Packers vs Lions NFL Week 3 Inactives

Packers: LB Brad Jones, CB Demetri Goodson, LB Carl Bradford, QB Scott Tolzien, DT Mike Pennel, WR Jeff Janis.

Lions: OT LaAdrian Waddle, CB Cassius Vaughn, LB Travis Lewis, QB Kellen Moore, WR Ryan Broyles, S James Ihedigbo, FB Montell Owens.

Lions at Panthers NFL Week Two Inactives

Detroit – WR Ryan Broyles, S Don Carey, SS James Ihedigbo, QB Kellen Moore, WR Kevin Ogletree, OT LaAdrian Waddle, DE Larry Webster

Carolina – S Tre Boston, DE Greg Hardy, G Andrew Norwell, QB Joe Webb, RB DeAngelo Williams, LB Jason Williams, OT Garry Williams

Game 2 Quick Preview: Lions visit Carolina Panthers

The Detroit Lions, fresh off a 35-14 beating of the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, head to Carolina for a Week 2 matchup versus the Panthers.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton should be seeing his first action of the season, after sitting out his team’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers still pulled out a win against the Buccaneers, whom the Lions will face in a Week 14 game at home.

The Lions last faced off against the Panthers at home in 2011; Newton’s rookie season. It was a high-scoring affair with the Lions coming out on top, 49-35. Newton threw a career-high 4 interceptions in that game. With three full seasons, Newton is now a more polished player, and less likely prone to making the mistakes he made during his first campaign.

It will be interesting to see if the Lions can strike early and often, just as they did against the Giants in Week 1. The Panthers had the league’s 2nd-best defense a year ago and are a tough opponent in terms of passing defense. Head Coach Jim Caldwell and the offensive staff will have to devise a game plan for QB Matthew Stafford and our play-makers. This will be an early test for our offense that will prepare us for other games against top-ranked defenses from last season. As the Panthers are a conference opponent, the Lions do not have the luxury of letting this game slide.


Video: CBS NFL Week One Preview Giants Vs Lions

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 1 matchup between the New York Giants and the Detroit Lions.

Giants at Lions NFL Week One Capsule




SERIES LEADER Series tied, 20-20-1  
STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Coughlin: 4-2 Caldwell: 1-0
LAST GAME 12/22/13: Giants 23 at Lions 20 (OT). New York WR Jerrel Jernigan has 6 catches for 80 yards & TD. Giants S Will Hill records 38-yard INT-TD in 4th quarter.
BROADCAST ESPN (7:10 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (NYG), 93 (Det.). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NYG), 225 (Det.).

2013 STATS

PASSING Manning: 317-551-3,818-18-27-69.4 Stafford: 371-634-4,650 (3L)-29 (3C)-19-84.2
RUSHING Jennings (Oak.): 163-733-4.5-6 Bush: 223-1,006-4.5-4
RECEIVING Cruz: 73-998-13.7-4 Johnson: 84-1,492 (1C)-17.8-12
OFFENSE 307.5 392.1
TAKE/GIVE -15 -12
DEFENSE 332.3 346.6
SACKS Kiwanuka: 6 Ansah: 8
INTs Rolle: 6 (T2L) Levy: 6 (T2L)
PUNTING Weatherford: 46.9 Martin: 47.2 (3C)
KICKING J. Brown: 100 (31/31 PAT; 23/26 FG) Freese (R) (Pre.): 22 (4/5 PAT; 6/6 FG)


GIANTS: Have 49 wins in road openers, 2nd most in NFL history…QB ELI MANNING has started 151 consecutive games, longest active streak by QB. Passed for 3,818 yards last year & is only NYG QB with 9 3,000-yard seasons in row. Has won 8 of 12 starts on MNF…RB RASHAD JENNINGS set career highs last year (with Oak.) in rush yards (733), rush TDs (6), rec. (36) & rec. yards (292)…WR VICTOR CRUZ has 241 catches for 3,626 yards & 23 TDs in past 3 years, averaging 80.3 catches, 1,208.7 yards & 7.7 TDs per season. WR RUEBEN RANDLE had career-best 41 catches, 611 yards & 6 TDs last year…Pro Bowl S ANTREL ROLLE led team with 95 tackles & 6 INTs in 2013. His 6 INTs were most by S in NFL last season. CB PRINCE AMUKAMARA had career-high 13 PD last year. CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE had 3 INTs, incl. 75-yard TD, & 14 PD with Den. last year. DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL is only DE in NFL with INT-TD in each of past 2 seasons. DE MATHIAS KIWANUKA had 2 sacks & FF in last year’s meeting…LIONS: Host 1st MNF game on Kickoff Weekend since 1971…QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 4,650 yards last year, 3rd consecutive 4,500-yard season. Only QB in NFL history with 3 4,500-yard seasons in 1st 5 years. Since 2011, has 14,655 yards, 2nd most in NFL…Last year, RB REGGIE BUSH had career-best 1,512 scrimmage yards (1,006 rush, 506 rec.). Scored 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.). RB JOIQUE BELL led team with career-high 8 rush TDs last season…Since 2011, Pro Bowl WR CALVIN JOHNSON leads NFL with 5,137 rec. yards & 111.7 rec. yards per game. Only player in NFL history with 5,000 rec. yards in 3-year span. In past 2 seasons, has 18 100-yard games. In career, has 5 200-yard games, tied for most in NFL history. Last year (with Sea.), WR-PR GOLDEN TATE was only player in NFL with 800+ rec. (898) & 500+ PR (585) yards…LB DE ANDRE LEVY had 6 INTs last year, tied for most ever by Det. LB in season. LB STEPHEN TULLOCH led team with 135 tackles. Since 2010, Pro Bowl DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 27.5 sacks, most by DT in NFC.

Calvin Johnson Feels The Lions Are Ready For A Super Bowl Run

Calvin Johnson

Multiple Lions players have said this offseason that the team is capable of playing at a Super Bowl level in 2014 including Calvin Johnson, Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News reports.

While talking on NFL Network Wednesday night about his No. 2 ranking on the Top 100 Players of 2014, Johnson answered a question about how he could move up to the No. 1 spot.

“We need to win a Super Bowl,” Johnson said. “That’s the No. 1 thing. That’s the No. 1 thing (and) should be for every team going into the beginning of the year.

“We’re definitely in a place where we feel we could do that.”

Denver Broncos quarterback and reigning NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning ranked No. 1 this year. The rankings are determined by voting by NFL players.

In all four years of the NFL Network’s rankings, players have voted the most recent MVP at the top of the list — Tom Brady in 2011, Aaron Rodgers in 2012 and Adrian Peterson in 2013.

Johnson was also asked about changes in Detroit under new coach Jim Caldwell, and his answer helps explain the optimism among players.

“It’s an overall change and vibe here, and we love it,” Johnson said. “We’re going to go out and bust our butts every day because Jim is such a great guy, a great leader for our team. And he’s helped bring us together, and we’re doing a lot of stuff on our own off the field to keep that camaraderie going.”

Trainer Claims Suh Is Ready To Hit Camp A “Physical Specimen”

Ndamukong Suh

Lions pass-rusher Ndamukong Suh confirmed in May that his decision to stay away had nothing to do with his contract.

Besides, Suh’s personal strength coach Mike Barwis told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Detroit’s quarterback killer is poised to hit camp as a “physical specimen, ” Marc Sessler of reports.

“Ndamukong is a stud,” said Barwis, the star of Discovery Channel’s “American Muscle,” which debuts Wednesday. “… He trains very, very hard. Guys finish up the workouts, and he’s the guy in there who stays extra to condition beyond what’s demanded of him, and these workouts are pretty hellacious. A guy like that is a pretty unique guy. … He knows what he has to do to be ready, and I think he’s proven that every year he’s been ready.”

“I think with this day and age, and with technology and the ability to do anything from anywhere in this world, it’s not that big of a deal because we made great adjustments,” said Suh.

“And even being a leader, we didn’t pick our unity counsels and our captains as of yet, but our unity counsels wasn’t even picked until, I believe, right before our minicamps, so it’s still very open. Our biggest part of the year for us, outside of OTAs and minicamps, is (training) camp. So that’s what we’re getting ready to go in to.”

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