NFL Nation: Ryan Nece

Lions like Gus Frerotte

December, 7, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

DETROIT -- Here's a good one for you: The Detroit Lions have three interceptions this season. Two have come against Minnesota's Gus Frerotte.

(Thanks to the Star Tribune's Judd Zulgad for pointing that out).

The most recent -- by linebacker Ryan Nece -- led to a 23-yard field goal from Jason Hanson, giving the Lions a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter.

This isn't totally unusual for the Lions, who had bigger leads against Carolina (10-0) and Tampa Bay (17-0) before imploding. But to this point, the Lions have been pretty steady and the Vikings have been exceedingly flat.

Will there be a turning point? We're waiting to find out.

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

SAINTS
With quarterback Drew Brees expected to sit, get ready for a healthy dose of Tyler Palko tonight. He may need a strong showing to convince the Saints to keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.

Larry Holder takes a look at some of the other roster choices the Saints have to make.

PANTHERS
Receiver Dwayne Jarrett said he has matured after a disappointing rookie season. With an assortment of injuries at receiver and Steve Smith suspended for the first two games, the Panthers could use some production from Jarrett.

David Scott has a rundown of the roster decisions facing the Panthers.

FALCONS
It's only the preseason, but Atlanta's defense hasn't allowed a touchdown in 10 quarters. That has come at the same time the Falcons have worked rookies Curtis Lofton and Chevis Jackson into key roles.

BUCCANEERS
Veteran linebacker Ryan Nece is on the bubble because of the emergence of Quincy Black, Matt McCoy and Adam Hayward.

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