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WEEK IN REVIEW: Lions riding high into the bye

Posted Nov 2, 2013

A down-to-the-wire victory over the Dallas Cowboys was the perfect way to cap off the first half of the season

It couldn't have been drawn up any better.

Not only did the Lions improve to 5-3 heading into the bye, they did it in come-from-behind, record-setting fashion.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week and Offensive Player of the Month for his performances against Cincinnati and Dallas.

Against the Cowboys, Johnson's 329 receiving yards were the most ever in regulation.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 488 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard sneak that was truly sneaky ... even his teammates didn't know he was going to jump for the score.

What may have been lost this week was a strong defensive performance by the Lions.

Though they made two mistakes that, unfortunately, resulted in long touchdowns, they successfully contained receiver Dez Bryant (2 catches for 22 yards aside from a 50-yard touchdown on one of those mistakes) and tight end Jason Witten (2 catches for 15 yards).

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