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2018 Schedule
5-9, 4th in NFC North

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia declines to say what his conversations have been like with the Ford Family but praises Martha Ford as "an amazing woman" and is thankful for the conversations he has with her.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Lions lose to either Minnesota or Green Bay, it'll mean the team's worst record since 2012 (4-12) and give the team their 11th season of double-digit losses since 2000 From 1930-1999, the Lions only had 12 double-digit loss seasons (although to be fair not every year had a 16-game schedule).

Stafford: Lions 'didn't execute well enough' to beat Bills (0:53)
Patricia: Bills' QB Allen 'is a great player' (0:48)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Prater on his missed field goal in the fourth quarter -- his first fourth quarter miss in three seasons: "It's kind of tough to say. Pregame wind was going right to left in that direction so I played it right and then I pushed it a little bit so it multiplied and it didn't come back at all for me. So looking back I wish I would have played it down the middle instead of a little bit right. I did mishit it a little bit but it's part of the game. Frustrating but you want to come through and make plays for your team when you get the opportunity and it's frustrating not to."

Allen, Bills squeak past Lions (1:33)
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Allen leads Bills to 14-13 win over Lions

Josh Allen threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster early in the fourth quarter Sunday to rally the Buffalo Bills to a 14-13 win over Detroit that eliminated the Lions from playoff contention.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Detroit Lions will have their first losing record since the 2015 season and (barring an unlikely collapse in the fourth quarter by Minnesota) will be eliminated from playoff contention by the end of the day after a 14-13 loss to Buffalo. The loss happened because of issues familiar (lack of a creative offense and a lack of playmakers) and unfamiliar (Matt Prater missing his first fourth quarter field goal in three years -- which would have given Detroit a 16-14 lead). All in all, though, it gives a somewhat sensible essential end to Detroit's season. All year, the Lions had dealt with inconsistency and that showed again against the Bills.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Prater's miss of a 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter against the Bills was his first miss of a field goal in the fourth quarter or overtime of a game since Week 15 of the 2015 season, when he missed a 38-yard fourth-quarter field goal against the New Orleans Saints. That's a streak of almost three years snapped.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

It's the Kenny Golladay Experience in Buffalo, at least during the first half. The second-year receiver already has a career-high 115 yards and has done it on acrobatic catches, including one where he ripped a sure interception out of Bills cornerback Levi Wallace's hands. A re-emergence of Golladay is exactly what the Lions needed to help spark an otherwise mediocre offense. Golladay is basically the only playmaker Detroit has left offensively and against the Bills the Lions found a way to use him in a must-win game.

Zenner puts Lions ahead with 1-yd TD (0:18)
Stafford finds Jones for 4-yd TD (0:23)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't be surprised if you see Lions three-receiver sets with TJ Jones in the slot and Andy Jones on the outside opposite Kenny Golladay. From a fantasy perspective, only Golladay is worth trusting in any capacity whatsoever. Of all the Lions' pass catchers, Theo Riddick might be the most intriguing option against the Bills because of his likely snap count and role between running back and sometimes slot receiver.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions inactives: RB Kerryon Johnson, WR Bruce Ellington, RT Rick Wagner, DE Da'Shawn Hand, S Charles Washington, DB Marcus Cooper, FB Nick Bellore. Teez Tabor is active. Joe Dahl could be doing some fullback.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Detroit Lions are 8-1-1 ATS in their past 10 games against teams with a losing record. They are 2.5-point underdogs against the 4-9 Buffalo Bills today.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Five Lions out for Sunday

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Still no Kerryon Johnson, Bruce Ellington, Da'Shawn Hand, Rick Wagner and Charles Washington at open portion of Lions practice Friday. Could mean more Brandon Powell on offense for Detroit on Sunday.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia says Matthew Stafford, like a lot of players, is a little bit beat up at this time of year. Said he leaves it up to the medical staff for him and that it is about body maintenance to prevent small things from becoming big things. Patricia, when asked if the back has led to having to change things the past couple of weeks for the Lions, said that might be reading too much into it and that a lot of things factor into what the Lions do during a game.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford had to postpone his regularly-scheduled Thursday media availability until Friday because he was undergoing treatment. Stafford has been dealing with a back injury the past two weeks. He usually does the availability either in the locker room or at the podium during the 45-minute Thursday window or very soon after. Something to keep an eye on as we head to the weekend. He was officially listed as questionable last week.

Bruschi picking Lions for second straight week (0:59)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Same practice report for Lions as yesterday. Not looking good for Kerryon Johnson on Sunday. We'll see tomorrow.

Team Stats

Passing Yards226.2
Rushing Yards103.1
Points For20.3
Points Against23.8