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Lions top Jets 23-3 in preseason opener

Lions top Jets 23-3 in preseason opener

DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate, and rookie running back Ameer Abdullah ran for 67 yards — 45 on one play — to lift the Detroit Lions to a 23-3 preseason victory over the punchless New York Jets on Thursday night. Stafford played only one possession. He threw for 57 yards, completing his only two pass attempts — both to Tate. The touchdown came on a throw over the middle, and Tate slipped between three defenders after the catch and ran to the end zone. "It was a good start," Stafford said. "I thought the tempo was good. We were able to run the ball pretty well tonight, which was good to see." Ryan...

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