After opening the season with five consecutive wins, the Lions — Denver’s Week 8 opponent — have dropped back-to-back contests to enter Week 8 with a 5-2 record.
In Week 7 action, Detroit fell to Atlanta by a score of 23-16, marking the fifth time this season that the Lions have been involved in a game decided by seven points or fewer.
Calvin Johnson, who caught his league-leading 10th touchdown on Sunday, finished the game with five catches for 115 yards. The fourth-year wide receiver has found the end zone in six of the team’s first seven games and his 10 touchdowns are four more than the next closest NFL receiver (Wes Welker, N.E.). Running backs Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams each carried nine times for a combined 94 yards.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford, who ranks sixth in the NFL with a 95.5 passer rating, completed 15-of-32 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown. His status for Sunday’s game is uncertain after he suffered an ankle injury late in the loss to Atlanta.
“He went home in a boot for his ankle,” Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz said on Monday. “He is no more than day-to-day. We’ll see where he is on Wednesday and hopefully we can get him back on the practice field.”
Against the Falcons, the Lions defense came away with two interceptions, but the team was unable to convert the turnovers into touchdowns.
The Lions’ two-game losing streak has been coupled with a two-game winning streak by division-rival Chicago and the continued unbeaten start to the season by the Green Bay Packers. With a bye week following Sunday’s game vs. Denver, the Lions will be looking to regain momentum for a playoff push.