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Lions injury report: Rob Sims misses practice with illness

Remember that illness that landed a few Detroit Lions players on the injury report last week? It's still spreading through the locker room this week. The illness that landed a few Detroit Lions players on last week's injury report has struck again. It kept defensive end George Johnson out of practice on Wednesday, and offensive guard Rob Sims was sidelined by it on Thursday. Based on what happened with the other players, Sims should be able to play come Sunday, but it's a bit concerning that this bug is still going around the locker room. In other news, defensive tackle C.J. Mosley missed...
Pride Of Detroit 3 hours ago

Things of that nature: The Bears' aversion to downfield throws

This season, the Chicago Bears offense has almost systematically avoided pushing the ball downfield. Will that trend continue with Jimmy Clausen under center? I'm banking this week's article on it! So... Jimmy Clausen? The Chicago Bears certainly have a way of ruining "Things of that nature," don't they? First Brian de la Puente Week, and now THIS. Football is simultaneously dumb and hilarious. I'll be honest: I don't have any substantive critiques to make about Clausen as a quarterback. I guess his career arc can do that better than I can. Still, I don't imagine Marc Trestman is going to...

Lions can lean on Ndamukong Suh

One of Ndamukong Suh's best attributes is that he's almost always on the field for the Detroit Lions. This week's question from Marshall Faulk is about which player leaves everything on the field. For the Detroit Lions, you could go in a number of different directions. You could find the player with the most "heart" and "determination," or you could select somebody who puts his body on the line no matter the circumstances. Personally, I decided to use this week's question to look at defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's durability. The fact that it was such big news last week that he...
Pride Of Detroit 7 hours ago

Film Room: Lions' passing attack should get back on track

One of the key reasons for the Detroit Lions' success during their last meeting with the Chicago Bears was the combination of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Despite just 153 yards and one touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings last week, the Detroit Lions' passing attack has a chance to turn things around this week against Chicago. The Bears have averaged 272 yards allowed per game, including 390 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions on Thanksgiving. One of the key reasons for the Lions' success during their last meeting with the Bears was the combination of Matthew Stafford and...
Windy City Gridiron 8 hours ago

Ugh, You Again: Week 16, Detroit Lions

Our second look at the Detroit Lions brings with it a couple of surprise twists. We're previewing this week's matchup against the NFC North division contenders. The last time the Bears had a division rematch this season, the Bears had three wins. At least that total improved! ... Right? Right? Okay, so the season's over, in all facets, with two division rematches to go, and only one of them with playoff implications, as this week they get their rematch with the Lions, who ripped them apart as you devoured your turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving. The Lions, since that week, have gone on to...

Lions notes: Teryl Austin, Glover Quin, more

Lions notes looks at Teryl Austin, Glover Quin and much more. Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is one of the top names on the Fritz Pollard Alliance's list of minority coaching candidates, according to the Free Press. This doesn't mean that Austin is going to land a head coaching job in 2015 or anything like that, but his chances of at least getting an interview are very good given what he's done with the Lions defense this season. A perfect example of Austin's excellent work is that Glover Quin is the third Lions defender this season to receive NFC Defensive Player of...
Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 12 hours ago

Thursday Lions open thread

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Lions claim Josh Thomas off waivers, put LaAdrian Waddle on IR

With offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle now on injured reserve, the Detroit Lions have filled their open roster spot by claiming a cornerback off waivers. The Detroit Lions have made it official: LaAdrian Waddle's season is over. He was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, ending his injury-riddled season. With an open spot on the roster, there was some speculation that the Lions were simply going to promote offensive tackle Michael Williams, who is on the practice squad. Instead, however, they claimed cornerback Josh Thomas off waivers after he was released by the New York Jets. Thomas,...

Jim Caldwell's quotes from Wednesday

A recap of Jim Caldwell's comments from Wednesday. Below is a look at what Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell had to say on Wednesday. (Quotes provided by the Lions.) On if he believes QB Jay Cutler is an elite quarterback: "I'm not one to put tags on anybody. Do I think he's very good at what he does, absolutely. Great arm, great talent, great mind. He's a quality individual." On the issues the Bears are dealing with: "We have our own problems. We don't worry about anybody else and their issues, we have our own to worry about." On if they've made a decision on T LaAdrian Waddle: "I...

Lions injury report: Three players miss practice

Three Detroit Lions players were sidelined from practice on Wednesday. Going into Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, it's a pretty safe bet that the Detroit Lions will be down one starter on each side of the ball. On offense, right tackle LaAdrian Waddle has already been ruled out for Sunday's game, and he is expected to be placed on injured reserve at some point soon after partially tearing his ACL. On defense, meanwhile, it doesn't look like defensive tackle Nick Fairley will be back this week, as he, like Waddle, missed practice on Wednesday. Defensive end George Johnson was the...

Lions at Bears: Full coverage of Sunday's game

The Detroit Lions take on the Chicago Bears and try to clinch a playoff spot. Next up for the Detroit Lions is a road game against the Chicago Bears. Here's an early look at the Bears: Chicago Bears (5-9) Schedule so far Week 1 - vs. Bills - lost, 23-20 (OT)Week 2 - at 49ers - won, 28-20Week 3 - at Jets - won, 27-19Week 4 - vs. Packers - lost, 38-17Week 5 - at Panthers - lost, 31-24Week 6 - at Falcons - won, 27-13Week 7 - vs. Dolphins - lost, 27-14Week 8 - at Patriots - lost, 51-23Week 10 - at Packers - lost, 55-14Week 11 - vs. Vikings - won, 21-13Week 12 - vs. Buccaneers - won, 21-13Week...
Pride Of Detroit Dec 17, 2014

Know the NFC North: Week 15

A roundup of how the NFC North performed in Week 15 of the season. NFC North standings Detroit Lions: 10-4 Green Bay Packers: 10-4 Minnesota Vikings: 6-8 Chicago Bears: 5-9 Green Bay Packers Last week: 21-13 loss at the Buffalo Bills Now you cannot say that Jim Schwartz never did anything for you. I absolutely refuse to give him any credit for the Bills' upset of the Packers, but I will admit that he was on the sideline at the same time the game took place. Overall, this game was a pretty ugly defensive battle. The Bills defense played well, but the Packers offense made a lot of unforced...

Week 16 Lions rooting guide

Which teams should you root for this week? Find out in our Week 16 Detroit Lions rooting guide. In order to clinch a playoff spot, all the Detroit Lions need to do this week is beat the Chicago Bears. However, for the purposes of seeding and potentially winning the NFC North title, they could use some help. Here's a look at which teams you should root for in Week 16: NFC North Green Bay Packers (10-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-12) | 1 p.m., FOX (Sunday) If the Lions beat the Bears and the Bucs beat the Packers, the NFC North title belongs to Detroit before Week 17 even begins. Go...

Looking ahead to Lions' next opponent: Chicago Bears

A look at the Chicago Bears, which will play host to the Detroit Lions in Week 16 of the season. Next up for the Detroit Lions is a road game against the Chicago Bears. Here's an early look at the Bears: Chicago Bears (5-9) Schedule so far Week 1 - vs. Bills - lost, 23-20 (OT)Week 2 - at 49ers - won, 28-20Week 3 - at Jets - won, 27-19Week 4 - vs. Packers - lost, 38-17Week 5 - at Panthers - lost, 31-24Week 6 - at Falcons - won, 27-13Week 7 - vs. Dolphins - lost, 27-14Week 8 - at Patriots - lost, 51-23Week 10 - at Packers - lost, 55-14Week 11 - vs. Vikings - won, 21-13Week 12 - vs....

NFL power rankings, Week 16: Only minor changes for Lions

There wasn't much movement for the Detroit Lions in this week's NFL power rankings. With the end of the regular season nearing, it seems that a pretty strong consensus is building for the top teams in the NFL. That's evidenced by the lack of real movement for the Detroit Lions in this week's NFL power rankings. Despite winning on Sunday, improving to 10-4 and jumping back into first place, there was very little movement from them this week: SB Nation: 8th (up from 9th) NFL.com: 8th (up from 9th) ESPN: 8th (up from 9th) CBS Sports: 10th (no change) FOX Sports: 6th (down from...

NFL playoff scenarios: Official clinching scenarios for Lions

The Detroit Lions have three different clinching scenarios for the playoffs this week, and we have a breakdown of each of them. As mentioned after last Sunday's game, the Detroit Lions can clinch a playoff spot and potentially even the NFC North title this week. There are a few different paths to a playoff spot, and one scenario would actually get them into the postseason on Saturday night. There's also a scenario where the Lions could have a first-round bye wrapped up by the end of Week 16. Via the NFL, here's a look at the Lions' official clinching scenarios for Week 16: Detroit clinches...

How Lions' future opponents fared in Week 15

A look at how the Detroit Lions' future opponents performed in Week 15 of the season. In Week 15, the Detroit Lions' future opponents combined to go 0-2. Here's a look at how each team performed: Week 16 - at Bears (5-9) - lost to Saints, 31-15 The Bears fell behind 24-0 in this one before making the score look a bit more respectable with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. How did they manage to fall into such a big hole? Look no further than Jay Cutler, who threw three interceptions and completed only 17 of his 31 passes. The offensive line also deserves some blame, as Cutler was sacked...

Lions notes: Jim Caldwell, Calvin Johnson, more

Lions notes looks at Jim Caldwell, Calvin Johnson and much more. Jim Caldwell has had some great quotes over the last couple of days about not looking ahead to the playoffs. Lions coach Jim Caldwell on Jason Jones' comment about tasting postseason: "I hope he's talking about tasting practice next week." — Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) December 15, 2014 Caldwell said looking ahead to the playoffs is "like texting and driving. .. You can’t have your focus & attention on 2 things at one time" — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) December 15, 2014 So just remember, kids, don't look...

Monday night open thread: Saints at Bears

Chat about Monday night's matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears. For more on this game, check out Canal Street Chronicles and Windy City Gridiron.

Jim Caldwell's quotes from Monday

A recap of Jim Caldwell's comments from Monday. Below is a look at what Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell had to say on Monday. (Quotes provided by the Lions.) On RT LaAdrian Waddle's injury: "It doesn't look good for him but we'll continue to look at him. They're doing a little evaluation and things of that nature. We'll have a final word here shortly, next day or so." On what lessons he learned as a head coach in Indianapolis: "I'd say they're countless. I think you learn something every day and I try to make that a point throughout my life. I think if you stop learning and...

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