Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 7:00 PM EDT Sep 18, 2020 Matthew Stafford doesn’t do much for show. The Detroit Lions quarterback has never been the guy who will grab his teammate by the face mask and chew him out on national television. But good luck finding a former teammate who won’t rave about his
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 6:35 PM EDT Sep 18, 2020 Matthew Stafford’s first pass in nearly 11 months won’t make any highlight reels. Falling backward to avoid the pressure of the pass rush — the result of one of his blockers losing his footing — the Detroit Lions quarterback still managed to fire a reasonably
Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 6:50 PM EDT Sep 18, 2020 There was a point at which the Lions thought they were solidified with their backfield, with the notion of going with a youth movement. Kerryon Johnson, rookie D’Andre Swift, Ty Johnson and Bo Scarbrough looked to be the group heading into the season.
The Detroit News Published 4:31 PM EDT Sep 18, 2020 Justin Rogers, Rod Beard, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Sunday’s Lions vs. Packers game at Lambeau Field (1 p.m., Fox/760). ►Justin Rogers: This rivalry has been highly competitive in recent years with the teams splitting the past 10
Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 4:29 PM EDT Sep 18, 2020 Lions at Packers Kickoff: 1 p.m. Sunday, Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis. TV/radio: Fox/760 Records: Lions 0-1, Packers 1-0 Line: Packers by 6.5 Rod Beard of The Detroit News breaks down the Lions’ Week 2 matchup against the Packers. Key matchup AARON RODGERS VS.
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 3:57 PM EDT Sep 18, 2020 As if the Detroit Lions didn’t have enough early-season injury woes, the team lost another starting offensive lineman to a mid-week injury. On Friday, the team ruled out guard Joe Dahl for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers due to a groin
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 1:10 PM EDT Sep 18, 2020 Looking at the numbers from last weekend’s season opener, you understandably might have a difficult time believing the Green Bay Packers’ offense went through the same truncated offseason as everyone else. Playing against the Minnesota Vikings, a team that perennially presents a stiff defensive
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 6:04 PM EDT Sep 17, 2020 It was in his hands and then it wasn’t. The pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford was as perfect as the play call, but rookie running back D’Andre Swift couldn’t hang on for what was certain to be the game-winning touchdown against the Chicago
Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 4:55 PM EDT Sep 17, 2020 It seemed like something out of a pro wrestling broadcast: head-butting a referee in the chest, followed by an ejection. It wasn’t a choreographed move by Lions linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, when he made contact with
Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 2:49 PM EDT Sep 17, 2020 In his first season as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur was facing a tough situation in the regular-season finale. With a playoff spot clinched and a first-round bye hanging in the balance, the Packers were trailing the lowly Lions,
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 1:06 PM EDT Sep 17, 2020 Kenny Golladay missed five games with a hamstring injury as a rookie and the Detroit Lions want to avoid a repeat of that situation, handling the star wide receiver’s injury with the utmost caution to start the 2020 season. Golladay still wasn’t on
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 10:44 AM EDT Sep 17, 2020 Jarrad Davis is used to playing a lot. In 25 of his past 27 starts, the Detroit Lions linebacker was on the field for at least 85 percent of the team’s defensive snaps and never fewer than 78.6 percent outside of a game
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 9:36 AM EDT Sep 17, 2020 Sometimes, the NFL is tone deaf. One year after a pair of controversial officiating decisions cost the Detroit Lions an early-season road win against the Green Bay Packers — starting a downward spiral for the franchise — the league has assigned the same officiating crew
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 5:54 PM EDT Sep 16, 2020 When the national anthem played before Sunday’s season opener with the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions didn’t have a uniform response. Some players stood, others briefly returned to the locker room and several took a knee. Among those kneeling during the anthem was
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 4:24 PM EDT Sep 16, 2020 During a typical season, NFL teams dedicate a portion of their week ahead of road games planning how to combat noise. They simulate it in practice, with sound systems blaring loud music, while devising hand signals and silent counts to counter the inability
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 4:46 PM EDT Sep 16, 2020 The Detroit Lions’ secondary, already reeling from multiple injuries, was down another cornerback during Wednesday’s practice. Darryl Roberts, a versatile and experienced veteran, joined the team’s lengthy list of injury concerns, sitting out with a calf injury. It’s another blow for a defensive backfield
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 2:34 PM EDT Sep 16, 2020 In an announcement that will surprise no one who watched him play, former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was announced as one of 130 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2021 on Wednesday. Johnson is one of 14 players
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 12:38 PM EDT Sep 16, 2020 The Detroit Lions added some depth to its badly banged-up secondary on Wednesday, plucking cornerback Chris Jones off the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad. Jones had a previous stint with the Lions, signing with the team as an undrafted rookie out of Nebraska in
The Detroit News Published 10:09 PM EDT Sep 15, 2020 The Detroit News’ Justin Rogers and John Niyo examine what exactly went wrong in the Lions’ 27-23 loss to the Bears on Sunday at Ford Field. In their postmortem, they drill down on the fourth quarter where the home team blew a 17-point lead to a
Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 7:10 PM EDT Sep 15, 2020 In the early part of the season, the Lions are facing a battle of attrition with injuries. It has hit especially hard in the secondary, where they already were without No. 3 overall pick Jeff Okudah going down last week in practice.