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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson says he enjoys having his teammates pull for him as he tries to break Jerry Rice's single-season record for yards receiving.
The Lions don't have much else to root for this year.
Detroit has dropped five straight and will finish the season with a losing record, one year after winning 10 games and breaking the franchise's 11-year postseason drought.
Johnson has been a bright spot.
He has a league-high 1,546 yards receiving going into Sunday's game at Arizona. With three games left, he is 303 yards from breaking Rice's single-season mark set in 1995 with the San Francisco 49ers.
Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald says Johnson is the best in the business.
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One way or another, at least one of the NFL’s three longest losing streaks will come to an end on Sunday.
The Detroit Lions travel to Glendale, AZ, to face the Cardinals on Sunday, and to say these two teams have been slumping is an understatement. The Lions have lost five straight and the Cardinals started out 4-0 but have since fallen to 4-9.
Yes, that’s nine straight losses...
The Detroit Lions have had a very disappointing season, after finally reaching the NFL Playoffs last season. A repeat trip to the postseason is not in the cards, but that dos not mean that all is lost in the Motor City. They still have something – or someone – to play for over the final three games of the season.
Calvin Johnson is looking to accomplish something that no other...
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The slumping Detroit Lions are rallying around Calvin Johnson, hoping he breaks Jerry Rice's NFL record for yards receiving in a season.
"It's definitely something that I take joy in that my teammates are right behind me on this thing," Johnson said Thursday after catching footballs from a machine in a post-practice...
The Lions have not looked great at time this season, they have a great chance to get things straight this week.
With only three weeks left in the season it's time to teams to step-up and secure a playoff spot or start looking forward to next season.
After a rough couple weeks I'm sitting at 132-76, I need to step it up.
Here's a quick look at this weeks games.
TEMPE, Ariz. Patrick Peterson is still trying to make a name for himself in the NFL. And the Cardinals' second-year cornerback has no problem lobbying on his own behalf.
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The Detroit Lions' latest loss included a dubious feat, but even their recent woes don't seem to compare to those of their next opponent.
While the Lions attempt to snap a five-game skid Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals seek to avoid matching the franchise's longest single-season losing streak and bounce back from one of the most lopsided defeats in NFL history.
Detroit Lions (4-9) at Arizona Cardinals (4-9)
One of the most powerful trends is known as the six and six trend. This says that teams that finish 6-10 or worse struggle to cover as favorites of 6 or more, going 23-64 ATS since 2002. The Lions are currently 4-9 and need to win out to finish better than 6-10 and even if they win this week, there’s no way they’ll win out against...
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With Megatron drawing closer and closer to breaking Jerry Rice single season receiving record and with the Lions out of the playoff picture, everyone and his mother knows that Stafford will be looking to feed the beast with countless targets in order to help him write his name in the NFL record books. Despite the uncharacteristic low touchdown count Calvin Johnson...