Texans beat Lions in overtime, 34-31, on Shayne Graham’s 32-yard field goal.
Insights, notes and updates from The Detroit News football writers
The Lions will try to shake off last week’s bad loss to the Packers when they play host to the Texans today at Ford Field at 12:30 p.m. The Texans and Falcons (both 9-1) are the only one-loss teams left in the NFL, and the Texans enjoy a large lead over the Colts in the … Continue Reading →
For the first time in his professional career, Jeff Backus will not participate on game day. Backus’ franchise best 186-game consecutive start streak is over, stopped by a hamstring injury. Rookie Riley Reiff became the first player other than Backus to start at left tackle for the Lions since 2000. Stockar McDougall started at left … Continue Reading →
The Lions will be without receiver Titus Young today. He has been deactivated for disciplinary reasons. Thought I would share NFL Network analyst Willie McGinnist’s take on it: “It’s a good move,” he said. “It has to be painful for the receivers coach Shawn Jefferson and offensive coordinate Scott Linehan. They’re trying to implement a … Continue Reading →
This is why I wish coaches would be more forthright in their post-game press conferences. Jim Schwartz was asked for details about the incident Sunday where Shawn Jefferson was shown yelling at Scott Linehan on the sidelines. He just chalked up to disappointment and frustration and wouldn’t go any deeper. That leaves us to try … Continue Reading →
With both the Lions and Packers quarterbacks capable of slinging their team to victory, the onus will be on defenses to shut down the powerful weapons, and the Lions (4-5) know it will be tough Sunday.
It almost seems nit-picking now, with all that went wrong on Sunday, but it’s still good to hear coach Jim Schwartz’s explanation for a couple of headscratching moves: The first: Why did he have to burn a timeout early in the fourth quarter on the Vikings’ two-point conversion try? Schwartz: “Well, we were a little … Continue Reading →
The Lions kick off their second half Sunday against division rival Minnesota, but that doesn’t mean there’s suddenly more urgency in the locker room. If there was some magic intensity lever, the Lions (4-4) pulled it to full throttle weeks ago.
ProFootballFocus.com is one of the most respected publications when it comes to breaking down and analyzing NFL football games. I thought it would be good to share PFF’s take on the relative merits of Lions center Dominic Raiola. Here is their assessment: “Controversy erupted this week surrounding comments attributed to an anonymous NFL general manager … Continue Reading →
According to veteran NFL reporter Adam Caplan, the Lions are hosting a visit from former Raiders and Chiefs cornerback Stanford Routt today. Routt, 29, was released by the Chiefs earlier this week. The Chiefs had signed him to a three-year $18 million contract before the season. Reports out of Kansas City indicated that Routt had … Continue Reading →