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Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers Pick & Prediction NOV 22TH 2020

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The conversations about the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers have dramatically shifted after some recent results.


That's largely a good thing for the Lions going into their game against Carolina on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte.


Despite playing in the NFC that is stacked with playoff contenders, Detroit is trying to enter the discussion.


"We just have to really stay in the moment," Lions coach Matt Patricia said on the postseason topic. "We have a lot to clean up."


The Lions (4-5) have won three of their last five games. The Panthers (3-7) are going in the opposite direction with five straight losses.


"We've got to find a way to make more plays and really, most importantly, do things right," first-year Carolina coach Matt Rhule said.


The lead-up to the Detroit-Carolina game is going to include a bit of dialogue about the health statuses of the team's starting quarterbacks.


Matthew Stafford of the Lions has a banged-up right hand coming into the week. The Panthers might be in more of a pickle after Teddy Bridgewater exited last week with a knee injury in the waning moments.


Rhule said the injury might not be as severe as initially suggested, and the quarterback was listed as a limited participant for Wednesday's workout.


Will Grier or PJ Walker will be the starter for the Panthers if Bridgewater is out.


Plus, Carolina will play for the second consecutive week and for the eighth time this season without All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey, who has a shoulder injury as his latest ailment. He has scored two touchdowns in each of the three games in which he has played.


"Carolina is going to be ready to go and we have to learn from (Sunday's) game," Patricia said. "It's a copycat league. There's things that come up in the game that are going to show up in the next game or a couple games down the road, so we have to get that stuff cleaned up and try to improve."


Stafford didn't practice Wednesday because of the thumb. His status might not be clear until the weekend.


Detroit is coming off a 30-27 victory against Washington on Matt Prater's 59-yard field goal on the game's last play. Prater has connected on 75 percent of his attempts from 50 or more yards in his career.


That's in contrast to a couple of field-goal attempts of more than 60 yards at ends of two games that didn't work out for Panthers kicker Joey Slye. Then came the 46-23 whipping from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week in a game that included a disastrous second half for Carolina.


The Panthers have been prone to losing streaks that have totally derailed recent seasons. In 2018, they lost seven games in a row and then last year they dropped their final eight.


"We've just got to do a good job of seeing what's wrong, being tough on ourselves while watching film and knowing that these are the plays we can make," Panthers safety Tre Boston said. "When it's mental, it's going back to the chalkboard and dialing in and learning how to focus in even more because when we do, we're a dangerous team."


The Panthers have faced the NFL's all-time leader in touchdown passes, Drew Brees (Saints), and then past NFL Most Valuable Players in quarterbacks Matt Ryan (Falcons), Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) and Tom Brady (Buccaneers) over their past four games. With that in mind, perhaps a game against Stafford, despite his credentials, might seem like a bit of a reprieve.


"We want the challenge of going out there each and every week and having to play your best ball," Boston said. "That's what we've got to do."


Despite some of the moving parts on offense for the Panthers, they have improved in one area after a stretch early in the season when the settled for lots of field goals. Carolina has a touchdown on every red zone drive in its past four games, a 9-for-9 mark.


The Panthers are 4-1 all-time at home against Detroit, including winning the last four. The Lions haven't won in Charlotte since 1999.


Detroit won the most-recent matchup with a 20-19 decision in 2018 at home. Each team has a one-point victory across the nine all-time meetings.


--Field Level Media


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Detroit Lions

Carolina Panthers

Player Position Lineup
Tyrell Crosby primary: Right Tackle Starter
Taylor Decker primary: Left Tackle Starter
Marvin Hall primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Will Harris primary: Safety Starter
T.J. Hockenson primary: Tight End Starter
Jesse James 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
Duron Harmon primary: Safety Starter
Jayron Kearse primary: Safety Starter
Nick Williams primary: Defensive End Starter
Halapoulivaati Vaitai primary: Right Guard Starter
Desmond Trufant primary: Cornerback Starter
Jamie Collins Sr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Danny Shelton primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jonah Jackson primary: Left Guard Starter
John Penisini primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Adrian Peterson primary: Runningback Starter
Oday Aboushi primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Jamal Agnew primary: Runningback Substitution
Jason Cabinda primary: Linebacker Substitution
Justin Coleman primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jarrad Davis primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mike Ford primary: Cornerback Substitution
Frank Herron primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Kerryon Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Miles Killebrew primary: Safety 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
Tracy Walker primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jack Fox primary: Punter Substitution
Matt Nelson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Don Muhlbach primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Reggie Ragland primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jeff Okudah primary: Cornerback Substitution
Quintez Cephus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jonathan Williams primary: Runningback Substitution
Everson Griffen primary: Defensive End Substitution
Mohamed Sanu Sr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Danny Amendola primary: Wide Receiver Not active
David Blough primary: Quarterback Not active
Austin Bryant primary: Defensive End Not active
Joe Dahl primary: Guard Did not play
Kenny Golladay primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Da'Shawn Hand primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Chase Daniel primary: Quarterback Did not play
D'Andre Swift primary: Runningback Not active
Logan Stenberg primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Player PositionLineup
Brian Burns primary: Defensive End Starter
Jermaine Carter primary: MIKE Linebacker Starter
Dennis Daley primary: Right Guard Starter
Mike Davis primary: Runningback Starter
Chris Manhertz primary: Tight End Starter
DJ Moore primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Taylor Moton primary: Right Tackle Starter
Matt Paradis primary: Center Starter
Chris Reed primary: Left Guard Starter
Ian Thomas primary: Tight End Starter
Shaq Thompson primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
Tre Boston primary: Free Safety Starter
Juston Burris primary: Strong Safety Starter
P.J. Walker primary: Quarterback Starter
Robby Anderson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Derrick Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Yetur Gross-Matos primary: Defensive End Starter
Jeremy Chinn primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Troy Pride Jr. primary: Cornerback Starter
Bravvion Roy primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Trent Scott primary: Left Tackle Starter
Rasul Douglas primary: Cornerback Starter
Alex Armah primary: Fullback Substitution
Corn Elder primary: Cornerback Substitution
Marquis Haynes primary: Defensive End Substitution
Natrell Jamerson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
J.J. Jansen primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Tyler Larsen primary: Center Substitution
Greg Little primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Curtis Samuel primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Joey Slye primary: Kicker Substitution
Brandon Zylstra primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Pharoh Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Zach Kerr primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Stantley Thomas-Oliver III primary: Cornerback Substitution
Colin Thompson primary: Tight End Substitution
Myles Hartsfield primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Chris Orr primary: Linebacker Substitution
Michael Schofield primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Joseph Charlton primary: Punter Substitution
Trenton Cannon primary: Runningback Substitution
Julian Stanford primary: Linebacker Substitution
Austin Larkin primary: Defensive End Substitution
Efe Obada primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kenny Robinson primary: Safety Substitution
Rodney Smith primary: Runningback Substitution
Will Grier primary: Quarterback Did not play
Donte Jackson primary: Cornerback Not active
Christian McCaffrey primary: Runningback Not active
Russell Okung primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
John Miller primary: Guard Not active
Tahir Whitehead primary: Linebacker Did not play
Teddy Bridgewater primary: Quarterback Not active
Sam Franklin primary: Safety Not active

Detroit Lions

Carolina Panthers

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Joey Slye
    • Rusher: Mike Davis
  • Period 3
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 56 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 17 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Joey Slye
    • Passer: P.J. Walker
    • Pass Receiver: Curtis Samuel
  • Period 4
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 37 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • Match End


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 20% L 80%
2 8
  • New Orleans L 33 - 7
  • @Washington W 20 - 13
  • @Green Bay L 16 - 24
  • Denver L 32 - 27
  • @Minnesota L 27 - 28
  • Detroit W 0 - 20
  • Tampa Bay L 46 - 23
  • @Kansas City L 31 - 33
  • Atlanta L 25 - 17
  • @New Orleans L 24 - 27

Last Meetings

  • Lions @ Panthers 0-20
  • Panthers @ Lions 19-20
  • Panthers @ Lions 27-24
  • Lions @ Panthers 7-24
  • Panthers @ Lions 35-49
  • Lions @ Panthers 22-31

American Football Conference

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
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
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
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

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
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
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
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

Last Injuries