Eagles vs Lions NFL Week 12 Capsule



THURS. RECORD 11-5 39-40
STREAKS 6 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. Chip Kelly: 1-0 Jim Caldwell: 0-1
LAST WEEK L 45-17 vs. Buccaneers W 18-13 vs. Raiders
LAST GAME 12/8/13: Lions 20 at Eagles 34. Philadelphia RB LeSean McCoy rushes for 217 yards & 2 TDs. Detroit WR Jeremy Ross records 58-yard PR-TD & 98-yard KR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/19/10: Eagles 35, Lions 32. Philadelphia RB McCoy rushes for 120 yards & 3 TDs. Eagles QB Michael Vick passes for 284 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE John Parry
BROADCAST FOX (12:30 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone, Ross Tucker (field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Phi.), 82 (Det.). XM: 88 (WW1), 83 (Phi.), 82 (Det.).


PASSING Sanchez: 40-64-417-2-4-65.7 Stafford: 239-372-2607-15-12-84.8
RUSHING Murray: 141-515-3.7-4 Abdullah (R): 80-284-3.6-1
RECEIVING Matthews: 55-565-10.3-2 C. Johnson: 59-828-14.0-3
OFFENSE 375.0 336.4
TAKE/GIVE +1 -10
DEFENSE 374.4 367.2
SACKS Cox: 5.5 Ansah: 8 (1C)
INTs Thurmond: 3 Quin: 2
PUNTING D. Jones: 47.0 (3C) Martin: 46.1
KICKING Sturgis: 55 (16/18 PAT; 13/16 FG) Prater: 55 (16/19 PAT; 13/13 FG)


EAGLES: Won on Thanksgiving at Det 12-0 on 11/28/68. Play on Thanksgiving for 2nd consecutive year…QB MARK SANCHEZ had 102.2 rating & won start last year on Thanksgiving…In 4 career Thurs. games, RB DE MARCO MURRAY has 571 scrimmage yards (142.8 per game), 402 rush yards (100.5 per game) & 5 TDs. RB-PR DARREN SPROLES has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 games vs. Det. Is only player in NFL history with 25+ rec. TD (28), 15+ rush TD (18) & 5+ PR-TD (6). RB RYAN MATHEWS has rush TD in his past 3…WR JORDAN MATTHEWS had 27-yard TD catch last Thanksgiving. WR JOSH HUFF aims for 3rd in row with TD…DE FLETCHER COX has 3.5 sacks in 3 Thurs. games. LBs CONNOR BARWIN & MYCHAL KENDRICKS each had FR in last meeting. LB BRANDON GRAHAM has 4.5 sacks in past 3 on Thurs. DE VINNY CURRY aims for 3rd in row on Thurs. with sack…LIONS: Play 76th game on Thanksgiving. Host Phi on Thanksgiving for 1st time since 1968…QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for 4th consecutive 300-yard game on Thanksgiving & has 1,161 yards (387 per game), 7 TDs, 2 INTs & 98.4 rating in past 3…RB JOIQUE BELL has 4 TDs in past 3 on Thanksgiving…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 8 rec. TDs on Thanksgiving, most in NFL history. Aims for 7th in row on Thanksgiving with TD catch. Aims for 4th in row on Thanksgiving with 100+ yards & TD. Since 2011, leads NFL with 7,042 rec. yards & 102.1 rec. yards per game. WR GOLDEN TATE had 8 catches for 89 yards last Thanksgiving. WR LANCE MOORE has TD in 4 of past 6…DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 6 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in past 7. DE JASON JONES has sack in 3 of 4 Thurs. games. S GLOVER QUIN & JAMES IHEDIGBO each had INT last Thanksgiving.

Lions Bring In Ford family Advisor Rod Wood as New Team President

The Lions announced Thursday afternoon they’ve hired Rod Wood as their new president, just two weeks after firing Tom Lewand from that position, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

Wood, 55, will report directly to owner Martha Firestone Ford and handle the business side of the operation.

“It was critical to me and my family to fill the president’s position as soon as possible, provided we identified the right person,” Ford said. “I am confident Rod is the right person.

“I also believe Rod’s appointment now gives us the ability to move more decisively with respect to our search for a general manager.”

Detroit is still in the primitive stages of its search for a new general manager to replace Martin Mayhew. Sheldon White is currently handling those duties on an interim basis.

Ford said in her statement the club is forming a general manager search advisory board. Martha Firestone Ford will head that committee, along with her four children — Martha Ford Morse, Sheila Ford Hamp, William Clay Ford, Jr. and Elizabeth Ford Kontulis — and Wood.

Detroit is also expected to enlist the help of the NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel.

“I am humbled and honored to accept this position. Mrs. Ford has made it clear that her goal, and the goal of the Ford family, is to make the Detroit Lions a championship football team and organization,” Wood said in a statement. “In my role as team president, I will do everything possible to provide our organization with all the means necessary to succeed on the football field and provide our fans and city with a championship organization both on and off the field.”

Lions Stun Packers to Break Long Road Losing Streak 18-16

The Lions hadn’t won a game on the road in a very long time. Very long.

Sunday it looked as if they would be snakebitten again, as the Packers lined up for a potential game-winning field goal with seconds left, but Mason Crosby missed a 52-yard field goal to give the Lions a rather stunning 18-16 win for their second win of 2015.

It wasn’t easy, as Calvin Johnson mishandled an onside kick with 31 seconds left, allowing the Packers another shot after they failed on the two-point conversion earlier that could have tied the game.

Matthew Stafford threw for 242 yards for the Lions, who have had a tough season after firing their team president and GM.

”We don’t really care who gives us a chance, because we feel good about ourselves in that locker room and we know what we’re about,” Stafford said.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was 35 of 61 for 333 yards, but the Lions seemed to have him rattled. Receivers including Randall Cobb and DaVante Adams had a few drops, and the Lions defensive backfield played its best game of 2015.

Green Bay finally got into the end zone when Rodgers found tight end Richard Rodgers for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 5:55 left.

Lance Moore’s 4-yard touchdown reception increased Detroit’s lead to 18-10, and the Lions held on for a huge win in a place they barley ever win.

”We played physical,” CB Crezdon Butler said. ”We wanted to control (Rodgers) so we brought pressure and we were in their faces.”

It’s hopefully a win that will mean more down the road, now at 2-7 the Lions will host the Oakland Raiders next Sunday.

Lions at Packers NFL Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday CB Rashean Mathis (concussion)
  Wednesday WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), LB Travis Lewis (groin)
  Wednesday S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), CB Darius Slay (head), CB Josh Wilson (neck)
Practice Report
  Wednesday T Bryan Bulaga (knee), CB Casey Hayward (concussion), LB Mike Neal (hip), CB Damarious Randall (illness)
  Wednesday RB Eddie Lacy (groin), G T.J. Lang (back), LB Clay Matthews (ankle, knee), WR Ty Montgomery (ankle), LB Nick Perry (shoulder, hand), CB Sam Shields (shoulder), G Josh Sitton (back)
  Wednesday S Morgan Burnett (ankle), S Micah Hyde (quadricep), CB Quinten Rollins (neck)

Jim Caldwell to Stay Lions Head Coach – For Now

Chicago Bears v Detroit Lions

In the wake of the Thursday morning firing of general manager Martin Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand, the Detroit Lions have reportedly told embattled head coach Jim Caldwell that he will keep his job despite the team’s awful 1-7 record according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Caldwell should not get too comfortable as a team source told Rapoport that the firings Monday are a “total wipeout” of the Lions’ leadership structure and the Ford family expects a comphrehensive reboot. That reboot will undoubtedly including the firing of Caldwell as well as most of his staff no later than the day after the regular season ends and could also signal that quarterback Matthew Stafford’s (and possibly No.1 wideout Calvin Johnson’s) days are numbered in Detroit. The only thing probably saving Caldwell from being axed immediately is the lack of an acceptable interim successor, as the only other coach on staff with head coaching experience is senior coaching assistant Gunther Cunningham.

Lions Enter the Bye Week a Complete Mess Sitting at 1-7

Arizona Cardinals v Detroit Lions

The Lions are 1-7 and are going nowhere fast as far as the postseason or even a .500 record in the NFL is concerned in 2015.

The team is headed into the bye week, and needs a lot of re-tooling after firing their offensive coordinator last week and then laying an egg in London in a blowout loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.

Jim Caldwell said he had not spoken with team owner Martha Ford after Sunday’s 45-10 loss, but as of now Caldwell better watch his back in terms of being coach long term.

“I did not, but the dialogue with ownership with us is open,” he said. “It happens often and so it’s not unusual.”

The team has not played up to potential all season. Their defense has been awful, they can’t stop long drives, can’t produce turnovers, and can’t get off the field on third downs.

Caldwell was asked about his message to the fans, and it seemed like he didn’t have any issues with how things are going with a team that has won just once in 8 tries.

“One of the things, I think, is that No. 1, we have the right kind of people,” he said. “No. 2, I don’t think there’s any question about it, it’s an extremely loyal fan base that has been right there with us the entire time, doing a tremendous job of giving us the home-field advantage, encouraging us. It’s one of the things I noticed when I first came here.

“This fan base is alive, it’s passionate, it’s loyal and we love it that way. The thing we have to do is we have to give them something to cheer about. That’s our job and I think our guys are certainly willing to do that.”

Having just one win in 2015 getting Lions wins doing sports betting with William Hill has been few and far between. Looking ahead the schedule for the rest of the season doesn’t point to many more wins before it’s all said and done unless there’s a number of major changes made, which doesn’t seem likely.

The team has a lackluster run game and just like always there’s issues on offense with a line that can’t seem to keep Matthew Stafford upright.

Calvin Johnson’s talents are being wasted on a team that can’t seem to get out of its own way, which is a shame since some of his best years are being wasted with a team that has no real direction.

With issues on both sides of the ball and a front office and coaching staff that seems to be in denial, Caldwell came out and blamed – of course – the Detroit media for being the most negative he’s ever dealt with.

“There’s no question,” he said. “It’s a fact. But not every single person. I’m not trying to cover the entire group with that phrase because that’d be unfair, but I’m just talking about overall.”

NFL Week Eight Preview – Detroit at Kansas City in London

Kansas City Chiefs v Detroit Lions

Two foes who don’t meet very often will go at it on foreign soil Sunday morning in London, as the 1-6 Lions will take on the 2-5 Chiefs in the final overseas game of the year in the NFL.

Detroit has fond memories of playing in London, last season they trailed big against the Atlanta Falcons, but rallied for a one-point win on a Matt Prater field goal as time expired.

“We’ve shown we can play inspired ball in London and we’re hoping for that again,” Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis said.

“But we’d rather get on top of the Chiefs early. No more dramatic comebacks. We just want to dominate from the first snap Sunday.”

The Lions had a rough week, making changes to the offensive side of their coaching staff. The team fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and two of their offensive line coaches.

Detroit’s offense will now be in the hands of Jim Bob Cooter, who takes over a unit 13th right now in the NFL, putting up 346.6 yards per game, 221 passing and 127 rushing.

Last week the Vikings shut down the Lions offense, holding them to 274 yards while falling 28-19 at home.

While the offense has been inconsistent, one player for the Lions catching fire is Calvin Johnson. The star wide receiver has 11 catches for 252 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games after scoring once in the previous five.

Joique Bell could see an increased work load. He missed three games with an ankle injury and was limited to three carries for 21 yards against Minnesota, while rookie Ameer Abdullah had 43 on eight attempts.

While it will be up to Cooter to lead the Lions offense, there’s also major problems on defense for Detroit. The unit ranks 27th overall this season, with an average of 392.3 yards allowed, nearly 100 more than last season.

The Chiefs are coming off a 23-13 home win over the Pittsburgh Steelers to break a five-game losing streak.

Alex Smith led a spirited display on offense, finding tight end Travis Kelce for some big plays at key times of the 10-point victory.

Another player that stepped up is running back Charcandrick West. Filling in for the injured Jammal Charles, he ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries to eclipse his previous career highs of nine rushes and 33 yards.

Kansas City’s defense is going to give Matt Stafford and the Lions fits. They showed last week against the Steelers they have speed to come off the edges, and I like them to pressure the Lions QB enough to force some mistakes.

Look fro the Chiefs to get out of London with their third win against five losses.

Kansas City 17 Detroit 10

Fantasy Projections:

Detroit – Matthew Stafford 216 yards 1 TD, Ameer Abdullah 39 yards rushing, Calvin Johnson 70 yards receiving 1 TD
Kansas City – Alex Smith 211 yards 1 TD, Charcandrick West 118 yards 1 TD, Jeremy Maclin 62 yards receiving 1 TD

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Lions at Chiefs NFL Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday WR Calvin Johnson (not injury related), LB DeAndre Levy (hip), T LaAdrian Waddle (knee)
  Wednesday P Sam Martin (left knee), TE Brandon Pettigrew (elbow), LB Stephen Tulloch (illness)
  Wednesday RB Joique Bell (ankle), QB Matthew Stafford (quadricep)
Practice Report
  Wednesday DE Mike Devito (concussion), G Ben Grubbs (neck), LB Tamba Hali (knee), LB Ramik Wilson (ankle)
  Wednesday TE Travis Kelce (groin), WR Jeremy Maclin (concussion), LB Joshua Mauga (groin, achilles), DT Dontari Poe (ankle), QB Alex Smith (right thumb), RB Charcandrick West (pectoral)