The Carolina Panthers and the Detroit Lions will clash in a big Week 5 game in the 2017 NFL regular season on Sunday as both teams look to claim their fourth win of the season so far. The game has a scheduled start time of 1 p.m. ET and takes place at Ford Field in Detroit. The game can be watched on TV on the Fox network or online through live stream (details below).
TV: Fox (Channel 2 in Detroit).
Radio: WJR-AM (760; other radio affiliates).
Line: Lions by 3.
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Kickoff weather forecast: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees (Ford Field is a domed stadium).
Game notes from Associated Press: The Panthers and Lions are tied atop divisions and among six NFC teams with 3-1 records. … Ameer Abdullah had career-high 94 yards rushing against Minnesota and 109 yards of offense, trailing only his 120-yard game last year against Indianapolis. … Matt Prater is the first NFL kicker with five field goals of 55 yards or longer in single season. … QB Cam Newton won franchise-record 54th game last week against Patriots. Newton was 22 for 29 for 316 yards with three TDs, one INT and ran for score to extend NFL QB record with 50 rushing TDs.
Both teams are on 3-1 coming into today’s game, but both have serious fights on their hands in their respective divisions.
No team has a negative record in the highly competitive NFC South, and the Carolina Panthers are locked at the top alongside the 3-1 Atlanta Falcons. Below them are the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are both on 2-2.
Meanwhile, things are not too much different in the NFC North for the Detroit Lions. Despite being on 3-1 they are only good enough for a share of the top spot in the division with the Green Bay Packers. The Minnesota Vikings are biting at their heels on 2-2, and the Chicago Bears are struggling in the basement on 1-3. Overall that means the Lions have little to no room to breathe at the top of the division, which applies added pressure to this huge game today.
Quarterbacks Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford have almost an identical number of yards under their belt through the opening four weeks of the season, with Newton throwing for 882 yards, and Stafford throwing for 887 yards.
The two teams are also evenly matched in the air, with the Panthers averaging 202.2 yards on pass so far this season, where as the Lions are marginally ahead by less than a yard more, with 202.8 yards on average per game on the pass.
Earlier this week on NFL Thursday Night Football, the New England Patriots won a tight game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get themselves back to a winning record.
Things were close, however, and the Buccaneers were pushing in the fourth, but ultimately came up short to ensure the Patriots would claim a confidence boosting road win and move to 3-2.
The game came down to the final play, but once the dust settles the Patriots will be satisfied as a win is a win, and the game also saw quarterback Tom Brady tie Peyton Manning and Brett Favre for the most season wins by a quarterback with 186 victories.
Brady had a tough night, but still came up with some good stats. Despite throwing an interception, and losing a fumble, as well as getting hit all night, he managed to complete 30 of 40 passes for 303 yards and a touchdown.
As for the Buccaneers they will be disappointed having fallen just short of completing their comeback. Had quarterback Jameis Winston’s final pass to OJ Howard been on target they would have stolen the win from the Patriots. Winston finished the game with 334 yards, completing 26 throws from 46 attempts.
The Buccaneers will also be looking at kicker Nick Folk, who missed three field goals, as a reason they came up short.
Meanwhile, today’s big game between the Carolina Panthers and the Detroit Lions has a scheduled start time of 1 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox network, or online through live stream by clicking here.