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Stafford overcomes mistakes to help Lions top Chargers 13-10

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By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

Players: Matt Prater, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, Marvin Jones, Keenan Allen, Ty Long, Jesse James, Kenny Golladay, Michael Badgley, Kerryon Johnson

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) walks off the field in the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Detroit won 13-10. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn, left, and Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia talk after an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Detroit won 13-10. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)


Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (23) celebrates his interception against the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)


Los Angeles Chargers punter Ty Long (1) reacts to missing a field goal as Detroit Lions defensive back Dee Virgin (30) reacts in the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson (22) runs the ball as Detroit Lions outside linebacker Christian Jones (52) defends in the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)


Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws in the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) and Isaac Rochell (98) celebrate in the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater (5) reacts to missing an extra point in the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Brandon Facyson (28) brings Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) down after a reception in the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) scores on a one-yard touchdown run in the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first half an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)


Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers throws in the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


DETROIT (AP) Matthew Stafford and Darius Slay had a lot to do with the Los Angeles Chargers leading the Lions for three-plus quarters.

And, both players bounced back in the final minutes to lift Detroit to a 13-10 victory Sunday.

Stafford threw a go-ahead, 31-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay midway through the fourth quarter and Slay made an interception in the end zone with 1:03 left.

Detroit (1-0-1) overcame Stafford's two interceptions, Slay getting outplayed by Keenan Allen and Matt Prater missing an extra point and a field goal.

''I'm doing this team a disservice if I shut down after two picks,'' Stafford said.

The Chargers (1-1) were in a position to attempt a 45-yard field goal to tie the game, but Philip Rivers tried to force a pass to Allen and Slay picked it off.

Allen had his way with Slay for much of the day, making eight catches for 98 yards.

''I feel like I was putting on a clinic and then to come down to the last play and he makes a play,'' Allen said.

The Lions failed to make plays on both sides of the ball in the opener, blowing an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter and settling for a tie at Arizona. Stafford converted a third-down pass to Jesse James with just under a minute left - a week after a timeout was called just before Stafford completed a pass that could've sealed a win over the Cardinals.

During much of Detroit's home-opening game, though, it looked as though the franchise would have to wait at least another week to earn a win.

Austin Ekeler leaped over the goal line for a 1-yard TD on the Chargers' second drive.

Detroit scored a TD on the ensuing possession with a screen pass that Kerryon Johnson bobbled before securing and sprinting for a 36-yard reception, but Prater muted some of the cheers by missing an extra point to the left. Prater also missed a 40-yard field goal to the right in the second quarter.

The Chargers went from their 3 to the Detroit 21 in 1:16, setting up Ty Long's 39-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to give them a 10-6 lead.

Stafford threw a long pass up for grabs in the end zone early in the third quarter and cornerback Casey Hayward came down with it. Stafford had thrown 181 passes without an interception, which was the NFL's longest active streak.

The Chargers had two TDs negated by flags on the next drive and a penalty by Detroit gave Los Angeles the ball at the 1. Ekeler tried to dive into the end zone again for a score, but rookie Jahlani Tavai forced him to fumble and linebacker Devon Kennard recovered it.

Los Angeles got in position to score again in the third, but Long missed a 39-yard field goal by hitting the left upright. The punter was filling in for kicker Michael Badgley, who missed a second straight game with a groin injury.

Stafford helped the Chargers keep their lead on the next possession, trying to force a deep pass to Marvin Jones and getting it easily picked off by safety Rayshawn Jenkins.

''I felt like that third quarter, it was right there for us to blow the doors off,'' Rivers said. ''And then we kept letting it stay at 10-6.''

Los Angeles opted to attempt a 41-yard kick instead of going for it on fourth-and-1 at the Detroit 23 and Long couldn't convert on the field goal early in the fourth quarter.

Detroit coach Matt Patricia chose to pass, instead of kick, on a fourth-and-1 on the ensuing drive and Stafford converted on a pass to Jones to set up his go-ahead throw to Golladay on the next snap.

''That was a laser,'' Patricia said, reflecting on Stafford's throw to Jones. ''I don't know if Marvin caught it or if it just stuck in his chest.''

RARE RUN

Rivers converted a third-and-10 with a 12-yard run early in the next drive for his longest run since the 2014 season before getting picked off.

HE SAID IT

''There's a lot of bad football in September,'' Patricia said.

THE NUMBERS

Chargers: Rivers was 21 of 36 for 293 yards and an interception. Ekeler finished with 67 yards receiving and 66 yards rushing for his second straight game with 100-plus yards from scrimmage.

Lions: Stafford was 22 of 30 for 245 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. Golladay had eight receptions for 117 yards. Johnson had 88 yards from scrimmage.

INJURIES

Chargers: CB Michael Davis (hamstring) was inactive. S Adrian Phillips left early in the fourth quarter with a forearm injury.

Lions: OT Taylor Decker (back) and LB Jarrad Davis (ankle) were inactive.

UP NEXT

Chargers: Host Houston on Sunday.

Lions: Play at Philadelphia on Sunday.

Player Notes
Stephone Anthony Oct 23 3:23pm ET

Free-agent LB Stephone Anthony (Saints), TE Jason Vander Laan (Patriots) and S Trae Elston (Eagles) were signed by the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, Oct. 23.

From TheHuddle

Sterling Shepard Oct 23 3:13pm ET

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Spin: Shepard is coming off his second concussion of the season, so the team will be cautious with him. Fantasy players will know more about his status later in the week. Shepard can be a flex option if he is cleared to play.

From TheHuddle

Saquon Barkley Oct 23 3:13pm ET

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Spin: Barkley probably will be limited over the next several weeks because of his ankle but should be available to play in Week 8. He is a must-start option in all leagues.

From TheHuddle

Baker Mayfield Oct 23 3:13pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (hip) said Wednesday, Oct. 23, his injured hip feels good and he's good to go for the Week 7 game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 27.

Fantasy Spin: Mayfield never really seemed to be at risk of missing time but it's reassuring he'll be able to get in a week of practices following the team's Week 7 bye. Unfortunately, he has the league's toughest matchup this week against the New England Patriots and should be benched in all formats.

From TheHuddle

Saquon Barkley Oct 23 3:10pm ET

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley's matchup on Sunday is tougher than it looks at first glance. On the season, the Lions allow the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs; however, a lot of that has to do with an earlier injury to defensive tackle Damon Harrison. Over the last three games, the Lions held the Chiefs running backs to 21 points and the Packers running backs to 23 points, before breaking against Dalvin Cook last week. With the Lions trading their defensive captain, safety Quandre Diggs, and star cornerback Darius Slay expected to miss this game, the Giants may go to a pass-heavy approach, and they haven't been including Barkley in the passing game as much as they did last year. Barkley is still an elite play in season-long leagues, but this might not be the blow-up spot that everybody expects.

From RotoBaller

Case Keenum Oct 23 2:53pm ET

Washington Redskins QB Case Keenum (foot, shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 8.

Fantasy Spin: Keenum is facing another tough defense this week and probably should be avoided in most fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Josh Norman Oct 23 2:53pm ET

Washington Redskins S Deshazor Everett (ankle), LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (hamstring) and OG Wes Martin (chest) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and have been ruled out for Week 8. CB Josh Norman (hand, thigh) and FS Montae Nicholson (ankle) missed practice and are listed as questionable. WR Steven Sims (toe) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. LB Ryan Kerrigan (elbow) fully participated in practice and is not on the injury report.

From TheHuddle

Adam Thielen Oct 23 2:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) has been ruled out of his team's Thursday night game against Washington. Thielen injured his hamstring while making a diving touchdown catch during Week 7. There was some optimism that Thielen would be able to suit up on Thursday but the team instead will pay it safe with their star receiver. Considering how poorly Washington has played this season, the Vikings can probably manage without him. Rookie wideout Olabisi Johnson will step in as the team's No. 2 receiver behind Stefon Diggs. Johnson makes for an interesting dart throw in DFS tournaments on Thursday evening. Thielen's fantasy owners can tentatively expect him back for his Week 9 road showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.

From RotoBaller

Chris Thompson Oct 23 2:43pm ET

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (toe) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and has been ruled out for Week 8.

Fantasy Spin: Wendell Smallwood will continue to fill in for Thompson in the offense and could receive even a bigger role if Adrian Peterson is not able to play. Smallwood probably can be avoided in most leagues if Peterson is active for the game.

From TheHuddle

Vernon Davis Oct 23 2:43pm ET

Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis (concussion) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, but has been ruled out for Week 8.

Fantasy Spin: Jeremy Sprinkle likely will receive another start at tight end with Davis sidelined but should not be a starting option in any fantasy league.

From TheHuddle

Adrian Peterson Oct 23 2:43pm ET

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 8.

Fantasy Spin: Peterson is optimistic about his availability for Week 8, but fantasy players will need to check the inactive list for his official status. He will be a risky option if he is active and may only be a flex option in certain leagues.

From TheHuddle

Kyle Rudolph Oct 23 2:33pm ET

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (thumb) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 8.

Fantasy Spin: Rudolph may see a few more targets this week with Adam Thielen out and can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Everson Griffen Oct 23 2:33pm ET

Minnesota Vikings DT Jalyn Holmes (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 8. DE Everson Griffen (quadriceps), DT Linval Joseph (knee), DT Hercules Mata'afa (neck), CB Xavier Rhodes (hip), OT Riley Reiff (ankle), LB Eric Kendricks (hip), LB Ben Gedeon (concussion), OG Josh Kline (foot) and DT Shamar Stephen (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

From TheHuddle

Adam Thielen Oct 23 2:23pm ET

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and has been ruled out for Week 8.

Fantasy Spin: Thielen did not have enough time to recover from the injury but may have a chance to play in Week 9. Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph will be the main options in the passing game and should be starting options in fantasy, but Olabisi Johnson should also receive a bigger role and could be a flex option in some leagues.

From TheHuddle

Marcell Dareus Oct 23 2:13pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars DT Marcell Dareus (core) is scheduled to meet with a specialist to see if he will need surgery on his core muscle injury, according to a source. Dareus likely will be sidelined for four to six weeks if he needs surgery.

From TheHuddle

Nick Foles Oct 23 2:13pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles (collarbone) is expected to be a limited participant during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23. He is expected to be activated from the Reserve/Injured list in time for the Week 11 game.

Fantasy Spin: Gardner Minshew will be the starting quarterback for a few more games, but it is not known if Minshew or Foles will be the starter when both are healthy. Fantasy players should monitor the situation because the team's starting quarterback will have fantasy value.

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David Johnson Oct 23 2:10pm ET

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (ankle) won't practice Wednesday, but the team wants to see where he's at by the end of the week. The team signed running backs Zach Zenner and Alfred Morris for depth, but Johnson still has a chance to play. The breakout of running back Chase Edmonds doesn't give them any urgency to run Johnson out there. Edmonds is averaging 5.6 yards per carry, and he went off last week with 27 carries for 126 yards and three touchdowns against a weaker opponent. The New Orleans Saints are a tougher matchup. If Johnson is able to play, he'll be a high-end RB2, and Edmonds would fall to flex status. Conversely, if Johnson is out, Edmonds is the high-end RB2.

From RotoBaller

Patrick Mahomes Oct 23 1:53pm ET

Updating an earlier report, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (knee) will throw the ball today at practice, and they'll see if he can make it through the individual period.

Fantasy Spin: We'll need to see more to believe he's going to play this weekend. Obviously, he should be in your lineups if he goes.

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David Johnson Oct 23 1:43pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) is out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Spin: The team signed Zach Zenner and Alfred Morris to shore up their depleted backfield, but Johnson has a chance to play. However, it's trending toward Chase Edmonds being an RB2 against the New Orleans Saints.

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Patrick Mahomes Oct 23 1:23pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (knee) will practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, but QB Matt Moore will take the majority of team repetitions. Head coach Andy Reid didn't rule out Mahomes playing in Week 8.

Fantasy Spin: We'd put Mahomes on the wrong side of questionable this week and look toward other options. Moore isn't worth consideration unless you play two quarterbacks.

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