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5 things Lions must do to beat Falcons

Here are five things the Lions (5-1) must do to beat the Atlanta Falcons (3-3) on Sunday at Ford Field:

1. Establish a run game with Maurice Morris as the starter with Jahvid Best out with a concussion. Morris hasn’t had much work this season (he had a broken hand in camp), but he was solid in 2010 and came through big-time with 109 yards in the overtime win at Tampa. He had a touchdown in each of the final three games last season.

2. The offensive line had a bad game against a good 49ers defense. Matthew Stafford was sacked five times and pressured early and often. The line must get back on track, give Stafford time and protection.

3. Improve success in the red zone. Last week the Lions had to settle for a pair of field goals because they couldn’t score touchdowns from inside the 20. That cost them the game.

4. Like every week, get the ball to Calvin Johnson. While he had seven catches for 113 yards last week, San Francisco’s double-bracket defense kept him from scoring. You know the Falcons had an eye on that defensive strategy.

5. Keep the attitude. Haven’t seen any sign of head hanging or finger pointing this week which is a good sign. They need to keep it that way

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