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Notes: Lions open up as 3-point favorites over Panthers

For the first time this season, the Lions are favored to win a game.

Detroit Lions v Carolina Panthers Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

  • Despite running for Detroit’s only rushing touchdown on the season, Ameer Abdullah has not been used once as a rusher on third down:

  • Martha Ford reportedly asked Detroit Lions players to stop kneeling during the anthem after promising to donate money to community efforts related to the players’ cause. Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Steve Longa kneeled during the anthem on Sunday. However, it’s unclear whether that was protest related or in honor of Longa’s late father, who was killed in a traffic accident on Thursday.

  • Tahir Whitehead reached out to Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, who suffered a torn ACL during Sunday’s game against the Lions: