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3-6, 4th in NFC North

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions DC Paul Pasqualoni, who was Syracuse's head coach the last time the Orange (then the Orangemen) were ranked as highly as they are now, said he's happy to see the school have success in football again. He particularly praised Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey. "I think Eric Dungey is a very competitive, very, very tough guy at the quarterback position," Pasqualoni said. "And like every program, every football program in America, you need a good quarterback at this level and at that level, the Division I level, to win. And I think Eric Dungey gives them that and hope that they can be successful throughout the season."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions QB Matt Cassel tells me his mother-in-law is among the people who had to evacuate their homes over the past few days due to the fires in Southern California. He said he's knows at least 5-10 people who have been evacuated from their homes. "It's chaos so we've just been praying for everybody," Cassel said. "Got a lot of people displaced right now. It's just an unfortunate situation." Cassel said his mother-in-law is now further inland staying with family. No one he knows, to this point, has lost their home but a lot of people he knows are still at risk. "We're fortunate that nobody [we know] has lost their home, but unfortunately there are a lot of people out there that have," Cassel said. "So like I said, you just pray for them and hopefully the firemen and firewomen can all take care of it." The 36-year-old says he plans on offering assistance to try and help as they figure out and understand what will be needed.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Sam Martin said his hospital visit was "precautionary" because he was spitting up blood. Said he was checked out and everything is fine. He said he'll be fine for Sunday against Carolina. He was blocked from the side on a play.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have waived CB Lenzy Pipkins. Detroit has some injuries so need some roster space, between WR Marvin Jones, TE Michael Roberts and possibly P Sam Martin being banged up. That's in addition to CB Darius Slay and RG T.J. Lang, neither of whom played Sunday against Chicago.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia on Matthew Stafford possible regression: Says they all have to do a better job. Said he believes there are things Stafford wishes he could do better and that the Lions can always do better.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia on possible staff changes: "Not doing anything right now." Said he has "a lot of confidence" with everyone when it comes to play calling on offense, defense and special teams.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN Insider Adam Schefter is reporting Marvin Jones suffered a bone bruise but that his ACL and MCL are intact, which is good news for Detroit. Schefter is reporting that Jones is "day-to-day." It's still a blow to the Lions if Jones misses any time considering the team traded away Golden Tate a little under two weeks ago. So Detroit has now gone from one of the top receiving trios in the league to Kenny Golladay, veteran TJ Jones and either recently-signed Bruce Ellington or undrafted free agent Brandon Powell as their top three/four receivers if Marvin Jones is out. That's a much less experienced crew for Matthew Stafford to roll with.

Stafford believes in gameplan, just need to execute (0:20)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Kind of sums up the day for the Lions:

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Trubisky throws 3 TDs, Bears beat Lions 34-22

Mitchell Trubisky threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns, and the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions 34-22 to snap a 10-game losing streak against division opponents on Sunday.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Another week, another blowout. That's three straight double-digit losses for the Detroit Lions, each one looking worse than the last. Detroit never led in this and hardly even competed. The offense struggled to move until the score was out of hand. The defense couldn't stop Mitchell Trubisky (the Bears scored touchdowns on their first four drives) and had kicker Cody Parkey not missed two extra points and two field goals, Chicago could have reached 40 points instead of the misleading 34-22 score that was a much worse loss for the Lions than the score indicated. Everything went poorly for the Lions -- and with games against Carolina, the Bears again and then the Rams over the next three weeks it won't get any easier for Detroit until the middle of December.

Johnson gets Lions' offense going with leaping TD (0:19)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The first half Sunday between the Lions and Bears looked a lot like last week when Detroit played Minnesota. In other words -- not good. Not good at all. This, though, might have been worse than anything Detroit had put together this season to date. Detroit's offense was held to under 50 yards of offense before its final drive of the first half (which resulted in a touchdown) and its defense allowed touchdowns on the first four drives. There were missed communications, missed assignments and overall just poor play all around. Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky has a perfect passer rating in the first half and the Bears are averaging 9.0 yards per play. Just poor football all around.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

First two defensive drives for the Lions. Ezekiel Ansah stepped on the field twice -- both in third downs. First one was wiped out due to Devon Kennard's neutral zone infraction. Second one, with no pressure, Mitch Trubisky had time to find Allen Robinson for a 36-yard touchdown (where he beat DeShawn Shead fairly easily). Lions are getting shredded defensively, which has happened almost every other week, too.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

With Darius Slay out, Nevin Lawson and DeShawn Shead are lining up as the Lions' outside corners during warmups. Will be interesting to see if Lawson kicks inside in nickel situations or the Lions have to adapt. Could possibly see Quandre Diggs go down to the slot and then run Tavon Wilson and Glover Quin (or Tracy Walker) as safeties.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

WRs TJ Jones, Brandon Powell and...Marvin Jones all receiving punts during pregame warmups here for the Lions. TJ Jones and Powell are expected. Marvin Jones less so. But figure it'll again be TJ Jones or Powell doing punt (and probably kick) returns today for Detroit. It's definitely one area where the Lions have been hurt by injury since Jamal Agnew's knee forced him to injured reserve last month.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

With Luke Willson being down, could be a big opportunity for Michael Roberts. Should see even more playing time today. Roberts is the team's best stretch the field option at the tight end position.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions inactives: CB Darius Slay, RG T.J. Lang, LB Eli Harold, TE Luke Willson, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, WR Bruce Ellington, OL Andrew Donnal.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions downgrade LB Eli Harold to OUT for Sunday. He had been doubtful. This could mean that LB Kelvin Sheppard or DL Kerry Hyder ends up active against the Bears. Devon Kennard, though, remains the main edge rusher there though. That has three Lions starters/contributors out Sunday: Harold, CB Darius Slay and RG T.J. Lang.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

With Darius Slay and T.J. Lang out, figure that means a lot of Kenny Wiggins at RG and possibly a combination of Dashawn Shead and Teez Tabor at corner. Figure Nevin Lawson to play a more prominent outside role as well.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

No Darius Slay or T.J. Lang for the Lions against the Bears.

Team Stats

Passing Yards246.419th
Rushing Yards101.123rd
Points For22.420th
Points Against27.128th