Colts' Matt Ryan on pace to shatter season fumble record
Matt Ryan came to Indianapolis to win games, maybe even a championship. Four weeks into the season, it all seems to be slipping through Ryan's figures — literally. Ryan fumbled twice in a 24-17 loss to rival Tennessee on Sunday, giving the 15-year veteran nine fumbles in four games.news.yahoo.com
Defending Super Bowl champion Rams open season as underdogs
Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams will raise their Super Bowl banner Thursday night before kicking off the NFL season at home where they became the second straight team to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy in their own stadium.
How to Watch the Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts - NFL Preseason | Channel, Stream, Preview
The second week of the NFL Preseason is underway, and the Detroit Lions will look to come out on the winning side of things after a tough loss last week, when they travel a little south for a meeting with the Indianapolis Colts. Watch the Detroit Lions on DirecTV StreamThough they fell at home last Friday to the Atlanta Falcons, the Lions showed some positives in their first full-fledged contest. Check out more stories about the Detroit Lions here on MLive. What NFL Preseason (Week 2)Who: Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis ColtsWhen: Saturday, August 20Time: 1:00 p.m. Channel: FOXStream: DirecTV Stream, FuboTV, SlingBetting: Falcons vs. Lions prediction, odds, and 2022 NFL preseason previewCheck out the NFL standings and results on NFL.commlive.com
With another losing record, Falcons can start looking ahead
Even with one game remaining in the regular season, the Atlanta Falcons can start thinking about the offseason. The Falcons are assured of missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. The Falcons had not suffered such a long string of losing records since 10 consecutive losing seasons from 1981-90.news.yahoo.com
Bills clinch playoff berth, eliminate Falcons with 29-15 win
Devin Singletary scored two touchdowns rushing in the second half to make up for Josh Allen’s sloppiness and the AFC East-leading Buffalo Bills rallied to clinch their third consecutive playoff berth with a 29-15 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Live updates: Detroit Lions head south for matchup with Atlanta Falcons in Week 16
The Detroit Lions (2-11-2) are back on the road for a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons (6-8) and veteran quarterback Matt Ryan in Week 16 action on the day after Christmas. This post will update with drive summaries, analysis, injury updates, photos and more throughout the game. Hit the refresh button to keep up and make sure to follow MLive’s Detroit Lions reporters on Twitter -- @BenjaminSRaven and @kmeinke. Also, head over to MLive’s Facebook account after the game for an immediate breakdown. 2021 Team stats:DVOA offensive ranking: Lions 29th | Falcons 30thDVOA defensive ranking: Lions 29th | Falcons 31stNet yards gained per passing attempt: Lions 5.4 (29th) | Falcons 6.0 (20th)Rushing yards per attempt: Lions 4.5 (9th) | Falcons 3.7 (29th)Points per game: Lions 17.4 (28th) | Falcons 18.4 (26th)Points allowed per game: Lions 26.1 (26th) | Falcons 27.4 (31st)Net yards allowed per passing attempt: Lions 7.2 (32nd) | Falcons 6.8 (27th)Rushing yards allowed per attempt: Lions 4.3 (18th) | Falcons 4.3 (15th)Takeaways: Lions 15 | Falcons 16mlive.com
Looking ahead: Lions get shot at third win in 4 weeks against slumping Atlanta Falcons in Week 16
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions (2-11-1) are heading south for the holidays, drawing the Atlanta Falcons (6-8) in Week 16 action on the day after Christmas. Here is what kind of fires us up is Tim)’s been in it now four weeks,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said. “He’s been practicing and he was kind of fresh right back from the injury, really a week off the injury. Certainly, we’ll have a plan to where he can succeed as the offense will, but I don’t think we’re going to be hindered. See below for results from the previous five matchups:2020 -- Lions 23, Falcons 222017 -- Falcons 30, Lions 262014 -- Lions 22, Falcons 212012 -- Falcons 21, Lions 182011 -- Falcons 23, Lions 16mlive.com
About 60% of bettors rolling with Detroit Lions to cover growing spread against Atlanta Falcons
ALLEN PARK -- Bettors trust the Lions to cover the spread once more, with 60% of the early action going toward Detroit to keep it within six points against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16. Detroit (2-11-1) remains one of the better teams in the league against the spread, going 9-5 in that department, trailing only the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys in the standings. They’re one of the worst against the spread, going 5-8 to this point. Last week, the Lions thrashed one of the NFC’s best, handling the Arizona Cardinals 30-12 from Ford Field. I don’t feel that way.”Related headlines:Tim Boyle’s first start was the worst-rated game by a Lions QB since 2009.mlive.com
Falcons name Saints' Terry Fontenot as general manager
This photo provided by the New Orleans Saints shows Terry Fonetenot in an undated photo. The Atlanta Falcons named Terry Fontenot the teams general manager, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The 40-year-old Fontenot becomes Atlantas first Black general manager after spending 18 seasons with division rival New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of the New Orleans Saints via AP)ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday named Terry Fontenot the team's first Black general manager, finding new leadership from within their division. Fontenot helped build a consistent winner as the Saints’ vice president and assistant general manager in charge of pro personnel.
Brady throws for 4 TDs, Bucs pull away from Falcons 44-27
Brady threw touchdown passes of 29 and 4 yards to Chris Godwin. Ryan scored on a 1-yard sneak and also threw scoring passes of 19 yards to Russell Gage and 1 yard to Hayden Hurst. The latter trimmed Atlanta’s deficit to 30-27 before Brady put the game away with two late drives. Brown had his most productive day since joining the Bucs midway through the season with 11 catches for 138 yards. Godwin had five receptions for 133 yards, while Evans had three catches for 46 yards before leaving the game.
Wolverines in the NFL Week 16: Tom Brady dominates Lions, 3 players record sacks
Here are the most notable performances involving ex-Michigan players in Week 16 of the NFL season. Saturday was the second time Brady finished with a perfect passing rating of 158.3, becoming the first quarterback to do it twice against the Lions. The 43-year-old is fifth in the NFL with 4,234 passing yards and fourth with 36 touchdown passes. Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan LewisThe 2017 third-round pick recorded a sack for the second straight game in Sunday’s win over the Eagles. New York Giants safety Jabrill PeppersPeppers recorded six tackles in a 27-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.mlive.com
Chiefs clinch No. 1 seed when Falcons' Koo misses late FG
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is tackled by Atlanta Falcons Foyesade Oluokun during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Kansas City. The Chiefs had to watch as Pro Bowl kicker Younghoe Koo missed a tying field-goal attempt with 9 seconds left to escape. The Falcons (4-11) took the lead when Matt Ryan hit Laquon Treadwell for a 5-yard touchdown with 4:33 to go. Kansas City finally took its first lead on Harrison Butker's 53-yard field goal with 14:08 left in the game. The Falcons squandered their first chance to match the points when Brandon Powell coughed up the ball deep in Kansas City territory.
A bonus for NFL fans in Week 16: 4 straight days of games
They do have a sack in an NFL-record 71 straight games and have sacked Philip Rivers 15 times during seven games while he played for the Chargers. Rivers has had two or more TD passes in five straight games. He had career bests of 10 catches for 163 yards last week, and Ridley's seven 100-yard games lead the NFL. The 19 straight seasons without losing both games to a divisional opponent is an NFL record. The Jaguars have allowed at least 24 points in each of those 13 games, an NFL record.
A winner: Chiefs vs Saints, with Brees back to face Mahomes
1 conference seed is tight, with the Packers one game ahead of the Saints, the Rams and Seahawks one game behind. Drew Brees will be active after missing four games with fractured ribs and a collapsed lung, making for an intriguing matchup with Patrick Mahomes. The Bills (11-3) scored twice in a 17-second span in the third quarter to ice their fourth straight victory that officially ended the New England Patriots’ 11-year reign atop the division. The Ravens have run for at least 100 yards in 36 straight games, seven short of the NFL record set by Pittsburgh from 1974-77. Baltimore is averaging 173.8 yards on the ground and topped 200 yards in each of the past two games.
Matchup of division leaders: Seahawks vs Giants. The Giants?
(AP Photo/Chris Szagola)In this strangest of NFL seasons in this weirdest of years, here's a matchup of division leaders you wouldn't expect: Seattle hosting the New York Giants. “If you win your division, you win your division,” Carroll says, and he knows: Seattle went 7-9 in 2010 and won the NFC West, then beat New Orleans in a playoff game. Patrick Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards seven times this season and has 22 straight games with at least one TD passing. New England has won the past five meetings, including a 2018 divisional playoff game. Chargers WR Keenan Allen leads the NFL with 85 receptions and has a TD catch in five straight games.
Ryan throws 3 TDs as Falcons stop comeback, beat Broncos
Matt Ryan took advantage of Denver's thin secondary to throw three touchdown passes and the Falcons turned back Drew Lock's bid for a second consecutive comeback to beat the Broncos 34-27 on Sunday. The Broncos' fourth-quarter comeback attempt gave Ryan and the Falcons a scary reminder of blown leads this season. Lock threw two touchdown passes and ran for a 10-yard score in the final quarter that made it 34-27. Lock answered with a 9-yard scoring pass to Tim Patrick with less than four minutes remaining. We'll get them next time.”CATCH THISZaccheaus beat Davontae Harris for a 51-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.
Ryan, Falcons avenge earlier loss to Panthers, 25-17
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan gets sacked by Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)CHARLOTTE, N.C. – This time, the Atlanta Falcons finished. Carolina was driving late, but Atlanta stopped the rally when Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted Teddy Bridgewater near the Falcons' 10-yard line with 1:04 remaining. Moore on third and 18 to move the Panthers into Falcons territory. Bridgewater was limited to 176 yards passing as the Panthers (3-5) lost their third straight game without injured Christian McCaffrey. UP NEXTFalcons: Host the Broncos on Nov. 8Panthers: Open the second half of the season at the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs on Nov. 8.
Lions grades: Matthew Stafford shines avoiding pressure, leading vintage game-winning drive
The Detroit Lions got back to .500 in dramatic fashion on Sunday, beating the Falcons 23-22 at the buzzer in Atlanta. Stafford was able to wiggle around in the pocket long enough to get Hockenson open for the game-winning score. It was Stafford’s most complete game of the season, and he looked more like the quarterback from last year. NFL Next Gen Stats had Stafford with the most average completed air yards (9.8 yards) from Week 7. Hockenson caught the game-winner as time expired, breaking open across the middle of the field with Stafford buying some time.mlive.com
Lions stun Falcons 23-22 after letting Atlanta score late TD
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) makes the catch against Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA – The Lions let the Falcons score a touchdown. Matthew Stafford connected with T.J. Hockenson on an 11-yard touchdown pass as time expired and Matt Prater booted a 48-yard extra point to give Detroit an improbable 23-22 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. The Lions (3-3) won their second in a row — their first winning streak since early in the 2019 season. Touchdown, Lions.
Detroit Lions rally to beat Atlanta Falcons 23-22 at the buzzer: Live updates recap
Falcons 22, Lions 165:29 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on Atlanta’s 32It’s third-and-a-mile for the Lions after the takeaway. 11:57 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 13Kenny Golladay looks to have made another spectacular catch, but this one is under review. Lions 7, Falcons 010:44 -- Atlanta Falcons drive starts on own 20Alex Mack is back on the field. #InspireChange | #WeWontBeSilent pic.twitter.com/H7gh8GpTbx — Detroit Lions (@Lions) October 25, 2020--The Detroit Lions have a chance to get back to .500 in Week 7 despite a tumultuous start to the strange season. Team stats:Average yards per game: Lions 347.8 (24th) | Falcons 403.2 (4th)Passing yards per game: Lions 230.4 (22nd) | Falcons 291.2 (2nd)Rushing yards per game: Lions 117.4 (15th) | Falcons 112 (19th)Points per game: Lions 26.6 (15th) | Falcons 27 (13th)Points allowed per game: Lions 28.6 (22nd) | Falcons 30.7 (28th)Defensive yards allowed per game: Lions 379 (21st) | Falcons 432.5 (31st)Passing yards allowed per game: Lions 234 (15th) | Falcons 335.3 (31st)Rushing yards allowed per game: Lions 145 (29th) | Falcons 97.2 (5th)Takeaways: Lions 6 | Falcons 8DVOA offensive ranking: Lions 19th | Falcons 22ndDVOA defensive ranking: Lions 23rd | Falcons 25thmlive.com
How to watch NFL Week 7 Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons: Time, channel, stream
The Detroit Lions head to Atlanta fresh off a win in Week 6. They’ll face the Atlanta Falcons, who recorded their first win of the season and first win for interim head coach Raheem Morris. The Lions' offense will go up against a Falcons defense that allowed more than 400 yards of total offense in four of its first six games. Related: How to watch, stream, listen to every Detroit Lions game in 2020 NFL seasonHere’s how to watch Sunday’s game. WHO: Detroit Lions (2-3) at Atlanta Falcons (1-5)WHAT: Week 7 of the NFL regular seasonWHEN: 1 p.m. SundayWHERE: Mercedes-Benz Stadium -- Atlanta, GA.LIVE UPDATES: MLive.com/LionsTV: FOXRADIO: WJR-760 AMLIVE STREAM: fuboTV (free trial) | Hulu | Sling | YouTube TVmlive.com
Falcons, Lions both eyeing rare feat: a winning streak
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons actually have a shot at a winning streak. “I stopped looking at the standings about three weeks ago,” Falcons running back Todd Gurley said with a chuckle. '”Coming off a bye week, the Lions (2-3) romped to a 34-16 victory at Jacksonville, finally showing they could hold a double-digit lead. The Lions haven't had a winning streak since Weeks 2 and 3 of the 2019 season. Now, they've got to face Gurley, who seems to be getting up to the speed in the Falcons offense.
Looking ahead: Lions draw Falcons team fresh off explosive 40-point showing in first win
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons will meet after each team turned in their best performances of the season amid a nightmarish start. Let’s get to know the 2020 Atlanta Falcons a little more:Previous results:Seahawks 38, Falcons 25Cowboys 40, Falcons 39Bears 30, Falcons 26Packers 30, Falcons 16Panthers 23, Falcons 16Falcons 40, Vikings 23Team stats:Average yards per game: Lions 347.8 (24th) | Falcons 403.2 (4th)Passing yards per game: Lions 230.4 (22nd) | Falcons 291.2 (2nd)Rushing yards per game: Lions 117.4 (15th) | Falcons 112 (19th)Points per game: Lions 26.6 (15th) | Falcons 27 (13th)Points allowed per game: Lions 28.6 (22nd) | Falcons 30.7 (28th)Defensive yards allowed per game: Lions 379 (21st) | Falcons 432.5 (31st)Passing yards allowed per game: Lions 234 (15th) | Falcons 335.3 (31st)Rushing yards allowed per game: Lions 145 (29th) | Falcons 97.2 (5th)Takeaways: Lions 6 | Falcons 8DVOA offensive ranking: Lions 19th | Falcons 22ndDVOA defensive ranking: Lions 23rd | Falcons 25thSpotlight players for Atlanta:Ryan turned in some gaudy numbers in the opener, but his play against the Vikings last week was nothing short of spectacular. Ryan’s average intended air yards were down to 6.9 yards last week, well down from his season average of 9.3. Jones, Ridley, and Hurst were all back on the field, and the veteran quarterback made sure to put the ball in their hands, whether downfield or running shorter routes. See below for the five most recent results or click here for the complete rundown:2017 -- Falcons 30, Lions 262014 -- Lions 22, Falcons 212012 -- Falcons 31, Lions 182011 -- Falcons 23, Lions 162008 -- Falcons 34, Lions 21mlive.com
Matthew Stafford faces ‘good buddy’ Matt Ryan in first game back in Georgia since college
ALLEN PARK -- While most remain fixated on Matthew Stafford’s relationship with Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw as the World Series unfolds, the Detroit Lions quarterback will face one of his best friends in Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan this weekend. This matchup also represents Stafford’s first game back in Georgia since he was leading the Bulldogs more than a decade ago. The Lions quarterback spoke with reporters via Zoom on Wednesday, detailing his “unique and special” relationship with Ryan. Stafford chalked the pair’s bond up to similar life experiences as NFL quarterbacks with intimate ties to the state of Georgia. He was asked if Ryan ever gets jealous of all this Kershaw talk, which generated an amusingly organic response.mlive.com
Amani Oruwariye making case he is Detroit’s new No. 1 cornerback
But heading into a Week 7 game against Atlanta, you can make a pretty convincing case Amani Oruwariye has been Detroit’s best corner. Oruwariye is now allowing 0.87 yards per coverage snap, which is 15th, and ranks 46th overall according to ProFootballFocus. “I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job, but always looking for a way to improve," Oruwariye said. He’s in his second season out of Penn State, and young players always have stuff to work on. The Falcons have just one win, but their offense can really sling it, averaging 291.2 passing yards per game.mlive.com
NFL will be cautious with players, coaches who have symptoms
ATLANTA – The NFL plans to take a cautious approach that may force players and coaches reporting flu symptoms to miss games without testing positive for COVID-19. The Atlanta Falcons closed their facility Thursday following a second positive test for COVID-19. The New England Patriots have twice had their original Week 5 matchup against Denver postponed following four positive coronavirus tests by players. “This decision was made in consultation with the NFL and medical officials,” the team said in a statement. They make sure that they know everyone is aware even if they catch you with your mask down a little bit, they’ll make sure you move it up.”The Falcons had seven players test positive during training camp.