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

FinishedTV: FOXBank of America Stadium Charlotte

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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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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 40% L 60%
4 6
  • Detroit W 0 - 20
  • Tampa Bay L 46 - 23
  • @Kansas City L 31 - 33
  • Atlanta L 25 - 17
  • @New Orleans L 24 - 27
  • Chicago L 23 - 16
  • @Atlanta W 23 - 16
  • Arizona W 21 - 31
  • @L.A. Chargers W 21 - 16
  • @Tampa Bay L 17 - 31

Next Games

  • Houston(11-26-20) L 41 - 25
  • @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(11-30-14) L 13 - 31
  • Denver(11-11-12) L 36 - 14
  • @Green Bay(11-10-19) L 16 - 24
  • @Washington(10-14-18) L 17 - 23
  • New Orleans(12-29-19) L 42 - 10

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

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Houston Texans47 0.3643.50.00.0 2-32-44-0-6
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team47 0.3640.00.00.0 3-31-43-0-7
Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Dallas Cowboys38 0.2731.00.00.0 2-41-43-0-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
Detroit Lions47 0.3643.50.00.0 1-43-34-0-6
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Carolina Panthers

  • Tahir Whitehead

    Ribs
    Prob Sun | probable

    Whitehead sat out the previous game with a rib injury, but he is projected to face the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Russell Okung

    Calf
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Okung has sat out the past four games with a calf injury, and it is unclear if he will return for Sunday's tilt against the Vikings.

  • Dennis Daley

    Concussion
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Daley left the previous game to be evaluated for a concussion, and there is no indication if he will pass protocol in time for Sunday's matchup versus the Vikings.

  • Donte Jackson

    Toe
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jackson was absent from the lineup during the previous game due to turf toe, and it is undetermined if he will play against the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Teddy Bridgewater

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Bridgewater sat out the previous game due to an MCL sprain in his right knee. It is expected that he will be available for Sunday's clash versus the Vikings.

  • John Miller

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Miller was held out of the previous game with a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will line up for Sunday's contest versus the Vikings.

  • Sam Franklin

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Franklin missed the last game due to an ankle injury, but it is expected that he will take on the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Christian McCaffrey

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | out

    McCaffrey is out of commission with an AC Joint injury in his shoulder, and a timetable for recovery has yet to be established.

Detroit Lions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.