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2-0, 1st in NFC North

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

The Lions are known for their QB and passing game. Their defense is probably underrated. Detroit has held opponents to 20 or fewer points 11 times since the start of last season. That is tied for second in the NFL behind only the New England Patriots (12).

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants TE Evan Engram fined $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct against the Lions on Monday night. Odell Beckham Jr. not fined for Jarrad Davis hit.

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13hMichael Rothstein

Lions LB Davis, S Wilson out vs. Falcons

Linebacker Jarrad Davis (concussion) and safety Tavon Wilson (shoulder) are among those out for the Lions' game against the Falcons this week. Both players did not practice all week.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jarrad Davis, Tavon Wilson, Dwayne Washington all OUT for Sunday against Atlanta. Travis Swanson is questionable, as is Joe Dahl and Ezekiel Ansah.

ESPN Stats & Info

FPI: Close call at Ford Field

With the league's fourth-best defensive efficiency through two games, how seriously should we take the Lions? Serious enough that ESPN's FPI only gives the defending NFC champs a slight edge this Sunday in Detroit.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jarrad Davis, Travis Swanson, Tavon Wilson and Dwayne Washington all miss open portion of practice on Friday. All four missed every practice this week for Lions. That's three starters and Washington.

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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell said you never really know what you have in a team until you line up with another team. He thinks his Lions are pretty good, but "the proof is in the pudding." Also knows they are going up against one of the NFC's best in Atlanta.

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18hMel Kiper Jr.

Kiper's Rookie Big Board: Jarrad Davis

The Lions really needed a middle linebacker this offseason, and Davis has filled that void admirably so far. Detroit will miss him if he spends extended time in the concussion protocol.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions signed DE Alex Barrett to the practice squad and waived DE Earl Okine. Barrett made the team out of training camp as an undrafted free agent.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jarrad Davis, Travis Swanson, Dwayne Washington and Tavon Wilson all don't practice Thursday. Ezekiel Ansah (knee) and Joe Dahl (Lower leg) limited. Swanson, if he missed Sunday, would be a big concern.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jarrad Davis (concussion), Travis Swanson (ankle), Tavon Wilson (shoulder) & Dwayne Washington (quad) all not participating in open portion of practice for Lions. Davis watched from the side with a hood over his head in the heat for the second straight day.

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Explosive Falcons offense to overpower Lions' D? (0:50)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell: When Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are healthy, Lions run game is "respectable." Said they'll never rush for 300 yards in a game in a wishbone, but they want to be respectable with the run -- and they are when Abdullah and Riddick are healthy.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell said "it's a lot of different factors" with why Zach Zenner hasn't been active in games. Mentioned special teams, but said if he's active, they have confidence in him and believe he can run well. (Dwayne Washington has been the team's kick returner, which has helped solidify his role on the active roster).

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Caldwell praises Lions fans both at home and away (0:47)
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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell praising the fans again -- said he noticed the large amount of Lions jerseys on the road Monday night against the Giants.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell won't say if George Johnson's signing means anything about Armonty Bryant. Said "it's not wise" to answer that question. A lot can happen between now and Week 5, when Bryant is eligible to come off suspension.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Bob Cooter: "It's a different deal now" with who might get doubled on Lions offense since Calvin Johnson is gone. When Calvin Johnson was in Detroit, everyone knew who was getting doubled. Now it depends on the week.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter said he's "confident" in Zach Zenner if they need him as the No. 3 running back this week. Dwayne Washington missed Wednesday's practice.

Team Stats

Passing Yards202.019th
Rushing Yards110.0Tied-14th
Points For29.56th
Points Against16.5Tied-7th

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