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12/21/15. Lions At Saints. Monday Night. Week 15. ESPN, 8:30pm

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Monday Night shootout!

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NFC Conference

Week 15

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

Date: December 21st, 2015

Time: 8:30pm EST

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Official Lions / Rams highlights:

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Rams end 5-game slump with 21-14 win over Lions

ST. LOUIS -- Calvin Johnson appeared primed for a big game, facing a beat-up secondary. Instead, it was St. Louis' far less famous Johnson who carried the day.

Trumaine Johnson shut down Calvin Johnson, most of it in solo coverage, and Todd Gurley rushed for 140 yards to lead the Rams to a 21-14 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

"It was Johnson vs. Johnson the whole week, even in practice," he said after the Rams snapped a five-game losing streak. "He's one of the best in the league right now and I accepted the challenge. I'm a happy man."

Calvin Johnson was limited to a late reception for 16 yards in his lowest output since he had two catches for 39 yards in the opener against San Diego. Coach Jim Caldwell didn't have much of an explanation, noting Golden Tate and Theo Riddick combined for 16 receptions.

"You can look at that and always try to analyze that part of it," Caldwell said. "You're not going to catch nine balls every single time." Gurley led a revived offense under new coordinator Rob Boras, scoring two second-half touchdowns. The rookie needed only 16 carries to record his first game with at least 100 yards since Week 8 against San Francisco on Nov. 1.

"We may not be going to the playoffs, but we want to bring that momentum into the offseason," Gurley said. "Same play, same concepts, but we've just got to execute." Trumaine Johnson's 58-yard return was the only score in the first half, plus he did most of the work on Calvin Johnson. Aaron Donald had three sacks of Matthew Stafford to further boost a defense that had sagged in recent weeks.

"They're a great front four," Stafford said. "Especially 99," he added, referring to Donald. Donald has a career-best 11 sacks, two more than he had last year when he was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He felt the secondary coverage was a key to getting to Stafford.

"He was just holding the ball a little longer, guys were covering down field and it was just there," Donald said. Tate caught two touchdown passes for Detroit, which didn't have much to show for extra days off to regroup from a game-ending TD pass by the Packers on Dec. 3.

Turnout was light on "fan appreciation day" at the Edward Jones Dome for what could be the final Sunday home game for the franchise in St. Louis (5-8), with 51,202 tickets distributed but the 66,000-capacity stadium half-filled at best. Rams owner Stan Kroenke wants to move the team to Los Angeles after this season and there is one remaining home game, on Thursday against Tampa Bay.

Tate's 2-yard catch shaved the Lions' deficit to a touchdown with 2:05 left, the play after Johnson stopped his drought with a 16-yard reception. The Lions (4-9) recovered an onside kick after Bradley Marquez bobbled it, but turned it over on downs at the St. Louis 46.

Gurley averaged just 42.7 yards for the previous four games behind an injury-riddled line largely populated by rookies and had just 13 yards on seven carries at the half. Besides scoring on runs on 15 and 5 yards, he had carries of 49 and 21 yards after the break. Boras replaced Frank Cignetti, who was fired on Monday, and called plays for the first time since 2003 when he was at UNLV.

Coming into the day, the Rams were last in the NFL in third-down efficiency at just 24.5 percent, fourth-worst since 1972 according to STATS, but they were markedly better at 4 for 11 against a team that had held three of its previous four opponents to 18 or fewer points.

Trumaine Johnson returned after missing two games with a thigh injury. The Rams needed him to step up with top cornerback Janoris Jenkins out with a concussion and safety T.J. McDonald sidelined for the season due to a shoulder injury. On the interception return, he stepped in front of an underthrown pass intended for Calvin Johnson and patiently waited for blocks the last 20 to 30 yards before ending St. Louis' seven-quarter touchdown drought. Stafford had gone more than three games between interceptions.

Notes:

Lions list Megatron, Ebron as questionable for 'MNF'

The Detroit Lions listed five starters as questionable for Monday night's tilt with the New Orleans Saints.

Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Eric Ebron (illness) are questionable after sitting out practice Saturday. The team's official website expects both to play Monday.

Megatron missing practice is nothing new. The nine-year pro is 19 yards shy of his sixth straight 1,000-yard season. He had just one catch for 16 yards last week. Assuming he's healthy, we expect Jim Bob Cooter to get Johnson involved early Sunday, especially if he is matched up against penalty-king Brandon Browner.

The Lions also listed defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (neck), offensive tackle Michael Ola (knee) and safety Glover Quin (ankle) as questionable.

Receiver Lance Moore, a former Saint, is listed as probable.

The Saints have listed offensive linemen Terron Armstead (knee) and Jahri Evans (ankle), safety Jairus Byrd (knee) and wideout Marques Colston all as probable to play.

NFC North Standings:

Green Bay (10-4) .714

Minnesota (9-5) .643

Detroit (4-9) .308

Chicago (5-9) .357

Lions Injury News:

Eric Ebron TE Illness Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable

Lance Moore WR Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable

Glover Quin S Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Calvin Johnson WR Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable

Haloti Ngata DT Neck Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Michael Ola T Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Saints Injury News:

Marques Colston WR Not Injury Related Full Participation in Practice Probable

Jairus Byrd S Knee Limited Participation in Practice Probable

Terron Armstead T Knee Limited Participation in Practice Probable

John Jenkins DT Concussion Limited Participation in Practice Probable

Zach Strief T Hip Limited Participation in Practice Probable

Jahri Evans G Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Probable

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Edited by Shinma

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I hate that I'm going to watch this game even though I know it's going to be a bad.

I hate that I'm going to root for them to win even though I know losing is in their best interest.

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Just lose baby. In all seriousness, winning is about the worst thing that could happen for the Lions. They need to lose, just to cement the coaching and GM change.

No emotions tied to this game, other than hoping for a loss.

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Yep, just lose is the right attitude at this point. Losing is not only beneficial to our draft stock, but it is insurance against White and Caldwell coming back.

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The worst case is a 'lucky' win. They should either lose, or win in a dominating fashion in which multiple young players play at a very high level. Guys developing is as good as draft picks,but a none of the above win is no good at all.

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Credit goes to a poster named MaizeandBlueWahoo over at prideofdetroit.com for the following information. The data set takes a look at draft stock if they win tonight and if they lose.

If they lose . . .

3. Chargers (4-10, .513)

4. Ravens (4-10, .518)

5. Lions (4-10, .536)

6/7. 49ers/Cowboys (4-10, .545, coin flip)

8. Jaguars (5-9, .469)

9. Dolphins (5-9, .473)

10. Bears (5-9, .531)

Win and the order looks like:

If they win. . .

3/4. Chargers/Ravens (4-10, .518, coin flip)

5. Cowboys (4-10, .540)

6. 49ers (4-10, .549)

7. Jaguars (5-9, .464)

8. Dolphins (5-9, .473)

9. Saints (5-9, .513)

10. Lions (5-9, .536)

11. Bears (5-9, .540)

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I don't see any point in winning especially against a fellow top 5 draft pick contender. I don't believe in momentium carrying over from one season to another (although Carolina might be living proof of that) so they might as well lose out the string. A win at this point only serves to hurt draft position and give just the slightest of chances that Caldwell keeps his job.

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I don't see any point in winning especially against a fellow top 5 draft pick contender. I don't believe in momentium carrying over from one season to another (although Carolina might be living proof of that) so they might as well lose out the string. A win at this point only serves to hurt draft position and give just the slightest of chances that Caldwell keeps his job.

As a fanbase we've been fooled by Lions momentum one too many times, this season included. Couple that with the fact that we are in desperate need of (and should be getting) new leadership next season, we need a to get the L tonight.

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Both teams would be better off with the loss. New Orleans could look a lot different next season. I would think they would not want to take a $30 million cap hit for an aging Drew Brees next season and Sean Payton could hit the highway.

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Man I wish Darius Slay had not played such tight one-on-one coverage on that 3rd and 5.

If he turns around earlier it's an easy pick.

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God I hate those Peyton Manning commercials... can't they find a lamp post with more personality?

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The Saints might only rush two guys this possession and will still probably get a sack.

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There we go, nice pass to Calvin. First and goal after the unnecessary roughness penalty!

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