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Grand Rapids Press Nov 24, 2017
Dwight Freeney's couldn't make Lions' Thanksgiving, but he'll be playing soon

Dwight Freeney's couldn't make Lions' Thanksgiving, but he'll be playing soon

The potential future Hall-of-Famer had less than three days to rebound from a Monday night game before the Lions hosted the Vikings. But he'll be here to jolt the pass rush soon.
Pride Of Detroit Nov 24, 2017
Lions-Vikings snap counts: Detroit limiting Jarrad Davis’ playing time on passing downs

Lions-Vikings snap counts: Detroit limiting Jarrad Davis’ playing time on passing downs

The Lions are making a serious effort to keep Davis out of the passing game. Here’s a look at the Detroit Lions’ snap counts from their Week 12 game against the Minnesota Vikings. Offense: Quarterbacks Matthew Stafford: 59 snaps (100%) Running backs Theo Riddick: 29 (49%)Ameer Abdullah: 26 (44%) Zach Zenner: 6 (10%) — 17 special teams snaps (53%) Tight ends Eric Ebron: 29 (49%)Darren Fells: 27 (46%) — 11 (34%)Michael Roberts: 12 (20%) — 5 (16%) Wide receivers Marvin Jones Jr.: 59 (100%)Golden Tate: 52 (88%) — 1 (3%)Kenny Golladay: 40 (68%)TJ Jones: 15 (25%) — 11...
Pride Of Detroit Nov 24, 2017
Lions-Vikings report card: Disappointing performances from key players

Lions-Vikings report card: Disappointing performances from key players

Detroit saw improvement in some areas, but typically reliable players let them down on Thursday. The Detroit Lions hung with one of the best teams in the NFL thanks to some improved play, specifically on the defensive side of the ball. But when it came down to it, it was the poor play of some of the most reliable players that doomed Detroit against the Minnesota Vikings. Here are our positional grades from Detroit’s 23-30 loss to Minnesota. Quarterbacks: D There’s no way to spin this, this was one of Matthew Stafford’s poorest games of the season. Granted, this is one of the toughest...
Pride Of Detroit Nov 24, 2017
Week 12 player of the game: Who gets the game ball for Lions-Vikings?

Week 12 player of the game: Who gets the game ball for Lions-Vikings?

Which Lions player deserves the game ball for their Thanksgiving Day performance? After such a devastating loss on national television, no one wants to talk about the positives. I get it. We’re all frustrated that the Detroit Lions’ division title chances are essentially gone. But there were some positives to take from Thursday’s game and some impressive performances from some Lions players. So let’s hand out a game ball, regardless of the outcome of the game, because that’s what we do every week and we’re not going to let the Vikings spoil that, too. Here are the standings...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 24, 2017
Snap counts: Teez Tabor replaces Jarrad Davis in third-down defense

Snap counts: Teez Tabor replaces Jarrad Davis in third-down defense

The Lions went toe to toe with the division-leading Minnesota Vikings. And they took one on the kisser, falling 30-23. Here's a look at how the snaps were distributed.
Grand Rapids Press Nov 24, 2017
Playoff picture: It's wild card or bust for the Detroit Lions

Playoff picture: It's wild card or bust for the Detroit Lions

The Lions had a chance to pull within one game of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. Instead, they buried themselves in a 13-0 hole against the league's fifth-best defense and could never quite recover.
Pride Of Detroit Nov 24, 2017
Friday open thread: Do you feel better, worse or the same after the Lions’ loss to the Vikings?

Friday open thread: Do you feel better, worse or the same after the Lions’ loss to the Vikings?

How are you feeling after the Thanksgiving Day game? Thanksgiving didn’t go as planned for many in Detroit. The Lions had a golden opportunity on Thursday, but squandered it. Sitting just two games behind the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit could have come within striking distance of first place in the NFC North. The conditions were perfect. A national stage. A sold-out Ford Field. Riding high on a three-game winning streak with a fairly healthy offense and a couple key contributors returning on defense. The stage was set for the Lions to sweep the divisional foe, and for the third straight...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 24, 2017

Lions grades: Special teams great again but not enough to beat Vikings

The Lions fell behind early and made a valiant fight back but couldn't catch the Vikings on Thanksgiving. Here's how each position group performed in the 30-23 loss.
Houston Chronicle Nov 23, 2017

Case Keenum powers Vikings to win over Lions

DETROIT - Case Keenum stood in the pocket to take a hit, dipped his right shoulder to slip out of a sack and shuffled his feet in the pocket to give his receivers more time to get open. Looking like a savvy winner, instead of a journeyman, he picked apart Detroit's defense with his arm and made plays with his legs to help the Minnesota Vikings beat the Lions 30-23 on Thursday. Keenum threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score in the first half to give the Vikings a double-digit lead and they went on to win a seventh straight game. They took a huge step toward winning the NFC North by taking...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 23, 2017
Inside the locker room: Jim Caldwell doesn't want you to count the Lions out

Inside the locker room: Jim Caldwell doesn't want you to count the Lions out

The Lions lost a critical NFC North matchup to the Vikings on Thanksgiving, but they're ready to fight off the notion that their season is going in the wrong direction.
Pride Of Detroit Nov 23, 2017
Lions-Vikings recap: Detroit falls short on Thanksgiving Day, 30-23

Lions-Vikings recap: Detroit falls short on Thanksgiving Day, 30-23

Please be okay, Matthew. The Detroit Lions had their fair share of chances in this one, but after suffering multiple injuries (including one to their star quarterback), they would ultimately come up short to the Minnesota Vikings at home by a score of 30 - 23. First half The Lions won the toss and chose to receive to make a statement and they would with TJ Jones’ 35-yard kick return, which was the longest by any kick returner for the Lions this year. However, the drive would be short-lived after Marvin Jones was unable to reach the sticks on a short pass on third-and-5. The Vikings would...
Pride Of Detroit Nov 23, 2017
VIDEO: Matthew Stafford injured on outstanding TD play, but returns to play

VIDEO: Matthew Stafford injured on outstanding TD play, but returns to play

The Lions got a big scare on a big play. The Detroit Lions came up with a huge play to start the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings, but it didn’t come without a huge scare. On a free play thanks to too-many-men on the Vikings, Matthew Stafford launched a ball downfield to Marvin Jones Jr., who miraculously caught the ball with two defenders in his face. He scampered to the end zone to bring the Lions within four points with plenty of time to play: This is insane. pic.twitter.com/4auKqWvogz— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) November 23, 2017 But after Stafford let the ball...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 23, 2017
Pro Football Focus' Case Keenum typo is only slightly hard to believe

Pro Football Focus' Case Keenum typo is only slightly hard to believe

The Vikings QB doesn't have 89 touchdown passes against the Lions yet, but he's certainly having himself a Thanksgiving nonetheless.
Buffalo Rumblings Nov 23, 2017
Thanksgiving Day games open thread

Thanksgiving Day games open thread

Eat, drink, sleep, eat, and be merry! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! The original Thursday football games are on in full force today, with a full slate of games ranging from fantastic matchups to those that, on the surface, seem a bit one-sided. In the early game, the Detroit Lions host their annual Thanksgiving Day affair, this time against the division-leading Minnesota Vikings. Detroit already has a win over the Vikings, a 14-7 victory in week 4, so this one is big for them if they want a shot at winning the division. Minnesota comes into the game at 8-2, while Detroit sits at 6-4. The...
Dawgs By Nature Nov 23, 2017
Thanksgiving Day NFL Open Thread

Thanksgiving Day NFL Open Thread

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving, Browns fans! This season hasn’t been very thankful to our guys in orange and brown, but there are still six more games to fight for that first win or that first overall pick! From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! #give10 @BrownsGiveBack pic.twitter.com/PZ1a4YqeBW— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 23, 2017 Use this as an open thread to discuss the Thanksgiving Day Games. VS. This is the best match-up of the day, featuring the division-leading Vikings (8-2) and the Lions (6-4) who are trying to fight into the playoffs....
Pride Of Detroit Nov 23, 2017
Lions-Vikings Week 12 inactives: Ziggy IN, Freeney OUT

Lions-Vikings Week 12 inactives: Ziggy IN, Freeney OUT

The Lions are getting Ezekiel Ansah back, but Dwight Freeney’s debut will have to wait. The Detroit Lions desperately needed some help along the defensive line considering their most recent performances against the Browns and Bears. The team made an aggressive move this week, plucking veteran Dwight Freeney from the waivers after the Seahawks surprisingly cut him. Unfortunately, as previously reported, Freeney will not be ready in time for Thursday’s game and has been declared inactive by the Lions. However, Detroit will be getting some defensive reinforcements back this week. Both...
Pride Of Detroit Nov 23, 2017
Report: Dwight Freeney will NOT play vs. Vikings

Report: Dwight Freeney will NOT play vs. Vikings

The newest Detroit Lion will not be in the lineup on Thanksgiving per NFL Network. While Detroit Lions fans were thrilled to see Dwight Freeney claimed by Detroit on Wednesday, it doesn’t appear their new pass rusher will be in the lineup on Thursday. Jim Caldwell reportedly told Stacey Dales of NFL Network that Freeney will not dress for the big Thanksgiving game against the Minnesota Vikings. .@Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell just told me that DE Dwight Freeney, acquired off waivers yesterday, is not going to dress today v.MIN. @nflnetwork— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) November 23,...
Pride Of Detroit Nov 23, 2017
NFL Week 12 staff picks: Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings

NFL Week 12 staff picks: Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings

Our staff makes their picks for the Thanksgiving Day classic. The Pride of Detroit staff is on a roll! For two straight weeks, we have all unanimously picked the outcome of the Detroit Lions game correctly. Okay, maybe those were gimmes. Just about everyone picked the Lions over both the Browns and Bears in the past two weeks, so let’s not tear our labra patting ourselves on the back. This week presents an interesting dilemma. Do we trust in the fact that the Lions defeated the Vikings back in Minnesota two months ago? Or do we place a lot of importance on how the two teams have played...
Pride Of Detroit Nov 23, 2017
Thanksgiving open thread: Will the Lions play Dwight Freeney vs. Vikings?

Thanksgiving open thread: Will the Lions play Dwight Freeney vs. Vikings?

Will the Lions hurry Freeney into the lineup or will Detroit fans have to wait a week? On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions did something they rarely do: Made a move that is almost universally praised. The moment the Seahawks surprisingly waived veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney, every single Lions fan—myself very much included—pleaded with the Football Gods to somehow let Freeney fall to the Lions’ spot in the waiver priority. He did, and the Lions didn’t waste the opportunity to snatch him up. Immediately, Freeney becomes one of the Lions’ best pure pass rushers, even at age 37....

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