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Postby elvafeng on Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:14 pm

After beating the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, the Detroit Lions are one of just three teams in the NFC with a 2 0 record.

They ll face the other two in the next three weeks beginning with a home game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at Ford Field.

The Lions 2 0 beat the Arizona Cardinals in their season opener before traveling to MetLife Stadium and keeping the Giants winless with a 24 10 victory.

Atlanta, meanwhile , beat the Chicago Bears in their opener before knocking off the Green Bay Packers 34 23 Sunday night.

The Lions Falcons game could very well come down to Detroit s defense vs. Atlanta s offense.

The Falcons are averaging 368 offensive yards this season, eighth best in the league , while the Lions rank 17th at 312. But Detroit s 29.5 points per game rank No. 6. Atlanta is eighth at 28.5.

Defensively, the Lions rank seventh after allowing an average of 289 yards in their first two games while Atlanta is 22nd at 334.

The Lions lead the all time series with the Falcons 24 12 0 and won their most recent meeting, posting a 22 21 victory in 2014 at Wembley Stadium in London , England.

The loss to the Lions was part of an 2 6 start for the Falcons , who finished with a 6 10 record. The setback vs. Detroit was their fifth straight loss in 2014 while the Lions were the midst of a four game winning streak that helped them finish 11 5.

Atlanta built a 21 0 halftime lead before the Lions rallied to win it on Matt Prater s 48 yard field goal with time left on the clock. It was Prater s third field goal of the game and second attempt at kicking the game winner.

He missed with four seconds left but was given another opportunity because of a delay of game penalty and Prater made the most of his second chance.

Prater booted a 22 yard field goal midway through the third quarter to get the Lions on the board, Detroit pulled within 21 10 on a 59 yard pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate with just under five minutes left in the third, Prater kicked a 20 yard field goal in the first minute of the fourth and the Lions made it 21 19 when Stafford hit Theo Riddick for a 5 yard TD with 3 56 left.

Stafford completed 24 of 47 passes for 325 yards with one interception, Tate caught seven passes for 151 yards and the Lions outgained the Falcons 385 291.

Atlanta s Matt Ryan completed 20 of 27 passes for 28 yards and two TDs, he was intercepted by Cassius Vaughn and the Lions got sacks from Ezekiel Ansah and Jason Jones.

The Lions had lost three straight games against the Falcons before Prater s heroics and they have a 4 6 record in their last 10 meetings with Atlanta.

This season, Ryan ranks seventh in the NFL with 573 passing yards he s completd 40 of 58 passes but he s been intercepted four times against two touchdown passes. Stafford has 414 yards on 21 for 41 passing after going 15 of 21 for 122 yards, two TDs and no interceptions vs. the Giants.

Quick observations from another punishing win by the Detroit Lions defense
Quick observations from another punishing win by the Detroit Lions defense
Ezekiel Ansah sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning three times, Detroit finished with five overall and Tahir Whitehead picked off a pass in a convincing 24 10 win Monday night against the overmatched Giants.

The Carolina Panthers are the NFC s other 2 0 team. The Panthers will be at Ford Field Oct. 8 after the Lions travel to Minnesota Oct. 1.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the NFC s other unbeaten team but they ve only played one game after their opener in Miami was postponed until Nov. 19 because of Hurricane Irma.

Five AFC teams have 2 0 records Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Denver, Kansas City and Oakland. Miami is 1 0.
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