|Buffalo @ Cleveland (Thurs 8:25 PM)||
Cleveland continues to shock the world with two straight wins and holds a piece of the three-way tie in the AFC North. Buffalo also reigns as a big sleeper in their division and should steal a big win on the road. Winner: Buffalo
|New Orleans @ Chicago (Sun 1 PM)||
The Saints were clicking on all cylinders last week against Miami. New Orleans isn't known for road dominance but Drew Brees should continue to find another groove with monster target Jimmy Graham. Jay Cutler may see more problems against the Rob Ryan defensive attack. Winner: New Orleans
|New England @ Cincinnati (Sun 1 PM)||
Andy Dalton has been up and down all season. The Bengals struggle against the elite NFL teams, and the Patriots pose a tough challenge. Tom Brady should win the battle against Dalton, and the Patriots should force a pick or two on defense. Winner: New England
|Detroit @ Green Bay (Sun 1 PM)||
The Lions chase for the NFC North only gets tougher when they travel to Lambeau. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are fresh off a bye week plus Detroit's defense may be without No. 1 corner Chris Houston Sunday. Winner: Green Bay
|Seattle @ Indianapolis (Sun 1 PM)||
Andrew Luck vs. Russell Wilson will be the tale of this week's matchup. Marshawn Lynch should be go "Beast Mode" for Seattle indoors at Indy Sunday. Trent Richardson and the Colts' offense may struggle against that fast and physical Seattle defense. Winner: Seattle
Baltimore @ Miami (Sun 1 PM)
Ryan Tannehill is the NFL leader in fumbles and sacks. If he continues to hold the football too long it could be a long day against Baltimore. Terrell Suggs had 9 tackles and a sack last week against Buffalo and will be motivated plenty after the late-game flag against E.J. Manuel. Winner: Baltimore
|Philadelphia @ New York Giants (Sun 1 PM)||
The NFC East has been terrible outside of Dallas, something's got to give this week. Eli Manning can't keep turning the ball over at this rate, and should be able to throw all over the Eagle's defense. Winner: New York
|Jacksonville @ St. Louis (Sun 1 PM)||
Still no reason to choose Jacksonville this season. Tavon Austin should finally be able to break out and show his dynamics against the Jaguars at home. Winner: St. Louis
|Kansas City @ Tennessee (Sun 1 PM)||
Two of the biggest NFL surprises playing to prove if they're legit. The Titans will lean heavier on Chris Johnson with Jake Locker out and the Chiefs being 24th against the run. Winner: Tennessee
|Carolina @ Arizona (Sun 4:05 PM)||
Arizona pulled off a nice road upset against Tampa Bay last week and should continue to roll back at home. The Cardinals 2nd rank rush defense should be able to handle the Panthers run attack. Expect a Cam Newton turnover or two against the ballhawking secondary of Arizona. Winner: Arizona
|Denver @ Dallas (Sun 4:25 PM)||
Never pick against Peyton Manning in the regular season. Tony Romo may feel the pressure to keep up with the elite gun slinger. Pressure on Romo will force him to take chances and force bad throws. Winner: Denver
|Houston @ San Francisco (Sun 8:30 PM)||
Colin Kaepernick and the Niners found their groove last Thursday against the Rams with a 35-11 victory. With plenty of rest and an overrated Texans team, San Fran should keep their groove going at home. Winner: San Francisco
|San Diego @ Oakland (Sun 11:35 PM)||
San Diego has tightened up ever since their Week 1 fallout against the Texans. Philip Rivers has kept the Chargers offense dangerous and should handle the Raiders in this midnight showdown. Winner: San Diego
|New York Jets @ Atlanta (Mon 8:40 PM)||The Falcons have been one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL with a 1-3 record. Their weapons still favor over the Jets' defense. Expect an explosive Atlanta episode and more Geno Smith turnovers on the road. Winner: Atlanta|
The Detroit Lions finally added to their wide receiver core this afternoon signing new target Kevin Ogletree to a deal according to Pro Football Talk.
The Detroit Lions are signing WR Kevin Ogletree, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 2, 2013
Ogletree was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday after only lasting four games with his new franchise. The five year veteran's best year came last season with the Dallas Cowboys. Ogletree caught 32 passes for 436 yards and 4 touchdowns.
After losing veteran Nate Burleson to a broken arm, the Lions had a big need for a new secondary option on offense. The Lions also have been without Patrick Edwards who's been nursing a high ankle sprain.
The Detroit Lions now share a piece of first place of the NFC North after their Week 4 victory against the Chicago Bears. In the most important game of the season, the home team built a double-digit lead by halftime then finished their division opponent winning 40-32.
Here is a breakdown of the most notable performances on Sunday.
1. Ndmaukong Suh
A big focal point of defeating Chicago was winning the war at the line of scrimmage. As Detroit's depth at defensive line continues to get better each week, this team becomes more dangerous and it all starts with their captain up front.
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is arguably playing the best football of his career and normally plays his best football against Jay Cutler and the Bears. He finished the day with two sacks and a forced fumble that lead to a Nick Fairley touchdown.
Suh continues to absorb double and triple teams creating opportunities to capitalize for the defense around him. The Lions have more than enough firepower on their defensive line, and their game will always be better with Suh on the field.
2. Offensive Line
Coming into the season as one of the biggest enigmas for the Lions, the offensive line hasn't just been a strength for this team, they've been the best in the league.
The new faces and core of this offensive line have kept quarterback Matthew Stafford cleaner than any other signal caller in the game. They've allowed a league best three sacks this season and 17 quarterback hits. Left tackle Riley Reiff surrendered a sack Sunday to Julius Peppers but has done a great job this season protecting Stafford's blindside.
They also helped create a game to remember for running back Reggie Bush. Bush had wide open gaps in the middle of the line all game and finished with another big game carrying the ball 18 times for 139 yards and an impressive 37-yard touchdown.
Outside of a long first-half 53-yard touchdown run by Matt Forte, the Lions played their most disciplined game of the season. Detroit didn't put pressure on themselves by having to overcome a headache of penalties or missed tackles.
The Lions committed a season-low three penalties giving up only 25 yards to Chicago. In a high-stake battle against a division opponent, the home team kept their composure and came out on top. On an onside kick to end the game, receiver Kris Durham took a cheap shot on the recovery by Chicago which could've resulted in a scuffle.
The back-seven of Detroit's defense deserves plenty of credit for great open field tackling and limiting the YAC by dangerous receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Safeties Louis Delmas and Glover Quin accounted for three interceptions on the day. Delmas impressively picked off two passes when he's more known for hitting players instead of playing the ball.
It seems silly referring to games this early in the NFL year as a "must-win" situation. But in Week 3 of 2013, the Detroit Lions (1-1) and Washington Redskins (0-2) each have plenty to prove to the league and themselves.
The visiting Lions have never won in Washington losing the past 21 games. With that haunting history and giving away last week's game against the Arizona Cardinals should have Detroit motivated plenty. It won't come easy against a Redskins team desperate for a victory.
Here are some important keys that could help the Lions snap that dreaded streak and end Week 3 with a victory.
1. Slow Down the Rush
Detroit's new offensive line has done a tremendous job keeping quarterback Matthew Stafford's jersey clean. The Lions have only surrendered one sack and a league low 5 quarterback hits. That job gets a bit tougher this week against Washington.
Outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo bring a fierce pass-rush off the edge for the Redskins. Kerrigan has racked up 3 sacks, 13 tackles and one forced fumble. Keeping these two grounded should be a top priority on offense.
It's been an impressive start to the season for second year lineman Riley Reiff at left tackle. He's held stout pass rushers like Jared Allen, Darrell Dockett and Calais Campbell, and he'll have his hands full again with Kerrigan and Orakpo.
The Lions have had to deal with the absence of injury prone right tackle Jason Fox, who is currently out with a groin injury. Backup Corey Hilliard will again start in place of Fox.
2. Attack Downfield
On practice Wednesday, head coach Jim Schwartz said he wants to "aggressively attack what the defense gives them". Might be time to turn the heat up on that game plan.
The offense has been too conservative and too reliant on screens or other catch-and-run set ups. That's been inspired by the addition of running back Reggie Bush, who's become a huge focal point of Detroit's offense. But with Bush banged up and the Lions in need of keeping him healthy and effective, they'll need to change their approach.
Luckily, the Lions may be in line to get one of their top secondary options back in receiver Ryan Broyles. He's yet to play a down this season, but he could be the spark this offense needs to move down-field. Washington's secondary can be taken advantage of, and the offense should be able to handle the blitz-heavy defense of the Redskins.
I wanted to make this a key for this team in Week 1 and last week but decided not to. This should enforced as a mandatory objective every week without saying.
After asking captain Ndamukong Suh Wednesday how to reduce penalties he implied the necessity of "focus" and also mentioned that some penalties like illegal hands to the face "just happen".
Alarming words from your captain.
It's debatable what factor the Lions' leadership has been playing into the season. What's not debatable is the lack of focus and discipline that has been displayed so far. 19 penalties in the first two weeks costing the Lions 189 yards of play. These penalties have negated fumble recoveries, a pick-six for linebacker DeAndre Levy and many other opportunities for this team.
4. Overwhelm RG3
The majority of the Washington Redskins came from the success of the read option and magic of their franchise quarterback. RG3 still seems to be recovering from tearing his ACL last postseason against Seattle, and that magic seems to be wearing off.
Washington isn't a great team, and it's shown through the slow starts they've gotten off too. A first-half blowout against Philadelphia in Week 1 and an embarrassing performance against the Packers last week has altered the Redskins game plan. RG3 was forced to throw all second half both games and reduced their opportunities of running the read option.
The Lions will have defensive tackle Nick Fairley back in the lineup today giving the line an advantage over Washington's offensive line. Detroit's defensive line is long overdue for a big game and could use it today against RG3. Keep him in the pocket and don't let him find his rhythm with his legs.
Prediction: The absence of Reggie Bush will test the Lions' offense and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. He's called good games with Bush active, but what happens now without him? Detroit still have the weapons and the quarterback to take down Washington. If they start fast and take away the read option, they should snap that 0-21 skid today.
Detroit 31 Washington 24
|Kansas City @ Philadelphia (Thur 8:30 PM)||
Andy Reid leads the surprising Chiefs into his former home of Philadelphia. After a big upset at home against the Cowboys, it may be time to start taking Kansas City seriously. We'll see after a couple more weeks Winner: Philadelphia
|Houston @ Baltimore (Sun 1 PM)||
Houston continues to grind out these close finish games, and should have another one against the Ravens. Ray Rice's hip flexor injury doesn't appear serious, but he'll more than likely be sidelined this week. Winner: Houston
|New York Giants @ Carolina (Sun 1 PM)||
Both teams walk into Week 3 0-2 and in a must-win situation. Carolina continues to slip in close games, and Eli Manning should be able to take care of the ball a bit better against the Panthers. Winner: New York
|Green Bay @ Cincinnati (Sun 1 PM)||
No Eddie Lacy, no problem. The Packers don't need balance when you have a gun-slinger like Aaron Rodgers. The Bengals only have 2 sacks this season and should get pressure on Rodgers who routinely holds the ball. Packers should still grind it out in a close one. Winner: Green Bay
|St. Louis @ Dallas (Sun 1 PM)||
St. Louis gave the Atlanta Falcons a second half scare last week, but still fell short. After the Cowboys came up short last week in Kansas City, they should bounce back with a victory. The Dallas defense should force some Sam Bradford turnovers Sunday. Winner: Dallas
|Cleveland @ Minnesota (Sun 1 PM)||
The Trent Richardson trade to Indianapolis gave away any reason for selecting Cleveland victories the rest of this season. Adrian Peterson should finally have a big game this week carrying the Vikings to their first victory this year. Winner: Minnesota
|Tampa Bay @ New England (Sun 1 PM)||
Even with Tom Brady's frustration with his new receivers, Tampa Bay seems to dysfunctional and out of sync to beat the Patriots. Two winnable games both lost in dramatic fashion, count another win for New England. Winner: New England
|Arizona @ New Orleans (Sun 1 PM)||
The Saints haven't been that dynamic offense we've been accustomed to seeing. The Cardinals secondary is no easy task, and should cause some problems for Drew Brees. Winner: Arizona
|San Diego @ Tennessee (Sun 1 PM)||
The Chargers bounced back with a big road victory against the Eagles Week 2. Both teams have blown big leads to Houston, and should be in line for a close game. Hard to trust Philip Rivers nowadays, go with the home team. Winner: Titans
|Detroit @ Washington (Sun 1 PM)||
Reggie Bush has a 50-50 chance of playing Sunday, which would be a huge loss for this offense. The Redskins defense have given up huge games to the Eagles and Packers. If the Lions stay disciplined and finally get aggressive, they'll earn a big win on the road. Winner: Detroit
|Atlanta @ Miami (Sun 4:05 PM)||
The Dolphins have overachieved better than any other team in the NFL, but face a tough challenge in Atlanta. No Steven Jackson this week for the Falcons, and Atlanta struggles against the pass. Another upset in the making. Winner: Miami
|Buffalo @ New York Jets (Sun 4:05 PM)||
The Buffalo Bills almost upset the Patriots at home and pulled out a close win against the Panthers. E.J. Manuel should win the battle of rookie quarterbacks Sunday. Winner: Buffalo
|Jacksonville @ Seattle (Sun 4:25 PM)||
Jacksonville goes in the same boat as the Cleveland Browns, even if Maurice Jones-Drew is healthy by Sunday. Seattle is without tackle Russell Okung with an injured toe, but it won't matter against the Jags. Winner: Seattle
|Indianapolis @ San Francisco (Sun 4:25 PM)||
Andrew Luck has a new toy to play with in Trent Richardson, but has an unfortunate week to test him out. Luck might not be so lucky facing that defense and his old college coach Jim Harbaugh. Winner: San Fran
|Chicago @ Pittsburgh (Sun 8:30 PM)||
The Bears don't win convincingly, but they do get the job done. Pittsburgh remains beat up and Big Ben could find trouble holding the ball too long against this opportunistic Bears defense. Winner: Chicago
|Oakland @ Denver (Mon 8:40 PM)||The Broncos are without Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady for the rest of the year after injuring his foot. But you should know the rule by now, never pick against Peyton Manning in the regular season. Winner: Denver|
The Detroit Lions continue to nurse plenty of injured players on their roster. Four starters and one reserve are inactive at practice today.
Running back Reggie Bush (knee), tackle Jason Fox (groin), linebacker Ashlee Palmer (ankle), receiver Patrick Edwards (ankle) and backup safety Don Carey (hamstring) were all held out of practice today. Guard Rob Sims was listed as limited for Wednesday's practice, but he was active and involved today.
After sitting out yesterday resting his knee, safety Louis Delmas returned to practice with the team. He has played in 112 out of 114 snaps this season with the Lions.
Defensive tackle Nick Fairley was suited up again today and was more active than yesterday. He continues to stretch his shoulder on occasion, but took extra reps in the sled drill with the defensive linemen.
Wide receiver Ryan Broyles was also active today. He's still yet to make his season premiere with the Lions.