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0-0-1, 3rd in NFC North

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Looks like Rashaan Melvin will be good. Three starters questionable for Sunday.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

All Lions players are at the portion of practice open to the media Friday. Didn't see Jarrad Davis or Taylor Decker doing much during the portion we could watch, though. Something to pay attention to when injury designations come out later today.

Cruz can't pick against Rivers vs. the Lions (0:31)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions practice report, same as yesterday:

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions practice squad transaction

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'Underappreciated' Rivers, streak awe Stafford

Lions QB Matthew Stafford, whose consecutive games played streak of 129 games is 80 less than Philip Rivers', feels the Chargers QB is "underappreciated in a lot of aspects."

Ravens unleashed Hollywood Brown on the Dolphins (1:15)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions injury report — Taylor Decker (back) is the only new injury that wasn't known about before.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

All Lions players were at practice. Only CB Rashaan Melvin appeared to not be participating in drills during the portion open to the media. Jarrad Davis and Da'Shawn Hand were participants at varying levels.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul Pasqualoni on facing a veteran quarterback and whether you can actually fool them: "At the end of the day, a guy like Philip Rivers, a guy like Tom Brady, a guy like Aaron Rodgers, they're going to figure it out. I just think that you have to be very, very sound in what you're doing. You've got to have a good, if you're playing zones, you have to be right on top of what you're doing with the zone. If you're playing man, you've got to rely on technique and fundamentals. You've got to hope that you can keep the coverage tight long enough that you can keep the zones, the holes in the zones tight enough long enough for the rush to at least have some kind of effect on the quarterback. It's going to be hard. You know, to say we're going to go in there and fool him all day, I don't think that happens at this level with that level of quarterback."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions DC Paul Pasqualoni said he thought the secondary played "fundamentally good" throughout the game against Arizona. Then he references a game between Dallas and Arizona in 2010 where Larry Fitzgerald made plays on them down the stretch to win the game. Felt they had tight coverage on David Johnson for the touchdown but the player tripped.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions OC Darrell Bevell said "we can put ourselves in better situations" when asked about the play call after the timeout on a critical third down in the fourth quarter that could have put Detroit in good position to win. Said he saw man-to-man coverage and it was what he anticipated. As far as the timeout, he said he and Matt Patricia are in contact throughout the game but that Patricia is the one that calls the timeouts on the sidelines. Matthew Stafford can call timeouts from the field as well. Bevell wouldn't say whether or not he wanted the timeout called, instead saying they are "moving on to the Chargers."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia is praising Philip Rivers. Said he notices how he thrives no matter the change in system he's played in or coaching staff he's had. Feels he just keeps getting better and better and "is a tremendous competitor." Said he's proven "game after game, year after year" that he's going to go out there and play.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia said he talks with quarterback Matthew Stafford "all the time." They'll often talk situational football and the whys of what they do and what Stafford sees. "The more that we can just understand both sides of it, the better we can be in situations." This is coming up because after the Lions took a timeout in a critical third-down situation late with the play clock running down, Stafford appeared to tell his coaches to trust him. Patricia, meanwhile, said he trusts Stafford "1,000 percent."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia said it was part of the plan to rotate the interior offensive linemen (Graham Glasgow, Joe Dahl and Kenny Wiggins all played some guard against Arizona) to keep players fresh.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions CB Justin Coleman had never been part of a tie before. At least not that he could recall. "I feel like everybody is just confused right now because it's a tie. Not everybody in here experienced a tie before and we are just going to treat it as a loss so we can come out stronger the next game and use it as motivation, keep us going. "Because, you know, it's definitely not a win." It's a sentiment a lot of Lions players expressed -- they just weren't sure how to take the 27-27 tie between Detroit and Arizona.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions TE T.J. Hockenson, currently at 124 yards receiving, is the second tight end to go over 100 yards receiving and score a touchdown in his NFL debut since the AFL-NFL merger, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The other tight end to do it was Will Dissly last season, who had 105 yards and a touchdown for Seattle.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards361.08th
Rushing Yards116.012th
Points For27.0Tied-13th
Points Against27.0Tied-19th