Bears look to increase NFC North lead with a second straight win over the Lions

This year’s Thanksgiving Day football festivities get started with the Chicago Bears taking on the Detroit Lions in the Motor City.  The Lions are one of the traditional holiday hosts and these longtime division rivals have played each other on Turkey Day nine times since 1964. Detroit holds a 5-4 lead in those games and has won the last three meetings on Thanksgiving Day. But this year finds both teams in different situations.

Chicago (7-3) assumed full control of the NFC North with last Sunday’s home win over Minnesota on “Sunday Night Football.” The Lions (4-6) are currently in the basement of the division but snapped a three-game losing streak with a come-from-behind win over Carolina at Ford Field.

The Bears can increase their lead in the division with a season sweep of Detroit. The two teams met just two weeks ago in Chicago, a game the home team won 34-22. The Lions need a victory if they want to keep their already slim playoff hopes alive.

Chicago at Detroit

Kickoff: Thursday Nov. 22 at 12:30 p.m. ET

TV: CBS

Spread: Bears -4

Three Things to Watch

1. Kahlil Mack is practically unstoppable

Mack continued to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks as he made his presence fully felt against the Vikings this past Sunday night. Mack added to his team-leading total with his eighth sack and he also was credited with two tackles, two tackles for a loss, two quarterback hits and a pass defended. Two weeks ago, he collected two sacks and five total tackles in Chicago’s win over Detroit. You know Matthew Stafford will be looking to see where Mack lines up.

The mere presence of Mack makes the rest of Chicago’s defense that much more dangerous. Take Akiem Hicks, the unheralded anchor of the Bears’ defensive line had a huge game against Minnesota, registering a sack and five tackles for a loss. The constant pressure generated by Hicks, Mack and the rest of the defense was a big reason why Kirk Cousins completed 30 of 46 attempts for 262 yards (5.7 yards per attempt) with two touchdowns but also two costly interceptions.

2. Matthew Stafford getting the job done under pressure

Feeling pressure is nothing new to Stafford, who has already been sacked 29 times this year. But he’s still managed to find ways to make plays downfield. Over the last four games, Stafford is averaging 25 completions and more than 250 passing yards per game. He also has five touchdowns and three interceptions during this stretch. For the season, his 66.3 percent completion rate represents the second highest in his 10-year career.

Stafford already knows what to expect on Thursday from a Bears defense that sacked him six times and picked him off twice two weeks ago. The rest of the offense will have to pick up their game, starting up front with the offensive line, but the Lions also will most likely be without their leading rusher, Kerryon Johnson. The rookie suffered a knee sprain last week against Carolina and is considered week-to-week. He accounted for two of the Lions’ three touchdowns in the first meeting with Chicago, so in his absence LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner will need to step up against a Chicago defense that’s ranked third in the league overall and first against the run.

3. Turnovers a plenty for the Bears’ defense

Not only has this Chicago team made its mark with its pass rush, the defense also has gotten back into the habit of making takeaways a regular occurrence. During this current four-game winning streak the Bears have forced six fumbles, recovered three of them and recorded seven interceptions. They have picked off two or more passes in three straight games and lead the NFL with 18 on the season. The defense also has made the most of some of these takeaways, including Eddie Jackson’s 27-yard interception return for a touchdown against Minnesota this past Sunday. Chicago leads the league in total takeaways (27) and turnover margin (+13), two more reasons why the Bears currently sit atop the NFC North and have the third-best record in the conference.

Final Analysis

Chicago enters this game on a roll, winners of four in a row, outscoring opponents 124-61 in the process. The Bears have been stingy against the run, have kept teams from scoring much at all against them and the offense continues to find ways to get the job done. Chicago has grabbed control of the NFC North and controls its own destiny as it relates to getting back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season.

Detroit has had more success at home this season (3-2, with wins over New England, Green Bay and Carolina) and has won five in a row against the Bears at Ford Field. Chicago, however, has all of the momentum on its side. It does appear that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will miss this game because of a shoulder injury he suffered in the fourth quarter on Sunday night; but Chase Daniel was signed as the backup because of his familarity with head coach Matt Nagy’s offense. And with how well the defense has been playing lately, it may not matter who is at quarterback for this one. This Bears team is for real and will show that yet again on Thanksgiving Day.

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Pats look to bounce back against familiar foe

For teams that face each other only once every four years, the Patriots and Lions actually know each other pretty well entering Sunday night’s game. After all, Detroit head coach Matt Patricia learned from New England head coach Bill Belichick as his defensive coordinator for the last six seasons.

That experience perhaps gives Patricia a leg up on other coaches facing New England; but it certainly means that Belichick and Tom Brady have a pretty good idea what to expect from Patricia. And no one tailors their game plan to their opponent better than the Patriots.

The Patriots have won seven of the 11 all-time meetings with the Lions, and have won the last four in the series, all since Brady took over as New England’s quarterback. In fact, the Lions’ last win, on Nov. 23, 2000, actually marked Brady’s NFL debut. He went 1-for-3 for 6 yards mopping up in a 34–9 loss.

New England at Detroit

Kickoff: Sunday, Sept. 23 at 8:20 p.m. ET

TV: NBC

Spread: Patriots -7

Three Things to Watch

1. How the Pats attack Patricia’s defense

When in New England, Patricia’s defenses generally gave up yards but not points. In a small sample of two games in Detroit, it’s been the opposite, as the Lions rank 31st in points allowed but 17th in yards allowed. They’ve also been gashed by opponents on the ground to the tune of 179.5 yards per game, worst in the NFL. Can the Patriots, who prefer to have Brady throwing the ball and average just 3.5 yards per rush, take advantage of that? Or will they stick to what they do best and possibly put Brady in harm’s way against a pass rush that has eight sacks, third in the NFL through two games? We’ll see, but it won’t help the Lions if cornerback Darius Slay can’t play after leaving last week’s game with a concussion.

2. Which Matthew Stafford will we get?

After throwing four interceptions against the Jets in the season opener, the Detroit quarterback bounced back with a big game at San Francisco (34-of-53, 347 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs). Stafford has cut down on the interceptions over the last two seasons, so odds are the opener was just a rough night and not a sign of things to come. But he has little experience facing Belichick’s defenses, having played only one game against New England in his career. It wasn’t pretty, either: 18-of-46 for 264 yards and one interception in a 34–9 loss in 2014.

3. Josh Gordon’s New England debut

Belichick and the Pats have a long history of trying to turn other teams’ trash into treasure. Sometimes it works (Randy Moss, Corey Dillon)… sometimes it doesn’t (Kellen Winslow, Chad Johnson). Can the legendary (mythical?) Patriot Way get Gordon back on track? Since leading the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards (in just 14 games) in 2013, Gordon has played in just 11 games due to substance abuse problems. When he showed up late for work last week complaining of a hamstring injury, the Browns had had enough and traded him to New England for a fifth-round pick. Now he’s supposedly healthy and ready to go. He could be a big weapon for Brady, but he’s five years removed from being a reliable target. Time will tell.

Final Analysis

There’s more pressure here on the Lions to avoid an 0–3 start than there is on the Patriots; even stumbling out of the gate 1–2 would hardly hurt their playoff chances in the weak AFC East. But always hard to bet on New England to lose two in a row, especially if Detroit’s secondary is shorthanded without Darius Slay.

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Complete NFC North Preview

Here is a look at what you can expect from the Vikes, Lions, Packers and Bears this season…

Minnesota Vikings

When the Vikings gave QB Kirk Cousins the league’s richest and first-ever fully guaranteed multi-year contract, they bragged about being “all in.” Well, the pressure is on. Big time. The Vikings hand-picked the franchise quarterback to pair with the league’s top-ranked defense. If the Vikings stay healthy — a big if given this team’s track record at quarterback the past two years — nothing short of a Super Bowl will be acceptable. There’s certainly enough talent to get the job done.

Green Bay Packers

A few folks inside Lambeau Field wondered aloud after last season if such a painful step backward without QB Aaron Rodgers might be just what this team needed to move forward after NFC Championship Game losses in two of the previous three seasons. A healthy 16 games from Rodgers virtually guarantees a 10-6 finish at minimum — the Packers are 94-46 in games Rodgers started and didn’t leave with a broken collarbone over the past 10 years. Whether Rodgers gets to the second Super Bowl of his career, however, depends on whether his younger teammates elevate their games, and how many contributions the rookies can make.

Detroit Lions

The Lions haven’t won a division title in a quarter-century, and last season’s 9-7 finish felt like another missed opportunity, given the key quarterback injuries in Green Bay and Minnesota. Still, coming off back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the mid-1990s, Detroit has the talent — and the quarterback — to be a playoff contender. And a playoff-starved fan base is banking on an engaging new coach in Matt Patricia to do what so many others before him couldn’t. Forget about the Patriot Way, he says: “After you have some success, that’s when you start calling it ‘The Lions Way.’”

Chicago Bears

New head coach Matt Nagy seems to be more in sync with GM Ryan Pace than John Fox ever was. This year’s additions in free agency did an excellent job of specifically addressing weaknesses, although Pace’s track record in the market has been uneven at best. Everything revolves around making QB Mitch Trubisky the franchise quarterback, from personnel to staff. Nagy’s presence as an offensive mastermind, along with innovative offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and holdover quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone, should help. Pass-catching talent was added in free agency, but Trubisky will be throwing to several players with whom he’s never taken a snap in an NFL game. He’ll also be operating in his third system in as many years. That’s a lot to handle for a young quarterback. But the defensive improvement should continue under Vic Fangio, and the Bears should improve on last year’s 5-11 record.

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Fantasy Football NFL Draft Preview

We’re less than a week away from the highly anticipated NFL Draft and it’s time to monitor what improvements the teams can do with some critical acquisition. FanPick will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016. This Fantasy Football NFL Draft preview is brought you by FanPicks.com.

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears will need to get stronger in defense if they want to close in on their NFC North rivals this upcoming season. Their head coach John Fox as well as their defensive coordinator Vic Fangio hope to find a pass rusher that they’ll be able to pair with Pernell McPhee. This is most likely their most important priority. So far, they’ve upgraded their front 7 through free agency with the signing of Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman and Akiem Hicks. It’s also likely that they recruit at the corner back position.

Top 3 round picks: 11th and 41st, 72nd selections.

Detroit Lions

Detroit are in the need of serious play maker. Riley Reiff was built to become a right tackle or a guard. They will also need a tone-setter in the middle of the defense. They will also try finding a book-end pass rusher a priority.

Top 3 round picks: 16th and 46th, 77th selections.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers have played Clay Matthews all over the field but they must recruit another big man like him either in the inside or outside. Offensively speaking, they’re fine but should still look for a swing tackle that can play on either side. Green Bay are always looking for a good tight end.

Top 3 round picks: 27th and 57th, 88th selections.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are quietly emerging in the NFC as a contender a large part due to their awesome running game and super athletic defensive players. In order to close out that gap between the heavyweight in the conference, they will need to solidify their receiver position. A top of the line receiver would be ideal to complement Teddy Bridgewater and take them to the next level.

Top 3 round picks: 23rd and 54th, 86th selections.

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NFL NFC North Fantasy Football Review

FanPicks is proud to bring you this NFC North Fantasy Football Review of the 2015 season. Come enjoy daily Fantasy sports news at Fanpicks.com during this NFL offseason.

Fantasy Football 2015 Season Review

NFC North Fantasy Football

The NFC North division came down to the wire in the last game of the season when the Vikings clinched the division besting the Packers in Green Bay.

 

  • Minnesota Vikings (11-5)

The Vikings won the NFC North for the 1st time since 2009 and captured their 1st playoff berth since 2012. Major improvements were seen on both side of the ball for the Vikings compare to their prior campaign. Adrian Peterson’s 327 carries, 1485 league leading rushing yards and 11 TDs  kept their offense steady and afloat all season.

Stefon Diggs complemented Peterson’s rushing game leading the team in receptions and receiving yardage. He will be a top target for their QB Teddy Bridgewater in the future and Fantasy picks wise.

Their week 6 win against the Chiefs was the 1st of 5 game winning streak, helping them to finish the season winning 9 out of their last 12. They will be looking to bounce back from their heartbreaking loss in the playoffs when their kicker, Blair Walsh missed a 27 yards field goal with 22 seconds game in the NFC Wildcard game.

 

  • Green Bay Packers (10-6)

The last time the Packers entered the playoffs as a wild-card, they won the Super Bowl and ended up winning the division 4 years straight until this campaign. Jordy Nelson’s loss during the preseason due to an injury slowed down their offense.

Despite Aaron Rodgers’ decent numbers, their running back Eddie Lacy struggled to assert himself as the leading rusher splitting the task with James Stark.

They will be a promising contender and favourite to conquer the NFC North throne once again.

 

  • Detroit Lions (7-9)

The Detroit Lions finished their season on a positive note after their terrible 0-6 start. They will also have huge shoes to fill if their superstar receiver Calvin Johnson leaves as rumors are stating. However, this would leave more room to growfor the  22 year old, Eric Ebron a solid fantasy pick for the near future after his impressive season (537 yards, 5 TDS, 47 receptions)

 

  • Chicago Bears (6-10)

The Chicago Bears will have a lot of work to do in the off season. Despite Matt Forte’s season ending injury, the Bears seem to have found their future QB with Jeremy Langford. They will have to recruit more in depth to be a contender for the next few seasons.

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Week 16 Value Picks

Quarterback

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The shootout of the weekend should be between Jacksonville and New Orleans, assuming Drew Brees is healthy enough to take the field after tearing his plantar last week (the same injury Peyton Manning is struggling with). These two quarterbacks love to throw the ball and their defenses love to let the ball be thrown. I give Bortles the fantasy edge though since the Saints defense is more flawed fundamentally and Bortles just loves to throw the ball way down the field.

Kirk Cousins could be a great value pick this weekend as well. He has been on fire lately and we see the weapons he has in Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson (even Alfred Morris as well). Thats not even considering the fact that the Eagles secondary is great at making any quarterback look like Tom Brady out there.

Running Back

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As you can see from the above, there are not many great options at running back this week with the highest projected running back as Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) with only 20.6 projected points. You can spend the money at Running back if you wish and go with the likes of Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) and Matt Forte (CHI @ TB) in what should be a run off, or you can save your money for the higher value at the Receiver position and go for the bargain picks of Darren Sproles (WAS @ PHI), Tim Hightower (JAX @ NO), Christine Michael (STL @ SEA), or Ameer Abdullah (SF @ DET).

Wide Receiver

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The stack of the week should be Allen Robinson and Blake Bortles against the Saints. There is no denying that the Big Ben and Antonio Brown connection has been unstoppable this year, no matter what the matchup. He is going to cost you a pretty penny but fading Antonio Brown may just kill your chances of winning big, as it has plenty of weekends this year already.

Or you can go with Doug Baldwin who has scored over 10 touchdowns in the past 4 weeks. Can he keep this streak going against the Rams? I’m saying yes, not that he will score another 3 touchdowns, but he should be able to haul in 1 or 2 providing some good fantasy value. Seattle doesn’t seem to be stopping this charge until the season ends.

If you are trying to find a cheap value receiver to fill that last spot in your lineup with limited funds, you can look to Jeremy Maclin (CLE @ KC), John Brown (GB @ ARI), Michael Floyd (GB @ ARI), Willie Snead (JAX @ NO), Bradon Cooks (JAX @ NO), or Golden Tate (SF @ DET).

Tight End

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The tight end decision has been made easier in the previous couple weeks with Gronk out. Up until then the decision was go for Gronk, accept the 50+% ownership and $7000+ price tag and hope its his week, or choose from the list of alternative tight ends. The Gronk versus the field decision is back. This week it is easy though.

Gronk has not shown his dominance of previous years this season and is only projected about 1 point higher than the Saints‘ Benjamin Watson. The value picks here are Ebron and Kelce. Kelce has been stagnated slightly since his explosive start to the season and his salary reflects that decline. However, he has high end potential against the Browns, which is what you are going to need to win any big NFL Daily Fantasy Tournament. Ebron as well has shown brilliance at times this year and is getting more action lately with Calvin Johnson all of the sudden becoming obsolete in their offense. Ebron comes much cheaper than the other highly projected options and allows you to spend the cash where you want this week, with the receivers.

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Detroit Lions versus New Orleans Saints Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks 12-21-2015

The New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football will host the Detroit Lions. NFL fantasy GMs can tune to ESPN TV at 8:30PM Eastern Time on December 21st to follow the scoring resorts of their one day league fantasy roster picks.

Following the results of the action of Sunday the New Orleans Saints are eliminated from the playoffs with the victories by the Vikings and Seahawks. The Lions were eliminated last week. The Saints are 5-8 and broke a four game losing streak with a road win at Tampa Bay 24-17. The 17 points allowed last week were the lowest the team has allowed all season. The Saints are 32nd in the NFL in scoring defense by allowing 30.5 points per game. They rank near the bottom of the NFL in rush and pass defense. On the other side of the football the Saints are the number three offense in the NFL as they average 395 yards per game despite losing many weapons the past few seasons.

The Detroit Lions are going through another down season with a record of 4-9. They are losers of two straight after dropping a 21-14 road decision at the St Louis Rams. The defense has dipped down to 28th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 25.8 points per game. The Lions offense has underperformed. They are 23rd in total and scoring offense as they put up just 20.5 points per game. The run game has not done much as the Lions are 32nd and last in the league running for 79.3 yards per game.

Detroit Lions QB:

Matthew Stafford

The seven year veteran quarterback has completed 65% of his throws this season with 24 touchdowns and 13 picks. Last week in the loss at the Rams, Stafford hit on 65% of his passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. Stafford is on a three game run where he has thrown multiple touchdown passes. He has a total of nine touchdown passes over his past three games. Stafford will be throwing passes to a bad defensive team.

Detroit Lions RB:

Ameer Abdullah

The rookie running back has rushed for 437 yards on 116 carries with a touchdown. He does have a receiving touchdown on the campaign. The Lions have run poorly and Abdullah has rushed for just 3.8 yards per carry on the year. He had seven carries for 23 yards last week. Abdullah has not rushed for 100 yards on the campaign and his best rushing performance was at home against Philadelphia where he ran for 63 yards on 16 carries.

Detroit Lions WR:

Calvin Johnson

Johnson leads the Lions with 71 catches for 981 yard with seven touchdowns. He is averaging a career low 13.8 yards per catch average on the season which is four yards below his career best 17.8 yards per reception he had in 2013. Last week against the Rams Johnson had a season low one catch for 16 yards. The injury report indicates that Johnson is probable for this team as he has an ankle injury.

Detroit Lions Defense

It is hard to make a case for the Lions as they sit 28th in the league in scoring defense. They are defending a very good offensive team on the road in the Superdome who plays well when they are in the spotlight.

New Orleans Saints QB:

Drew Brees

The veteran quarterback has completed 67.8% of his throws for 3794 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 picks. He has two touchdowns hitting 75% of his throws last week in the win at Tampa Bay and two weeks ago he threw for 3 touchdowns at home to Carolina. Brees has thrown for multiple touchdowns in five of his past six games.

New Orleans Saints RB:

Tim Hightower

With the running back position suffering injuries its Tim Hightower getting the start. He had 28 carries last week at Tampa Bay and ran for 85 yards.

New Orleans Saints WR:

Brandin Cooks

The second year wide out leads the Saints with 64 catches for 869 yards with seven touchdowns. He 13.6 yards per catch average is over three yards greater than his numbers in his rookie campaign.

NFL Monday Night Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Drew Brees (Saints)

WR: Brandin Cooks (Saints)

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NFL Week 14 Weekend Highlights

Seattle is on a roll

In the past 3 weeks Russell Wilson has scored 14 touchdowns, 8 of which were to his favorite target Doug Baldwin. This team is matching their stiff defense with an explosive offense that has scored 29 or more points for the past 5 weeks. These two led the weekend in fantasy points as well with Russell Wilson totaling 32.28 fantasy points with 292 passing yards and 5 passing touchdowns while Doug Baldwin had 6 catches for 82 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns.

As impressive as those numbers are, Baldwin wasn’t the only receiver to score big this weekend. Tyler Lockett had 2 receiving touchdowns for himself and over 100 receiving yards for a total of 28.4 fantasy points and 4th on the list of fantasy performers for the weekend, putting Seahawks players at 1st, 2nd, and 4th for the weekend, the clear winning stack of the week.

Golden Tate takes over in Megatron’s absence

While Calvin Johnson did take the field, he only had one catch this weekend on 5 targets, far from how we saw him performing just a couple weeks ago. Stafford and Johnson both have yet to produce the video game numbers from Thanksgiving. Golden Tate however took over with 9 catches on 10 targets (very impressive efficiency), with 60 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns for a total of 28.5 fantasy points, for third on our list of weekend fantasy performers.

Green Bay Running Backs

Very rarely do we see multiple running backs on the same team generating good fantasy value. Generally, in committee running schemes, the hot running back of the day will get most of the attempts while the others see little action. This weekend however saw big fantasy performances from both Starks and Lacy. Starks had 2 touchdowns, 1 receiving and 1 rushing for a total of 26.3 fantasy points. While lacy only had 1 touchdown, he beat out Starks in yardage with 124 rushing yards and a total of 21.8 fantasy points.

Jordan Reed may be the only promising player on the Redskins

While the Redskins still are in the hunt with a 6-7 record and a win over the Bears this weekend, they have clearly been very subpar this season. The one shining light however is Jordan Reed who caught 9 passes on 9 targets this weekend, leading the charts at Tight End with 120 receiving yards, a touchdown, and 27 fantasy points.

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NFL Monday Night Fantasy Football Recap – Detroit Lions vs Seattle Seahawks

Defense was the name of the game in the scoring Monday matchup between the Detroit Lions and the Seattle Seahawk. The game ended in dramatic fashion.  After a 91 yard drive and just under 2 minutes left in the game, Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense were 11 yards from the goal line. A goal kick was all that were separating them in the score. The Lions quarterback sends the football towards Calvin Johnson, who has an open path until reaching the 1 yard line. Earl Thomas shoulder to shoulder hit slowed Johnson run and Kam Chancellor was able to box out the football from behind, off the plunging receiver who was reaching for the end zone. If not for Chancellor’s heads up play, Johnson would’ve scored the touchdown and Detroit would’ve led by at least 4 points at the end of the 4th quarter. Controversy followed, as the play could’ve been called by the officials for hitting the ball. But the Seahawks prevailed and were able to win by a score of 13-10.

Positional Breakdown:

Quarterbacks:

It wasn’t the best night for Russell Wilson. He has lost 2 fumbles during the 4th quarter, with one that was returned for a touchdown. It allowed the momentum to shift towards the Lions and get them back in the game. The last time that Wilson threw two interceptions in the game was October 17 2013 against the Arizona Cardinals. Despite that, he was still able to get some slick plays through the game. His running skill is one of the best in the NFL. He has collected 287 yards with 1 touchdown, while throwing no interception and rushing for 40 yards.

Matthew Stafford didn’t fare much better. He had 203 passing yards with nothing else to show for. The Georgia alumni was still able to reach over a 1000 yards through week 4. A fifth year over 4000 yards for Stafford is not yet out of line.

Running Backs:

Marshawn Lynch was taken out of the starting lineup due to back problems during warmups. Comes the rookie Thomas Rawls. He wasn’t a big factor in the game, gathering a total of 48 yards without a touchdown.

Ameer Abdullah was another player who got stuffed by an amazing defense. He has gained a meager 33 yards without any touchdown.

Receivers:

Jermaine Kearse had the biggest gains of the night with his 50 yards cap off of the night. He has finished the game with 84 yards. Another one who was pretty impressive, even though he had one lost fumble during a punt return, was Tyler Lockett who has accumulated 58 yards as a receiver. Doug Baldwin finished third in the team yards gained with 36 and was responsible for the lone offensive touchdown of the game.

Calvin Johnson was the busiest receiver for the Lions with 7 reception and 56 yards. But in the end, he couldn’t complete the most important catch of the game. 3rd string tight end Timothy Wright had a 26 yard gain in the last drive of the game for Detroit. He came in the game to replace Eric Ebron who got injured during the game.

Defense

Both defense were phenomenal, and the score can prove it. James Ihedigbo and Ziggy Ansah were responsible for the Lions forced fumbles. Big man Caraun Reid was able to returned Ihedigbo’s fumble for a 27 yards touchdown. The most important fumble though came from the Seattle side. Kam Chancellor created a controversial fumble that allowed the Seahawks to preserve their lead in the game.

The NFL VP of officiating later revealed that a penalty should’ve been called and the Lions would’ve kept possession of the ball. What do you think? Comment below and voice your opinion.

Daily Fantasy Football Top Performers:

WR Jermaine Kearse – Seattle Seahawks

WR Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks

D Kam Chancellor – Seattle Seahawks

D James Ihedigbo – Detroit Lions

D Ziggy Ansah – Detroit Lions

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