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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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Broncos Hire Ed Donatell As Defensive Coordinator

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The Denver Broncos will hire former Chicago Bears defensive back ED Donatell to be there defensive coordinator. The Move reunites Donatell with Vic Fangio, the head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Donatell coach under Fangio led defense s from 2011 through 2018 as defensive back coach. So the two are definitely know each other well. Donatell has been a defensive coordinator in the league before running, the Packers defense from 2000-2003 and in the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-2006.

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Browns Targeting Chuck Pagano for Defensive Coordinator

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With Freddie Kitchens officially at the helm as head coach, the Cleveland Browns are now focusing on his building his staff.

According to the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers, the Browns are interested in former Indianapolis Colts head coach Check Pagano for their defensive coordinator job.

Pagano had interviewed for head coaching vacancies this offseason, and is drawing interest as a defensive coordinator for the New York Jets.

The report goes on to say that Kitchens is really interested in adding Pagano to his staff.

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Texans’ Demaryius Thomas Wants To Continue Playing Career

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Houston Texans veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who they acquired via trade from the Denver Broncos mid-season, plans to continue his playing career, and would like to stay in Houston.

“My main priority right now is getting back healthy. I can still play, man. I’m not thinking about retirement. I just don’t know where it will be,” Thomas said, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.

“I told them I would love to finish my career here, but we’ll see…This is what we have to deal with as players and guys in the locker room. I hope my appearance and being around the guys and talking to a couple of guys helped. I don’t want to say I helped that much play-wise, but leadership-wise, I think I helped.”

Thomas played in 7 games for the Texans following the trade, and caught 23 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

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