- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

DETROIT (11-6) at SAN DIEGO (9-7)

Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Chargers by 2

SERIES RECORD - Chargers lead 6-4

LAST MEETING - Lions beat Chargers 38-10, Dec. 14, 2011

AP PRO32 RANKING - Lions No. 12, Chargers No. 13

LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (28), PASS (12)

LIONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (1), PASS (13)

CHARGERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (30), PASS (10)

CHARGERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (26), PASS (4)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Chargers open what could be final season in San Diego. Team walked away from negotiations for new stadium in mid-June; has been bad-mouthing Mayor Kevin Faulconer since January as it attempts to move to Los Angeles area. … Lions are coming off playoff appearance - wild-card loss to Dallas - while Chargers missed playoffs for fourth time in five seasons. … Chargers QB Philip Rivers needs two TD passes to tie Hall of Famer Dan Fouts (254) for 15th all-time and first on Chargers all-time list. … Chargers TE Antonio Gates begins four-game suspension without pay for testing positive for PEDs. … Gates’ backup, Ladarius Green, was evaluated for concussion-like symptoms after practice Wednesday. … Lions WR Calvin Johnson, who is 6-foot-5, will be going against a secondary whose tallest players are 5-11. … Chargers offensive line features only one player at same spot as last year’s opening day lineup, LT King Dunlap. … Haloti Ngata replaces Ndamukong Suh at DT for Lions. … LB DeAndre Levy has been dealing with a hip injury. Fantasy: Chargers turning to rookie kicker Josh Lambo, a former soccer player. Nick Novak was released. Lions RB Ameer Abdullah, a second-round draft pick, has impressed during exhibition season and may be primary ball carrier in opener since Joique Bell only recently came off injured list.

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