Matt Ryan has dominated the Lions over the years, but 2014 could finally be the time that Detroit shuts him down as the Lions and Falcons do battle in London Sunday.
Ryan is 3-0 against the Lions with a 108.5 rating, but the Falcons are reeling at 2-5, and the Lions are sky-high after their comeback win over the Saints last Sunday.
“I think you learn a little bit about your team as you go, I really do,” coach Jim Caldwell told the Lions’ official website. “This is the first one that we’ve had like this one, you know, to have really come from behind and get it done with some big plays.”
Look for a Lions defense that is surrendering an NFL-low 290.3 yards per game and ranks second in points allowed with 15.0, try to carry the team to their 6th win of the season over the reeling Falcons, who have lost four in a row.
The Lions have had good play from QB Matthew Stafford. Last week Stafford finished 27 of 40 for 299 yards with two TDs and two interceptions, finding Golden Tate 10 times for 154 yards and a score.
While Tate stepped up with Calvin Johnson injured, the offense hasn’t been the same. The Lions beat the New York Giants 35-14 in their season opener but have since averaged 17.5 points over their last six games.
The Lions are hoping to get their ground game going after averaging 82.4 rushing yards, the NFL’s second-worst mark.
“It’s really close,” fellow back Joique Bell said. “If you look at it on film, it’s just one glitch that keeps us from having that explosive run, which is going to lead to more. We’re right there, we just need to get over that hump.”
Look for a big day on the ground for the Lions, as Atlanta is allowing an average of 137.7 yards and a league-worst 13 TDs on the ground.
Atlanta, which has lost six straight and 11 of 12 away from the Georgia Dome, also has plenty to clean up offensively after averaging 17.0 points during a four-game losing streak.
The numbers don’t lie, and it all should add up to a huge win overseas for the Lions Sunday.
Detroit 27 Falcons 14