11:33 PM EST, Sat December 15, 2018
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Saturday NFL football open thread: Texans vs. Jets, Browns vs. Broncos

Saturday NFL football open thread: Texans vs. Jets, Browns vs. Broncos

A couple of Saturday NFL games await. Come watch with us. Now that the college season is over and boring bowl season is upon us, the NFL has stepped in and reclaimed the entire weekend. That’s right, it’s Saturday NFL football time, and Week 15 continues with, well, an somewhat underwhelming couple of appetizers before Sunday’s big entree. First, the Houston Texans—fresh off their first loss in a couple months—will take on the New York Jets. New York is officially eliminated from playoff contention, while the Texans are on the verge of clinching a playoff spot at 9-4. It’s not...
10 hours ago
The Detroit Lions continue to insist Teez Tabor is improving

The Detroit Lions continue to insist Teez Tabor is improving

The coaching staff still appears to be in Tabor’s corner... at least publicly. One of the biggest blemishes on Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn’s career was his decision to draft Florida cornerback Teez Tabor in the second round of the 2017 draft. It was no surprise that Tabor didn’t have much of an impact on the team during his rookie year—Detroit was pretty set at cornerback that season and rookie corners don’t typically make a huge impact in their first year. But 2018 has been an irrefutable disappointment. After poor play early in the year (29.2 PFF grade), Tabor has...
12 hours ago
Detroit Lions Week 15 rooting guide: NFC playoff race, NFL draft order

Detroit Lions Week 15 rooting guide: NFC playoff race, NFL draft order

Here’s who Lions fans should be rooting for whether it’s for draft position or playoff odds. It’s another December week of football and the Detroit Lions are still mathematically in the playoff race. Last week, literally everything went the Lions’ way, and it jumped Detroit’s playoff chances from 0.4 percent to 2.2 percent according to Football Outsiders. If everything in Week 15 goes Detroit’s way, their playoff chances would jump to around 17 percent, according to the New York Times. But since the odds remain such a longshot, I will also be providing the best possible...
14 hours ago
How to watch Lions vs. Bills: Time, TV schedule, online streaming, more

How to watch Lions vs. Bills: Time, TV schedule, online streaming, more

Here’s all the gameday information you need for Sunday. There are only three games left in the Detroit Lions 2018 regular season. While many fans seem to live for the offseason, I am not one of those people. I cherish each week of the NFL, no matter how “meaningless” the games are or how poor the matchup looks on paper. So while there isn’t a ton to get excited about when the Detroit Lions head to Buffalo to take on the Bills this week, it is Lions football. And without a doubt Lions Football > no Lions Football. That may be a low bar to set, but that’s just math. It’s...
15 hours ago
Open thread: Which Lions player could be in for a big game vs. the Bills?

Open thread: Which Lions player could be in for a big game vs. the Bills?

Who do you think could be in for a big Week 15? The Detroit Lions are pretty beat up heading into Week 15. They’ve already declared five players out for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills and there are another six players that are questionable. The cupboard is bare, the playoff chances are on their last leg and the team is desperate. The Bills are in no better shape—they’ve already been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention—so it looks bleak all around. But Sunday also spells opportunity for individual players. Whether they’re trying to put good tape out there...
Dec 14, 2018
Injury report: 4 starters out, Stafford questionable, but plans on playing

Injury report: 4 starters out, Stafford questionable, but plans on playing

It’s a lengthy injury report for the Lions. The Detroit Lions enter Week 15 with their longest injury report of the season. Four starters—Bruce Ellington, Rick Wagner, Bruce Ellington and Kerryon Johnson—have all already been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. Additionally, six other players are listed as questionable. Matthew Stafford is officially listed as questionable with a back injury that has lingered for a couple weeks. The injury caused him to postpone his availability with the media this week, but he told reporters on Friday that he believes he will...
Dec 14, 2018
NFL Week 15 picks against the spread, totals

NFL Week 15 picks against the spread, totals

You had that egg nog, didn’t you? I can smell it. I hate the cold. It’s depressing, stifling and without merit. I’d much rather prefer to live on the outskirts of the desert, where I only deal in cold at night, when I’m asleep or at least happy. But during the day? No sir. This white powder is awful too. This time of year only compounds the matter. Awkward holiday parties at the office where you have to pretend like you enjoy the company of these savages. College bowl games not worth spit beyond the money you gamble on them. Flight prices got jacked. And it’s cold. But I did...
Dec 14, 2018
Notes: Dan Gilbert puts Lions ownership rumors to bed

Notes: Dan Gilbert puts Lions ownership rumors to bed

Yeah, it’s not happening. Move along. As the Detroit Lions prepare to close yet another disappointing season, talk will once again shift to typical offseason topics: the draft, free agency, and selling the team. There have been no signs of the Ford family showing interest in selling the team. In fact, just a month ago, Lions president Rod Wood publicly declared that the team was “not for sale” amidst rumors that Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert may be interested in making a play for the franchise. Now, Gilbert has spoken out and claimed that those rumors never had much of any...
Dec 14, 2018
Film breakdown: T.J. Lang was the heart and soul of the rushing attack

Film breakdown: T.J. Lang was the heart and soul of the rushing attack

The Lions really do have a quality run game, but it’s on injured reserve. The rise and fall of a “great” offensive line Early in the 2018 regular season, it looked like the investments made by general manager Bob Quinn in the offensive line were finally starting to pay off. Recovering from a putrid opener against the New York Jets, the unit repeatedly posted solid outings to earn praise from national outlets in September and October. Pass protection was great, the team finally found a rushing game, and Detroit was turning the season around with wins against prestige franchises like...
Dec 14, 2018
Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills: On Paper preview

Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills: On Paper preview

Our statistical breakdown and preview of the Lions’ Week 15 matchup. The Detroit Lions saw their playoff odds quadruple last week, and now they may actually have something to play for down the final stretch of the season. Okay, probably not. Their quadrupling playoff odds went from under one percent to anywhere between two and four percent, depending on your preferred probability machine. But I wouldn’t blame you for keeping hope alive, because otherwise there would be no reason to watch this week’s game between the 5-8 Lions and the 4-9 Bills. So if you are still clinging to hope,...
Dec 14, 2018
The Cheat Sheet: Lions can’t let Josh Allen beat them with his legs

The Cheat Sheet: Lions can’t let Josh Allen beat them with his legs

Everything you need to know for Lions vs. Bills Week 15. The key matchup this week is the Bills run game against the Lions run defense. And it’s not even a running back the Lions have to worry about. Right now there isn’t another quarterback in the NFL running the ball as effectively as Josh Allen. The rookie quarterback leads the Bills with 490 rushing yards and five touchdowns in 2018. They have seemingly found a way to use Allen’s athleticism to their advantage in the run game. Is Mike Vick playing for the Bills? @JoshAllenQB pic.twitter.com/Q7Q6L052eb— The Checkdown...
Dec 14, 2018
Open thread: Which young NFL star is the most fun to watch right now?

Open thread: Which young NFL star is the most fun to watch right now?

The league is chock-full of young stars at the moment, which do you like watching the most? Last night we saw Kansas City Chiefs starlet quarterback Patrick Mahomes put together another magical performance as his team fell just short against the Los Angeles Chargers on “Thursday Night Football.” The 23-year-old quarterback is still in his first season as a starter and is already in the MVP conversation. Mahomes was not the only young star on the field last night, though. Chargers safety Derwin James is the front runner for Defensive Rookie of the Year as he has been one of the...
Dec 13, 2018
Thursday Night Football open thread: Chargers at Chiefs

Thursday Night Football open thread: Chargers at Chiefs

A huge AFC matchup kicks off Week 15. Week 15 is going to kick off with a heck of a game. Though the AFC is generally less exciting as a Detroit Lions fan, even I can appreciate a good Thursday night matchup when the rare opportunity presents itself. The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the most exciting teams in the football, with a young quarterback in the MVP race and a slew of high-octane weapons. The Chiefs are one of the best teams in football despite having one of the worst defenses in the league. The Los Angeles Chargers are almost the exact opposite. They are nowhere near as flashy...
Dec 13, 2018
Thursday injury report: Rookies Johnson and Hand miss practice again

Thursday injury report: Rookies Johnson and Hand miss practice again

The Lions are battered and bruised heading into a bout versus the Bills. After an injury-filled game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Detroit Lions opted for a Wednesday walkthrough instead of the usual practice. The Lions will face off against the Buffalo Bills this week, but it appears as though they will do so with numerous missing pieces. The Lions offense, already missing T.J. Lang, Marvin Jones Jr and Michael Roberts, is dealing with injuries across the starting lineup. Quarterback Matthew Stafford continues to be limited with a back injury. Running back Kerryon Johnson did not...
Dec 13, 2018
Jarrad Davis earns praise from NFL for big hit on David Johnson

Jarrad Davis earns praise from NFL for big hit on David Johnson

The Lions linebacker laid the boom on David Johnson and showed good form, too. Detroit Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis enjoyed one of his best games as an NFL linebacker last week. He tallied eight tackles (seven solo), 1.0 sacks, two tackles for losses, one pass defended and a quarterback hit. And on Thursday, he received the NFL Way to Play Award for Week 14. The Way to Play Award is given to the player that exemplifies proper technique in accordance to the NFL’s rules. Often, the award goes to a player that lays a big hit on someone while not violating one of the league’s strict...