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Saturday
Jan032015

Lions Prepare for Cowboys in First Playoff Appearance Since 2012

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Lions are 7-11 all-time in the playoffs and will travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Sunday in the wild-card round.

Detroit is making their first appearance in the playoffs since the 2011 season, which was the first playoff appearance for quarterback Matthew Stafford.

"Obviously I've got a ton more experience," Stafford said.  "I've played in a lot more football games.  I'd like to think that I'm probably a little bit better at doing what it takes to win games and not just throw for a million yards and touchdowns."

Stafford will also be making his return to Dallas where he grew up.

"It's always fun to go back there and play," Stafford said of seeing his family members.  "It'll be fun."

The last time the Lions won a playoff game was when running back Barry Sanders was patrolling the field against Dallas on Jan. 5, 1992.

"I don't need much motivation, it's a playoff game," Stafford said of breaking their skid.  "Win or go home gives you enough motivation."

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Saturday
Dec202014

Lions Prepare for Bears QB Jimmy Clausen

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Lions (10-4) enter Sunday's game against the Bears tied with the Green Bay Packers for first place in the NFC North.

Chicago announced this week that they benched quarterback Jay Cutler and are going with backup Jimmy Clausen, who hasn't made a start since 2010.

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said on Friday that with the news coming on Thursday, the team still had a chance to prepare for it.

"We heard fairly early, so we had a chance to take a look at him," Caldwell said. "There's always still a question of whether they'll do the same things that they've been doing with him."

"So, they'll certainly be a bit of an unknown there but we certainly have a chance," Caldwell continued. "There's enough tape on him in preseason and things of that nature to get a good look at him."

Caldwell said that despite Clausen's little experience as a starter, their defense will be ready for him.

"This year we've had a couple backup quarterbacks that have stepped in and played pretty well against us," Caldwell said. "Obvious (Drew) Stanton played pretty well and (Kyle) Orton stepped in and played extremely well. We're guarded about all that stuff, we're trying to make sure that we're functioning as well as we possibly can.

"It doesn't matter, if he's got on a uniform in the National Football League, that guy can play, they can make some things happen."


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Tuesday
Nov252014

Lions Prepare for Bears on Thanksgiving

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETRIOT) -- Thanksgiving Day football will kickoff with the Chicago Bears traveling to the Motor City to take on their divisional rivals, the Detroit Lions.

Detroit (7-4) is coming off a 34-9 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

"[We've] got to find a way to get better and get better in a hurry," Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said. "[It's a] tough Chicago Bear team that we're about to face who's won two games in a row."

Chicago (5-6) is coming off a 21-13 win over Tampa on Sunday and are well aware of the challenges of playing during a short week.

"It's something that's universal throughout the league," Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. "Everybody's playing Thursday night games. We've all had experience in putting gameplans together."

Trestman knows that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will be looking to erase a tough day on Sunday.

"We know what they have talent wise offensively," Trestman said.  "That'll be a challenge for us."


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Sunday
Nov092014

Lions Rally to Defeat Dolphins 20-16

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT, Mi) -- As the clock ticked under 30 seconds Lions quarterback Matt Stafford scanned the field and found running back Theo Riddick in the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown.

The Lions would defeat the Miami Dolphins 20-16 Sunday and push their winning streak to four games and their overall record to 7-2. The Lions have won their last three games by a combined six points.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson returned to the field after missing three straight games with an ankle injury.  He looked back to form as he racked up 113 yards on seven catches, including a 49-yard touchdown reception when he beat Dolphins corner Brent Grimes in single coverage.

The Lions had established an early 10-0 lead but the Dolphins dug in for a fight and flipped the scoreboard after blocking a Detroit field goal attempt in the third quarter. Dion Jordan returned the blocked kick to Detroit's three-yard line. Ryan Tannehill would find Mike Wallace for a three-yard touchdown on the next play.  Miami would take a 13-10 lead.

The teams would trade field goals until Stafford mounted an 11-play, 74-yard drive that would give Detroit the leading score.

"I just love that feeling. It's a good feeling for a quarterback to have the ball in his hands at the end of the game," Stafford said. "By no means are we playing perfect, but we're finding ways to win games."

 


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Tuesday
Oct282014

ESPN: Lions' Fairley Out 4-5 Weeks

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- After a scary collision with teammate Ndamokung Suh, Nick Fairley's season appeared to be over.

The young defensive tackle's knee bent awkwardly as he attempted to make a tackle against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and needed assistance off the field.

According to a report from ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright, Fairley has a sprained MCL and PCL in his knee and will be out four to five weeks - much less than what was feared.

The young nose tackle has been an integral part of the improved Lions defense this season. The Lions are holding opponents to less than 300 yards per game.

As for Fairley, the Lions declined a team option that would have kept him under contract through 2015.  He would have been set to enter free agency this coming offseason and a severe knee injury would have hurt his market.

 


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Thursday
Oct092014

Lions Considering Sitting Calvin Johnson Sunday

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson is dealing with a high ankle injury that may cause him to miss the team's game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Monday, he is "strongly" considering sitting the four-time Pro Bowler.

While Johnson said Wednesday he is working hard to be on the field Sunday, he didn't sound that optimistic. "You want to be smart," Johnson said."You don't want to put yourself in a position where you can't be there for the team when it comes down to it there at the end, and that's what we're trying to be smart about right now."

Johnson played the last two games with the injury, which he says hurts most when planting his foot in the ground.

Through five games this season, Johnson has compiled 22 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns.


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Saturday
Sep062014

Lions Welcome Giants to Ford Field on Monday Night

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Lions will welcome the New York Giants to Ford Field this Monday Night in their season opener.

The Lions will have a new head coach roaming the sidelines this year with Jim Caldwell. He takes over for Jim Schwartz, who was fired in the off-season after compiling a record of 29-51 in five seasons at the helm.

Detroit’s offense will be led once again by quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Stafford is the only quarterback in league history to pass for 4,500 yards or more in three of his first five seasons. In the last three seasons, Johnson has 5,137 receiving yards.

Quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants will be running the West Coast offense this season under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. Last year, Manning threw a career-high 27 interceptions.


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Saturday
Jul122014

Calvin Johnson: 'We Need to Win a Super Bowl'

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Detroit Lions Pro-Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson believes the team needs to come through big in 2014.

Johnson joined the NFL Network on Wednesday and said the expectations are simple, Super Bowl or bust.

"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."

Johnson will be playing for new head coach Jim Caldwell after the Lions parted ways with Jim Schwartz in the offseason.

"It's an overall change and vibe here, and we love it," Johnson said of working under Caldwell. "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."

Johnson had 84 receptions for 1,492 yards and pulled in 12 touchdowns last season.


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Tuesday
Jan142014

Detroit Lions Hire Jim Caldwell as Head Coach

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) --  The Detroit Lions have hired Jim Caldwell as their next head coach.

The 58-year-old Caldwell will replace Jim Schwartz, who was fired following a 7-9 season.  He spent the past two years with the Baltimore Ravens, taking over as the offensive coordinator in December 2012 after Cam Cameron was fired.  The Ravens would go on to win the Super Bowl with Caldwell calling the plays.

The Lions reportedly like Caldwell because of his previous head-coaching experience and his ability to run an offense.  He was the first of four coaches to interview for the job.

Caldwell spent three seasons as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-2011.  He went 26-22 during that time and took the team to the Super Bowl in his first season at the helm.

The only two remaining NFL teams without head coaches are the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings.

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Tuesday
Dec112012

Ravens Fire Offensive Coordinator

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- The Baltimore Ravens fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell on Monday, according to the team. 

Baltimore is 9-4 on the year and sits atop the AFC North. They put up 21 first half points against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, but flailed down the stretch and fell 31-28 in overtime.

"My charge -- our responsibility as a coaching staff -- is to maximize the opportunities for our team to win, and we can still reach all of our goals for this season," coach John Harbaugh said in a statement.

Cameron came to the Ravens in 2008 after coaching the Miami Dolphins to a 1-15 season. Caldwell has head coaching experience as well, leading the Indianapolis Colts last season and takes over an offense that ranks 18th in the league.

"Obviously, the Ravens offense is the Ravens offense," Caldwell said. "It's not a philosophical change. John sets the philosophy here with this team and we follow suit."

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