Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Matt Patricia
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense12th76.3 (31st)261.4 (6th)
Defense26th112.5 (17th)243.2 (26th)

Schedule

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Fri Aug 10
10:30 pm ET
NFLN@OAK
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Fri Aug 17
7:00 pm ET
NYG
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Fri Aug 24
8:00 pm ET
CBS@TB
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Thu Aug 30
7:00 pm ET
NFLNCLE
Mon Sep 10
7:10 pm ET
ESPNNYJ
Sun Sep 16
4:05 pm ET
FOX@SF
Sun Sep 23
8:20 pm ET
NBCNE
Sun Sep 30
1:00 pm ET
FOX@DAL
Sun Oct 7
1:00 pm ET
FOXGB
Sun Oct 21
1:00 pm ET
FOX@MIA
Sun Oct 28
1:00 pm ET
FOXSEA
Sun Nov 4
1:00 pm ET
FOX@MIN
Sun Nov 11
1:00 pm ET
FOX@CHI
Sun Nov 18
1:00 pm ET
FOXCAR
Thu Nov 22
12:30 pm ET
CBSCHI
Sun Dec 2
1:00 pm ET
FOXLAR
Sun Dec 9
4:25 pm ET
FOX@ARI
Sun Dec 16
1:00 pm ET
FOX@BUF
Sun Dec 23
1:00 pm ET
FOXMIN
Sun Dec 30
1:00 pm ET
FOX@GB

Standings

NFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Minnesota13-3-05-1-0
Detroit9-7-05-1-0
Green Bay7-9-02-4-0
Chicago5-11-00-6-0
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Lions' Ezekiel Ansah: Long-term deal looks unlikely
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ansah (knee) and the Lions aren't expected to reach agreement on a long-term deal before Monday's 4:00 PM ET deadline to sign franchise players, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The team placed the franchise tag on Ansah to prevent him from reaching free agency. However, the Lions indicated that they want to give first-year head coach Matt Patricia a season to work with Ansah before committing to a long-term contract, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Ansah will thus play out the 2018 season on a $17.1 million tender, with the chance to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year. If he proves to be a strong fit in Patricia's scheme, the Lions could use the franchise tag again next offseason to keep him off market, but it would cost approximately $20.6 million. The 29-year-old defensive end might decide to hold off on signing his tender, which would allow him to skip part or all of training camp and the preseason.

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Lions' Dwayne Washington: Clawing for roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Washington is expected to compete with Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner for the Lions' No. 4 running back job during training camp, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website reports.

With LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson and Theo Riddick all considered to be locks, the Lions seem to have three running backs fighting for one roster spot. Abdullah has the advantage in terms of draft status and backfield experience, but Washington has the best size and speed combination and Zenner is most likely to contribute on special teams coverage units. A 2016 seventh-round pick, Washington has gained just 309 yards on 110 career carries (2.8 average) and 76 yards on 12 receptions.

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Lions' Matt Prater: Unchallenged for kicker job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Prater is set for another season as the Lions' placekicker, MLive.com's Nate Atkins reports.

Prater is entering the first season of the three-year extension he signed in October, and the Lions haven't even bothered bringing in a camp leg. He's coming off three straight seasons converting better than 85 percent of his field-goal attempts, including 19 of 24 from 50 yards or longer during that stretch. In addition to his solid track record of accuracy, Prater benefits from playing for a dome team with an above-average offense. While not quite among the elite at his position, he's a solid choice in the closing stages of a draft.

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