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(AP) — Lions rallied for their first preseason victory under coach Matt Patricia, leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a loss that didn’t feel like a loss.“They keep score, so you want to win the game,” Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. “But our first two groups played well. … We’ve just got to finish the game a little better.”Brandon Powell scored on an 80-yard punt return and Jake Rudock threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Lucas with 30 seconds remaining to give the Lions a 33-30 victory Friday night.Detroit (1-2) rallied from a 21-point third-quarter deficit, after Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and regulars from both teams departed.Theo Riddick scored on a 10-yard run and Matt Cassel threw a 3-yard TD pass to Bradley Marquez to begin the comeback.Adam Humphries returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown for Tampa Bay, which led 20-6 at halftime and extended the lead to three touchdowns early in the third quarter.“I think our guys know we’re making progress as a football team,” said Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, who’s encouraged by the way his offense has performed in the preseason. “We’re executing at a pretty high level. … That starts with the quarterbacks.”Ryan Fitzpatrick was sharp in what may have been his final tuneup for the regular season, which the Bucs will begin in two weeks without suspended quarterback Jameis Winston, who’s banned three games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.Fitzpatrick, entering his 14th season, went 6 for 7 for 82 yards before he was replaced by Winston early in the second quarter. Winston also worked one quarter, throwing a 10-yard TD pass to Chris Godwin and finishing 6 of 10 for 60 yards with no interceptions.Stafford played into the third quarter for the Lions, producing a pair of field goals in his most extensive work of the preseason. The 10th-year pro, who completed 9 of 18 passes for 113 yards, moved the Lions 69 yards in 10 plays to set up Matt Prater’s 24-yard field goal. He put together a 13-play, 90-yard drive to produce another short field goal.“I felt pretty good out there. I felt like I was seeing it well,” Stafford said. “Obviously, every time I go play I want one or two back, and today was no different.”BIG RETURNHumphries’ field goal return came on Prater’s 62-yard miss on the final play on the first half. He started up the middle of the field, cut to the right to avoid a potential tackler before turningback to his left and racing toward midfield Michael Jordan Jersey , where he cut to his right again and into the clear.“I knew it was going to be short and I knew there was an opportunity to return it.,” Humphries said. “We actually repped that in practice about 2 1-2 weeks ago. So, I’m glad coach Koetter called a timeout and was able to get me in there, and the defense did a great job blocking for me.”BACKUP QBsBucs third-string quarterback Ryan Griffin, who’ll back up Fitzpatrick during Winston’s suspension, threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Martino in the third quarter. The fifth-year pro who’s never taken a snap in a regular-season game finished 8 of 11 for 100 yards and no interceptions.Cassel was seven of 11 for 60 yards for the Lions.WEATHER DELAYThe start of the game was delayed 59 minutes because of lightning and heavy rain. Players left the field and fans were directed to seek cover in concourses, ramps and club seat dining areas at Raymond James Stadium about 40 minutes before the scheduled 8 p.m. kickoff. When the storm cleared, the teams returned to field for player introductions and a 20-minute warmup period before the national anthem.INJURIESLions: TE Luke Willson (knee) left in the first half and did not return.Buccaneers: They played without three starting offensive linemen —T Donovan Smith, G Ali Marpet and G Caleb Benenoch — as well as starting DT Beau Allen and S Justin Evans. First-round draft pick DT Vita Vea, sidelined most of training camp with a calf injury, did not dress for the third straight game. LB Devante Bond (foot) and S Keith Tandy (hamstring) left during the first half and did not return.NEXT UPLions: Close the preseason at home against Cleveland next Thursday.Buccaneers: Play final game before Winston’s suspension begins, hosting Jacksonville on Thursday. When last they met, the Eagles and Vikings were vying for a spot in the Super Bowl.Now they are searching for consistency.“Each week — and (Eagles defensive coordinator) Jim Schwartz mentioned it and it’s true,” Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson says, “you’re two plays away from maybe being 0-4 and two plays away from being 4-0. That’s how tight this thing really is.”Coming off its championship season Philly has won twice at home and fallen twice on the road, last week blowing a 14-point lead to lose in overtime at Tennessee. The defense remains stout much of the time, but fell apart in key spots at the Titans, especially in OT.“Therefore, with that being said,” Pederson adds, “as coaches we got to make sure we’re doing our part to prepare our players and get them ready for those situations.”Minnesota’s dilemma is deeper. While the Eagles are just a half-game out of the NFC East lead http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-hunter-renfrow-jersey , the Vikings are 1-2-1 and trail Chicago and Green Bay in the NFC North.Most important, Minnesota must find a running game, ranking last. If Dalvin Cook can get healthy, it would be a huge help.“It has been difficult,” coach Mike Zimmer says. “We have to be patient with it, No. 1. Honestly, a little bit has been dictated with some of the scores throughout the last couple ballgames. It’s important for us to have balance. It keeps the defensive line from pinning their ears back all the time. I think it helps the football team overall. We just have to do a better job.”The weekend began Thursday night with New England’s 38-24 home victory over Indianapolis.Tom Brady reached 500 touchdown passes and New England (3-2) won its second straight after a mediocre start to the season Brady also tied Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, a former teammate, for most NFL victories with 226. Indianapolis dropped to 1-4.Off are Tampa Bay (2-2) and Chicago (3-1).Los Angeles Rams (4-0) at Seattle (2-2)The Seahawks‘ former Legion of Boom might have given LA’s booming attacking fits. This group, while well coached and aggressive, figures to struggle with an offense that comes with 10 days off and has three wideouts who eclipsed 100 yards receiving last game: Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Plus, the Rams are no slouches on defense.Seattle’s season, despite two straight wins, got messier when it lost star safety Earl Thomas (broken leg) and tight end Will Dissly (patellar tendon) for the year. Thomas’s parting gesture to the Seahawks sideline was not quite complimentary.Miami (3-1) at Cincinnati (3-1)Despite some awful statistics including being outgained by 435 yards and outscored 90-82, Miami leads the AFC East. Of course, it was routed in New England last weekend. The Dolphins do lead the league with nine interceptions.Also on top of their division, tied with Baltimore in the AFC North, the Bengals are struggling on defense, too.

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