• Open thread: Is backup Lions CB Darryl Roberts the real deal?

    Open thread: Is backup Lions CB Darryl Roberts the real deal?
    Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Can the backup CB continue to step up? There wasn’t much good happening for the Lions’ secondary in their season opener. First, rookie Jeff Okudah was ruled out with an injury. Then starting cornerbacks Justin Coleman and Desmond Trufant injured their hamstrings. Coleman’s was severe enough to land him on injured reserve.One of the few bright spots was Darryl Roberts. The former New York Jet was thrust into the starting lin
  • WATCH LIVE: Lions vs. Cardinals Week 3 Madden simulation

    WATCH LIVE: Lions vs. Cardinals Week 3 Madden simulation
    Join us for some fake football and Lions Q&A.Last week, the real Detroit Lions were damn-near unwatchable. After a promising first quarter, the Lions suddenly didn’t look like they belonged on the same field as the Green Bay Packers, who outgained them 477-152 in the final three quarters—and outscored them 39-3.But maybe the virtual Detroit Lions won’t hurt us as bad. Each week around 10-10:30 a.m. ET on Saturdays, we host a Madden 21 simulation. We take the upcoming matchu
  • Video: 3 Reasons why the Lions will defeat the Cardinals on Sunday

    Video: 3 Reasons why the Lions will defeat the Cardinals on Sunday
    Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images So you’re telling me there’s a chance? To say the Detroit Lions are off to a slow start is an understatement. Most of the nightmares from the 2019 season have reared their less than attractive heads and returned in 2020. Public Enemy Number 1 being zero semblance of a competitive defense. Couple that with the hot start from Arizona and only a fool would pick the Lions to beat the Cardinals. No one would possibly make such a claim.
    (Hold my Vernors)In
  • Is Sunday’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals a ‘must-win’ game?

    Is Sunday’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals a ‘must-win’ game?
    Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images Could the Lions chances at a postseason berth be totally lost by the end of Week 3? After dropping their first two games of the season to division rivals, the Detroit Lions are digging themselves a hole not many teams find their way out of when in search of a postseason appearance.
    Since 1990, when the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format, a whopping 88% of teams that started 0-2 missed out on the playoffs. With how things have looked over the past fiv
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  • How to watch Lions at Cardinals NFL Week 3: TV channel, streaming, betting odds

    How to watch Lions at Cardinals NFL Week 3: TV channel, streaming, betting odds
    Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images The Lions are treading water. Can they turn the season around? In 2019, the Detroit Lions opened their season against the Arizona Cardinals and rookie quarterback Kyler Murray. The Lions roared out to an early lead and held the day until late in the fourth quarter, when Murray led the charge back to erase a 18-point deficit. After a languid overtime, the game ended in a tie.
    If that all sounds familiar, it’s because the Lions have failed to hold le
  • Kenny Golladay hopes to make his 2020 debut on Sunday

    Kenny Golladay hopes to make his 2020 debut on Sunday
    The 0-2 Lions could use a spark. Maybe they’ll get one from receiver Kenny Golladay. Golladay missed the first two games of the year with a hamstring injury. He practiced all week on a limited basis, and he’s listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Arizona. “God willing, I’m going to try everything in my [more]
  • Notes: Damon Harrison meeting with Seattle Seahawks

    Notes: Damon Harrison meeting with Seattle Seahawks
    Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images The former Lion is contemplating a return to football Various reports indicate former Lions nose tackle Damon Harrison Sr. is interested in playing professional football in 2020, and is in the process of visiting potential employers. The first credibly reported visit is with the Seattle Seahawks, who are set to meet with Harrison next week:
    Former NFL All-Pro DT Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who openly contemplated retirement last year, has decided to p
  • Rowe Report: Find your backup NFL team with ‘The B Team’ matchmaking app

    Rowe Report: Find your backup NFL team with ‘The B Team’ matchmaking app
    With 390495839845390 matches to date, The B Team is the world’s most popular NFL fan matchmaking app. Is your NFL football team bringing you down? Have you already lost hope for the season, and it’s only Week 3? Are you in need of something positive in your life?
    Sounds like you need The B Team. It’s the all-new NFL fan matchmaking app. Your A team will always be first in your heart, but a B team could help you make it through the long, cold nights this 2020 season.
    Getting sta
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  • Injury report: Golladay questionable, Trufant doubtful to play vs. AZ

    Injury report: Golladay questionable, Trufant doubtful to play vs. AZ
    Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The Lions could be getting several players back this week for Arizona.Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay appears to be on track to play in his first game of 2020. Golladay was listed as questionable on the final injury report of Week 3, but he practiced in a limited fashion for all three days this week after missing the past three weeks of practice. Golladay suffered a hamstring sometime during the first week of practices, and after being extra careful w
  • Adrian Peterson: Limited snaps “not tough at all”

    Adrian Peterson: Limited snaps “not tough at all”
    Adrian Peterson has played in a lot of games where he’s been the focal point of the offense while spending the majority of the game on the field. That hasn’t been the case in the first two games of his Lions tenure. Peterson has played 39 offensive snaps so far this season, which accounts for [more]
  • Christian Kirk won’t play on Sunday

    Christian Kirk won’t play on Sunday
    The Cardinals Offense has gotten off to an impressive start this season, but they’ll have to keep things going against the Lions without the help of one of their top wideouts. Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said on Friday that Christian Kirk has been ruled out with a groin injury. Kirk has been out of [more]
  • Lions fan confidence percentage nearing single digits

    Lions fan confidence percentage nearing single digits
    Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images Ford Field may stay empty this year.The seat of Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia has never been hotter, and we’re just two weeks into the season. After the team’s 0-2 start, it’s hard to see how his vision of the team has come together in a positive manner now in Year 3. The team has dropped 11 straight, they haven’t won a divisional game in almost two calendar years, and the defense—HIS defense—is worse than ever.As the
  • On Paper: Lions vs. Cardinals Week 3 preview, prediction

    On Paper: Lions vs. Cardinals Week 3 preview, prediction
    Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images A statistical breakdown of the Lions’ Week 3 matchup.The Detroit Lions face off against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday for what seems like an annual tradition at this point. The two teams are easily the most frequent non-division opponent over the past two decade, mostly because they tend to finish in the same place on their respective divisions.
    But it doesn’t look like that will happen this year. The Cardinals are off to a surprising 2-0 s
  • Open thread: Which Lions-Cardinals players will boom and bust in fantasy this week?

    Open thread: Which Lions-Cardinals players will boom and bust in fantasy this week?
    Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images This game could end up high scoring, but who will grab the points? The Arizona Cardinals are going to put up points on Sunday, probably a lot of points. The Lions may have a nice response as well, although the first two weeks were not that impressive for the Detroit offense. Either way, this could be a good contest from a fantasy perspective, but determining the beneficiaries may be a challenge.
    Once again, the main Detroit options find themselves right on the
  • Thursday Night Football open thread: Dolphins at Jaguars

    Thursday Night Football open thread: Dolphins at Jaguars
    Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images Two elite facial hairs face off on Thursday Night Football. It’s the battle we’ve all been waiting for: Ryan Fitzpatrick’s beard versus Gardner Minshew’s mustache. Which player will comb out on top?
    Oh, you’re here for football? Alrighty then.
    You might think Fitzpatrick’s beard is weird, or Minshew’s ‘stache is trash, but the Jaguars and Dolphins could surprise to create an entertaining match on “Thursday
  • Detroit Lions injury report: Desmond Trufant (hamstring) returns to practice

    Detroit Lions injury report: Desmond Trufant (hamstring) returns to practice
    Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images The Lions secondary is nearing full health. The Detroit Lions continue to trend in the right direction when it comes to their health. On Thursday, another starter returned to practice after missing a game.Cornerback Desmond Trufant, who suffered a hamstring injury in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, returned to practice for the first time since his injury. Initially, head coach Matt Patricia said Trufant would not practice on Thursday, but it’
  • Detroit Lions film breakdown: What’s wrong with Jamie Collins?

    Detroit Lions film breakdown: What’s wrong with Jamie Collins?
    Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports What’s wrong with the Lions marquee signing? Linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. has been a disappointment so far in 2020, to say the least.
    The entire Detroit Lions defense has played terribly, with all three units getting steam rolled for at least the last five quarters, but Collins has managed to stick out.
    First, obviously, because he started his Lions career by earning himself one of the dumbest ejections of all time.Lions LB Jamie Collins was ejected after m
  • NFL Week 3 picks: Experts split on marquee matchups

    NFL Week 3 picks: Experts split on marquee matchups
    Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images A look at who we’re taking in some big Week 3 NFL games.It’s only Week 3 of the NFL season, but this could be one of the most exciting weeks of the entire season. As we still try to find out the identity of some teams (I’m looking at you, NFC East), other teams have already established themselves as elite or bottom-dwellers.And that sets us up for a some great football games ahead. The marquee matchup of the week lands on “Monday Night
  • Jabaal Sheard visits the Lions

    Jabaal Sheard visits the Lions
    The Lions’ woeful defense is looking to add some veteran help. Free agent defensive end Jabaal Sheard is visiting with the Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The 31-year-old Sheard started 12 games for the Colts last year but hit free agency in March and has been unsigned since. He previously played in Lions head [more]
  • Detroit Lions to bring in DE Jabaal Sheard for visit

    Detroit Lions to bring in DE Jabaal Sheard for visit
    Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images Some pass rush reinforcements may be on the way.The Detroit Lions pass rush has been MIA for the past three years or so. Just yesterday, we lamented how Detroit’s ability to pressure the quarterback appears to be getting even worse.The good news is that the Lions appear to know this and could be making a move to help out a struggling unit. The bad news is that they’re going straight back to the Patriots well to fix their problems.
    According to
  • 5 Questions with Revenge Of The Birds: Are the Cardinals pretenders at 2-0?

    5 Questions with Revenge Of The Birds: Are the Cardinals pretenders at 2-0?
    Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Getting to know the Lions’ Week 3 opponents. I am terrified of this team. I’m sure you are too, Detroit Lions fans. It’s been a rough first two weeks for Detroit. They’ve blown double digit leads in both games and ate a forty burger against the Packers last weekend. My guess is that this Sunday’s outing against the Cardinals isn’t going to be much different. It’s going to be a long season.But are the Cardinals the real d
  • The Cheat Sheet: Cardinals will attack until the Lions can stop it

    The Cheat Sheet: Cardinals will attack until the Lions can stop it
    Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals game preview and prediction The Arizona Cardinals feel like a team that the Lions fans wish they could root for. They’re innovative, explosive, and attacking.I see the Cardinals attacking the Lions defense in a very similar way as the Packers did last week: the Mesh concept. And to be fair, until the Lions prove they are able stop an endless attack across the middle of the field, I’d keep attacking them there as wel
  • Lions Week 3 preview podcast: How can Kyler Murray be stopped?

    Lions Week 3 preview podcast: How can Kyler Murray be stopped?
    Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images We asked former NFL tight end—and Cardinals expert—Ed Smith to give us the breakdown.Based on the first two weeks of the 2020 season—and really the two years before that—the Detroit Lions would have trouble stopping a bundle of feathers. Unfortunately, they’ve got a much tougher task, as Kyler Murray and the aggressive Cardinals offense is on the slate for Week 3, and it looks like trouble.
    But Murray is far from a perfect q
  • Open thread: Should the Lions keep playing Will Harris?

    Open thread: Should the Lions keep playing Will Harris?
    Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images Harris’ play is making the case tougher to keep him on the field.Here are some of the scouting notes from Will Harris after the Detroit Lions drafted him No. 81 overall in the 2019 draft:
    StrengthsHeight, weight and speed (6-foot-1, 207 pounds, 4.41-second 40-yard dash).
    Frequent and efficient blitzer from multiple positions.WeaknessesLoves to come down and hit but is sometimes slow to get there.
    Takes on blockers but struggles to disengage.All
  • Trey Flowers: Breonna Taylor could spark new wave of sports protests

    Trey Flowers: Breonna Taylor could spark new wave of sports protests
    The decision of a Kentucky grand jury to not indict the officers who killed Breonna Taylor could spark a new wave of protests in the sports world. Lions defensive end Trey Flowers addressed the possibility on Wednesday. “It could lead to whatever it leads to,” Flowers said, via the Detroit Free Press. “It’s just as [more]
  • Kenny Golladay returns to practice on a limited basis

    Kenny Golladay returns to practice on a limited basis
    Lions coach Matt Patricia said Monday that star receiver Kenny Golladay was “close” to returning. Golladay did indeed return to practice Wednesday, getting in limited work on his balky hamstring. The next two practices will determine Golladay’s availability for Sunday. Matthew Stafford and the Lions have missed Golladay’s big-play ability. “He’s one of the top [more]
  • Notes: The Lions’ pass rush is worst in the NFL by a large margin

    Notes: The Lions’ pass rush is worst in the NFL by a large margin
    Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images Nobody home.Last year, the Detroit Lions had a uniquely bad pass rush. Opposing quarterbacks averaged nearly 3.05 seconds to throw the ball against Detroit’s defense. No one else in the league was over the 2.95 mark. They also ranked last is ESPN’s pass rush win rate—which measure whether a pass rusher is able to beat his block within 2.5 seconds.Well, we’re here in 2020 and we’re writing an identical article. The Lions’ pass
  • Christian Kirk misses practice with groin injury

    Christian Kirk misses practice with groin injury
    The Cardinals opened the practice week without three of their wideouts on the field. Christian Kirk was listed as a non-participant in practice. A groin injury was given as the reason why Kirk wasn’t able to join his teammates for the session. Kirk had two catches for 57 yards in last Sunday’s win over Washington. [more]
  • Week 3 injury report: Kenny Golladay returns to practice

    Week 3 injury report: Kenny Golladay returns to practice
    Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images The Lions star wide receiver is on track to make his 2020 debut this Sunday.After a couple weeks of struggling through health problems, the Detroit Lions are finally getting a little healthier.During their Wednesday practice, several Lions players practiced for the first time this regular season. Most notably, Kenny Golladay practiced in a limited fashion after missing the first two weeks with a hamstring injury. The Lions offense has yet to connec
  • ESPN offers promising profile on Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp

    ESPN offers promising profile on Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp
    Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images The Lions new owner has already succeeded in a few reclamation projects.As the futures of Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn continue to look bleaker and bleaker, attention is slowly turning to team owner Sheila Ford Hamp. She took over the team just a few months ago, after her mother, Martha Firestone Ford, stepped down. Now Hamp may face the daunting task of rebuilding a franchise in disarray.Luckily for the Lions, that is som

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