  • @Carolina W 25 - 17
  • Detroit L 23 - 22

Last Meetings

  • Lions @ Falcons 23-22
  • Falcons @ Lions 30-26
  • Lions @ Falcons 22-21
  • Falcons @ Lions 31-18
  • Falcons @ Lions 23-16
  • Falcons @ Lions 26-27
  • Lions @ Falcons 21-34
  • Falcons @ Lions 14-30

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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