This is an unusual situation, but in the National Football League preparation is of the utmost importance.
Standing at a table in the club level of Ford Field, Kirk Bradford pulls out his cell phone so he can show off the text messages he exchanged with a friend prior to Sunday's Falcons-Lions game. Remember that the last drive of the game was set up by the defense forcing Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense to go three-and-out.
Three thoughts from the Falcons 30-26 win in Detroit. What was most impressive about Sunday's near win against the Falcons wasn't that they nearly handed the defending conference champions their first loss of the season, but that they did so without their A-game. So with that in mind, it's clear that Detroit needs as many early-season wins in order to keep this from happening once more. Now they're on the road to face another star quarterback named Matt and an improved Lions' defense.
Caldwell, 62, is in his fourth season at the helm of the Detroit Lions. Will they be able to hold down Matt Ryan and the Falcons?
The touchdown was reversed, and because it happened with a running clock (because the clock should not have stopped after the play since it was not a touchdown), the referees implemented the 10-second run-off rule.
With the Lions already at three it wouldn't be surprising if they continue some of their success in creating turnovers and turning those turnovers into points.
Detroit caught another break when Desmond Trufant interfered with Marvin Jones in the end zone with 19 seconds left to give the Lions first and goal at the 1. Atlanta is 6-3 against the spread in their last nine games, while Detroit is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.
Prater tied the game for the first time at 23-all with a 35-yard field goal at the 1:24 juncture, a deadlock that stood as the quarter ended.
They were in this game largely due to their defense, even if 30 points is a lot to allow.