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The Detroit Lions try to bounce back on the road this week against the Cleveland Browns. Next up for the Detroit Lions is a road game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. Here's an early look at the Browns: Cleveland Browns (3-2) ...
The Detroit Lions try to bounce back on the road this week against the Cleveland Browns. Next up for the Detroit Lions is a road game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. Here's an early look at the Browns: Cleveland Browns (3-2) Schedule so far Week 1 - vs. Dolphins - lost, 23-10Week 2 - at Ravens - lost, 14-6Week 3 - at Vikings - won, 31-27Week 4 - vs. Bengals - won, 17-6Week 5 - vs. Bills - won, 37-24 Reason for optimism The Browns are on a three-game winning streak after opening the season 0-2. What changed? A big part of the turnaround involved starting Brian Hoyer at quarterback. He really fueled that winning streak, but he tore his ACL last week and is now out for the season. It's true that Brandon Weeden came in and led the Browns to victory against the Bills, but will the streak continue with him returning as the full-time starter? At the very least, I'm sure the Lions are pleased that they will be facing Weeden rather than Hoyer. Reason for pessimism At the same time, the Browns as a team have been much better as of late. Since trading Trent Richardson, they've gone 3-0. Getting Josh Gordon back from a suspension greatly helped, as he's caught 18 passes for 303 yards and 2 touchdowns in only three games. Also, Jordan Cameron has been outstanding at tight end, catching 33 passes for 396 yards and 5 touchdowns. If the Lions can't keep Gordon and Cameron in check, it could be a long day for the defense. Storyline to watch The top storyline for the Browns going into this game has to be the switch at quarterback because of Hoyer's season-ending injury. Going into last week, Hoyer was the clear starter at quarterback given how well he had played, but now Weeden has another chance to be at the top of the depth chart. If he struggles on Sunday, the crowd will let him hear it, and the Browns could have a tough situation on their hands at quarterback. Additional info For more on the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature. More from Pride Of Detroit: Jumping to conclusions about the NFC through five weeks of the season NFL power rankings, Week 6: Lions fall, but not much Dominic Raiola apologizes, makes donation to Wisconsin band Snap counts for Lions from Packers game How Lions' future opponents fared in Week 5
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Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham likes what he's seeing in the development of rookie fourth-round pick Devin Taylor after he was pressed into duty a couple weeks ago
Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham likes what he's seeing in the development of rookie fourth-round pick Devin Taylor after he was pressed into duty a couple weeks ago
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Dominic Raiola said he didn’t know whether to laugh or get mad when he first heard reports about his interaction with the University of Wisconsin marching band on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Lions’ veteran center said the whole situa...
Dominic Raiola said he didn’t know whether to laugh or get mad when he first heard reports about his interaction with the University of Wisconsin marching band on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Lions’ veteran center said the whole situation was blown out of proportion and that he did not use a homophobic slur. “I don’t speak like that. I have a lot of respect for you know, I have family members that are homophobic, you know that are gay,’’ he said stumbling, seeking the right word. “I have a lot of respect for them. “I know it’s a different kind of band but I have people in bands I’m best friends with I have a lot of respect for that so I don’t know about all that,’’ Raiola said on Wednesday. “And my brother went to Wisconsin, maybe somebody said your brother is better than you I don’t know,’’ Raiola said. He was accused of using profane and homophobic language in a blog after the game. Raiola called the band director and apologized on Tuesday along with making a “significant donation” to the band. Raiola said he had no idea the banter would become a big deal. “Not at all. I was actually laughing and joking with them at the end of the game, just talking, having a conversation,’’ Raiola said. “They were right behind our bench. I was actually having a conversation with them after the game. It was cool. I didn’t think twice about it. I was kind of surprised. I didn’t know whether to laugh or get mad when I saw it.’’ The Lions investigated the situation and did not fine him. Now Raiola wants to put it behind him and concentrate on playing the Browns at Cleveland on Sunday. (Follow @PaulaPasche on Twitter. Order her book, “100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die’’ here. It’s also available at bookstores.)
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Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said the Lions weren't good enough in the passing game last week
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said the Lions weren't good enough in the passing game last week
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The Detroit Lions held the Green Bay Packers offense in check for the first half on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers was a mere 10 for 16 for 87 yards with no touchdowns after two quarters. However, it turns out Rodgers was just setting the Lions d...
The Detroit Lions held the Green Bay Packers offense in check for the first half on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers was a mere 10 for 16 for 87 yards with no touchdowns after two quarters. However, it turns out Rodgers was just setting the Lions defense up to exploit them later in the game. His primary target? Louis Delmas. After the game, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy explained, "The opportunities outside first started with the late safety rolling down into the box and them playing soft on the outside." In other words, they saw Delmas cheating into the box, leaving the outside edges wide open. So, I ventured to see what they saw early in the game, and how it led to an easy 83-yard touchdown. Rodgers and the Packers first saw Delmas cheating early in the second quarter on a second-and-9 play: It should be noted that the Lions don't appear to be in cover two on this play. Glover Quin immediately shades toward the middle of the field to play lone center field. However, Delmas immediately jumps down into the box, anticipating a run on the play action. He finds himself flat-footed in his zone and allows the receiver running a seam route to blow by him. Luckily, Rodgers just misses him. But the seed has been planted. The next play is a clear example of what the Packers must have saw in order to exploit Delmas' aggressiveness. The key routes here are the seam route by the tight end and the familiar go route at the top of the screen. Delmas is just off screen to the top. It's pretty clear from the get-go that the Lions' safeties are playing deep, cover-two defense on this third down (the Lions' corners are in man coverage). Delmas is reading Rodgers' eyes the entire play. This would be a good thing for a poor quarterback who likes to look down his receivers. However, we know Rodgers is better than that. Delmas sees Rodgers looking at the seam route and shades that way, completely ignoring the go route at the top of the screen. This is a clear example of Delmas trying to make a play he has no business making. The seam route is covered man to man, and Quin is also in position to make a play if the ball is thrown that way. Delmas needs to trust his teammates and stick to his own assignment. Again, the Lions were bailed out, as Rodgers didn't see the go route and instead hit a dig route for a first down. Unfortunately for the Lions, the third time was not a charm. This time, the Lions are in a full cover-two zone. Again, Delmas is trying to read Rodgers' eyes and sees him looking down the seam route. Delmas tries to jump it, leaving James Jones completely uncovered. Jones is not Chris Houston's assignment after leaving his zone. The seam route looks pretty open, but it would have been a challenging pass to split both Bill Bentley and DeAndre Levy (both of whom should have been a bit more aware of the seam route and played a bit deeper). Regardless, that was not Delmas' play to make, and again, he should have trusted his teammates and stuck to his own assignment. This was a perfect play for the Packers to run. They saw Delmas' tendency to jump the seam route, kept Quin busy with his own go route at the bottom of the screen and caught the Lions in a zone, leaving Jones completely unguarded. However, if Delmas were to play a little more conservatively, they may have lived to see another play. More from Pride Of Detroit: Know the NFC North: Week 5 Looking ahead to Lions' next opponent: Cleveland Browns Lions notes: Ziggy Ansah, Hard Knocks, more Wednesday Lions open thread Jumping to conclusions about the NFC through five weeks of the season
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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Heading into your week six fantasy football matchup, many of you may be looking for a fill-in starter at quarterback due to bye weeks or even a struggling starter that you may not want to play another week...
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Heading into your week six fantasy football matchup, many of you may be looking for a fill-in starter at quarterback due to bye weeks or even a struggling starter that you may not want to play another week — i.e. Colin Kaepernick. One of the guys that you may be able to either pick up or buy low on right now is Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Yes, I said it. Cutler. In his last four seasons with the Bears, Cutler hasn’t exactly been a fantasy stud. But, this year he is the 8th-best fantasy football quarterback in standard leagues. I know, I am just as shocked as you are. In his last two games, Cutler has thrown for 675 yards and four touchdowns. Sure, he’s thrown three picks — all against the Detroit Lions in what was simply his only bad game thus far — but Cutler has been much more accurate and is grasping new head coach Marc Trestman’s offense very well. On the season, Cutler has thrown for 1,368 yards and 10 touchdowns, completing 65.7 percent of his passes, with six interceptions, equating to a rating of 93.0. This is by far his best start with the Bears since coming to Chicago. Again, you can thank Trestman. Going up against a New York Giants defense Thursday night which is one of the absolute worst in the league, Cutler should have a field day. Eli Manning is sure to cough up a few turnovers as well, giving Cutler even more time on the field than usual. Against a poor Giants defense, Cutler should have loads of fun with his top targets Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte who have all been used consistently in this new offensive scheme. Trestman has done a nice job of gearing the offense toward Cutler’s strengths as well as toward the strengths of his weapons. This offense could be one to watch as the season progresses, and Cutler could be a quarterback you just might want to hang onto. Cutler haters everywhere are cringing right now. Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. Related: Fantasy Football Week 6: After Franchise Record, Alshon Jeffery is Must-Own Top 10 Fantasy Quarterbacks for Week 6 Based on Matchups
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Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson did not practice Wednesday as he continues to heal his injured knee. Johnson has missed Wednesday practices in the recent past and still played. It's likely still too early to speculate on his p...
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson did not practice Wednesday as he continues to heal his injured knee. Johnson has missed Wednesday practices in the recent past and still played. It's likely still too early to speculate on his possible return in Week 6. FANTASY ANALYSIS: There will be a Megatron update every single day leading up the Lions game against Cleveland. For now, just to speculate, he will likely be a game-time decision. On Friday, we'll have his official status and there will be more information to go on at that point. For now, Johnson is a must-start assuming he plays. Even when banged up, he's too good to sit.
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He showed up to practice today as the media was being escorted off the field and wore a compression sleeve on his right leg. Cornerback Chris Houston (groin), safety Louis Delmas (knee), tackle Jason Fox (knee), tight end Tony Scheffler ...
He showed up to practice today as the media was being escorted off the field and wore a compression sleeve on his right leg. Cornerback Chris Houston (groin), safety Louis Delmas (knee), tackle Jason Fox (knee), tight end Tony Scheffler (head), running back Theo Riddick (head) and receiver Nate Burleson (arm) also missed practice.
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NFC North Standings Detroit Lions: 3-2 Chicago Bears: 3-2 Green Bay Packers: 2-2 Minnesota Vikings: 1-3 Chicago Bears Last week: 26-18 loss against the New Orleans Saints I saw the movie Gravity this weekend (and it was awesome) a...
NFC North Standings Detroit Lions: 3-2 Chicago Bears: 3-2 Green Bay Packers: 2-2 Minnesota Vikings: 1-3 Chicago Bears Last week: 26-18 loss against the New Orleans Saints I saw the movie Gravity this weekend (and it was awesome) and it reminded me of the Bears game in one respect. An ongoing joke in the movie is that George Clooney's character keeps saying "I've got a bad feeling about this mission" and then follows it up with a story everyone has already heard. That is how I felt watching the Bears game as they took the opening kickoff and then proceeded to lose 10 yards on their first play after Matt Forte couldn't hang on to a pitch from Jay Cutler. I immediately had a bad feeling about the game and thought of all the other times the Bears' offense decided to take a Sunday off. Things did not improve for the Bears. The Saints jumped out to a 23-7 halftime lead based mainly on production from running back Pierre Thomas and tight end Jimmy Graham. The Saints have an explosive offense, but quarterback Drew Brees was extremely comfortable nickel-and-diming a Bears defense that was afraid to come out of a shell zone. Brees was lethal in his execution and completed 82.9 percent of his attempts for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns. After a tough Lions loss to the Packers, listening to the Bears talking heads on the radio whine about the Bears' ultra-conservative defense was therapeutic. Brees' consistent production combined with a feisty Saints defense enabled them to carry a 26-10 lead into the final 3 minutes of the game. However, Cutler and Alshon Jeffery drove the entire length of the field in an impressive 50 seconds to set up a 2-yard Brandon Marshall touchdown and Matt Forte 2-point conversion. The Bears forced a Saints punt and had a last shot with 21 seconds left but achieved no more than a 21-yard reception by Jeffery to end the game. Highlights Alshon Jeffery - The second-year wide receiver is starting to emerge from his shell. A second-round draft pick a year ago, Jeffery already has more yards and catches than during 10 games his rookie year. Through 5 games, Jeffery has hauled in 28 catches for 429 yards and 2 touchdowns. A good chunk of that production came Sunday against the Saints, as Jeffery easily had the best game of his career with 10 catches for 218 yards and a score. It is worth noting that a lot of that production came in the final couple of minutes as the team was desperately heaving the ball, and that Jeffery was wide open on his touchdown thanks to a "legal" pick play that would make Bobby Knight blush, but still. Lance Briggs - Briggs, the Bears' resident consummate veteran and defensive anchor after the Brian Urlacher retirement this summer, is having an outstanding year. The 11-year veteran has been considered one of the best linebackers in the league since being drafted in 2003, but he is having a career year in his first season living outside of the Urlacher shadow. When I say career year, that is not hyperbole. Briggs' 51 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 fumbles and 5 pass defenses through 5 games means he is on pace to obliterate his career bests in every stat category. The 32-year-old is playing the best football of his career and is still versatile enough to fill every category on the stat sheet. Lowlights Pass protection - After praising the Bears' offensive line for keeping Cutler clean for the first few weeks of the season, Cutler is once again finding himself on the ground at an alarming rate as of late. Right guard Jordan Mills had another rough day, and Pro Football Focus has him up to a -11.7 on the season. On Sunday, the Saints got to Cutler 3 times, hit him 6 more times and forced a fumble. Although I originally thought that "QB mastermind" coach Marc Trestman was helping Cutler speed his decision-making process to get the ball out of his hands faster, that is evidently not the case. Cutler is again holding on to the ball way too long to the exasperation of the Bears' post-game announcers.
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Please join me at 3 p.m. Thursday for my weekly live chat discussing the Detroit Lions. Will Calvin Johnson play this Sunday at Cleveland? There are plenty of players and issues to discuss. Join us, it's always fun.
Please join me at 3 p.m. Thursday for my weekly live chat discussing the Detroit Lions. Will Calvin Johnson play this Sunday at Cleveland? There are plenty of players and issues to discuss. Join us, it's always fun.
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