In Terms of Success – Lions Rank Next To Dead Last in the NFL in New Article

Detroit Lions v Indianapolis Colts

Mike Freeman, Lead NFL National Reporter for Bleacher Report, has written a long piece which talks about each and every NFL franchise, and their success.

There’s a number of factors involved, including Super Bowl, Conference and division titles. The Lions didn’t get much love on the list, as according to Freeman, they are last in the NFL coming in at 31.

Here’s what Freeman has to say about the Lions:

“Happiness does not come from football awards. It’s terrible to correlate happiness with football. Happiness comes from a good job, being able to feed your wife and kids. I don’t dream football. I dream the American dream. Two cars in a garage, be a happy father.” —Barry Sanders, per the Los Angeles Times

The Lions are one of the great “paper bag over the head” franchises in sports history. But go back in time a bit. The Lions won an NFL championship in 1935. They appeared in three consecutive championship games in the early 1950s, winning two. They won another championship in 1957. The Lions also made the playoffs six times in the 1990s.

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Lions at Bears NFL Week Four Capsule

DETROIT LIONS (1-2) AT CHICAGO BEARS (0-3)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

LIONS BEARS
SERIES LEADER   96-71-5
STREAKS Past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Jim Caldwell: 4-0 John Fox: 4-3
LAST WEEK L 34-27 at Green Bay L 31-17 at Dallas
LAST GAME 1/3/16: Lions 24 at Bears 20. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford passes for 298 yards & 3 TDs. Lions’ defense records 5 sacks & 3 INTs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/3/16
REFEREE Tony Corrente
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (Det), Chi (135). XM: 381 (Det), 226 (Chi).

STATS

PASSING Matthew Stafford: 81-120-985-7 (T3L)-2-105.0 Brian Hoyer: 39-61-395-2-0-93.3 OR

Jay Cutler: 28-46-373-3-2-85.7

RUSHING Theo Riddick: 28-91-3.3-1 Jordan Howard (R): 31-116-3.7-2
RECEIVING Marvin Jones: 18-408 (1L)-22.7-2 Zach Miller (TE): 15-125-8.3-2
OFFENSE 413.7 310.7
TAKE/GIVE -1 -4
DEFENSE 379.0 357.0
SACKS Kerry Hyder: 4 (T2L) 3 tied: 1
INTs Glover Quin: 1 Tracy Porter: 1
PUNTING Sam Martin: 49.7 Patrick O’Donnell: 40.4
KICKING Matt Prater: 23 (8/9 PAT; 5/6 FG) Connor Barth: 9 (6/6 PAT; 1/2 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 385 yards & 3 TDs in Week 3. Has 3 TD passes in 3 of past 4. Passed for 703 yards (351.5 per game) & 7 TDs in past 2 vs. Chi…RB THEO RIDDICK ranks 2nd on team with 16 receptions. Since 2015, has 96 receptions & 827 rec. yards, both most among NFL RBs…WR ANQUAN BOLDIN aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Had 12 receptions for 136 yards & TD in 10/16/06 meeting (with Az). WR MARVIN JONES had career-high 205 rec. yards with 2 TDs last week. TE ERIC EBRON had TD catch in last meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 on road…DE EZEKIEL ANSAH had sack in last meeting. Has 4 sacks & 2 FFs in past 6 vs. NFC North. DE KERRY HYDER aims for 4th in row with sack. DT HAOLTI NGATA had sack last week. DE DEVIN TAYLOR had sack in last meeting. LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD had sack & INT in last meeting. S GLOVER QUIN has INT in 3 of past 4 vs. Chi…BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER passed for 245 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 2 pass TDs. QB BRIAN HOYER passed for 317 yards & 2 TDs in 1st start with Chi last week…Rookie RB JORDAN HOWARD had 92 scrimmage yards (47 rec., 45 rush) in Week 3. RB KA’ DEEM CAREY has rush TD in 2 of past 5… WR ALSHON JEFFERY aims for 4th in row vs. Det with TD. Averaging 97.8 yards per game with 5 TDs in 6 career meetings. Aims for 5th in row at home with 80+ rec. yards. WR KEVIN WHITE had career-high 6 receptions & 62 yards in Week 3. TE ZACH MILLER had 8 receptions for 78 yards & 2 TDs last week, 3rd career multi-TD game…LB JERRELL FREEMAN ties for second in NFL with 34 tackles this season. LB LAMARR HOUSTON had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 3 sacks in past 2 at home. LB WILLIE YOUNG has sack in 4.5 of past 5 at home. CB BRYCE CALLAHAN had 1st career sack in last meeting. CB JACOBY GLENN had 7 tackles & FF last week. Ranks 2nd on team with 19 tackles.

Rodgers Rips the Lions; Detroit Falls to Packers 34-27

Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers

The timing is back for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the rest of Green Bay’s offense.

The Packers’ pass defense might need a little work, though.

Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the first half to Jordy Nelson, and the Packers snapped out of their offensive funk before holding off the Detroit Lions for a 34-27 win Sunday.

Rodgers was 15 of 24, leading the Packers to touchdowns on their first three series. Nelson had 101 yards on six catches, returning to the form that made him one of the NFL’s best receivers before missing the 2015 season with a knee injury.

“Just got on the same page. Hitting Jordy for some big plays helps,” Rodgers said. “Jordy and I connected. Whenever we’re doing that, it kind of opens other things up for the offense.”

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Lions vs Packers NFL Week Three Inactives

Lions

DE Ezekiel Ansah, LB DeAndre Levy, LB Antwione Williams, CB Adairius Barnes, OL Joe Dahl, OL Cornelius Lucas, TE Orson Charles.

Packers

CB Sam Shields, S Morgan Burnett, OLB Clay Matthews, OLB Datone Jones, DT Letroy Guion, QB Joe Callahan, RT Kyle Murphy.

Lions vs Packers NFL Week Three Capsule

DETROIT LIONS (1-1) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  LIONS PACKERS
SERIES LEADER   96-68-7
STREAKS 3 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Jim Caldwell: 2-2 Mike McCarthy: 16-4
LAST WEEK L 16-15 vs. Tennessee L 17-14 at Minnesota
LAST GAME 12/3/15: Packers 27 at Lions 23. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers throws for 273 yards & 2 TDs, including GW 61-yarder to TE Richard Rodgers on last play of game.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/15/15: Lions 18, Packers 16. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford throws for 242 yards & 2 TDs.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson has 6 catches for 81 yards.

REFEREE Carl Cheffers
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). Westwood One: Sam Rosen, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 135 (Det), 84 (GB). XM: 381 (Det), 227 (GB).

STATS

PASSING Matthew Stafford: 53-79-600-4-1-101.2 Aaron Rodgers: 40-70-412-3-1-82.6
RUSHING Ameer Abdullah: 18-101-5.6-0 Eddie Lacy: 26-111-4.3-0
RECEIVING Marvin Jones: 12-203-16.9-0 Jordy Nelson: 11-105-9.5-2
OFFENSE 411.5 278.5
TAKE/GIVE 0 -1
DEFENSE 406.5 316.0
SACKS Kerry Hyder: 3 (T2L) Clay Matthews: 2
INTs Glover Quin: 1 Joe Thomas: 1
PUNTING Sam Martin: 50.2 Jacob Schum: 41.9
KICKING Matt Prater: 14 (5/6 PAT; 3/3 FG) Mason Crosby: 11 (5/5 PAT; 2/2 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for 4th in row vs. GB with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 242 yards & 2 TDs in last game at GB…WR ANQUAN BOLDIN had TD catch last week, first with Lions. Became second player in NFL history (TERRELL OWENS) to have at least 1,000 career receptions (1,016) and record a TD catch with four different teams (Az, SF, Bal, Det). WR MARVIN JONES had TD catch in only career meeting (9/22/13 with Cin). Had 8 receptions for 188 yards vs. Ten…TE BRANDON PETTIGREW had TD catch in last game vs. GB (11/15/15)…DE DEVIN TAYLOR had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Recorded 1.5 sacks last week. DE EZEKIEL ANSAH had sack in last meeting. LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD had 8 tackles & sack in last meeting at GB. Led team with 10 tackles last week. S GLOVER QUIN aims for 3rd in row vs. GB with INT or FF. Had INT vs. Ten…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS is 11-3 (.786) vs. Det as starter & has 26 TDs, 6 INTs & 105.9 rating. Passed for 273 yards & 2 TDs with rush TD in last meeting…RB EDDIE LACY has 199 rush yards (99.5 per game) in past 2 at home vs. Det…WR DAVANTE ADAMS had TD catch in last meeting. WR JORDY NELSON aims for 3rd in row with TD catch.  Has 6 TDs in past 7 vs. NFC North. Averaging 110 yards per game with 3 TDs in past 3 at home vs. Det…TE RICHARD RODGERS had 8 receptions for 146 yards in last meeting, including GW 61-yard TD catch as time expired. Has 2 TDs in past 2 vs. Det…LB CLAY MATTHEWS had sack last week. Aims for 4th in row with sack. LB JULIUS PEPPERS recorded FF & sack in last meeting. Had 1.5 sacks in Week 2. Is only player in history with 100+ sacks (137.5) & 10+ INTs (11). CB LA DARIUS GREEN had 6 tackles & FF in Week 2. S HA-HA CLINTON-DIX aims for 3rd in row vs. Det with sack or INT. S MICAH HYDE had sack in last meeting.

X-Rays on Lions RB Ameer Abdullah Negative; More Tests Coming

Ameer Abdullah

The Lions lost yet another game they should have won Sunday, falling to the Tennessee Titans 16-15 in their home opener at Ford Field. There was a bit of good news from the loss, that being an injury to running back Ameer Abdullah might not be as bad as first thought.

Abdullah ran for 38 yards on six carries in the one-point loss.

Lions Stunned in Home Opener to Titans 16-15

Tennessee Titans v Detroit Lions

Marcus Mariota moved the Tennessee Titans down the field like a savvy veteran, not a second-year pro, and completed all nine of his throws to complete a comeback a week after his turnovers hurt his team’s shot to win.

Mariota converted a fourth down with a perfectly lofted 9-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson with 1:13 left, lifting the Titans to a 16-15 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

“They came out in a look that we had kind of anticipated,” Mariota said. “Looking at it, we had a matchup with Andre on a linebacker. We felt that we could kind of exploit that a little bit, and he made a great play. I just tried to give him a chance.”

Mariota, the No. 2 pick of the 2015 NFL draft, dropped the pass over linebacker Tahir Whitehead to Johnson, the No. 3 pick overall in 2013, just before safety Rafael Bush could get to him to potentially break up the pass.

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Lions vs Colts NFL Week One Capsule

DETROIT LIONS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  LIONS COLTS
SERIES LEADER   21-18-2
STREAKS   Past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Jim Caldwell: 0-0 Chuck Pagano: 1-0
LAST GAME 12/02/12: Colts 35 at Lions 33. Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck throws for 391 yards & 4 TDs, including GW 14-yard TD to WR Donnie Avery as time expires.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/14/08: Colts 31, Lions 21. Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning passes for 318 yards & TD. Colts TE Dallas Clark records 12 catches for 142 yards & TD.
REFEREE Ed Hochuli
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Det), 83 (Ind). XM: 382 (Det), 226 (Ind).

2015 STATS

PASSING Matthew Stafford: 398-592-4262-32-13-97.0 Andrew Luck: 162-293-1881-15-12-74.9
RUSHING Ameer Abdullah: 143-597-4.2-2 Frank Gore: 260-967-3.7-6
RECEIVING Golden Tate: 90-813-9.0-6 T.Y. Hilton: 69-1124-16.3-5
OFFENSE 346.7 321.4
TAKE/GIVE -6 -5
DEFENSE 349.6 379.1
SACKS Ezekiel Ansah: 14.5 (3L) Kendall Langford, Robert Mathis: 7.0
INTs Glover Quin: 4 Mike Adams: 5
PUNTING Sam Martin: 46.0 Pat McAfee: 47.7 (2L)
KICKING Matt Prater: 102 (36/39 PAT; 22/24 FG) Adam Vinatieri: 107 (32/35 PAT; 25/27 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 4,262 yards in 2015, his 5th consecutive 4,000-yard season. Has 23,174 pass yards since 2011, 3rd most in NFL. Since 2011, averages 289.7 pass yards per game, 2nd among NFC QBs (DREW BREES)…RB-KR AMEER ABDULLAH was 2nd in NFL with 29.1 KR avg. last year. RB THEO RIDDICK led NFC RBs with 80 catches in 2015…WR ANQUAN BOLDIN has 1,009 career catches, 1 of 13 in NFL history with 1,000+ catches. WR GOLDEN TATE has 189 catches in past 2 seasons, 5th most in NFL. Has 4 TDs in past 4 games…DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 12.5 sacks, 4 FFs & 2 FRs in past 13. Led NFC with 14.5 sacks last season. DE DEVIN TAYLOR has 4.5 sacks in past 6. DT HALOTI NGATA had INT in last meeting vs. Ind. (10/5/14 w/ Bal.). CB DARIUS SLAY led team with 13 PD last year. S GLOVER QUIN has 39 tackles, 7 PD & FR in 8 games vs. Ind….K MATT PRATER ranked 4th in NFC in 2015 with 91.7 FG pct. (22/24). Has 100+ points in 3 of past 4 seasons…COLTS: QB ANDREW LUCK passed for 391 yards & 4 TDs – incl. GW TD with no time remaining – in only start vs. Det. Has 14,838 career pass yards & needs 162 to reach 15,000. Can reach mark in 56th career game & would be tied for 2nd fastest in NFL history…RB FRANK GORE leads active players with 12,040 rush yards. Has rush TD in all 5 career games vs. Det. In 5 career meetings, has 590 rush yards (118 per game)…Since 2014, WR T.Y. HILTON is averaging 16.4 yards per catch, best mark in NFL (min. 100 catches). Has recorded 1,000+ rec. yards & 5+ TDs in 3 consecutive seasons. Had 6 catches for 100 yards in only meeting…C RYAN KELLY was selected No. 18 by Ind. in 2016 NFL Draft. Won 2015 Rimington Trophy at Alabama as NCAA’s top center…LB D’QWELL JACKSON led team with 150 tackles in 2015 & has led club in tackles in both seasons with Ind. DE ROBERT MATHIS ranks 4th among active NFL players with 118 sacks. Is tied for 1st among active NFL players with 47 def. FFs…K ADAM VINATIERI ranks 3rd in NFL history in FGs (503) & points (2,253).