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TIM AND MIKE: Week 11 observations

Quality wins: The Lions' strength of victory ranks third highest in the league. It's .522, and the five teams they've beaten have won 23 games. Ahead of them in strength of victory among teams with winning records are the New York Giants (.578 and 26 wins going into their Monday night game against the Bengals) and Falcons (.527 and 29 wins). – *Mike O'Hara


Strength of schedule: Detroit's remaining schedule is favorable. Four are at home and three on the road. Of the seven games left, only three are against opponents above .500 (Minnesota at home on Thanksgiving, at New York Giants and at Dallas on Monday Night Football Week 16). – Tim Twentyman

Punter duel: For the second time in three games, the Lions have a matchup of the league's top punters. Against Houston two weeks ago it was Sam Martin vs. veteran Shane Lecher. On Sunday, it's Martin vs. the Jaguars' Brad Nortman, and Martin has the advantage. In gross average, Martin ranks second at 49.8 yards per punt; Nortman is eighth at 47.3. In net average, Martin is No. 1 at 45.4 yards per punt; Nortman is 22nd at 39.7. – Mike O'Hara

Turning it over: The Jaguars have a ton of weapons on offense and rank eighth in total defense, which doesn't add up to their 2-7 record. The fact that Jacksonville has a minus-14 turnover differential - the worst in the league - explains their record. They've turned it over 19 times and have just five takeaways. They've failed to force a turnover in five straight games, which ties the NFL record since the merger (1970). Can the Lions get a few footballs to bounce their way Sunday? – Tim Twentyman

Props for Hyder: Kerry Hyder's seven sacks were enough for him to make the Pro Football Journal's All-Pro team for the first half of the season. Hyder is the only nonstarter on the team. He started two of the first nine games. – *Mike O'Hara


Healthy proposition: The bye week might have come at a perfect time for the Lions to heal up and potentially get a couple players back from injury. We'll see if Darius Slay returns after missing the last couple games with a hamstring injury. The week off certainly couldn't have hurt Ziggy Ansah, as he tries to get back to form coming off an ankle injury. And then there's linebacker DeAndre Levy, who hasn't played since Week 1 with quad and knee injuries. Will we see him back at practice this week? – Tim Twentyman

Jaguars, rally time: The Lions have won all five games with fourth-quarter comebacks, but they should be wary of the Jaguars in the fourth quarter. They've scored 87 points in the fourth quarter. It's by far their most productive quarter. They've scored 21 in the first quarter, 43 in the second and 27 in the third. – Mike O'Hara

Pick-6: Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles tossed another pick-6 against Houston last week, and now has an NFL-high nine pick-6's in his two-plus seasons under center for the Jags. – Tim Twentyman

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