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Breakdown: Figures. The NFL gave the Detroit Lions their first prime-time game in five years, a Week 5 game at Ford Field against the Chicago Bears. But piled in front is a difficult first opening quarter of the season. Put it this way: The Lions would be for real if they enter their Monday night game against the Bears with a winning record.
Though his draft board is fluid, NFL Draft Countdown analyst Scott Wright thinks the Lions will take Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling with their second-round pick (No. 44 overall), and North Carolina inside linebacker Quan Sturdivant in the third round (No. 75 overall).
There’s only one center who was credited with any snaps for the Lions this season, and it’s Dominic Raiola. He was above-average in screen blocking (9th-best, in fact), and slightly below average in his penalty rating. Everything else was somewhere between “below average” and “way below average;” overall he was ranked 30th out of 34 centers.
At present, FOX Sports is scheduled to broadcast 108 regular-season games, including nine editions of AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK (NFL on FOX’s national doubleheader window) and the traditional Thanksgiving Day game this year featuring Aaron Rodgers and the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers against the Detroit Lions.
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