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Today is Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, and there's a pretty big debate Monday night on Long Island. Not about the Lions, though. With them, there's little debate: They're struggling after a 1-2 start.

Here's what's happening to kick off the final week of September.

The half, and the half-not

• The Lions had no answer for Aaron Rodgers in the first half Sunday, digging themselves a hole too deep after a second-half flurry in a 34-27 loss. The Lions trailed 31-3 at halftime, after Rodgers tossed four touchdown passes, including two to receiver Jordy Nelson.

• And, while Rodgers looked strong, it also falls on the Lions' defense, writes columnist Bob Wojnowski.

• That defense received largely failing grades from Lions beat writer Justin Rogers.

Wild wild-card race

They're in, then they're out. On Monday, as they open a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park, the Tigers are out of the playoffs again — at least for the time being — following Sunday's 12-9 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

The Tigers (83-72) are 1½ games behind the Baltimore Orioles (85-71) for the second wild-card spot in the American League, with seven games left in the season.

So, it's a critical series. They all are for the Tigers.

First pitch Monday is at 7:10 p.m.

Clinton vs. Trump, Round 1

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off Monday night in their first televised presidential debate in what could be a pivotal moment in a tumultuous election cycle.

The 90-minute prime time debate at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York, comes nine days after a suspected terror bombing in Manhattan and amid racial tensions stemming from unrest in the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, last week over the fatal police shooting of a black man.

A year of sacrifice for Flint doc

Becoming one of the whistleblowers in the Flint lead contamination crisis has heaped more duties on Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of Hurley Medical Center’s pediatrics program.

“In this last week, I will have been in five different states,” Hanna-Attisha said, struggling to recall her recent and upcoming schedule. “So it’s crazy.”

Good news, bad news for Detroit

• Violent crime in Detroit dropped by 13 percent in 2015, in contrast to a national increase in murder, rape, assault and robbery, according to FBI crime statistics released Monday morning.

Unfortunately, it didn't keep one woman from being fatally shot, and two others wounded in separate shootings Monday morning.

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