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TIM AND MIKE: Week 10 observations

High Six, Andre Roberts: As the No. 4 receiver, Roberts doesn't get many balls thrown his way. He has only six catches, but they've all been big ones. No. 5 was a 27-yard gain against the Vikings that set up Matt Prater's game-tying field goal. On the five others, he had a touchdown and three that set up scores – including Anquan Boldin's game-winning catch against Washington. The other was an eight-yard catch against the Bears that made no impact – but an 85-yard punt return for a TD in the last two minutes gave the Lions a chance to win or tie. – *Mike O'Hara


Knowing the situation: The Lions are the only team in NFL history that have had all of their first nine games of the season decided by a touchdown or less. So it's no surprise offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter dialed up that Roberts play for a situation in which he'd need a chunk play of 30 to 40 yards. Trips right with all three receivers running in routes at varying depths against zone coverage designed to protect the sideline. Genius call by Cooter. – Tim Twentyman

Big Four, Matt Prater: He has made all four field-goal attempts from 50 yards or longer this year. He was good from 53 and 58 yards against the Vikings. He also made a 47-yarder, which made the average distance of his three field goals 52.67 yards. – Mike O'Hara

Lobbying his case: Jim Caldwell lobbied for two seconds to be added to the clock after he tried calling timeout after Stefon Diggs picked up a fourth-and-4 with 1:13 remaining in Sunday's win in Minnesota. The clock ticked to 1:11 before it finally stopped. Caldwell successfully petitioned the officials to restore the time on the clock, and it proved to be the difference in the game as Matt Prater kicked the game-tying field goal at the end of regulation with two seconds left on the clock. – Tim Twentyman

Tackling machine: Middle linebacker Tahir Whitehead is responsible for one statistic where the Lions rank high on defense. After Sunday's game he ranked second in the league in tackles with 86. Whitehead has played every defensive snap. – Mike O'Hara

Bynes impact: Bynes had six tackles against the Vikings and made the stop on the Vikings' fourth-down try late in the game at the Lions 5-yard line. He knows the scheme and he triggers fast. Expect him to get better and better every week after sitting out the first seven weeks of the season. – *Tim Twentyman


Trailers: Not talking movies here, but fourth-quarter deficits. Only two teams have been behind in the fourth quarter in all nine games -- the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. The difference is that the Browns often have been too far behind to come back. That's one reason they're 0-9. The Lions have come back to win five games and make their record 5-4. – Mike O'Hara

Peek ahead: I know the Lions are on the bye this week, but it's still not too early to look ahead to the next opponent, Jacksonville, at Ford Field Nov. 20. The talent Jacksonville has at the skill positions jumps out right away. They have three receivers – Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns – who all have at least 30 catches and 400 receiving yards on the year. – Tim Twentyman

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