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Lions, Jets staffs to coach Senior Bowl teams

Coaching staffs for the Detroit Lions and New York Jets accepted the 2022 Senior Bowl coaching assignment on Tuesday.

Practices for the two all-star teams are scheduled to begin Feb. 1, with the nationally televised game to cap the week on Feb. 5.

The Lions own the No. 2 pick in the draft, in addition to a first-round selection from the Los Angeles Rams acquired in the Matthew Stafford trade.

The Jets picked second in 2021 and drafted BYU quarterback Zach Wilson. New York holds five of the top 69 selections in the 2022 draft, and the Jets have a pair of top-10 picks. The fourth pick is the team’s original selection and they added Seattle’s first-round pick — No. 10 — in exchange for sending Jamal Adams to the Seahawks.

The 2022 draft is scheduled to be held April 28-30 in Las Vegas.

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Jaguars clinch No. 1 pick in 2022 NFL Draft

The Jacksonville Jaguars own the first overall pick in the NFL draft for the second year in a row.

The Jaguars wrapped up the 2021 season Sunday at 3-14, the worst record in the league, earning the No. 1 selection in 2022 after they chose Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence first overall last spring.

Jacksonville earned a surprising 26-11 home win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. But the Jaguars’ sole competitors for the No. 1 pick, the Detroit Lions, also won in a 37-30 upset over the Green Bay Packers. That moved the Lions to 3-13-1 on the year and locked them into the No. 2 pick.

The Jaguars saw out a tumultuous season that included the firing of coach Urban Meyer after just 13 games following several embarrassing episodes and an accusation of kicking former player Josh Lambo.

The first 18 picks of the draft will be settled by the end of Sunday night’s game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers. The order of the non-playoff-bound teams will be determined by then, while the order of the 14 playoff teams will be sorted out based on how far they make it into the postseason.

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Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn talks with QB Jared Goff during a team practice at Ford Field on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021.

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Report: Lions to part ways with OC Anthony Lynn

The Detroit Lions are expected to part ways with offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn following Sunday’s home game against the Green Bay Packers, NFL Network reported.

Lynn, 53, was stripped of play-calling duties in November after the Lions limped to an 0-8-1 start to the season. Detroit entered Week 18 ranked 22nd in total offense (317.5 yards per game) and 28th in scoring offense (18.0 points).

Lynn joined the Lions in January 2021 after posting a 33-31 record during his four seasons as the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Lynn served as the offensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills prior to his stint with the Chargers.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, January 2, 2022, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Packers coach Matt LaFleur expects to play starters vs. Lions

The prevailing question regarding the Green Bay Packers this week is simple: Will coach Matt LaFleur play his starters, including Aaron Rodgers?

The Packers locked up the top seed and home-field advantage for the NFC playoffs by defeating the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. They’ll travel to Detroit for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Lions with nothing on the line.

Don’t tell that to LaFleur.

“I have a hard time going into any game saying it doesn’t mean anything,” LaFleur said. “Every time you go out there, you try to perform your best. All of our guys who are playing, which is the majority of our team, they’ve got to go in with the mindset that they’re going to play the entire game.”

Rodgers, the favorite to win the Most Valuable Player award, has been hobbled by a toe injury for weeks, but it hasn’t affected his performance. He’s thrown 18 touchdown passes without an interception over the past six games. He threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings, while AJ Dillon added two rushing touchdowns in the 37-10 victory over the Vikings.

The Packers (13-3) carry a five-game winning streak into Detroit.

LaFleur said his decisions if and when to pull starters will be a “feel-type thing rather than having a concrete plan.” He doesn’t want to treat it like an exhibition game.

“I have a hard time operating like that when it’s the regular season,” he said.

With the revamped playoff structure, Green Bay will be the only NFC team with a bye. LaFleur will have to balance the potential for injury with the team having to scrape off rust during the conference semifinals.

“We’re going to Detroit to win a football game,” LaFleur said. “We know Detroit has been really tough in their last two home games. They beat Minnesota right at the end of the game, and they put a pounding on Arizona, and it’s no secret as to why. When you put on the film and watch these guys play, they play very physical, and they play very hard, and we know they’re going to do that for four quarters.”

Rodgers threw four touchdowns in Green Bay’s 35-17 win over the Lions in September. Detroit has lost its last two games, both on the road, with No. 1 quarterback Jared Goff sidelined first by a COVID positive test and then by a knee injury.

The Seattle Seahawks thumped the Lions 51-29 on Sunday. Goff’s replacement, former Packer Tim Boyle, threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns but was also picked off three times.

Goff, who was limited in practice on Wednesday, is questionable to play on Sunday.

“It’s progressing,” Goff said of his left knee. “I hope to play. We’ll see how the week goes, but I don’t know the answer until probably later in the week.”

Goff said the Lions (2-13-1), who already have clinched a top-two pick in the draft, would like to end the season on a high note.

“Who knows what they’re going to do with their starters or what not,” Goff said. “But by all accounts, they’re the top team in the league right now, and if we’re able to play a good game and come out with a win, it’d be pretty special to finish the season that way, and that’s how we’re looking at it.”

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Jan 2, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) runs for yards after the catch against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Rashaad Penny (170 yards) helps Seahawks top Lions

Rashaad Penny rushed for a career-high 170 yards and DK Metcalf made three touchdown receptions as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the visiting Detroit Lions 51-29 Sunday.

Russell Wilson, playing in a rare meaningless game in his 10-year NFL career, completed 20 of 29 passes for 236 yards and four scores for the Seahawks (6-10). His TD total included a 1-yard TD pass to Tyler Lockett.

Detroit’s Tim Boyle made his second consecutive start for the injured Jared Goff (knee) at quarterback. Boyle was 22-of-37 passing for 262 yards and two touchdowns, with three interceptions.

The Lions (2-13-1) hoped to get a boost from the return of D’Andre Swift, who hadn’t played since Thanksgiving Day because of a shoulder injury, but he rushed just four times for 32 yards as his team was forced to play catch-up.

Trailing 31-7 at the half, the Lions turned over the ball on their first play of the third quarter. Boyle fumbled the snap and then hastily threw a ball intercepted by Seattle’s D.J. Reed.

Penny rushed for 8 yards on first down and Wilson hit Metcalf on the next play with a 13-yard scoring strike.

The injury-prone Penny, a 2018 first-round pick who will be a free agent in the offseason, set his previous best Dec. 12 with 137 yards at Houston. He rushed for 135 last week against Chicago.

He eclipsed both of those by halftime Sunday, as he rushed for 144 yards and scored from 15 and 6 yards.

Boyle hit Amon-Ra St. Brown with a 7-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion with 10:14 left in the third quarter to make it 38-15 Seattle.

The Lions recovered the onside kick and marched for another touchdown, with Boyle throwing 6 yards to offensive tackle Taylor Decker to make the score 38-22.

But that was as close as the Lions would get.

Detroit’s lone touchdown in the first half came on a 26-yard run by St. Brown, who lined up in the backfield. A 47-yard kickoff return by Godwin Igwebuike set up the score.

The Lions’ lone score in the fourth quarter came on a 1-yard run by Jamaal Williams with 7:04 to play.

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, who entered the game as the league’s leading tackler, suffered a knee injury on Detroit’s first drive and didn’t return.

The Seahawks’ Jason Myers kicked three field goals — from 51, 36 and 42 yards.

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Dec 19, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Lions QB Jared Goff doubtful vs. Seahawks

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff is doubtful to play Sunday at Seattle due to a knee injury, coach Dan Campbell told reporters Friday.

Goff missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and Tim Boyle is expected to start in his place when the Lions (2-12-1) visit the Seahawks (5-10).

It would be the second straight start and third of the season for Boyle, who led the team last week in a 20-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons while Goff was on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

In his first season in Detroit, the 27-year-old Goff is completing 67 percent of his passes for 3,007 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He said earlier this week that he has a knee strain.

Boyle, 27, is 0-2 as a starter. On the season, he has completed 39 of 57 pass attempts for 264 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions. He also started the Week 11 loss to the Cleveland Browns when Goff sat out with an oblique injury.

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Dec 21, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks move closer to end of era with matchup vs. Lions

In the decade-long Russell Wilson-Bobby Wagner era in Seattle, the Seahawks have played just one meaningless regular-season game.

No. 2 comes Sunday when the Seahawks play host to the Detroit Lions (2-12-1).

The Seahawks (5-10) were eliminated from postseason contention with last week’s 25-24 loss to the Chicago Bears.

They’d already clinched their first losing season in a decade, leaving the futures of Wilson and Wagner in doubt.

There was some talk about moving Wilson last offseason, but he remained and has had a subpar year, including missing the first three games of his career following finger surgery.

Wagner hasn’t slowed a bit. The linebacker leads the NFL with a franchise-record 170 tackles. With five tackles Sunday against Detroit, he would have the most tackles of any player in a season since 2000.

“You think about what the next year looks like … what the future holds because this was a season that I don’t think we all planned for,” said Wagner, who has one year remaining on his deal and is set to count $20.35 million against the Seahawks’ salary cap next season. “And so obviously there’s going to be some changes. And whether or not I’m part of those changes, I don’t know. But all I can control is these last two games. And you know, figure it out from there, whatever the team thinks is the best thing to do moving forward. We’ll see how that plays out.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called Wagner “the standard” by which current middle linebackers are judged.

“To find a guy with this kind of consistency, character, and the constitution of how he does his work, how he handles his business, everybody wants that guy,” Carroll said. “If nothing else, he does make a statement for the model of what you are looking for. He really is a tremendous team player in all ways.”

The Lions could be without quarterback Jared Goff again Sunday.

He missed last weekend’s 20-16 loss at Atlanta while on the COVID-19 list, from which he was activated Monday.

But Goff has also been dealing with a knee injury suffered Week 15 in a 30-12 victory against Arizona.

“Yeah, it’s still there,” Goff said of the knee ailment after sitting out practice Wednesday. “We’re still dealing with it. It’s day-by-day, but it’s still there. I still feel it and working through it.”

If Goff can’t go, backup Tim Boyle would get a second consecutive start. Boyle was 24-of-34 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta but threw a game-ending interception from the Falcons’ 9-yard line.

The Lions expect to have leading rusher D’Andre Swift back Sunday after he’s missed the past month with a shoulder injury.

“We feel like he’s going to be ready this week, and he’s been wanting to go,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said. “So I think we feel like we’re in a place where, let’s go and cut him loose and let’s let him continue to grow and get better. That way we go into next year, he’s that much better for it.”

Goff and fullback Jason Cabinda (knee) have missed practice time this week.

The Seahawks have worked out without wide receiver DK Metcalf (foot), guard Gabe Jackson (knee), offensive tackle Brandon Shell (shoulder) and defensive tackles Poona Ford (concussion) and Al Woods (shoulder).

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Dec 19, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws the ball deep against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Lions QB Jared Goff cleared from COVID list

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff was activated Monday off the reserve/COVID-19 list after missing one game.

The Lions lost Sunday to the Atlanta Falcons behind replacement starter Tim Boyle, who threw for 187 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the 20-16 defeat.

Goff, 27, was placed on the COVID list Dec. 20. He is expected to start this Sunday when the Lions (2-12-1) visit the Seattle Seahawks (5-10).

In his first season in Detroit, Goff is completing 67 percent of his passes for 3,007 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

The Lions placed wide receiver Josh Reynolds on the COVID list Monday. Reynolds has 28 catches for 385 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games this season with the Tennessee Titans and Rams.

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Dec 26, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (14) scores a touchdown after making a catch against Atlanta Falcons safety Richie Grant (27) and inside linebacker Foye Oluokun (54) as Detroit Lions wide receiver Kalif Raymond (11) helps during the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Ryan, Falcons hang on to top Lions

Matt Ryan passed for 215 yards and a touchdown and the host Atlanta Falcons topped the Detroit Lions 20-16 on Sunday.

Cordarrelle Patterson had a rushing touchdown for Atlanta (7-8) and Kyle Pitts caught six passes for 102 yards. Linebacker Foyesade Oluokun clinched the win with an interception in the final minute.

Amon-Ra St. Brown caught nine passes for 91 yards and scored the lone touchdown for the Lions (2-12-1), who had won two of their last three games.

Jared Goff, the Lions’ usual starting quarterback, missed the game after testing positive for COVID-19. Tim Boyle got the start and passed for 187 yards and a touchdown but also threw the costly interception. Jamaal Williams rushed for 77 yards on 19 carries.

The Lions scored first on a 26-yard Riley Patterson field goal. Atlanta had a nine-play, 54-yard drive early in the second quarter, which Patterson capped off with a 6-yard run. The touchdown came on a fourth-and-1 situation.

Detroit answered with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that was extended by a fake punt. KhaDarel Dodge caught a 21-yard pass from punter Jack Fox. That set up Boyle’s 20-yard scoring pass to St. Brown.

The Falcons knotted the game on their next possession with Younghoe Koo’s 53-yard field goal, and the game was tied at 10 apiece at halftime.

Koo’s 48-yard field goal gave Atlanta a 13-10 lead early in the third quarter. Pitts had a 35-yard reception during that drive.

Patterson drilled a 37-yard field goal with 3:06 remaining in the third to tie it once again.

The Falcons grabbed the lead on Ryan’s 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hayden Hurst. The 10-play, 71-yard drive was set up by Ryan’s 19-yard pass to Pitts.

Patterson made a 26-yard field goal with 2:38 left to pull Detroit within four points.

Atlanta receiver Russell Gage fumbled the ball away at his own 37 with over two minutes remaining, giving the Lions a chance to win it. But after the Lions drove inside the 10, Oluokun picked off Boyle’s pass attempt with 33 seconds left.

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Dec 19, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Lions QB Jared Goff ‘highly unlikely’ to play against Falcons

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff is “highly unlikely” to play Sunday due to COVID-19, coach Dan Campbell said Friday.

Goff reported symptoms to the team and tested positive the virus. The team placed him on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday.

Goff, 27, had his best performance of the season in a surprise 30-12 win over the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. He completed 21 of 26 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns, which was good for a season-high 139.7 passer rating.

On the season, Goff has completed 67.0 percent of his passes for 3,007 yards and 17 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

The Lions (2-11-1) will visit the Atlanta Falcons (6-8) on Sunday.

If Goff is unavailable, Detroit could turn to backup signal-caller Tim Boyle for his second start of the season. Boyle completed 15 of 23 passes for 77 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in a 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 21.

Earlier this week, Campbell was noncommittal about whether Boyle or David Blough would start if Goff were unavailable, but he said Boyle had taken most of the scout team reps over the past month.

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