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<!-- body { font:12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000; background-color: #EEF2FB; margin: 0px; } --> Here are the snap counts for the Detroit Lions’ Week 8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks: Offense:QuarterbacksMatthew Stafford: 59 (100%)Running backsKerryon Johnson: 48 (81%)LeGarrette Blount: 7 (12%)Ameer Abdullah: 4 (7%) — 6 special teams snap (25%)FullbacksNick Bellore: 2 (3%) — 18 (75%)Tight endsLuke Willson: 36 (61%) — 7 (29%)Michael Roberts: 18 (31%)Levine Toilolo: 14 (24%) — 2 (8%)Wide receiversMarvin Jones Jr.: 57 (97%) Kenny Golladay: 54 (92%)Golden Tate: 52 (92%)Brandon Powell: 1 (2%) — 7 (29%)Offensive tacklesRick Wagner: 59 (100%) — 2 (8%)Taylor Decker: 51 (86%) — 2 (8%)Tyrell Crosby: 8 (14%) — 2 (8%)Guards/centersGraham Glasgow: 59 (100%) — 2 (8%)Frank Ragnow: 59 (100%) — 2 (8%)T.J. Lang: 51 (86%)Kenny Wiggins: 8 (14%) — 2 (8%)Observations:With Theo Riddick out for another week Sam Martin Jersey , and the Lions abandoning the run pretty early, it was Kerryon Johnson who took over as the team’s third-down back, essentially making him the bell-cow back that every fan has been asking for. This will likely change when Theo returns, but it’s interesting to see Johnson carry the bulk of snaps, while LeGarrette Blount was essentially used as a situational back.Some weird things along the offensive line. Again, the Lions gave Lang a drive or two off for no apparent reason. Additionally, at the end of the game Tyrell Crosby came in for Taylor Decker. The team didn’t announce an injury, so it’s unclear why the Lions made the change at left tackle. In place of TJ Jones, Brandon Powell played in just one offensive snap, and took over on special teams.DefenseBig Grinefensive endRomeo Okwara: 55 (87%)Da’Shawn Hand: 47 (75%) — 4 (17%)Eric Lee: 8 (13%)Defensive tackleA’Shawn Robinson: 43 (68%) — 6 (25%)Damon Harrison: 39 (62%) — 4 (17%)Ricky Jean Francois: 18 (29%) — 4 (17%)LinebackersJarrad Davis: 63 (100%) — 4 (17%)Devon Kennard: 60 (95%) — 4 (17%)Christian Jones: 41 (65%) — 13 (54%)Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 11 (17%) — 17 (71%)Eli Harold: 8 (13%) — 10 (42%)Trevor Bates: 2 (3%) — 18 (75%)CornerbacksNevin Lawson: 59 (94%) — 6 (25%)Darius Slay: 59 (94%)Teez Tabor: 40 (63%) — 10 (42%)DeShawn Shead: 14 (22%) — 18 (75%)Cre’Von LeBlanc: 3 (5%) — 11 (46%)SafetyQuandre Diggs: 61 (97%) — 1 (4%)Glover Quin: 53 (84%) — 4 (17%)Tavon Wilson: 8 (13%) — 5 (21%)Tracy Walker: 1 (2%) — 18 (75%)Miles Killebrew: 0 (0%) — 22 (92%)Charles Washington: 0 (0%) — 18 (75%)Observations:It may not have seemed like it, but Detroit did not ease “Snacks” into the game. He played 62 percent of the snaps, which is a higher percentage than he got in New York over the past five games. He also played with some special teams units, meaning he’s in the thick of it now. Here’s one of the more curious personnel decisions: Despite going up against a run-first offense Calvin Johnson Jersey , the Lions played Tavon Wilson—one of their better run defenders in the secondary—for just eight snaps. Despite having Harrison to eat up some snaps, both Da’Shawn Hand and Romeo Okwara actually saw their playing time increase a little this week. Okwara’s 87 percent participation rate is the fourth-highest of his career. Special teamsSam Martin: 9 (38%)Don Muhlbach: 6 (25%)Matt Prater: 2 (8%) The vibes are vastly different for a pair of 1-2 teams trying to put rough starts behind them.The Detroit Lions just secured their first win under new coach Matt Patricia,聽against longtime boss Bill Belichick聽and New England, in prime time no less.The Dallas Cowboys聽can’t fix a dysfunctional passing game聽even with the first 100-yard rushing performance of the season for star running back Ezekiel Elliott in a loss to Seattle.The vibes won’t matter to Patricia on Sunday when he goes after his first road win, just three weeks removed from a jolting 48-17 loss to the New York Jets at home in his debut.“They’re all one-week seasons,” the former Patriots defensive coordinator said. “I would say the good thing about where we’re at right now is we’re starting to get into a little bit more season mode coming out of training camp, getting kind of into a little bit of a schedule rhythm.”The Cowboys can’t find anything remotely resembling a rhythm with quarterback Dak Prescott and a new group of receivers trying to replace Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. Three Detroit receivers 鈥?Golden Tate, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones 鈥?have nearly 200 more yards receiving (690) than the entire Dallas offense (498).Prescott is averaging 166 yards passing with a QB rating (74.9) exactly 30 points lower than his NFL rookie record when he was the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016.“This is about everything we’re doing offensively,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We have to coach better. We got to play better. We got to run it better. We got to throw it better. We got to protect better. We have to do all the things that good offenses do.”Actually, the Cowboys figured out the running part with Elliott’s 127 yards on 16 carries in a 24-13 loss to the Seahawks. But he had two crucial errors, stepping out of bounds before catching what would have been a tying touchdown pass in the first half, and fumbling when the offense was finally on track in the fourth quarter.“We can’t have our defense on the field the majority of those first halves,” said Elliott Womens Zach Zenner Jersey , who is tied with San Francisco’s Matt Breida for the NFL rushing lead at 274 yards. “We’ve got to come out there, get a fast start, execute, get some momentum and carry that through the game.”Things to consider in the first meeting between the teams since a 42-21 Dallas victory late in the 2016 season when Prescott and Elliott were the dazzling rookie duo leading the Cowboys to an NFC-best 13 wins:ANOTHER STAFFORD HOMECOMINGLions quarterback Matthew Stafford is set for his fourth appearance at the home of the Cowboys, just a few miles from his Dallas high school. Stafford won his hometown debut in 2011, rallying the Lions from 13 points down in the fourth quarter for a 34-30 win. He’s lost two straight since, including one of the blemishes on his 0-3 playoff record. The Cowboys won a wild-card game during the 2014 season on Tony Romo’s late touchdown pass.ROOKIE MILESTONELeighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys’ first-round pick in April, is set for his first career start with Sean Lee sidelined by another hamstring injury. Lee was injured in Seattle, and Vander Esch tied for the team lead with a career-high 10 tackles. “There’s a reason they drafted me in the first round, and I gotta live up to that,” Vander Esch said.KERRYON WAYWARD SONRookie聽Kerryon Johnson had the Lions’ first 100-yard rushing game in nearly five years聽in the 26-10 win over the Patriots. While the Cowboys have the NFL’s No. 3 overall defense, they’ve been more vulnerable against the run. Detroit’s previous 100-yard game was by Reggie Bush (117) in a 40-10 win over Green Bay on Thanksgiving in 2013. “It’s been a while Kenny Golladay Jersey White ,” said Johnson, who had 101 yards on 16 carries. “But I feel like as a group, as an offense, as a team, that’s what’s expected of us. That’s doing our job.”RECEIVER CAROUSELThe Cowboys carried seven receivers last week, with six active against Seattle. Brice Butler could play after being inactive last week, days after rejoining his team from the previous three seasons. Butler signed with Arizona in free agency but was cut at the end of the preseason. If Butler is active, there’s a chance Terrance Williams will be a healthy scratch for the first time in his six-year career. Williams has played just 22 percent of the snaps so far.ANSAH WATCHDetroit defensive end Ziggy Ansah, playing on the franchise tag this season, has been out since injuring a shoulder in the opener against the Jets. He missed the first practice of the week. “He’s working extremely hard and he’s doing everything we’re asking him to do,” Patricia said. “I have the utmost respect for his work ethic and what he’s trying to do to help us.”
 
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