11:00 AM EDT, Tue October 17, 2017
53 mins ago
Lions punter Sam Martin returning to practice

Lions punter Sam Martin returning to practice

The Detroit Lions announced their starting punter will begin to practice shortly. The Detroit Lions announced on Tuesday morning that Sam Martin will return to practice. Martin was placed on the reserve Non-Football Injury (NFI) list after suffering an off-the-field ankle injury just before the beginning of training camp. Though Martin is returning to practice, he still currently remains on the NFI list for now. The Lions have three week window to decide whether they want to add Martin to the active 53-man roster. If they choose not to activate him, he will revert back to injured...
2 hours ago
Week 6 NFC North recap: Who is the favorite to win the division?

Week 6 NFC North recap: Who is the favorite to win the division?

With Aaron Rodgers down, the North is up for grabs. To call Week 6 of the NFL eventful would be a disservice to the NFC North. For the Black and Blue division, it was earth-shattering. Just as it seems the Green Bay Packers were pulling away from the rest of the crowd, disaster strikes and Aaron Rodgers breaks his collarbone. Here’s a full recap of the week that was in the NFC North. Green Bay Packers lose to Minnesota Vikings, 23-10 Green Bay notes: The Aaron Rodgers injury is absolutely devastating to the Packers. The team announced that Rodgers will undergo surgery, and former NFL...
3 hours ago
Fantasy football: 3 waiver wire options to replace Aaron Rodgers

Fantasy football: 3 waiver wire options to replace Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is injured and won’t be back to make an impact on your fantasy season. Here are the best options you have to turn to for the rest of the year. Fitting how some downright bizarre football took place during a weekend that kicked off with a Friday the 13th. But amidst the craziness of the New York Giants, an 11.5-point underdog, upsetting the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field, and the Miami Dolphins mounting a 17-point comeback on the road to beat the Atlanta Falcons, there were some injuries to key players like Leonard Fournette, Jameis Winston, and Emmanuel...
5 hours ago
Tuesday open thread: What has been the Lions’ biggest surprise so far?

Tuesday open thread: What has been the Lions’ biggest surprise so far?

What has surprised you the most about the Lions through six games? In true Detroit Lions fashion, the 2017 season has already been a roller coaster. After a near 4-0 start, the Lions have crashed back to reality and enter their Week 7 bye at a disappointing 3-3 record. While the Lions had promising wins against the Giants, Cardinals and Vikings, they have looked outclassed by some of the best teams the NFC has to offer: the Panthers, Falcons and Saints. While 3-3 isn’t all that surprising of a record considering where preseason expectations were for this team, the path to .500 has been...
14 hours ago
Monday Night Football open thread: Colts at Titans

Monday Night Football open thread: Colts at Titans

Saddle up for some AFC football! During Sunday night’s open thread, I mentioned just how wacky Week 6 in the NFL has been. I postulated that maybe even the Broncos could somehow drop a home game against the lowly, winless Giants. Well, here we are 24 hours later and the Giants have done just that. This week in the NFL had six games with 7+ point underdogs. Those underdogs went 3-3. Not against the spread, mind you. Straight up. We had three 7+ point underdogs pull off the upset. My point is: the NFL can make just about any bleak matchup look interesting. So maybe the magic of Week 6 can...
19 hours ago
Notes: Everyone is blitzing the Lions and they can’t stop it

Notes: Everyone is blitzing the Lions and they can’t stop it

Matthew Stafford has a target on his back, and opponents aren’t missing. According to Pro Football Reference, Matthew Stafford is the most sacked quarterback (23) in the league through Week 6. He has also lost the most yards (144) due to sacks. That’s obviously not all that surprising, considering Detroit’s offensive line woes. Unfortunately for the Lions, it appears all of their opponents are well aware of their front-line issues. Stafford is currently the second most blitzed quarterback in the NFL: These QB's are blitzed the most / least in the NFL this season!#FlyEaglesFly...
21 hours ago
Report: Golden Tate likely to miss ‘a few weeks’ with shoulder injury

Report: Golden Tate likely to miss ‘a few weeks’ with shoulder injury

The Lions could be without their No. 1 receiver for the next few games. One of the more significant injuries the Detroit Lions suffered during their Week 6 loss to the New Orleans Saints was when Golden Tate left the game with a shoulder injury. Tate took a big shoulder-to-shoulder hit from Saints linebacker Craig Robertson on a short 7-yard gain in the third quarter. Tate did not return and was not made available in the locker room after the game, suggesting his injury was significant. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the injury to his right shoulder appears serious enough...
22 hours ago
PODcast didn’t like this Lions-Saints game, but is the NFC North wide open?

PODcast didn’t like this Lions-Saints game, but is the NFC North wide open?

It wasn’t good. It wasn’t good at all. This one’s not going to sit well in our guts, much like bad orange chicken. Trust me, there’s talk of food on this PODcast, but you’re going to have to get through our commiserations about this Lions team before you do that. The comeback against the Saints was meaningless, and the Lions are hurting in a bad way. This game wasn’t good and we chomp through it all, and along the way we tend to yell at each other. It’s what friends do. Download and subscribe to the PODcast on iTunes, or check us out on Stitcher. This week on the...
23 hours ago
Reports: Teddy Bridgewater cleared for practice, will return to Vikings roster

Reports: Teddy Bridgewater cleared for practice, will return to Vikings roster

Out goes Rodgers, in comes Bridgewater. The NFC North lost its best quarterback on Sunday when Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone. Rodgers could potentially return before the season is through, but he’ll be out for at least a couple months. But the NFC North may be getting a passer back that they haven’t seen in quite some time. It all started with a two-word tweet on Monday morning: Thank you.— Teddy Bridgewater (@teddyb_h2o) October 16, 2017 That enigmatic tweet comes from Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is currently on the team’s Physically Unable to...
Oct 16, 2017
Lions-Saints snap counts: Injuries shuffle offensive line, Teez Tabor sees the field

Lions-Saints snap counts: Injuries shuffle offensive line, Teez Tabor sees the field

The Lions had to do some improvising on their roster after an injury-filled game. Here’s a look at the Detroit Lions’ snap counts from their Week 6 game against the New Orleans Saints. Offense: Quarterbacks Matthew Stafford: 81 snaps (100%) Running backs Ameer Abdullah: 37 (46%)Theo Riddick: 35 (43%)Zach Zenner: 9 (11%) — 23 special teams snaps (51%) “Fullback” Nick Bellore: 1 (1%) Tight ends Darren Fells: 46 (57%) — 16 (36%)Eric Ebron: 41 (51%)Michael Roberts: 5 (6%) — 12 (27%) Wide receivers Marvin Jones Jr.: 80 (99%)TJ Jones: 58 (72%)Jared Abbrederis: 47 (58%) — 16...
Oct 16, 2017
What are the Detroit Lions missing?

What are the Detroit Lions missing?

What is it going to take to get the Lions back on track? What’s going on with this Lions team? It was a mere two weeks ago when the Lions were 3-1 and just a crazy rule away from being 4-0. The Lions were at the top of the league. Multiple analysts had the Lions pegged as a top five team. Some even thought they could go the distance. A lot can happen in two weeks. Here we are going into the bye week and the questions surrounding the Lions have grown. Questions like: Why can’t the Lions offense get into gear? Why has Matthew Stafford been sacked 17 times in the past three weeks? Why...
Oct 16, 2017
Lions-Saints report card: Time to admit it, this team is bad

Lions-Saints report card: Time to admit it, this team is bad

The same problems keep popping up. Maybe it’s time to change our expectations. Before I get into this week’s grades for the Detroit Lions’ game against the New Orleans Saints, we need to talk. The Lions have been completely outmatched in three of their four last games. A flurry of late-game scores in all three games have helped distract some—myself included—to the real problems with this team. There’s no way around it. Over the past four games, this Detroit Lions team has been bad. Not just 1-3 record bad, but should-have-been-blown-out bad. The Saints, Panthers and Falcons...
Oct 16, 2017
Lions-Saints player of the game: Who gets the game ball?

Lions-Saints player of the game: Who gets the game ball?

Just a handful of players had a good game against the Saints. Let’s honor one of them. For the second straight week, the Detroit Lions dropped an egg and looked just plain awful against good competition. As far as a team effort, it was a flat, uninspiring performance. But there were a few good individual performances against the New Orleans Saints worth praising, so let’s hand out a game ball like we always do. Here are the Game Ball standings through five games: Darius Slay - 4Matthew Stafford - 4Glover Quin - 3Ezekiel Ansah - 3Anthony Zettel - 3Jarrad Davis - 3Darren Fells - 2Jamal...
Oct 16, 2017
Lions injury recap: Updates on Golden Tate, Greg Robinson, Glover Quin

Lions injury recap: Updates on Golden Tate, Greg Robinson, Glover Quin

An updated look on the key injuries from the Lions-Saints game. The Detroit Lions didn’t only lose a much-needed win in the NFC on Sunday, but they lost the services of three key starters due to injury. The team is always very scarce on details regarding injuries, but here’s what we know about the key injuries as of Sunday night. Glover Quin Quin suffered a very serious-looking concussion in the third quarter of the game. Quin was attempting to make a tackle on Saints running back Alvin Kamara and eventually received a knee to the head from teammate A’Shawn Robinson. Quin appeared...
Oct 15, 2017
Sunday Night Football open thread: Giants at Broncos

Sunday Night Football open thread: Giants at Broncos

Let’s put this Sunday out of its misery... together. It was another rough week in the NFL. The Detroit Lions looked really bad for the second straight game. Starting quarterbacks all over the league were battered up and lost to injury. The Kansas City Chiefs, the only remaining undefeated in the NFL, lost to a Pittsburgh Steelers team that was routed by the Jaguars and upset by the Bears. The Atlanta Falcons blew a 17-point home lead against the Miami Dolphins. The Chargers and Raiders are both 2-4. Adrian Peterson is apparently not a corpse. There are a lot of weird things happening...