Reggie Bush limited in practice; Intends to play on Thanksgiving vs. Bears

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by Trevor R. Browning

 

Lions running back Reggie Bush intends to play on Thursday against the Bears.  To do so, he’ll need to overcome another injury.

Already dealing with an ankle problem, Bush was limited in Tuesday’s practice with a back injury, too.

Limited to playing in only seven games this season, Bush has 191 rushing yards on 53 carries and one touchdown. He also has 169 receiving yards on 26 catches.

Several other Lions were limited in practice on Tuesday as well, including receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), defensive end Ziggy Ansah (elbow), safety James Ihedigbo (knee), and safety Glover Quin (back).

Tackle Riley Reiff (knee), guard Larry Warford (knee), and defensive tackle Nick Fairley  (knee) did not practice.

Lions release TE Kellen Davis to clear roster spot for Rodney Austin

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by Trevor R. Browning

 

Not many NFL teams can afford to keep four healthy Tight End’s on their roster, so the writing was on the wall for Kellen Davis.

Needing to add offensive line depth, the Lions released Davis on Tuesday and promoted Rodney Austin off the practice squad.

The Lions signed Davis, a former Michigan State standout, on Oct. 20, the day the team left for London. At the time, all three of the team’s tight ends — Brandon Pettigrew, Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria — were banged up. Davis ended up playing 47 snaps in the 22-21 win against the Falcons.

As the position group got healthier, Davis’ role declined each week, culminating with his deactivation against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Kellen Davis, an Adrian, Michigan native, has played for five different teams (Chicago, Cleveland, Seattle, New York, Detroit) since he was drafted in 2008. Davis has 561 receiving yards on 50 receptions in his first eight years in the league.

Austin’s addition to the main roster adds depth as the offensive line deals with injuries to right guard Larry Warford and left tackle Riley Reiff.

Austin was signed as an undrafted free agent by Detroit after the 2012 NFL Draft, later being released and signed by the practice squad. He played college football at Elon University.

To fill Austin’s spot on the practice squad, the Lions re-signed linebacker Jerrell Harris.

 

 

 

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Lions Lackluster in New England: Fall to Brady and the Pats 34-9

By Trevor Browning

Few people expected a Lions win on Sunday against New England on the road. Considering this, Detroit was hoping to at least make a game of it. The Lions failed to score a touchdown for the second straight game, this week losing 34-9.

Tom Brady marched the Patriots up and down the field on Sunday, dominating the toughest defense in the league.

Detroit (7-4) lost for the second straight week against a conference leader, losing to Arizona 14-6 a week ago.

The Lions had 181 total yards in the first half, but had to settle for 48- and 20- yard field goals by Matt Prater.

He also missed a kick from 53 yards.

Settling for field goals, instead of touchdowns, on the road, against the No. 2 scoring team in the NFL will normally not result in a win.

Detroit started their first drive with a strong offensive showing with two receptions by Golden Tate of 24 and 17 yards respectively. Their drive stalled on the Patriots 30 where the Lions were able to grab an early 3-0 lead with a Prater field goal.

The Lions defense got off to a promising start in this game, forcing back-to-back three-and-outs. Ndamukong Suh was very special during this sequence as he continued to put pressure on Brady.

The bad news for Detroit is that their offense failed to do anything during this stretch. Their offense continued to stall as they had two three-and-outs of their own.

Things started going worse for Detroit as they watched Danny Amendola return a kickoff for 81 yards. Three plays later, New England was back in the end zone, this time on a 3-yard run by newly-acquired running back LaGarrette Blount.

New England had a convincing 24-6 lead at Halftime.

The second half was much more of the same for the struggling offense of the Lions. They continued to drop catchable passes, establish a running game, which resulted in struggling for first downs.

New England, on the other hand, started off the third quarter with receivers open left and right. Detroit didn’t look to have an answer.

The Patriots fought their way down to the Detroit 10, and it looked like another touchdown on the way. However, Detroit’s defense stepped up and James Ihedigbo jumped in front of New England’s Rob Gronkowski for Brady’s first and only interception of the game. Unsurprisingly, Detroit failed to score on the turnover after electing to punt on 4th and inches instead of taking a risk.

The Teams traded field goals in the second half (New England had two) before a Blount touchdown run with 1:53 remaining made it 34-9.

The Patriots, the NFL’s highest scoring team going in, showed they could do whatever it takes to exploit a defense, finishing with 29 first downs and 439 total yards of offense.

Matthew Stafford finished the game 18-of-46 passing for 264 yards and no touchdowns and an interception. He finished with a 49.5 passer rating, the lowest of his career.

On the other side, Brady was terrific, minus that third quarter interception to Ihedigbo. Besides that one mistake, he completed 18-of-53 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns. His final passer rating was 94.0.

Game Notes:

Calvin Johnson was held to 58 receiving yards on only four catches. Golden Tate finished with 97 receiving yards, putting him over 1000 yards in his first season as a Lion. After a remarkable game last week (201 yards 4 TD), New England running back Jonas Gray didn’t have a carry after showing up late to practice on Friday. Deandre Levy led the way for the Lions defense with 10 tackles.

Lions Look to Rebound Against Red-Hot Patriots

New England Patriots v Detroit Lions

By Trevor Browning

November 23rd, 2000.

That was the last time Detroit beat New England. Let’s put that into a little more perspective.

Short-lived Charlie Batch was still starting for Detroit. On the flip side, Tom Brady was in his Rookie season, backing up Drew Bledsoe.

Fourteen years later, the Lions look to topple the streaking 8-2 Patriots in New England.

The Lions are midway through a difficult two-week stretch in which to split, we must go into Gillette Stadium and face an offense-heavy New England team.

While the Lions (7-3) were held to only 262 total yards in last Sunday’s loss to NFL-Best Arizona, their defense rose to the occasion once again to give the offense a little hope.

Since New England went on their winning streak on October 5th, the Patriots have outscored their opponents 243-128.

They will be coming out strong against the top-ranked Detroit defense that averages only 15.6 points and 290.3 yards against per game.

“We’re going against a very good football team, but we’re not going in this with a mindset like, ‘Oh, they’re unbeatable, they do everything so amazing,'” Lions safety James Ihedigbo told the team’s official website.

“We are the No. 1 defense. We’ve kind of earned that. Respect is not given in this league. It’s earned. We’ve earned that and it’s one of those games where you have to play like it and that’s what it’s going to boil down to.”

The Detroit run game may receive a boost from Reggie Bush, who missed the Arizona game with an ankle injury but said he plans to play against the Patriots.

Detroit is hoping they’ll also have Brandon Pettigrew returning to the lineup since October 19th against New Orleans. Pettigrew had four catches for 28 yards in the Lions comeback win.

For Detroit to have a win on Sunday, they’re going to need to have a strong offensive showing from Matthew Stafford, who has 13 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on the season.

On 14 carries for 85 yards, Joique Bell reached his season-high numbers last Sunday against the Cardinals. Detroit will need to utilize the run game against New England’s 20th ranked Rush Defense to help balance the offense.

NFL Week 12 Capsule – Lions at Patriots

DETROIT LIONS (7-3) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-2)

SERIES

LIONS PATRIOTS
SERIES LEADER 6-4
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Caldwell: 1-2 Belichick: 3-3
LAST WEEK L 14-6 at Cardinals W 42-20 at Colts
LAST GAME 11/25/10: Patriots 45 at Lions 24. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 341 yards & 4 TDs. Patriots WRs Wes Welker & Deion Branch combine for 203 receiving yards & 4 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/03/06: Patriots 28, Lions 21. New England RB Corey Dillon rushes for 3 TDs & WR Reche Caldwell adds 8 receptions for 112 yards. Patriots LB Mike Vrabel records 2 INTs.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Charissa Thompson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Det.), 85 (NE). XM: 85 (NE).

STATS

PASSING Stafford: 226-369-2679-13-9-85.0 Brady: 233-364-2649-24 (T3C)-5-102.0 (3C)
RUSHING Bell: 122-442-3.6-3 Gray: 70-330-4.7-4
RECEIVING Tate: 68 (1C)-950 (2C)-14.0-3 Edelman: 59-606-10.3-2
OFFENSE 332.3 380.4
TAKE/GIVE +3 +11 (1C)
DEFENSE 290.3 (1L) 351.8
SACKS Ansah: 5.5 Ninkovich: 5
INTs Quin: 3 (T3C) McCourty, Revis: 2
PUNTING Martin: 46.7 (3C) Allen: 46.3
KICKING Prater: 35 (8/8 PAT; 9/12 FG) Gostkowski: 107 (1L) (35/35 PAT; 24/25 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 2,760 yards (306.7 per game) & 19 TDs in past 9 vs. AFC. Reached 20,000 pass yards (20,136) in 71st game last week, fastest in NFL history. Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL with 17,334 pass yards…RB REGGIE BUSH had 113 rush yards in 12/24/11 game at NE (with Mia.). RB THEO RIDDICK has rec. TD in 3 of past 4…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 14 rec. TDs in past 15 vs. AFC. Has 91 catches for 1,634 yards (116.7 per game) & 12 TDs in past 14 vs. AFC. Since 2011, leads NFL with 5,657 rec. yards & 106.7 rec. yards per game. In past 7, WR GOLDEN TATE has 52 catches for 749 yards (107 per game) & 3 TDs, incl. 5 100-yard games. Has 26 catches for 359 yards (119.7 per game) & TD in past 3 vs. AFC…LB DE ANDRE LEVY leads team with 96 tackles. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. DT NDAMUKONG SUH had sack in only meeting. In past 5, DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 4.5 sacks & 3 FFs. Last week, LB JOSH BYNES & CB CASSIUS VAUGHN each had INT…PATRIOTS: Aim for 7th consecutive win…In last meeting, QB TOM BRADY completed 21 of 27 passes (77.8 pct.) for 341 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating…Last week, RB JONAS GRAY rushed for career-high 201 yards & tied single-game club record with 4 TDs (RANDY MOSS, 4 TD catches on 11/18/07). In 3 starts in 2014, RB SHANE VEREEN has 226 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 135 rec.) & 2 TD catches…In past 6, TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 40 catches for 587 yards & 6 TDs. Has 5 TDs in past 3. Since entering NFL in 2010, leads league with 51 TD catches. Last week, surpassed BEN COATES (50) & RANDY MOSS (50) for most TD rec. in Pats history. WR JULIAN EDELMAN had 81 scrimmage yards last week (50 rec., 31 rush). WR BRANDON LA FELL has 5 TDs in past 7. TE TIM WRIGHT has 4 TDs in past 6, incl. 2-yarder vs. Colts…LB AKEEM AYERS has sack in 2 of past 3 since joining NE in Week 8. In past 5, LB ROB NINKOVICH has 4 sacks, INT & FR. S DEVIN MC COURTY had 2 INTs (tied for career-high) in last meeting. Had INT last week vs. Colts.

NFL Week 12 Lines – Lions Road Underdogs vs Patriots

Kansas City Chiefs v Oakland Raiders

Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
11/20 8:25 ET Kansas City -7 At Oakland 43
11/23 1:00 ET At Atlanta -3 Cleveland 47
11/23 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -11.5 Tennessee 48
11/23 1:00 ET At New England -7 Detroit 48
11/23 1:00 ET Green Bay -9.5 At Minnesota 48.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Indianapolis -13.5 Jacksonville 50
11/23 1:00 ET At Houston -2 Cincinnati 43.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Buffalo -4.5 NY Jets 40
11/23 1:00 ET At Chicago -6 Tampa Bay 46.5
11/23 4:05 ET At Seattle -6.5 Arizona 42
11/23 4:05 ET At San Diego -6 St. Louis 44
11/23 4:25 ET At Denver -7.5 Miami 49.5
11/23 4:25 ET At San Francisco -8.5 Washington 44.5
11/23 8:30 ET Dallas -3.5 At NY Giants 47.5

Monday Night Football Line

11/24 8:30 ET At New Orleans -3.5 Baltimore 49.5

Lions Fall Short In Battle In The Desert W/ Cardinals 14-6

Detroit Lions v Arizona Cardinals

The Lions defense had a bad quarter, and it was the Cardinals defense that shone brighter as they beat Detroit 14-6 to improve to 9-1.

For the first time since 2009 the Lions failed to score a touchdown, getting just a pair of field goals from Matt Prater in the setback.

“When you score six points,” Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said, “you’re not going to win a whole lot of games.”

The game really came down to the first two possessions, as Arizona scored on each of them, led by new QB Drew Stanton, who is now the starting QB for injured Carson Palmer.

Detroit got inside Arizona’s 20-yard line once, and that was after one of Stanton’s two interceptions. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Detroit.

Stanton threw TD passes of 42 and 12 yards. After that, Arizona’s offense stalled and Stanton threw two interceptions. But the Lions couldn’t convert either turnover into a touchdown.

Arizona, with the NFL’s best record, won its sixth in a row and has its best record through 10 games since 1948. The Cardinals also have a three-game lead over Seattle and San Francisco in the NFC West.

“Good football team we played today,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. “They played well, played tough.”

Arizona held an opponent without a TD for the first time this season.

Stanton, 3-1 as a starter this season, finished 21 of 32 for 306 yards. Stafford was 18 of 30 for 183 yards with one interception.

Calvin Johnson, usually defended by Patrick Peterson, had five catches for 59 yards for the Lions, only one for 4 yards in the first half.

“It’s just frustrating when you leave plays on the field,” he said. “Then when your defense is playing their butts off, holding them to 14, you figure you’re going to win all those games.”

After the game, Johnson was treated for an elbow injury.

“A little elbow issue,” he said. “I’m all right.”

Asked how much it limited him, Johnson replied, “I was out there all day.”

The Lions were without Reggie Bush and tight end Brandon Pettigrew, and lost right tackle LaAdrian Waddle to an ankle injury in the second half.

Detroit did gain 98 yards on the ground.

“That was one silver lining,” Caldwell said.

It gets no easier for the Lions, who next play at New England against the Patriots on November 23rd.