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2018 Schedule
3-3, 3rd in NFC North

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

The top 5 team pass protection performances of the week through the 4pm games in week 7 based on our new Pass Block Win Rate (PBWR) metric are: 1) Ravens 79% PBWR, 2) Patriots 77%, 3) Colts 73%, 4) Browns 72%, 5) Lions 71%. You can bank on their opponents being in the bottom 5 in Pass Rush Win Rate. [PBWR uses player tracking from Next Gen Stats.]

Kerryon Johnson: 'I haven't run 71 yards in a long time' (0:57)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

It was the Lions' best day -- running the ball, at least -- since the Barry Sanders era. And that says something for the future of the Detroit Lions. After picking up 248 rushing yards as a team in a 32-21 road win over Miami to get back to .500 on the season, the Lions appear to have a more diversified offensive attack than at any time during Matthew Stafford's career. And that can make Detroit dangerous with a critical portion of its schedule upcoming with a home game against Seattle followed by road trips to Minnesota and Chicago. That the Lions won this game convincingly in every facet is a sign the Lions might be able to stick around, at least, all season long. Oh, and that 248 yards was Detroit's best run day since 1997, when Sanders had 215 yards on his own.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Michael Roberts, who has two touchdowns and 19.8 PPR fantasy points today, is on rosters in only 0.02 percent of ESPN leagues.

Stafford finds Roberts for 2nd TD of the day (0:25)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Peanut Butter Jelly Time dance from Ricky Jean Francois is getting a workout today. Two sacks for the Miami native. He started doing it to honor his hometown -- and then Robert Mathis told him to keep doing it to help build his brand. "Something the kids always do and I just wanted to repeat it and everybody just started laughing about it. So I just started," Jean Francois told me. "Something funny to do. Even though nobody can mimic it unless you're from around where I'm from, but it was just something funny to do." He also does it when he closes business deals off the field.

Blount goes untouched for TD (0:19)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have to be pleased with what they were able to get out of both their offense and defense in the first half. Matthew Stafford hit all of his passes except one (a batted down ball by Kiko Alonso). Kerryon Johnson already has over 100 yards rushing. And defensively, the Lions have held Miami to 115 yards of offense and made the Dolphins essentially one-dimensional by holding Miami's running backs to 2.5 yards per carry. Keep playing like this and Detroit has a chance to put itself in reasonable position entering November.

Johnson rips of 71-yard run for Lions (0:24)
Stafford floats 15-yard TD to open scoring (0:25)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

A month after Kerryon Johnson snapped the Lions' 100-yard rusher drought with 101 yards against New England, he already reached the 100-yard plateau in a little over a quarter against Miami. He's at four carries for 102 yards after his 71-yard carry to open the second quarter. It's the longest single rush by a Lions player since Jahvid Best had an 88-yard run in 2011.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Detroit Lions TE Michael Roberts has two catches this season -- both of them are 15-yard touchdown receptions. Roberts had a good catch on a play-action rollout from Matthew Stafford in the first quarter for his second catch and touchdown of the season. His other catch -- and touchdown -- came in Week 2 against San Francisco. He was injured in that game and hasn't played since until Sunday.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The sun vs shade at Hard Rock Stadium could be a factor today. The Lions — who mentioned managing the heat often this week — are going to be in the middle of it despite practicing in the cold two of three days. Hydration is going to be so key for Detroit. There are fans though.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions inactives: RB Theo Riddick, DE Ezekiel Ansah, WR Brandon Powell, CB Lenzy Pipkins, DL Kerry Hyder, OG Joe Dahl, OL Andrew Donnal

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions rule Ezekiel Ansah OUT for Sunday against Miami

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Riddick out; Ezekiel Ansah & T.J. Lang questionable for the Lions against Miami.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Ezekiel Ansah was asked if he wonders what's going on with his own body. "I wouldn't wish that upon nobody. I'm just happy that I've been better over the weeks and I'm just looking forward to keep improving."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Ezekiel Ansah on whether he'll play Sunday against Miami: "That'll be coach's decision." He hasn't played since Week 1. When asked if he was healthy enough to play, he said "I'm pretty good."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

No Theo Riddick for the third straight day for the Lions. Doesn't look that promising for him for Sunday but we will find out later today.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Looks like Theo Riddick and Ezekiel Ansah are going to be the two main questions for the Lions this week.

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Lions' Lang: Hitting 'reset' despite 5 concussions

Lions guard T.J. Lang says he returned to practice from what was at least the fifth concussion of his career only after consulting with three or four specialists.

Team Stats

Passing Yards268.014th
Rushing Yards97.223rd
Points For25.014th
Points Against27.425th

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