Lions Ink Gunner Don Carey to a One-Year Deal

Don Carey

Two months after signing Sam Martin to a four-year contract extension, the Lions inked gunner Don Carey to a one-year extension this week, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The deal, which includes a $375,000 signing bonus and $975,000 base salary, will keep Carey in Detroit through at least the 2017 season.

Under general manager Bob Quinn, the Lions have placed a high emphasis on special teams.

They made Johnson Bademosi one of their first signings in free agency last year — Bademosi and Carey form one of the NFL’s best coverage duos — and they made Martin one of the highest-paid punters in the NFL.

Martin leads the league with a 45.4-yard net average.

“We have consistent players across the board on the interior, and then we have some outstanding players on the edge like Bademosi and Don, who make it easier for guys like us to be consistent,” linebacker Brandon Copeland, another core special teams player, said of why the Lions’ punting unit has been so good this year. “Obviously, to me, special teams is very important, so I call that guy right there, Don Carey, a star, in my book.”

Carey, 29, has a team-high seven special teams tackles this year and also has played a handful of snaps as a nickel cornerback.

Lions Rally for Last Second FG; Top Vikings in Overtime 22-16

Detroit Lions v Minnesota Vikings

Matthew Stafford threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate, who vaulted into the end zone in overtime to give the Lions a 22-16 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.

After Matt Prater kicked a 58-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime, Tate finished the opening drive when he ran through arm tackles by Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith and leaped in for the winning score.

Stafford completed 23 of 36 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Lions (5-4), who have won four of their past five games. Tate had 11 catches for 79 yards.

Sam Bradford completed 31 of 40 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (5-3), who started the season 5-0 but have imploded since coming out of the bye. Stefon Diggs had a career-high 13 catches for 80 yards.

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Lions vs Vikings NFL Week Nine Inactives

Lions: CB Darius Slay, RB Justin Forsett, LB DeAndre Levy, OT Riley Reiff, OL Joe Dahl, CB Johnthan Banks, TE Khari Lee

Vikings: OG Alex Boone, LB Eric Kendricks, WR Jarius Wright, DT Sharrif Floyd, OG Zac Kerin, TE MyCole Pruitt, TE David Morgan

Lions at Texans NFL Week Eight Inactives

Lions: CB Darius Slay, LB DeAndre Levy, RB Dwayne Washington, DT Haloti Ngata, DL Anthony Zettel, OT Corey Robinson, TE Cole Wick

Texans: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Keith Mumphery, S Quintin Demps, ILB Brian Peters, T Jeff Adams, G Oday Aboushi, DE Brandon Dunn

Lions Extend Win Streak to Three; Top Redskins Late 20-17

Washington Redskins v Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford threw a go-ahead, 18-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 16 seconds left to lift the Lions to a 20-17 win over the Redskins on Sunday.

The Lions (4-3) extended their winning streak to three games.

The Redskins (4-3) had won four straight.

Stafford, who set up game-winning kicks in the previous two games, led his team to another win in the 100th game of his career. He was 18 of 29 for 266 yards, one TD and no turnovers.

Kirk Cousins scored a go-ahead TD on a 19-yard run with 1:05 left.

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Redskins vs Lions NFL Week Seven Inactives

Redskins: TE Jordan Reed, QB Nate Sudfeld, WR Rashad Ross, CB Dashaun Phillips, S Josh Harris, OL Vinston Painter, DE Anthony Lanier

Lions: RB Dwayne Washington, NT Haloti Ngata, CB Adarius Barnes, TE Eric Ebron, LB DeAndre Levy, OT Corey Robinson

Redskins vs Lions NFL Week Seven Capsule

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-2) AT DETROIT LIONS (3-3)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  REDSKINS LIONS
SERIES LEADER 27-13  
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Jay Gruden: 0-0 Jim Caldwell: 1-0
LAST WEEK W 27-20 vs. Philadelphia W 31-28 vs. Los Angeles
LAST GAME 9/22/13: Lions 27 at Redskins 20. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford passes for 385 yards & 2 TDs. Lions WR Calvin Johnson has 7 receptions for 115 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/31/10: Lions 37, Redskins 25. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford passes for 212 yards & 4 TDs. Lions WR Calvin Johnson has 9 receptions for 101 yards & 3 TDs.
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (Was), 135 (Det). XM: 387 (Was), 231 (Det).

STATS

PASSING Kirk Cousins: 147-226-1695-9-6-89.7 Matthew Stafford: 146-212-1648-14 (T3L)-4-106.0 (3L)
RUSHING Matt Jones: 89-433-4.9-3 Theo Riddick: 50-171-3.4-1
RECEIVING Jordan Reed (TE): 33-316-9.6-2 Marvin Jones: 29-529-18.2-4
OFFENSE 387.2 349.3
TAKE/GIVE +1 -1
DEFENSE 366.5 379.7
SACKS Trent Murphy: 5 Kerry Hyder: 5
INTs 4 tied: 1 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Tress Way: 44.6 Sam Martin: 50.2 (3L)
KICKING Dustin Hopkins: 58 (2L) (13/14 PAT; 15/16 FG) Matt Prater: 42 (15/16 PAT; 9/10 FG)

NOTES

REDSKINS: QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 263 yards & 2 TDs in Week 6. Has 100+ rating in 4 of past 5 on road…RB MATT JONES rushed for 135 yards & TD last week…WR JAMISON CROWDER had TD catch in Week 6. Has 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 PR) in past 5. WR PIERRE GARÇON had 8 receptions for 73 yards in last meeting. WR DE SEAN JACKSON has rec. TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Det. TE VERNON DAVIS had rec. TD last week, 1st TD with Was. Had 2 TD catches in last game vs. Det. (9/16/12 with SF)…DE RICKY JEAN FRANCOIS had sack last week. DE ZIGGY HOOD had sack in last meeting (11/17/13 with Pit.). LB WILL COMPTON leads team with 50 tackles. Has 9+ tackles in 5 of past 7. LB RYAN KERRIGAN had 2 sacks in Week 6. Has 4.5 sacks & FF in past 6. LB TRENT MURPHY has 5 sacks in past 5. S WILL BLACKMON had sack last week…LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 270 yards & 4 TDs in Week 6, his 10th career game with 4+ TDs, 4th-youngest (28 years, 252 days) to reach mark. Aims for 3rd in row with 130+ rating. Has 100+ rating in 7 of past 9 at home… Since 2015, RB THEO RIDDICK leads NFL RBs in receptions (106) and rec. yards (887) with 6 TD catches…WR ANQUAN BOLDIN has 8 rec. TDs in past 5 vs. Was. Had TD catch last week. WR GOLDEN TATE had 8 receptions for 165 yards & TD in Week 6. Had TD catch in only career meeting (11/27/11 with Sea.). WR MARVIN JONES has 4 TDs in past 4. WR ANDRE ROBERTS had rec. TD last week…DE EZEKIEL ANSAH had 2 saks & FF in last meeting. Has 7.5 sacks & 3 FFs in past 8 at home. DE DEVIN TAYLOR had sack & FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD has 9+ tackles in 5 of past 6. Leads team with 55 tackles. S RAFAEL BUSH had INT in Week 6. S GLOVER QUIN aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with 6+ tackles.

Lions Win Second Straight; Top Rams 31-28 in Detroit

Los Angeles Rams v Detroit Lions

Matt Prater made a tiebreaking, 34-yard field goal with 1:29 left and Rafael Bush followed with a victory-sealing interception two plays later, giving the Lions a 31-28 win over the Rams on Sunday.

The Lions (3-3) have won two straight games with Prater making the winning kick and a defensive back following up with an interception on the ensuing possession. Last week, Prater’s kick and Darius Slay’s interception gave Detroit a win over previously unbeaten Philadelphia.

The Rams (3-3) have lost two straight.

Case Keenum completed a Rams-record 20 straight passes, but couldn’t connect with Lance Kendricks on the long throw that Bush stepped in front of near midfield. Keenum finished 27 of 32 for 321 yards with three touchdowns — two to Kenny Britt, one to Kendricks — and an interception.

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