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0-2, 4th in NFC North

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have to be pleased with a lot of what they saw in the first half. Their offense moved well on almost every drive -- and found a consistent run game with Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount. More impressive, Detroit's defense -- a unit that looked better than it has all season in keeping New England to three-and-outs on its first three drives of the game. Really impressive game plan on both offense and defense by Detroit. By far, the best first half the Lions have put together this season.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford moved past Jim Kelly in all-time passing yards Sunday night and did so on an overturned challenge that led to a touchdown. Stafford, who entered the game with 35,382 yards, was No. 27 on the all-time list. Kelly, at No. 26, had 35,467 yards. As Stafford threw a second-quarter touchdown pass to Golladay – one that was ruled a touchdown after a Matt Patricia challenged overturned the play was short – it moved Stafford into No. 26 on the all-time list. The 30-year-old is fifth in league history in passing yards through 10 seasons, trailing just Joe Flacco, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan. It continued Stafford's ascent up the list, passing Hall of Famers Steve Young, Y.A. Tittle, Kurt Warner and Sonny Jurgensen in recent years. He is a little over 1,000 yards from hitting what will likely be the No. 25 person on the list, Matt Hasselbeck, who is currently No. 24 with 36,638 yards. Joe Flacco sits between Hasselbeck and Stafford with 36,392 yards, but he'll likely pass Hasselbeck before Stafford does. Eight active quarterbacks are ahead of Stafford: Flacco, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

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3hMike Reiss and Michael Rothstein

Gordon's Pats debut on hold, inactive vs. Lions

Josh Gordon, the talented but troubled wide receiver who was traded to the Patriots from the Browns last week, was inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions inactives: DE Ezekiel Ansah, DL Kerry Hyder, TE Michael Roberts, OL Joe Dahl, OT Andrew Donnal, RB Ameer Abdullah

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Darius Slay (concussion) is on the field for the Lions during warmups. He's got some gloves and workout gear on going through some drills. We'll find out soon if he's active tonight, but someone Detroit can desperately use.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Lions LB Kyle Van Noy, now in his second season with the Patriots, returns to Ford Field for the first time as a visitor.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the more constant pregame traditions I enjoy is watching coaches run stairs way before games. Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter and a trio of Patriots coaches getting work in separately three hours before kickoff.

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13hAdam Schefter

Execs, coaches question why flags not reviewable

Some NFL teams already are complaining about what can and cannot be challenged after watching Packers linebacker Clay Matthews' controversial hit on Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and Lions cornerback Tracy Walker's nullified interception of Jimmy Garoppolo.

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14hAdam Schefter

Sources: Pats nearly dealt Gronk to Lions in April

The Patriots and Lions were deep into trade discussions that peaked during the week of the draft, when the teams nearly completed a blockbuster trade involving Rob Gronkowski, league sources told ESPN.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

LeGarrette Blount was fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness against San Francisco on Sunday. He came off the bench to shove a Niners defender after Matthew Stafford was hit while going out of bounds. Blount was ejected from the game for the play in San Francisco's win.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Four starters are questionable for the Lions on Sunday against New England

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Darius Slay said he'd pick Peyton Manning as the best quarterback ever -- but he's biased. "I'm just a Manning fan. It might be statistically but I just love the Mannings." He went on to say "I ain't disrespecting [Tom] Brady at all. It's just I've been a big Manning fan, been a big Manning fan since I was a kid. Brady is the GOAT. But I'm just a Peyton fan, that's it. Just like I'm a Kobe fan."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Darius Slay said he hasn't watched the play during film study where he was concussed against the Niners last Sunday. "Why would I want to watch that play," Slay said. He wouldn't say whether or not he'll play against New England this Sunday.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Good news for the Lions — Darius Slay (concussion) returned to practice in a red no-contact jersey. Bad news for the Lions — LT Taylor Decker not spotted during media portion of practice.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions OT Taylor Decker taking after his coach in this screenshot. Decker said he did this before Matt Patricia arrived in Detroit, though.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Same injury report for the Lions as Wednesday with the addition of Eli Harold.

Bruschi says Patricia 'may have a little bit of an advantage' when facing Belichick (1:36)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions injury report:

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Darius Slay (concussion) NOT at Lions practice Wednesday. Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) and T.J. Lang (back) in attendance and practicing.

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4dMichael Rothstein

Lions add insurance at CB, re-sign Shead

The Lions have brought back DeShawn Shead to bolster the cornerback positioin with starter Darius Slay recovering from a concussion.

Team Stats

Passing Yards314.56th
Rushing Yards68.530th
Points For22.0Tied-18th
Points Against39.0Tied-31st

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2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(20)Frank RagnowCArkansas
2(11)Kerryon JohnsonRBAuburn
3(18)Tracy WalkerSLouisiana-Lafayette
4(14)Da'Shawn HandDEAlabama
5(16)Tyrell CrosbyOTOregon
7(19)Nick BawdenFBSan Diego State