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4-3, 3rd in NFC North
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Lions' win doesn't help odds much

Detroit's four comeback wins have been exhilarating, but they aren't indicative of a particularly good team. Both FPI and Football Outsiders have the Lions' odds under 15 percent. Playoff odds (Insider)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Riley Reiff and Joe Dahl had illnesses and Marvin Jones' practice absence is not injury related. The rest of the Lions report here:

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FPI: Texans-Lions lacks luster

Sure, it's a matchup between two 4-3 teams with decent playoff chances. But FPI rates this Sunday afternoon battle in Houston as the weekend's third-worst. FPI game rater

Good news for Lions: Ebron, Riddick and Ngata return (0:37)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Good news for Lions: Eric Ebron, Theo Riddick and Haloti Ngata return to practice. Bad news: Marvin Jones, Darius Slay, RT Riley Reiff, Corey Robinson, Joe Dahl and DeAndre Levy not at open portion of practice. But here's video of Riddick's return.

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Could Laken Tomlinson be traded?

The former first-round pick has lost his starting job on the offensive line, and the Lions have already made one trade this week. Could they pull the trigger on another deal? Potential trade targets

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell on Vince Wilfork: "Vince is a powerful man."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell said "you have to do what's best from you at that time" when it came to trading to Kyle Van Noy to New England. Said he worked hard but "sometimes a change of scenery helps a guy."

Stafford not paying much attention to MVP talk (0:28)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he's not paying much attention to the national MVP talk that's been going on around him. He said part of it is he's been in the limelight since high school as a highly touted recruit. He smiled, though, when asked about turning doubters into believers.

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Lions need to take advantage of beat-up Texans

The Lions perhaps get the Texans at a good time, as they're banged up on the O-line and in the secondary and struggling mightily on offense.

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Lions win doesn't move the needle for FPI

Detroit's offense improved slightly this week, but the defense is about as bad as ever. The Lions' rating moved up 0.4 overall, but improvements by other teams dropped their ranking one spot. Full FPI rankings

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Josh Bynes is re-signing with the Lions, a source confirms to ESPN. Bynes had been with Detroit earlier this year but was released off injured reserve last month with an injury settlement. He now comes back to the club after the trade of Kyle Van Noy to New England. Bynes will likely slide into one of the starting linebacker spots, most likely at SAM whenever DeAndre Levy returns from injury. The Detroit Free Press first reported Bynes' re-signing.

Johnson glad he didn't pass on 'Dancing with the Stars' (1:39)
Calvin Johnson thinks OBJ can be all-time great (0:49)
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Stafford moves to No. 6 in Total QBR

The former No. 1 overall pick is playing the best football of his career -- especially over the last two games -- which has been enough to vault him four spots this week. Updated Total QBR Rankings

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions trading Kyle Van Noy signals another second round pick that didn't work out for former GM Martin Mayhew. Joins Mikel Leshoure, Ryan Broyles, Titus Young as second rounders who didn't even fulfill rookie contracts with the club.

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Lions up to No. 15 in Power Rankings

Detroit is up six spots in this week's Power Rankings after its thrilling last-second victory over the Redskins. They can continue climbing if they survive two tough upcoming road games. Week 8 Power Rankings

Team Stats

Passing Yards259.112th
Rushing Yards89.424th
Points For24.012th
Points Against24.321st

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