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While the offensive line has taken the brunt of the criticism for protection issues that have led to Matthew Stafford being sacked 12 times the last two weeks, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said there are deeper issues at play.

“Protection is a funny thing,” Cooter said. “Whatever the sack number is, people tend to point at the O-line and say, ‘Boy, that’s all on them.’ Certain aspects of the protection issues that we’ve had are on the offensive line, but there are certain aspects that are on every single other guy and position group on that field. And it’s not obvious to the fan at home, but we’ve got to run routes better. We got to get the ball out faster. We do have to protect better up front, and that’s O-line, tight end, running back, whoever’s involved in protection.”

The Lions’ offensive line has struggled at times this year, particularly left tackle Greg Robinson. But the team’s wide receiving corps also had trouble getting open deep.

The Lions have just one passing play of 40 yards or longer this year — a touchdown to Kenny Golladay in Week 1 — and 11 plays of 20-plus yards, tied for 26th in the NFL.

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Fans cheer for the Detroit Lions during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press
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Detroit Lions cheerleaders perform in the first half
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Akeem Spence sacks Cam Newton in the third quarter
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Golden Tate tries to evade Shaq Thompson in the third
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Darius Slay tackles Russell Shepard in the first quarter
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Zach Zenner runs in the first half of the Lions’ 27-24
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“It’s our job to get a successful offense out there,” Cooter said. “So we’re going to go draw up the best plays we can and play to our players’ strengths and try to do a better job of that. I’ve got to do a better job myself.”

Rookie Kenny Golladay, who has Lions’ only 40-plus-yard catch, has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and did not take part in any drills during the open portion of practice Thursday.

“I think anytime you lose guys that have ability it’s going to be difficult,” Stafford said. “Kenny’s a young kid, a big, physical talented kid that can do a lot of things for us, and anytime you’re down a player somebody else has to step up and that instance is no different.”

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Detroit Lions safety Tavon Wilson high fives children at Dresden Elementary in Sterling Heights during “Take a Lion to School” hosted by National Coney Island on Oct. 10, 2017. Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press
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Detroit Lions safety Tavon Wilson visits Zackary Randall
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Detroit Lions safety Tavon Wilson visits Zackary Randall
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Orange crush: The Lions play at a notoriously tough road venue this week in the Superdome, but Lions coach Jim Caldwell said it’s not the toughest place he’s ever coached.

The toughest venue, in fact, isn’t even an NFL stadium.

“It’s Syracuse,” said Caldwell, who coached there as a Penn State assistant in the 1980s-90s. “It’s the hardest one to hear. It’s noisy. As a matter of fact, back in my old days when I was in college, I was up in the box, and the windows were open at that particular location, and you literally could not hear the guy sitting next to you talk. It’s so loud. So, that’s probably the place that created the most noise for us. That was back in the old days when there were two really good teams playing and that kind of thing. But every stadium has it’s own challenge.”

Injury update: Robinson missed practice Thursday for personal reasons, while T.J. Lang (back) and Ziggy Ansah (knee) returned on a limited basis. … Stafford (ankle) went through his second straight full practice … Paul Worrilow will miss his second straight game with a knee injury.