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NFL Preview: Atlanta Falcons (2-0) at Detroit Lions (1-1)

STADIUM: Ford Field
REFEREE: Carl Cheffers

DATE: Sunday, September 24, 2023
GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET
FOX: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) ATL: 132 or 391 DET: 104 or 228

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: DET leads series, 25-14 (ATL won 2 of past 3)
POSTSEASON: —

THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 12/26/21: DET 16 at ATL 20
POSTSEASON: —

HEAD COACHES NOTES:

Arthur Smith vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 1-0 Reg. Season: 16-20 (.444) Postseason: 0-0

Dan Campbell vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 0-1 Reg. Season: 18-29-1 (.385) Postseason: 0-0

ATLANTA FALCONS NOTES:

  • ATLANTA advanced to 2-0 for 1st time since 2017.
  • QB DESMOND RIDDER had career highs in pass yards (237) & rush yards (39) & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1st-career rush TD) in Week 2.
  • RB BIJAN ROBINSON (rookie) recorded 172 scrimmage yards (124 rush, 48 rec.) in Week 1, his 1st-career game with 100+ rush yards. Ranks 2nd among rookies & 2nd among RBs in scrimmage yards (255) this season & leads all RBs with 10 receptions.
  • RB TYLER ALLGEIER rushed for 48 yards last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with 115+ scrimmage yards.
  • WR DRAKE LONDON led team with 6 catches for 67 yards & had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 2, his 5th-career TD catch. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards.
  • WR MACK HOLLINS had 60 rec. yards in Week 2.
  • TE KYLE PITTS had 6 catches for 102 yards in last meeting.
  • DL GRADY JARRETT had 2 TFL in his only career game at Det. (9/24/17).
  • DL DAVID ONYEMATA had career-high 2 PD in Week 2 & aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Had sack in his only career game at Det. (10/4/20 w/ NO) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with TFL.
  • LB KADEN ELLISS led team with 6 tackles & had 1st sack of season last week, his 9th-career sack.
  • CB A.J. TERRELL had 2 PD in Week 2, his 7th-career game with 2+ PD.
  • CB TRE FLOWERS had 1st PD of season last week.
  • S RICHIE GRANT had 6+ tackles in 7 of his 8 road games last season.

DETROIT LIONS NOTES:

  • QB JARED GOFF completed 28 of 35 atts. (80 percent) for 323 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 121.8 rating in Week 2, his 14th-career game with 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Had 383 consec. pass atts. between INTs, 3rd-longest streak in NFL history. Has 36 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 112.5 rating in his past 14 home games. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 115+ rating & 7th in row at home with 2+ TD passes.
  • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 74 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 7 rec.) & rush TD in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Had 121 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 54 rec.) & rush TD in his last game vs. Atl. (11/20/22 w/ Chi.).
  • RB JAHMYR GIBBS (rookie) had team-high 7 receptions & 56 scrimmage yards (39 rec., 17 rush) in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards.
  • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN had 6 receptions for 102 yards in Week 2, his 7th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches. Had 9 catches for 91 yards & rec. TD in last meeting.
  • WR JOSH REYNOLDS had 5 catches for 66 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week, his 3rd-career game with 2 rec. TDs.
  • TE SAM LAPORTA had 5 receptions for 63 yards in Week 2, 1st rookie TE ever with 5+ catches in each of his 1st 2 games.
  • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON has 0.5+ sacks in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD.
  • LB ALEX ANZALONE had 1st sack of season in Week 2. Has 5+ tackles in 19 straight games tied for 4th-longest active streak in NFL.
  • LB JACK CAMPBELL (rookie) had 5 tackles last week.
  • S KERBY JOSEPH aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD.
  • CB JERRY JACOBS had career-high 8 tackles in Week 2.
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