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Detroit Lions: What to expect from the Lions this bye week

The Detroit Lions have finally proved their worth to the league and rehabilitated their sinking reputation from the last fifteen years. At least up until this point that seems to be the case, with come from behind victories and a consistent Matthew Stafford despite an injured offense.
With a record at 6-2, the Detroit Lions bye week is going to be critical. This is the point in the season where teams have to start looking at how far they’ve come and how far they still have to go. There must be a refocusing mindset on the playoff picture, with obvious ambition but not to become overly confident.
Calvin Johnson
In his press conference, Jim Caldwell gave us some insight into his plans for the week, explaining that they will not be practicing. “This week’s going to give us an opportunity to convalesce a little bit, and I’ve encouraged them to kind of get away from it some.” He went on to explain that while it will be important to remain in shape for the second half of the season, the players need a chan

State Farm has hilarious response to recent NFL injuries

Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston and Detroit Lions linebacker Stephan Tulloch both fell victim to ACL tears after celebrating sacks this season. What does this have to do with the insurance company State Farm? Both were mocking Aaron Rodgers’ “discount double check” advertisement for the company. A State Farm spokeswoman had this to say to the Wall Street Journal about the recent injuries. 
It’s very unfortunate that these players injured themselves while celebrating, but it is our belief that the Discount Double Check is not inherently dangerous. In fact, it can be used to help you save money on insurance when performed correctly. We encourage all athletes to celebrate responsibly.
This is awesome on so many levels. Maybe State Farm should reach out to both Houston and Tulloch about providing them some insurance moving forward. Photo: Fox Sports. The post State Farm has Hilarious Response to Recent NFL Injuries appeared first on

Are the Detroit Lions For Real Or Just Pretenders?

The Detroit Lions are fresh off a last-second, comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons, which gives them a record of 6-2 and a one game lead at the top of their division. So why would I be saying that they don’t belong there? An argument I look to tackle in the next few paragraphs.Lets start with the game against the Falcons I just mentioned. On paper it looks good, the Lions came back from 21-0 down at halftime with a 48-yard game winning field goal from Matt Prater to secure the 22-21 win at Wembley stadium. However if you watched the game, I was lucky enough to be at Wembley, you could easily see that this was a performance that left a lot to be desired.Firstly the absence of Reggie Bush for the Detroit run game means that the Lions are 31st in the league in yards per game, only the Oakland Raiders are worse at running the ball. Which means right now the Lions are one of the most one-dimentional offences in the league, relying on the arm of Matthew Stafford and their nin…

Lions DT Nick Fairley Could Avoid Surgery, Miss Roughly One Month

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that he has been told that Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley will get a second opinion on his sprained MCL and PCL on Friday or at some point next week.

Rapoport adds that the prevailing thought now is that Fairley will avoid surgery, and miss roughly one month of action.

The results of the second opinion are obviously of real importance to Fairley and the Lions.  The fourth-year pro’s performance has really picked up this season for the first-place Lions.
Fairley, 26, is in the final year of his rookie contract after the Lions elected to not pick up his fifth-year option several months ago.
So far this season, Fairley has recorded 14 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble over the course of eight games, but his play has been much better than these numbers would indicate.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 defensive tackle in the league out of 76 qualifying players. According to their ratings, Fairley has been equally effective as an interior pass-rusher

Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford’s mid-way, surprising QB ranking unveiled

Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux.
Eight weeks into the 2014 season, here’s how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out:

1. Peyton Manning – He put up mind-boggling numbers and wins games; there’s nothing more anyone could want from their quarterback. (LW: 1)
2. Aaron Rodgers - Up until he pulled his hamstring, Rodgers was going toe to toe with Drew Brees in the Superdome. Relax, people; it’s one loss. (LW: 2)
3. Tom Brady – During the past four weeks, Brady has proven that he’s still among the best quarterbacks in the NFL. (LW: 6)
4. Drew Brees - With Jimmy Graham getting healthier and Brandin Cooks turning into a player, Brees finally has

Lion’s Injury Update: Calvin Johnson will ‘definitely’ play

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson injured his ankle late in the game during week three against the Green Bay Packers and hasn’t been the same player since.#456759306 / gettyimages.comJohnson was used as a decoy in the next two games – recording just three total catches and no touchdowns – and sat out completely over his team’s following three games. He was a game-time decision last week after practicing in limited fashion, and with the Lions on a bye this week, Johnson appears ready to play in week ten.Calvin Johnson said tonight at the Courage House dinner he’s being honored at that he “definitely expects to play” against the Dolphins.— Tori Petry (@sportstori) October 28, 2014The bye week comes at a good time for Johnson and the Lions, as they are able to rest their star receiver and ensure that he is 100% healthy before taking on the Miami Dolphins in week ten. The decision to sit Johnson until he was fully recovered paid off, as the Lions went 3-0 without him.Fantasy o

Vote: Does Matt Stafford of the Lions have the biggest cannon in the division?

If you ever find yourself wondering where all the great gunslinger quarterbacks have gone, the answer is the NFC North division, which features three of the best in the game.
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is the best player at the position, Matt Stafford has a ridiculous cannon for a right arm, and Jay Cutler can get it down the field with the best of them. There’s also the rookie Teddy Bridgewater, who has been known to air it out a bit occasionally himself:

We can reasonable say that Rodgers is the best all-around quarterback in the division, but which one of them has the most powerful arm? Let’s vote.
Here are your candidates:
Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler smiles and wears a pom pom hat.

That’s not the narrative, Jay.

#bears | @briancassella photo
— Amanda Kaschube (@amandakaschube) October 26, 2014

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Giants Signing CB Mike Harris Off Lions Practice Squad

Tim Twentyman of reports that the Giants are signing CB Mike Harris off of the Lions’ practice squad.

Twentyman adds that the Lions did not have room on their roster to promote him.

The Giants are dealing with some injuries at cornerback such as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle/hamstring) , so it makes sense add some depth for at least this week.
Harris, 25, is a former sixth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He lasted two years with the team, but was later placed on waivers as the Jaguars cut their roster down to 53 players back in August.
Detroit would sign him to their practice squad a few weeks later.
Last year, he appeared in all 16 games and recorded 37 tackles, a fumble recovery and two pass defended.

Lions Injury Update: Nick Fairley out for a month

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, defensive tackle Nick Fairley will be out for a month due to a sprained MCL and PCL.#Lions DT Nick Fairley has a sprained MCL and PCL, source says. He could be back after a month out (as @mikecwright said). No firm timetable— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 27, 2014Fairley’s injury occurred Sunday morning against the Atlanta Falcons.#457885702 / gettyimages.comDetroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell told reporters that he is unsure of the exact timetable of Fairley’s return:”We very rarely put a timetable on it. I know there was a report out that stated four to five weeks. That never came from our office, because of the fact that we have not certainly come to that conclusion as of yet. When we do, we’ll certainly release it.” Fairley has 14 combined tackles on the season. Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to our email list for daily injury updates!Email Address Follow @sprtsinjryalert For more commentary and analysis

Did the Detroit Lions have any of the biggest Week 8 heroes or goats?

Nearly midway through the 2014 NFL season, the league is starting to take shape. It’s easier and easier to see what teams are contenders and which ones are just not ready for primetime.
How did each team get to their current point? In part, it was because of the performance, good or bad, of some key players and coaches. Some helped their team, while others hurt the squad.
Who fell into each category? Here are the “Heroes and Goats” from Week 8:

New Orleans rode Ingram to a big home win
Mark Ingram – The Saints hung 44 points on the Packers en route to a big win a home, a victory that keeps them right in the thick of things in the extremely mediocre NFC South. That type of output would lead most to believe that Drew Brees carried New Orleans, but that’s only part of the story. On Sunday night, it was the Saints running game that opened up the offense, led by Ingram’s 24-carry, 172-yard, one-touchdown performance against Green Bay.

Jones was among many goats for Atlanta

Jim Caldwell ‘not certain’ Nick Fairley will return this season

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Tuesday that he is “not certain” that defensive tackle Nick Fairley will return this season. Fairley, who hasn’t been ruled out for the year, injured his knee during the first half of Detroit’s come-from-behind 22-21 win over Atlanta on Sunday in London. Fairley had 14 tackles and a sack this season in his first eight games. On Monday,’s Michael C. Wright reported that Fairley has a sprained knee and that he can rehab from the injury in four to five weeks. With Fairley out, the Lions have just three defensive tackles on the roster – Ndamukong Suh, rookie Caraun Reid and C.J. Mosley.  But Mosley is currently suspended for a violation of team rules and conduct detrimental to the team. The Lions could do what they did against the Falcons and play defensive end Darryl Tappat tackle. Fairley is in the final season of his rookie contract with the Lions. The post Jim Caldwell ‘not certain’ Nick Fairley will return this season appeared first on

How Long Will Detroit Lions DL Nick Fairley Be Out After Getting His Knee Crunched?

While most of us were sleeping Sunday the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons played a game in London. It ended in spectacular fashion with the Lions getting a second chance to make a game-winning field goal in the waning moments of the game. As spectacular as the comeback was for the Lions it came with a price.The defense is going to have to do without tackle Nick Fairly for at least a few weeks if not longer.via RedditRead more »

Detroit Lions: News, stats, and stars from the game against the Falcons

After being outplayed 21-0 in the first half of yesterday’s game, the Detroit Lions made an electrifying comeback in the second half to beat the Atlanta Falcons 22-21.
However controversial the final plays had been for the Lions, the comeback was still impressive. With the Lions performing their second straight comeback win and improving their record to 6-2, a playoff spot is just within reach. Here is the biggest news, stats, and stars from the game:
Wembley Stadium in London
The game was played in London, England at 9:30 a.m. ET time, which is the earliest start in NFL history. The Lions are one of six lucky teams that get the opportunity to play abroad this season. This was the second game played in London as the game attracted nearly 90,000 fans.
All three starting tight ends were inactive for the game. Brandon Pettigrew, Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria were all out with minor injuries. Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush were also sidelined for the game.
3 key plays:
1. Golden Tate touchdown 
The frustr

Lions fear Nick Fairley will be lost for the remainder of the year

After the game, Lions coach Jim Caldwell had little specific to say about Fairley’s condition after the game although he did make the obvious observation that it is never good when a player has to be helped off the field with a knee injury.  Well this morning Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback was a little different. He […]
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WATCH: Lions win wild game in London with walkoff field goal

For the second straight week the Lions defeated an NFC South opponent in the closing stages of the game. After a comeback victory over the Saints last weekend, the Lions scored an amazing 22 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Atlanta Falcons 22-21 from Wembley Stadium in London, England. Down 21-0 entering the second half, the Lions stormed back as Matthew Stafford thew touchdown passes to Theo Riddick and Golden Tate before ultimately making it 21-19. The Lions then took over with 1:38 remaining in the 4th quarter driving down to the Atlanta 30-yard line where a defensive holding gave Detroit a new set of downs. From there the Lions advanced to the 25-yard line where they went for a game winning 43-yard field goal from Matt Prater to win the game that he missed. However… The Lions ended up taking a delay of game penalty which pushed them back five yards giving Prater a second chance to win the game which he took full advantage of. But what about the runoff on the pena…