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Detroit Lions (2-0)


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Lions will key on Atlanta's ground game

(TSX / STATS) -- Matt Ryan is coming off an MVP season and Julio Jones may be the best wide receiver in the NFL, but the Detroit Lions insist their first order of business this week is to stop Devonta Freeman and the Falcons' running game.

"You definitely want to stop just shutting down that stretch sideways zone scheme because Freeman's made a killing off that in his four years in Atlanta," Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence said. "That's the first thing we've got to stop, and then get after Matt Ryan. If we stop that then you saw last week was a result, the week before was a result of what we can do once we make a team one dimensional."

The Lions are one of eight 2-0 teams left in the NFL thanks in part to a rush defense that ranks fourth in the league at just 53.5 yards per game.

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NFC North Division
TeamWLTPct
Detroit 2001.000
Minnesota 110.500
Green Bay 110.500
Chicago 020.000
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: M. Stafford414
Pass TDs: M. Stafford6
Rush Yds: A. Abdullah116
Rush TDs: A. Abdullah0
Rec Yds: G. Tate132
Rec TDs: K. Golladay2
Int: M. Killebrew1
Sacks: E. Ansah3.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 624 (17)
Passing Yards: 414 (21)
Rushing Yards: 220 (14)
Points per game: 29.5 (6)
Yards per game: 312.0 (17)
Touchdowns: 6 (6)
Field Goals: 2 (25)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 578 (9)
Passing Yards: 507 (21)
Rushing Yards: 107 (4)
Points per game: 16.5 (8)
Yards per game: 289.0 (7)
Touchdowns: 3 (9)
Field Goals: 2 (9)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/20 G. Johnson signed
9/20 A. Barrett cut
9/14 C. Ringo pract. squad add
9/14 D. Ross pract. squad del
9/13 S. Norton pract. squad add
9/13 P. O'Connor pract. squad del
9/12 J. Locke signed
9/12 E. Cleary signed
9/12 K. Redfern on IR torn right ACL, MCL
9/12 C. Robinson on IR foot
Injuries
Date Player Status
9/18 E. Ansah knee (Questionable)
9/12 K. Redfern torn right ACL, MCL (IR)
9/12 C. Robinson foot (IR)
9/10 K. Golladay ankle (Questionable)
9/10 E. Ansah knee (Questionable)
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