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Detroit Lions Jim Caldwell candidate for coach of the year

Detroit Lions Jim Caldwell candidate for coach of the year

If Jim Caldwell’s name isn’t in the early conversation for NFL coach of the year it should be. Actually it has started regarding the first-year Detroit Lions coach. ProFootballTalk.com ranked the Lions sixth in the weekly power rankings this week. The comment line:  “In a year with plenty of viable candidates for coach of the year, Jim Caldwell deserves serious consideration.’’ Gregg Rosenthal on NFL.com also mentions Caldwell as a candidate. OK, it is early. Still Caldwell has taken a team that won just one of its final seven games last season and changed its...
Oct 29, 2014

Join chat on Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. on Thursday

Join me at 3 p.m. on Thursday for my weekly live chat discussing the Detroit Lions. We'll look at the first half of the season and also discuss expectations for the second half. Playoffs anyone?
Oct 28, 2014
Detroit Lions — No timetable for Nick Fairley's return

Detroit Lions — No timetable for Nick Fairley's return

ALLEN PARK — Jim Caldwell said Tuesday morning that there is no timetable for the return of defensive tackle Nick Fairley who injured his right knee in Sunday’s win over the Falcons. The Detroit Lions coach said reports that Fairley would be out four to five weeks did not come from the team office.  “We have not come to that conclusion as of yet,’’ Caldwell said. “When we do we’ll certainly release it.’’ Those reports said that Fairley had a sprained MCL and PCL. The coach said he's not sure if it’s a season-ending injury.  “They haven’t told me that...
Oct 27, 2014
Detroit Lions — After 6-2 start, a look at the remaining schedule

Detroit Lions — After 6-2 start, a look at the remaining schedule

OK, so far so good for the Detroit Lions. They’re 6-2 and atop the NFC North at the halfway point despite several key injuries. Unlike seasons past, they are finding ways to win. In the last two games they have held the lead for exactly 98 seconds and yet they have won both. PHOTOS FROM WIN IN LONDON The defense is still ranked No. 1 in the NFL allowing just 290.4 yards per game — second against the run, fifth against the pass. This despite the fact they lost Stephen Tulloch and Bill Bentley for the season.  The offense has been iffy, but with mostly good reason....
Oct 27, 2014
Detroit Lions — Matt Prater explains the miss before game-winner

Detroit Lions — Matt Prater explains the miss before game-winner

Matt Prater became the Detroit Lions’ hero when he kicked the 48-yard game-winning field goal at Wembley Stadium in the 22-21 win over the Falcons. It wasn’t as smooth as it should have been. That's putting it mildly. Prater missed on the first attempt of 43 yards, the Lions got a delay of game penalty and were moved back five yards. PHOTOS FROM WIN AT WEMBLEY Prater explained to reporters that he was hurried on the first attempt. “I got out there late, the clock was running obviously and so I rushed it. Sam (Martin, the holder) told me to hurry, I looked at the clock...
Oct 26, 2014
Detroit Lions learn how to face adversity, win

Detroit Lions learn how to face adversity, win

They say you can judge a team by how it handles adversity. If this is true — and I believe it is — the Detroit Lions are the real deal. Everyone said it was a game they should win against the Falcons who had lost four straight. But given the circumstances a Lions' loss would have been understandable. Instead they come back with time running off the clock and then boarded the plane to Detroit with a 22-21 win. How's this for adversity? So they start on Sunday nearly 4,000 miles from home. Four starters on offense are in street clothes — Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush,...
Oct 26, 2014
Detroit Lions - Matthew Stafford sets franchise record

Detroit Lions - Matthew Stafford sets franchise record

With his 59-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate in the third quarter today, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has broken Bobby Layne’s career franchise record. Stafford now has 119 touchdown passes. Layne played for the Lions from 1950-58. Heed the Lions to national championships in 1952 and 1953 and was on sideline with broken leg when they won third national title in 1957. Layne was called the “toughest quarterback who ever lived” in a 1995 Sports Illustrated story. He was one of the last players in the NFL to take the field without a face mask. Stafford, in his sixth season...
Oct 26, 2014
Detroit Lions — Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush inactive

Detroit Lions — Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush inactive

Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush will not be active for the Detroit Lions as they face the Atlanta Falcons at London’s Wembley Stadium today. (Kickoff at 9:30 a.m. ET, will air nationally on FOX.) All seven inactives are from the offense. This is the third straight game that Johnson, who has an ankle sprain, has missed.  The Lions are 2-0 without him. Golden Tate has been solid without Johnson on the field. Also expect Corey Fuller and Jeremy Ross to be more involved in the offense. Bush, who also has an ankle injury, played last Sunday but sat out the Oct. 12 win at Minnesota....
Oct 25, 2014
Detroit Lions — 10 things you may not know about Wembley Stadium

Detroit Lions — 10 things you may not know about Wembley Stadium

The Detroit Lions play the Atlanta Falcons at London’s historic Wembley Stadium on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. Here are 10 things you may not know about Wembley: 1. The original Wembley Stadium opened in 1923. It was demolished in 2003 and the new one opened in March 2007. 2. On Oct. 28, 2007, in front of 81,176 fans, the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 13–10 in the first regular season NFL game ever to be played in Europe, and the first outside of North America. 3. The first touchdown scored at Wembley was on a run by Giants' quarterback Eli Manning. The NFL...
Oct 22, 2014

Join live chat on Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. Thursday

Join me at 3 p.m. on Thursday for my weekly live chat to discuss the Detroit Lions (5-2) who play the Atlanta Falcons (2-5) at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday. Bring your questions and I'll do my best to answer each one. It's always fun.
Oct 21, 2014
Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson has started to run

Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson has started to run

Calvin Johnson is running again, but still no guarantees that he’ll be ready to play on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons in London. The Detroit Lions wide receiver was interviewed Tuesday morning on the NFL Network by Steve Wyche and Jordan Babineaux. “I’ll tell you this much, I’m getting better and better on a daily basis,’’ Johnson said in the interview. “So we’re just going to keep on. I’m going on that track; I’m working with the training staff a ton. We’re getting a lot of good work in and going in the right direction.” Johnson has missed the last two...
Oct 20, 2014
Detroit Lions sign TE Kellen Davis

Detroit Lions sign TE Kellen Davis

ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions have signed tight end Kellen Davis, who played at Michigan State. He worked out for the Lions last week. The Lions are incredibly thin at tight end. They leave for London tonight to play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Joe Fauria (ankle) and Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not play on Sunday. It’s unclear if either will be ready to play in London. Fauria has missed four games with an ankle sprain. It was the first game out for Ebron who injured his hamstring Wednesday in practice. Brandon Pettigrew played the entire game against the Saints, but was on the...
Oct 19, 2014
Detroit Lions — Five standouts in win over New Orleans Saints

Detroit Lions — Five standouts in win over New Orleans Saints

It was definitely a team win for the Detroit Lions who beat the New Orleans Saints 24-23 on Sunday at Ford Field. Here are five Lions who stood out: 1. Golden Tate had career highs with 10 catches and 154 receiving yards. His 73-yard touchdown is his second longest in his career. That touchdown was the catalyst that gave the Lions a chance to win late in the game. PHOTOS FROM WIN OVER SAINTS 2. Corey Fuller’s first-ever touchdown catch was the game winner. He said he had the easy part, but that took some work to get both feet down. He had just three catches but all were...
Oct 19, 2014
Detroit Lions — Calvin Johnson, Eric Ebron out; Saints' Jimmy Graham active

Detroit Lions — Calvin Johnson, Eric Ebron out; Saints' Jimmy Graham active

DETROIT — Calvin Johnson will not play today against the Saints. The Detroit Lions wide receiver had been listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. This is the second straight game Johnson has missed with an ankle sprain. The Lions’ offense will also be without tight end Eric Ebron who tweaked a hamstring in Wednesday’s practice and didn’t practice on Thursday and Friday. He was doubtful for the game. Tight end Jordan Thompson was signed from the practice squad to fill in at tight end where Joe Fauria (ankle) remains out. Brandon Pettigrew said Thompson, who will be...
Oct 17, 2014
Detroit Lions — Calvin Johnson not ruled out for Sunday

Detroit Lions — Calvin Johnson not ruled out for Sunday

ALLEN PARK — Calvin Johnson has not officially been shut down for  Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The Detroit Lions wide receiver missed last Sunday’s game at the Vikings with a sprained ankle. “You know I’ve been surprised before, he’s an unusual guy. Just talking to him yesterday after practice he’s feeling good and coming along. Miracles have happened,’’ coach Jim Caldwell said. “It would be fairly close (to a miracle) in some cases, but in this particular case, he’s a different guy. These guys have an unbelievable tolerance for pain, their...