Found October 02, 2012 on The Football Fan Spot:
Last week: 23 (+0) Record: 1-3 I had the Lions as one of my disappointing teams to start the season and I’m feeling pretty good about that. Their special teams are a mess, having already allowed 4 special teams touchdowns this year, but special teams aside, they still rank 14th in yards per play differential. If they can get their special teams issues cleaned up, they can be better, but in a tough NFC, at 1-3, they are going to have a tough time making the playoffs. Matt Stafford isn’t quite as good as he was last year and the defense is just as bad and in their last 16 games, a full season, they’re 6-10. That sounds like about where they’ll end up at the end of this season and they’re a candidate, along with New Orleans, to be this year’s team that goes from in the playoffs to 5 or fewer wins. Studs CB Chris Houston: Allowed 2 catches for 4 yards on 4 attempts, 3 solo tackles, 2 stops LE Cliff Avril: 1 sack, 2 quarterback hits, and 2 quarterback hurries on 18 pass rush snaps, 1 bat...

NFL First Quarter Report Card: Detroit Lions

To say the Detroit Lions would be one of the biggest disappointments through 4 games would be an understatement. Coming off consecutive losses to the 49ers, Titans and Vikings, there isn’t much going right for Detroit. If things don’t get better quickly, problems could arise in the Lions locker room. Offensively the Lions have come nothing close to the success they had in 2011...

The Detroit Lions are back

A season ago, the Detroit Lions made good on promises of a turnaround by making the playoffs with a 10-6 record. Despite losing in the opening round, they set the bar for 2012 higher than any point in recent history. Unfortunately, they haven't followed through. The Lions are off to a stunning 1-3 start, with their lone win coming against the St. Louis Rams. In their four...

Lions' Stafford, Johnson haven't connected on a TD

Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson were basically unstoppable early last season. Detroit's dynamic duo connected for two touchdowns in each of the first four games and nine times in five games to lift the team to a 5-0 start. The Lions are 1-3 this season for many reasons. One of them is that opponents have turned the pair into a dud - Stafford hasn't thrown a TD pass...

MRI on Lions DE Avril's back shows nothing serious

An MRI on Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril on Monday revealed there is no serious damage to his back, according to CBS Sports. Avril left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter after twisting his back pursuing Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. He did not return. "I think I'll be all right," Avril said after the game. "We've just got...

Vikings 20, Lions 13: Good, Bad and Ugly

Another loss, and another poor special teams performance by the Detroit Lions. Mike Mady breaks down the good, bad and ugly in Detroit's 20-13 loss to Minnesota.

Same issues plague the Lions

Ford Field turned into a house of horrors for the Lions on Sunday as they lost their third straight game 20-13 against the Vikings to fall to 1-3 heading into the bye week. It seems like the same problems are facing the Lions in all of the losses, lack of consistent running game, big plays and special teams issues.  Always good to see that a team is struggling in all three parts...

Jim Schwartz Monday Press Conference Recap, Week 4: After the Bye, Digging Out Must Begin

  This piece is also published at The Detroit Lions have defied expectations in 2012 by starting terribly slow. After losing a pivotal early season game to the Minnesota Vikings, Jim Schwartz took to the podium to break down … Continue reading →

Jets add troubled cornerback Berry

The New York Jets have agreed to terms with cornerback Aaron Berry, who was arrested twice this summer and cut by the Detroit Lions. With All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis likely out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee, the Jets signed Berry on Monday to add much-needed depth to their secondary. Berry was signed by Detroit as an undrafted free agent out of the...

Jets sign CB Berry

The New York Jets signed cornerback Aaron Berry to a two-year contract Monday, according to ESPN. Berry, who was waived by the Detroit Lions during the summer following two arrests, served a three-game suspension by the NFL. The Jets need help at corner with Darrelle Revis likely out for the rest of the season with an ACL tear. Running back Joe McKnight had even suited up as...
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