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

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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 40% L 60%
4 6
  • Houston L 41 - 25
  • @Carolina L 0 - 20
  • Washington W 27 - 30
  • @Minnesota L 20 - 34
  • Indianapolis L 41 - 21
  • @Atlanta W 23 - 22
  • @Jacksonville W 34 - 16
  • New Orleans L 35 - 29
  • @Arizona W 26 - 23
  • @Green Bay L 21 - 42
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 24
  • Denver W 27 - 34
  • @Carolina W 25 - 17
  • Detroit L 23 - 22
  • @Minnesota W 40 - 23
  • Carolina L 23 - 16
  • @Green Bay L 16 - 30
  • Chicago L 30 - 26
  • @Dallas L 39 - 40
  • Seattle L 38 - 25

Next Games

  • @Chicago(11-10-19) L 13 - 20
  • Green Bay(12-29-19) L 23 - 20
  • @Tennessee(09-23-12) L 41 - 44
  • Tampa Bay(12-15-19) L 38 - 17
  • Minnesota(10-20-19) L 42 - 30
  • Las Vegas(10-14-12) W 20 - 23
  • New Orleans(11-28-19) L 26 - 18
  • @L.A. Chargers(09-23-12) W 27 - 3
  • Tampa Bay(11-24-19) L 35 - 22
  • @Kansas City(09-09-12) W 40 - 24

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

Last Injuries

Atlanta Falcons

  • Edmond Robinson

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Robinson is bothered by a hamstring injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will suit up against the Raiders on Sunday.

  • Mykal Walker

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Walker left the last game due to a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will line up on Sunday against the Raiders.

  • Julio Jones

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jones exited the previous game due to left hamstring tightness, and it is unknown if he will draw back into the lineup on Sunday versus the Raiders.

  • Foyesade Oluokun

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Oluokun is hindered by a knee injury, but it is projected that he will be a participant Sunday versus the Raiders.

  • Calvin Ridley

    Foot
    Prob Sun | probable

    Ridley is tending to a foot injury, but he is projected to line up against the Raiders on Sunday.

  • Qadree Ollison

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ollison is ailing from an illness, and it is uncertain if he will be a participant in Sunday's clash versus the Raiders.

  • Todd Gurley

    Knee
    Out Sun | out

    Gurley is managing a knee injury, and he will not take the field against the Raiders on Sunday.

  • Dante Fowler Jr.

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Fowler Jr. is nursing a hamstring injury, but he is expected to dress for Sunday's clash with the Raiders.

Detroit Lions

  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Vaitai has hit the injured reserve list due to a foot injury, and a timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Jeff Okudah

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Okudah sat out the previous game due to a shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will dress for Week 13 versus the Bears.

  • Danny Shelton

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    Shelton was forced from the last game with a knee injury, leaving his status against the Bears in Week 13 clouded.

  • Desmond Trufant

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Trufant was lifted from the previous contest due to a hamstring injury. It is up in the air if he will participate against the Bears in Week 13.

  • Mike Ford

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Ford missed the last game to be evaluated for a concussion, and it is unknown if he will take part during Week 13 against the Bears.

  • Kenny Golladay

    Hip
    day-to-day | questionable

    Golladay has sat out the past four games with a hip injury, and it is undetermined if he will return to action Week 13 against the Bears.

  • Danny Amendola

    Hip
    day-to-day | questionable

    Amendola has sat out the previous two games with a hip injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will line up against the Bears in Week 13.

  • Hunter Bryant

    Concussion
    day-to-day | I-R

    Bryant has been moved to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a hamstring injury. It is unclear if he will be activated prior to Week 13 versus the Bears.

Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons

Matthew Stafford completed an 11-yard scoring pass to T.J. Hockenson as the clock ran out and Matt Prater's extra-point conversion gave the visiting Detroit Lions a 23-22 triumph over the host Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The Lions' eight-play, 75-yard drive came after Atlanta took the late lead on a 76-yard drive.

A 29-yard pass to Kenny Golladay set up the tying score. Prater's extra point was taken from 48 yards out after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Stafford threw for 340 yards and Golladay had six catches for 114 yards for the Lions (3-3). Prater kicked three long field goals.

Todd Gurley rushed for 63 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons (1-6). Matt Ryan passed for 338 yards and a score, while Julio Jones caught eight passes for 97 yards.

During Atlanta's go-ahead score, Ryan completed three passes to Russell Gage while Gurley picked up a key first down, putting Atlanta in range for a game-winning field goal. The Lions, out of timeouts, essentially allowed Gurley to score on the next play from 10 yards out to preserve clock time with 1:04 left. Ryan then found Calvin Ridley for a 2-point conversion to give the Falcons a 22-16 lead.

Atlanta led 14-10 at halftime on a Gurley rushing touchdown and a Ryan-to-Ridley hookup.

Stafford got the Lions into field-goal range with the clock winding down and Prater booted a 50-yard field goal on the last play of the half to pull Detroit within four points.

Prater drilled a 51-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to make it 14-13.

The Falcons drove inside the Lions 20 early in the fourth quarter. They passed on a field goal try on 4th-and-5 but Ryan threw an incompletion.

Prater missed a 46-yard try with 7:32 remaining, leaving the Lions with a one-point deficit.

He soon got another chance. Romeo Okwara sacked Ryan, who fumbled. Trey Flowers recovered at the Falcons 36-yard line. The Lions failed to pick up a first down, but Prater made a 49-yarder with 3:16 remaining to give his team the lead.

--Field Level Media