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.
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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.
Position Battles Rage on
There are a number of positions still up for grabs. The quarterback position is still under consideration as far as keeping one or two backups so the battle between Dan Orlovsky and Rookie Jake Rudock will have meaning this week. Orlovsky went 16-25 for 164 yards and a 79.4 rating while Rudock went 8-11 for 72 yards and a rating of 120.3
The third and fourth string running back position is still up for grabs with Joique Bell the starter, Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner continue to battle. Zenner led the way last week with seven rushes for 24 yards, Riddick rushed for 20 yards on four carries.
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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!
The Detroit Lions added some depth at the Wide Receiver position this week when they inked a member of the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos receiving corp, 31-year old Andre Caldwell to a one year deal. It’s possible Caldwell was brought in to compete for the spot left by Calvin Johnson, who retired in the offseason.
The Lions will kick off the preseason with a road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers before opening the preseason at home against the Cincinnati Bengals. Tickets for all games are already on sale. Be sure to secure yours today and help your Detroit Lions get back into the playoffs this season!
For second year receiver Ryan Broyles, the stresses of trying to make a pro football team are something he has learned to deal with on a whole other level. After suffering season ending leg injuries for three straight years since joining the league in 2012. He is a long shot to make the squad this year.
“One game in, we still got three left,” Broyles said. “Those guys got a plan upstairs and there’s guys that are on fringe like myself and that is what is. I got to come out here and compete every day, and I would do that if I had spot or not. So there’s really not much more I can do on my end but just come out here, prepare and win over the coaches.”
The Lions will hit the road and travel to Maryland to face RG III and the Washington Redskins. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on Your Detroit Lions!
While Manny Ramirez is currently slotted to be the starting Left Guard but with the draft and signing of Laken Tomlinson he will most likely compete for a starting center spot. Either way, the Lions added more than just the man, they added experience that the young Lions offensive line need desperately.
Head Coach Jim Caldwell recently spoke about the O-line and the running back by committee they will be opening holes for. Already on the roster at RB were Joique Bell and Theo Riddick before management pulled the trigger on second round draft pick Ameer Abdullah. Caldwell plans to utilize all three of them in 2015.
“The thing about it, we don’t have two guys the same for the most part. They all have a little different sort of strength and we can utilize that. You know, Joique is a power back who also can get on the edge and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. Theo (Riddick) is probably a little bit more of an edge guy. I’m not saying he can’t run inside, but he’s along the edge a little bit more. So, you know, those are different players. I think when you get a chance to see Ameer (Abdullah), you’ll kind of see what his style is as well. He’s pretty versatile.”
The Lions open the preseason against the New York Jets on August 13th. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today!
There are very few teams in the NFL with a rivalry as rich as the Lions and Bears. They have been playing each other since 1930 when the Lions were known as The Spartans. The Bears won that first match up, 7-6 and have a lead in the all time series, 83-62-5.
The Lions are hoping to break a two game losing streak, the most recent loss last week in a 9-34 drubbing by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
This year, the Lions (7-4) are the favorites going into the game on Turkey day with the over/under at 47.5 points but will have to get back on track offensively.
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After only being able to muster six points against the NFL’s top team, the Arizona Cardinals, last week, the coaching staff are looking to modify the playbook some. The Lions are the only team in the NFL with a winning record yet ranking in the bottom ten in scoring in the league.
Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi is looking to simplify the play calling.
“You have a certain number of calls or maybe you get this one play repped against one or maybe two defenses, so if you have less calls you can kind of show more situations and you’re not just talking about them,” Lombardi told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s just a matter of practicing fewer plays and then they’re able to handle all the different looks that come up.”
After losing to the Cardinals 6-14, the Lions will now face the hard-charging New England Patriots in Foxborough. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours now!