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The Lions face another tall task on National TV

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NFC Conference

Week 4

Location: Centurylink Field, Seattle, Wash.

Date: October 5th, 2015

Time: 8:30pm EST

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Broncos remain undefeated, keep Lions winless

DETROIT - Peyton Manning was cool and confident, lofting passes to teammates as if they were buddies in his backyard.

Whether it was third or fourth down, in the second or fourth quarter, the 39-year-old Manning showed he still has it. Manning converted a fourth down with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 5 seconds left in the first half. Then he threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Owen Daniels on a third down with 2:28 remaining, lifting the Denver Broncos to a 24-12 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night.

Manning was 31 of 42 for 324 yards with two TDs and an interception. The five-time MVP joined Brett Favre as the only players in NFL history with at least 6,000 completions. The last time the Broncos (3-0) won their first three games was in 2013, when they reached the Super Bowl.

Manning was sacked only once after he was sacked seven times in the first two games. "We protected him better than we have," Denver coach Gary Kubiak said.

The Lions (0-3) are off to their worst start since 2010, when they finished 6-10. "We do have 13 games left," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "They're not handing out trophies after three games and you can't be eliminated after three games." Aqib Talib blocked an extra-point kick by former Bronco Matt Prater early in the second quarter to keep Denver's one-point lead. The Broncos also stopped a 2-point conversion run, keeping them ahead 14-12 early in the third quarter.

Stafford had three turnovers, including a fumble and interception at midfield in the fourth quarter. He might've had a good reason to be rattled because DeMarcus Ware sacked him twice and he was hit and hurried all night in Detroit's home opener. "Anytime you have that many turnovers, that's going to give you some problems," Caldwell said.

Broncos running back C.J. Anderson left in the first half to be evaluated for a concussion, but was cleared and returned in the second half. Both teams struggled to run the ball. The Broncos had more success through the air. And, they took better care of the football.

Thomas had nine receptions for 92 yards and a lead-padding score in which he outleaped Darius Slay to snatch the football out of the air. He celebrated by backpedaling into the end zone, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Stafford was 31 of 45 for 282 yards with a 16-yard TD pass to Ameer Abdullah in the third quarter, two interceptions and a fumble on a play in which he had at least once chance to throw the ball away. Calvin Johnson had eight receptions for 77 yards and drew a pass-interference penalty against Talib in the end zone to set up Joique Bell's 1-yard leap over a pile of lineman.

It looked as if Detroit's defense was going to prevent the Broncos from taking advantage of Stafford's second turnover, but it negated a missed field goal by being in an illegal formation. Denver got 5 yards closer and Brandon McManus made the field goal to give the Broncos a five-point lead. The Lions had a chance to come back, but Stafford blew it. Stafford tried to force a pass to Johnson and safety David Burton Jr. dropped into a zone to pick off the pass that he tipped to himself with his right hand, then returned 12 yards.

"Our responsibility is get to the ball on defense," Burton said. Moments later, Manning lofted a 34-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders, who outjumped Slay, to set up his throw that only the 6-foot-3 Daniels could catch in the end zone.

Notes:

Jim Caldwell: We can't be eliminated after three games

After dropping to 0-3 Sunday night, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell tried to keep everything in perspective. His message -- no matter how predictable -- was that the Lions are not out of it yet.

"We do have 13 games left," Caldwell said, via The Detroit Free Press. "They're not handing out any trophies after three games and you can't be eliminated after three games. And I know there's all the stats that are out there about who does what at 0-3. I don't care about all that stuff. What I care about is trying to get better, and I thought we made a little headway."

The problem is that Detroit heads to Seattle next week and then returns home for a matchup against the surging Cardinals. It's not until Oct. 18 against the Bears that they'll be considered a heavy favorite going in.

And while it initially seems surprising to see Detroit circling this pit, it shouldn't be. Teams with good position players sink all the time. The Falcons needed a head coaching change and a shot in the arm on defense before Matt Ryan and Julio Jones could be effective again.

Perhaps the most recent incarnation of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson needs to be rethought, or explored with better weapons to help Johnson find separation.

Caldwell is clearly trying to keep his team away from the stats surrounding 0-3. Only three teams since 1990 have made the playoffs after losing their first three games and none of them found their way to the Super Bowl. At 0-4, the number drops to just one team -- the 1992 San Diego Chargers.

Though no one will say it, this may not be the worst thing for Detroit in the long run. Stafford is only 27 and probably has a fine second act in him assuming Detroit can fix their leaky offensive line and continue to surround him with quality skill position players. Running back Ameer Abdullah was a good start.

But transcendent talent is hard to find outside of the top 10, and right now the Lions are headed that way in a hurry.

NFC North Standings:

Green Bay (3-0) 1.00

Minnesota (2-1) .666

Detroit (0-3) .000

Chicago (0-3) .000

Lions Injury News:

Larry Warford G -- Full Participation in Practice --

Joique Bell RB -- Did Not Participate In Practice --

Brandon Pettigrew TE -- Did Not Participate In Practice --

Josh Wilson CB -- Limited Participation in Practice --

Ezekiel Ansah DE -- Did Not Participate In Practice --

DeAndre Levy LB -- Limited Participation in Practice --

Corey Robinson T -- Limited Participation in Practice --

Seahawks Injury News:

No injuries to report yet. N/A N/A N/A N/A

Will be edited when injury reports are released

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Very good chance Mebane and Lynch do not play. Decent backups for them are available but no one else is Beast Mode™.

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Hard to imagine a win in this one because none of us have seen a quality road win like this in a long time.

In terms of how we match up, I think we can hold their offense in check,but not sure if we can score on them. Tate is a guy who they don't match up with particularly well, so he could be key. Johnson had a decent game against Talib, so maybe he can drop 100 on Sherman. That would be huge. If we can't run the ball for at least 80 yards or so, its hard to imagine us being effective.

Our best chance is to get a couple turnovers and turn them into points,and be close enough that a late drive can win the game.

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I think this will be a really close game. If its not, then i really fear for the lions. Seattle's offensive line is complete crap. Their offense isnt very good at all. If the lions cant dominate them then they are in for a long long long long season.

Still, our offense might not be good enough to score enough to win.

Seahawks 16

Lions 13

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Ladies and Gentleman....introducing your 1958-2015 Detroit Lions.

Same Old Lions....we'll say SOL for short.

Every season we prove tradition DOES matter.

How in the world could we as fans ever have thought the Lions may be any good this season?

Are we really that stupid? Lost our D-line and having a very weak O-line?

Can't stop the run with that weak line and we sure can't get consistent pressure on a QB to stop the pass.

3rd and 19? No problem, watch this....

Can't run the ball at all. And throw a pass? What do you need, 5 yards for a first down? Well, throw a 3 yard pass and run for it. Works every time, right fans?

Either incomplete, an interception, a sack or a pass that ends up a yard short of a first down.

It's hopeless I tell you. There's not even any hope of losing just to get a high draft choice. We'll just end up with another tight end bust. Or a running back who either is a concussion away from retirement or has a really bad case of fumblitis. And forget about ever finding any talent past the 1st round. Who do you think we are, New England? No, we're picking players with a dart board. Maybe we can find 2 or 3 punters to waste picks on.

OK, Lions 24 Seattle 21 (51). This IS the Lions, remember? One of the worst run franchises in all of sports. You have to look long and hard to find any team in any sport that is this badly mismanaged. Just a late night punch line joke of a team.

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Want our best chance to win?

Bring up a D-Lineman from the practice squad and start him. His instructions? Injure Russell Wilson on the first play.

Break his arm, fingers or leg(s). Unsportsmanlike? It sure as hell is but do want to win? Because even then, it would be a challenge.

The only reason I say this is because it will never happen. We lose like winners nor like whiners...."Hello Rodgers".......

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Levy officially out.

More terrible news for an already pathetic season.

If the Lions lose tonight, they will be the only team in the NFL without a win.

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More terrible news for an already pathetic season.

If the Lions lose tonight, they will be the only team in the NFL without a win.

That is SOL stuff right there.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, your last place Detroit Lions!

Last place AND the only winless team in the nfl.

All hail martin mayhew.

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There are reports, rumors, etc. that claim the Dolphins are thinking about firing Philbin. The Dolphins are 1-3. If they Lions are 0-4 after tonight's game, you would think that some of the Lions coaching staff, front office, etc. would be on the hot seat.

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There are reports, rumors, etc. that claim the Dolphins are thinking about firing Philbin. The Dolphins are 1-3. If they Lions are 0-4 after tonight's game, you would think that some of the Lions coaching staff, front office, etc. would be on the hot seat.

Not a chance. Unless mrs ford is cut from a different cloth than old man ford was.

Maybe at the end of the season, but that would be doubtful too. The lions schedule gets much easier in the second half. Wins against san fran and chicago to close the season will give them the "team is still playing for the coach" excuse (see ausmus, brad) that management needs to avoid making a change.

And then the lions will continue their never ending quest for mediocrity for another season.

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There are reports, rumors, etc. that claim the Dolphins are thinking about firing Philbin. The Dolphins are 1-3. If they Lions are 0-4 after tonight's game, you would think that some of the Lions coaching staff, front office, etc. would be on the hot seat.

This is Philbin's 4th year,so its not exactly the same situation

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If the Lions offense looks like pure garbage again tonight, shouldn't Lombardi be on the hot seat?

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If the Lions offense looks like pure garbage again tonight, shouldn't Lombardi be on the hot seat?

Before Philbin was fired, I wouldn't have thought of it. But now that Philbin was canned... Makes me wonder if Lions management would pull the trigger on Lombardi if the Offense doesn't show huge improvement. But then again, Lions Oline is awful and they are going to Seattle. So there are still plenty of excuses.

Sure would be nice to see something totally different (play calling) from the offense tonight. At least it would show that the coaching isn't set in their scheme that isn't working at all.

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Brindza cut by the Bucs.

Probably not good to miss three field goals and a PAT in today's NFL...unless you're kicking for the Lions in the first half of last season

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Before Philbin was fired, I wouldn't have thought of it. But now that Philbin was canned... Makes me wonder if Lions management would pull the trigger on Lombardi if the Offense doesn't show huge improvement. But then again, Lions Oline is awful and they are going to Seattle. So there are still plenty of excuses.

Sure would be nice to see something totally different (play calling) from the offense tonight. At least it would show that the coaching isn't set in their scheme that isn't working at all.

If there is another ugly offensive performance in a loss tonight, I wonder if Mayhew will make a change to play calling duties as a way of reducing the heat under his own seat.

There is nowhere to hide when you have the NFL's only winless team at the one-quarter mark.

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