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Calvin Johnson to be a Crack of Dawn Game-Time Decision for Week 8

Calvin Johnson to be a Crack of Dawn Game-Decision for Week 8 – Just Lovely!     You’re going to have to get up super early as in the crack of dawn, if you are on the West Coast if you have Detroit Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson on your … The post Calvin Johnson to be a Crack of Dawn Game-Time Decision for Week 8 appeared first on Fantasy Football Chick.

Is London Ready for a Football Franchise?

This weekend will see the struggling Atlanta Falcons take on the high flying Detroit Lions. It is a big fixture for both these sides, who each need the win. The Falcons are 2-5, but still somehow remain in contention for the NFC South crown. The Lions are leading the way in the NFC North, but only by a tie breaker over the Green Bay Packers.Yet that introduction completely misses the biggest aspect of this particular clash. The venue will be Wembley in London, England. It is the second of three games to be played in London this year, as the NFL looks to increase its market and potential abroad. The London series has been a fixture since 2007, and this is the first year that three games have been played there. But what are the long term future plans for the NFL in London? The NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, is very much in favor of a permanent London franchise. It is only natural that the game would look to expand, because there is always more money to be gained from opening up to n…

Detroit Lions fans must see these five bold predictions for Week 8

Anyone can pick games. Whether selecting winners or making guesses against the spread, it’s essentially an exercise in flipping a coin.
But providing some specifics about what’s going to happen in a game, detailing how things are going to play out, takes some thought, imagination and guts. And it actually provides some insight into what’s going to transpire on Sunday and Monday.
So with that thought in mind, here are five bold predictions for Week 8 in the NFL:
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5. Mike Smith gets fired
Frustration is boiling over in Atlanta
The last time a team travelled to London and played poorly, their head coach was fired on the plane ride back across the bond. If the Falcons lose to the Lions in the latest edition of pro football in England, Smith could very well suffer the exact same fate as Dennis Allen. That would drop Atlanta to an extremely disappointing 2-6, on the heels of a total debacle last season. At some point, the ax falls on the head coach when losses start to pile up.

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Lions Injury Update: Reggie Bush plans to play Sunday in London

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What if the Lions traded Barry Sanders?

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Detroit Lions: Three keys to beating the Falcons in week eight

Set those alarms early, because football begins at 9:30 a.m. ET this Sunday when the Detroit Lions (5-2) and Atlanta Falcons (2-5) kickoff from London’s Wembley Stadium. This matchup will be the second of three NFL games held in London this season.
In this edition of the NFL’s International Series, which began in 2007, the Falcons are looking to end a four-game losing streak, while the Lions will try to build momentum off of last week’s improbable comeback victory. Here are three keys for how Detroit can earn a victory overseas:
1. Get the running game going
A lackluster run game has been an issue for the Lions all season long, but the Falcons could be the remedy. Atlanta’s defense has given up 137.7 rushing yards per contest, which is over 20 yards more than Detroit has posted in any game this season.
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Why You Should Start Joique Bell in Your Week 8 Fantasy Lineups

See Why You Should Start Joique Bell in Your Week 8 Fantasy Football Lineups If you own Detroit Lions’ running back Joique Bell, you should definitely start him in your Week 8 fantasy lineup. Here’s why: The Detroit Lions might be without running back Reggie Bush, as once again, he’s …
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ESPN writer: Lions should trade Ndamukong Suh to Bengals

Ndamukong Suh probably doesn’t read websites.

But if he did, namely ESPN.com, the star Detroit Lions defensive lineman might have come across a “What if” trade proposal, an “albeit unlikely” trade proposal, a “hypothetical” deal we feel compelled to pass along.

It comes courtesy of ESPN.com’s Greg Garber, who proposes the Lions sending Suh to the Cincinnati Bengals for a second-round pick and cornerback Darqueze Dennard.

“Sometimes,” Garber writes, “it’s just time for both sides to part and start over.”

He cites an NFL general manager who wished to remain anonymous, saying: “There’s a feeling (Suh) won’t be back. This is one way for the Lions to get something substantial for him.”

Suh’s contract, which would cost the Lions $20 million next year if they choose to designate him with the franchise tag, is the elephant in the room, Garber’s thought process goes.

Lions Injury Update: Calvin Johnson limited at practice

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Could Calvin Johnson play in Sunday’s Detroit Lions game in London?

On October 5th, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson suffered a high ankle sprain against the Buffalo Bills and he hasn’t practiced since… until today.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press Johnson was not part of the open field part of practice, but he was a limited participant:
“…Calvin Johnson did not take part in the open portion of Detroit Lions practice today, but he was listed as a limited participant in the team’s official injury report. Johnson last practiced Oct. 3, two days before he suffered a high ankle sprain in a loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings the following week and the New Orleans Saints last weekend with Johnson sidelined by injury…”
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Lions release player, send him home from London

The NFL really can be a cutthroat business sometimes. Former Detroit Lions running back William Powell knows this full well. As a member of the team’s practice squad, Powell traveled with the Lions from Detroit to London on Monday in order to help them prepare for a game against the Atlanta Falcons. There’s one problem here. Some reshuffling of the roster was needed in order to make up for injuries at tight end. Detroit signed veteran Kellen Davis and released safety Jerome Couplin. The decision was then made to sign Couplin to the practice squad and release Powell. So this means Powell, who traveled to London on Monday, will be making a return trip to the states on Wednesday. Talk about a quick turnaround and some really fierce jet lag. Lions head coach Jim Caldwell had this to say about the move (via Detroit Free Press).
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Lions send player home from London after cutting him

There will be no tea or crumpets — or a job — in William Powell’s immediate future. Per the Detroit Free Press, the Lions on Wednesday released Powell from the practice squad, sending him home from London ahead of Sunday’s game against the Falcons. https://twitter.com/davebirkett/status/524888963816120320 Following a nearly eight-hour flight, the Lions landed in London on Monday. Two days later, they bid adieu to Powell, who’s now making the long, lonely trek back to the States. The decision wasn’t an easy one for coach Jim Caldwell. “It’s a difficult thing to do, and you certainly would not want to do it — a guy just gets here and, within 48 hours, he’s heading back home,” Caldwell said, per the Detroit Free Press. “But that’s kind of the nature of our business. The guys understand it, and I think, if you’re up front and you tell them exactly why and what the reasons are and those kinds of things, it’s a bitter pill …

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s latest (and telling) 1-32 quarterback ranking

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If you missed the Detroit Lions defeating the New Orleans Saints in the final two minutes of last week’s game, you might be unaware that Corey Fuller is the new star in town. Fuller scored a 5-yard touchdown with 1:43 left in the game that gave the Detroit Lions a one point victory.
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