Lions still riding high after Vikings win
Quarterback Matthew Stafford would surely like to get his wins with a bit less flair then what it took to get the overtime win over the Minnesota Vikings last week. With 23 seconds left in the game, Stafford tossed a 28-yard pass to Golden Tate who lofted into the air to snag the ball and secure the 22-16 victory.
“We all just believed in each other,” center Travis Swanson said. “I think, especially from my point of view, whenever they scored, and we have 20 or whatever seconds that was left, and you looked at the guys, and everyone was like, ‘All right. Let’s go do what we do.”
The Lions (5-4, 2nd NFC North) will host the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6, 4th AFC South) this Sunday at Noon at Ford Field. The Lions will need a win to keep pace with the first place Vikings.
“Matt doesn’t get intense, man. He stays calm. He stays collected,” tight end Eric Ebron said. “But you know, he gets excited when we execute the plays that he knows we can execute for him. It just makes him believe more, makes him more confident. And we’ve just got to continue to go out there and keep winning.”
Let’s hope that it doesn’t come down to that against the Jags on November 20th.
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Detroit Lions!
Run Game Will be key
The Detroit Lions (1-0, tied 1st, NFC North) will be looking to go 2-0 when they face the Tennessee Titans (0-1, 4th AFC South) this Sunday with the running duo of Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah who combined for 107 yards on 19 carries. Both caught enough passes to go over the 100 total yard mark.
Although the Titans showed last week that they can control the run, holding Adrian Peterson to 31 yards on 19 carries, Matt Stafford should be able to keep the defense honest with the run game which will allow him to have another fantastic throwing day. Against the Vikings, Stafford showed poise and leadership en route to a 31-for-38 passing for 340 yards and three touchdowns kinda day.
“When he’s in command and running things, he puts a lot of pressure on the defense. He doesn’t give them much time. And he’s been very, very accurate. When things are a bit spread out, he spreads it around,” Coach Jim Caldwell of Stafford.
The game kicks off at noon and plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Detroit Lions on Sunday!
TE Ebron not expected to start this weekend
Eric Ebron went down early in August and has been the center of speculation since he was carted off the practice field August 9th. Some speculated that an Achilles was sprained or worse, torn. So it was a great relief when Ebron hit the practice field yesterday after missing over two weeks.
Stafford also welcomes the return of WR Golden Tate as well as offensive tackles Michael Ola and Corey Robinson.
“Played with a lot of different guys this preseason and in practice, so it’s been good for me to have to adjust to guys on the fly and really just trust myself and put the ball where I think it needs to be put and those guys are doing a good job,” Stafford said.
The Lions return home next week to face the Bills on Sept. 1. Tickets for the remaining preseason as well as the regular season are on sale now so grab yours today and be there next week when your Detroit Lions take the field.
First round draft pick Taylor Decker has been slotted as the starting left tackle,
the only rookie to be so listed as all others are third and fourth string options.
Beginning today, the Lions will be joining the Pittsburgh Steelers in joint practices. The two teams meet this Friday in the first preseason match up between the two teams. This will be the first game under new (began last season in week 8) offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. Expect this new offense to no longer lead the league in turnovers as they did for most of last season.
Tickets for Friday’s game against the Steelers are still available as well as the home preseason kickoff next Thursday against the Bengals. So make sure to grab yours and be a part of Detroit Lions history!