The Detroit Lions lead the NFC North entering Week 5 with a 3-1 record and will look to stay strong against the NFL’s last winless team, the Carolina Panthers.
The Lions beat the Panthers (0-4) and No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young at Ford Field by 9.5 points. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. and the game will be televised on Fox. You can also watch it live via FUBO (free trial).
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2nd quarter 12:48: Panthers respond with long touchdown run
Bryce Young broke away from an interception and scored on 14 straight possessions to extend the Lions’ lead. He completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Tommy Tremble at the goal line. Laviska Shenault and Miles Sanders both made huge strides in their first-round games as well.
Lions cornerback Emmanuel Mosley left the game midway through the game with a calf injury. It was Mosley’s first game since sustaining an ACL injury last season and his first as a Lion. Panthers rookie guard Chandler Zavala was taken off the field on a stretcher to a Detroit hospital with a neck injury, but he raised his arms and gave a thumbs up as he left the field.
4:53 of the first quarter: Goff finds Sam LaPorta for a touchdown
It didn’t take long for the Lions to capitalize on Hutchinson’s big play. After a few runs down the middle, Jared Goff perfectly executed a fake to David Montgomery and hit rookie tight end Sam Laporta in the slot for an easy touchdown. It was Laporta’s second touchdown of his young career.
7:36 of the first quarter: Aidan Hutchinson intercepts Bryce Young deep in Panthers territory
Aidan Hutchinson continues his dominant start to the season this week. After breaking away from his blocker, Hutchinson reached out a hand and grabbed Bryce Young’s screen pass for an interception. He returned briefly in the Panthers’ 20 but was cut down. After being hit, he limped off the field.
It was Hutchinson’s fourth career interception, the most by a defensive lineman in his first two years in NFL history.
9:41 of the first quarter: David Montgomery 42-yard touchdown run
The Lions defense gave up some ground but were forced to punt on their side of the 50 to get their first drive of the day. It only took three plays for Detroit’s potent offense to take advantage.
On his first rush of the game, David Montgomery reached the end zone after running inside and bursting past the Panthers defense with a 40-yard dash. Jared Goff set up the home run with two breaking pitches to Kalif Raymond and Marvin Jones on the first two possessions.
Injury report, Jameson Williams returns
Despite being off 10 days since defeating the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, the Lions are still dealing with new injuries and will be without two of their top offensive weapons. Amon-Ra St. Brown, the team’s receiving leader, missed a week of practice with an abdominal injury. Rookie running back Jameer Gibbs is out with a hamstring injury sustained in Friday’s practice.
Rookie standout defensive back Brian Branch is also out with an ankle injury he suffered against the Packers.
Good news for the Lions: 2022 first-round receiver Jameson Williams has suited up and will play a limited role after his gambling ban was lifted two weeks earlier than expected. role. Williams will get back up to speed and help replace St. Brown along with Josh Reynolds, Kalief Raymond and Marvin Jones Jr. David Montgomery is expected to handle the bulk of the load again without Gibbs – Montgomery set a career high with 32 carries last week.
After consecutive suffocating performances, the Lions defense entered the game ranked fourth in the league in total yards allowed and first in rushing yards allowed. The group is led by Aidan Hutchinson, who blossomed into a star pass rusher in his second year. Hutchinson is tied for 10th in the NFL with 3.5 sacks and has made a habit of breathing down every quarterback’s neck from nearly every position on the defensive line throughout the game.
This will be another favorable matchup for this group against the Panthers, who have the 25th-ranked offense averaging 16.8 points and 282.5 yards per game. This game will also be a shot at redemption for defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and a defense that was held to 320 yards on the ground by Carolina last Christmas Eve and ultimately lost the playoff spot. Game seats.