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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions victory over the Miami Dolphins, bringing them back to .500 at 3-3.

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 1. The Lions got a lead and held onto it the entire game

The Lions scored on their first possession of the game and were able to hold onto that lead for the rest of the game. In the Lions wins, they have been able to do that. In their losses, they are trying to come from behind the entire game. It’s one way or the other for the Lions and that is probably why they are 3-3.  Going forward, it will be interesting to see what trend they have more of during this season.

2. Michael Roberts had a showing out party

Tight End Michael Roberts only had three catches during the game, but two of them were touchdowns. Roberts now has four catches on the season with three touchdowns. He is starting to establish himself as a reliable red zone target for Matthew Stafford and that is a great sight for Lions fans to see going forward.

3. Even though the defense didn’t force any turnovers, they were still efficient

Even though the Lions didn’t have any interceptions or fumbles, they were able to get stops when it mattered. This included getting sacks (four on the game) or just overall great coverage on the play. Ricky Jean Francois did play a huge factor as he had two sacks, both timely ones too.

The Lions needed to win the game against the Dolphins in order to stay in contention for the top spot in the NFC North Division. This win puts them in 3rd place and only a game behind the Vikings for 1st place. The Seattle Seahawks are the next opponent for the Lions and based on how the Lions have been playing these past few weeks, this is a winnable game for them. With the Seahawks coming off a London game and then a bye week, this could help the Lions too, but the Seahawks are a scrappy team so it should be a good game next week in Detroit.

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Bills Cut Terrelle Pryor

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The Buffalo Bills have released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor who was signed only a few short weeks ago, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Pryor saw his snap count drop from his first game with the Bills to his second game, and he only managed to haul in two receptions for 17 yards, which will cause speculation that Pryor’s hamstring issues may not be fully behind him.

Pryor as cut from the New York Jets in October, prior to latching on with the Bills.

 

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Jets Unlikely To Fire Mike Maccagnan

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Despite what appears to be another lost season, the New York Jets are considered unlikely to fire general manager Mike Maccagnan, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.

Furthermore, the report indicates that while Maccagnan’s job appears to be safe for now, head coach Todd Bowles is on the hot seat.

Due Maccagnan’s long-stated plan to compete for a playoff berth in 2019, ownership sees him as not falling short of their expectations, making it likely that they will move forward with the general manager despite Bowles’ likely departure.

The Jets will have around $100 million in cap space in the 2019 offseason, and are putting their faith in Maccagnan to put something together in 2019.

 

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Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill Throwing Without Pain

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The Miami Dolphins may have quarterback Ryan Tannehill back when the team plays the Indianapolis Colts following their bye this week, as head coach Adam Gase provided an update concerning Tannehill’s status.

“That was the start of their throwing progression after so many off,” Gase said earlier this week, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “It seemed like it went well. It’s not like he’s out there throwing 60-yard throws. They have a progression of how they want to do it. They said it was a good first step and he felt good. So that’s a positive.”

Tannehill has missed the last five games because of a capsule injury in his throwing shoulder, and the team has been rolling with Brock Osweiler under center.

Gase said that Tannehill is on a pitch count right now but the team is hoping that he will be fully cleared by next Wednesday’s practice so he can be a full go against the Colts.

“It’s a pitch count, distance,” Gase said. “There are a lot of factors involved. It’s like what they’re doing right now – it’s like don’t throw any balls over 15 yards, don’t through any over 20, 25. It’s going to be a progression. He didn’t throw a ball there for a while. We’ve got to be careful. There has to be a buildup from there.”

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