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3-3, 3rd in NFC North

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

A bunch of roster moves for the Detroit Lions on Wednesday: They signed OT Bryce Harris and DE Jacquies Smith while claiming QB Brad Kaaya from Carolina. Kaaya was the team's sixth round draft pick this year. Smith comes from Tampa Bay and Harris from New Orleans. The Lions also cut a trio of defensive linemen George Johnson, Datone Jones and Caraun Reid. All were signed this season. Jones never played a down for Detroit. Reid played Sunday against New Orleans. Johnson got some work for a few weeks.

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Power Rankings: Lions slip a spot

Detroit was docked a spot on our list after Sunday's loss, but the Lions are now ahead of the rival Packers following Aaron Rodgers' injury.

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Ranking the NFL teams most impacted by injuries: Lions

Two key members of the D-line, Kerry Hyder and Haloti Ngata, are already lost for the year. But the domino effects of LT Taylor Decker's offseason biceps injury have developed into a massive issue the past few weeks.

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FPI: Lions need to come alive

With the NFL's fourth-worst yards per play average (4.57), the Lions have just under a one-third chance of making the postseason in ESPN's FPI. Their best chance would be as the No. 6 seed, at 8.9 percent.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions punter Sam Martin is returning to practice. He has been on the NFI list. It's possible Martin could return for Week 8 against Pittsburgh. Jeff Locke has been handling punting in his absence.

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How Rodgers' injury changes NFC North race

By FPI's measure, the Packers' playoff hopes are cut by more than half with Aaron Rodgers' absence. The Vikings are the primary beneficiary, while the Lions' chances nearly doubled.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions RG T.J. Lang said he feels "a little better than yesterday." Said his back issues have been on and off since Minnesota. Said back flared up during early warmups right before inactives. "Ultimately couldn't loosen up," Lang said. Said he thinks it'll get better through the bye week. Thinks if Lions were playing late afternoon or in evening, he could have had a better shot at playing. Travel, he said, doesn't help it but "you never know it is going to respond." Called it bad timing.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions OL Emmett Cleary has a boot on his right foot/ankle. Was hurt against the Saints.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Darren Fells and Eric Ebron both played over 50 percent of snaps for the Lions on Sunday. Fells had a touchdown catch. Ebron was targeted three times with one catch for nine yards.

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What got into the Saints' defense?

New Orleans racked up more takeaways on Sunday (five) than they had the rest of the season combined, and as many defensive TDs (three) as they had in their last 74 games. Meanwhile, Matthew Stafford's nine batted passes on Sunday were more than any QB in the NFL had this season entering Week 6 and the most by a QB in a game since ESPN Stats & Info began tracking the stat in 2009. Two resulted in interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' 16 passes defensed is the most by a team since at least 2006, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Ten different Saints had at least one led by three each by Kenny Vaccaro and Cam Jordan.

Lions fall to .500 after nearly erasing 35-point deficit (1:12)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked Lions CB Nevin Lawson about whether or not Aaron Rodgers' broken collarbone changes the division. This was asked after Detroit's loss to New Orleans: "It changes nothing, man. We just played a game. I ain't worried about no damn Aaron Rodgers. F--- Aaron Rodgers."

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RB Mark Ingram said, with Adrian Peterson gone, he and Alvin Kamara "wanted to take advantage of the opportunity and prove we can carry this offense. But I'm glad to hear what Adrian's doing in Arizona. I've been telling you he's still got the juice."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions loss is a tough one. Despite looking blown out, it was a one possession game in the fourth quarter. It hurts Detroit wild-card chances, because Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans tiebreakers over Detroit. But the divisional chances are better, because of what happened to Green Bay.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamal Agnew first Lions rookie since Jack Christiansen in 1951 to have two punt returns for touchdowns.

Team Stats

Passing Yards214.021st
Rushing Yards84.0Tied-28th
Points For26.87th
Points Against24.826th

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