Lions Draft Preview Capsule
8. DETROIT (6-10)
LAST SEASON: Detroit dropped seven of its last 10 games under first-year coach Matt Patricia, reaching double digits in losses for first time since 2012. Lions were...
Lions put WR Marvin Jones on injured reserve
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have a losing record, and one of the best teams in the NFL is coming to town.
And the Lions won't be at full strength when they face the Los Angeles Rams this weekend.
Detroit put wide receiver Marvin Jones on injured reserve Monday after he missed the past two games with a knee injury. Jones' absence leaves the Detroit receiving corps down another player. The Lions traded Golden Tate earlier this season.
Turnovers weren’t Lions’ only problem on offense vs. Bears
DETROIT (AP) — Long before Matthew Stafford's two interceptions in the fourth quarter, the Detroit Lions looked limited offensively.
Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky out, Chase Daniel in versus Lions
DETROIT (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is out of the lineup and Chase Daniel is in against the Detroit Lions.
Trubisky had been doubtful to play Thursday due to a shoulder injury.
The 32-year-old Daniel is making his third career start. He had thrown just three passes over four years entering the Thanksgiving Day game.
The Lions previously ruled out rookie running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) and wide receiver Marvin Jones (knee) with injuries.
Lions add WR Andy Jones to add depth without WR Marvin Jones
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have promoted wide receiver Andy Jones from the practice squad.
Detroit made the move because it will be without injured receiver Marvin Jones on Sunday at home against the Carolina Panthers .
Andy Jones was previously activated in Week 9 and played against the Minnesota Vikings. He has been on practice squads with the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys.
Lions rule out Jones for game against Carolina
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have ruled wide receiver Marvin Jones out of Sunday's game against Carolina because of a knee injury.
It will be only the second missed game for Jones in the past three-plus seasons. Panthers receiver Torrey Smith will also miss the game with a knee injury.
Detroit tight end Michael Roberts (shoulder) and defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson (ankle) are also out. Defensive linemen Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) and Damon Harrison (shoulder) are questionable.
After poor start, Lions have steadied themselves
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The last time the Detroit Lions entered their open date with a losing record, they fired the general manager.
This year, the break in the schedule has been a bit quieter.
Golladay gives Detroit another impressive receiving threat
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Kenny Golladay is making quite an impression on his fellow receivers in Detroit.
The second-year wideout had four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Lions' 31-23 victory over Green Bay. He also had a touchdown called back because of a penalty.
Lions go into bye on a high after beating Packers 31-23
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have beaten Aaron Rodgers- and Tom Brady-led teams this season.
And yes, they still have a losing record.
Detroit has provided glimpses of its potential, beating the Green Bay Packers 31-23 on Sunday in their first home game since dominating the New England Patriots.
Crosby stunned by kicking woes
DETROIT (AP) — Mason Crosby didn't have any excuses Sunday afternoon.
The Green Bay Packers kicker, who had never missed three field goals in a game despite spending 12 seasons at Lambeau Field, missed four and an extra point in a 31-23 loss to the Detroit Lions.
"I don't usually get this much attention unless I've done something really good or really bad," Crosby told a crowd of reporters after the game. "This one is unfortunately really bad."
Patriots’ Josh Gordon inactive against Lions, delaying debut
DETROIT (AP) — New England wide receiver Josh Gordon is inactive against the Detroit Lions on Sunday night, delaying his debut with the Patriots.
Gordon was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. He was limited in practice after being acquired from the Cleveland Browns.
New England safety Patrick Chung and defensive end Trey Flowers are inactive because of concussions.
Lions Preview Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
New faces: Coach Matt Patricia, RB LeGarrette Blount, RB Kerryon Johnson, TE Luke Willson, C Frank Ragnow, DT Sylvester Williams, LB Christian Jones, LB Devon Kennard.
Key losses: Coach Jim Caldwell, TE Eric Ebron, DT Haloti Ngata, LB Tahir Whitehead.
Strengths: Passing game. QB Matthew Stafford threw for 1,000-plus yards to WR Marvin Jones and WR Golden Tate last year and has pass-catching RB Theo Riddick. All-Pro CB Darius Slay among NFL's best in coverage.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Darius Slay lost his footing in coverage and landed on the grass. He limped off the field, trying to keep weight off his right leg.
The Detroit Lions cornerback was evaluated on the sideline and after rubbing and pointing to his right knee, he returned to practice Wednesday.
Was it scary, possibly getting injured early in training camp?
Bloomington, Minn. – After the best season of his career, Detroit Lions receiver Marvin Jones is still in rest and recovery mode before he begins to ramp up his training again later this month. In between this time with his family, and a trip to the Super Bowl to attend a couple parties and do a handful of radio interviews, he took the time to get a new tattoo.
Allen Park – After the best season of his career, Detroit Lions receiver Marvin Jones is going to stick with what's working for him. That means going back to North Carolina to work with receiving legend Randy Moss this offseason.
"I'm going to look at the film," Jones said last week. "Look at what I've done and what I think I need to get better at and attack it just like I did last year."
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The Lions matched last season's 9-7 record, but not the playoff appearance.
A stuck-in-the-mud ground game that ranked last in the NFL in yards per game (76.3) and yards per carry (3.4) couldn't complement a passing attack that boasted a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Marvin Jones Jr. and Golden Tate, and ranked just outside the NFL's top five.
Justin Rogers’ Lions grades: Stafford, receivers rise to fore in season finale
Detroit — Justin Rogers grades the Detroit Lions' performance in Sunday's 35-11 win over Green Bay Packers.
Matthew Stafford misfired on a couple throws to Eric Ebron, but was otherwise on point. Stafford showed good touch on a pair of deep balls to Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay, and also connected with Golden Tate wide open in space out of play-action, resulting in a 71-yard score.
Lions’ Marvin Jones hits 1,000 yards for first time
Cincinnati, Ohio – Detroit Lions receiver Marvin Jones returned to where it all started on Sunday and set a new personal mark in the process.
In his first game against his former team, Jones recorded his first 1,000-yard season of his five-year career.
He entered the game 30 yards shy of 1,000 yards and broke the plateau with a leaping 31-yard catch in the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium that put Detroit in the red zone on their first drive of the second half.
It may be slim and dim, but there's still a chance.
The Lions have had their backs against the walls the last couple weeks and clawed out wins to keep themselves in the postseason conversation.
Sunday the playoff push heads to Cincinnati, where Detroit will look to stay in contention and complete the NFC North's sweep of the lame Bengals, who apparently began waving the white flag two weeks ago.
Here are 10 things to watch in Sunday's Lions-Bengals game at Paul Brown Stadium (1 p.m. Fox/WJR 760):
Detroit’s Marvin Jones downplaying return to Cincinnati
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — With their playoff hopes teetering, the Detroit Lions have plenty at stake when they play at Cincinnati this weekend.
The fact that receiver Marvin Jones will be facing his old team barely registers.
"I'm just going to see a couple of friends that I have there," Jones said Wednesday. "But other than that, it's no significance."
Lions try to stay in contention vs down-and-out Bengals
CINCINNATI (AP) — Reaching the postseason was an annual thing when receiver Marvin Jones Jr. played four seasons with the Bengals.
He's returning to Cincinnati for a game that his current team must win to have any chance of a playoff berth.
The Lions (8-6) seem to have everything in their favor.
They're facing a down-and-out team that barely showed up for its past two games.
Allen Park — Marvin Jones admits to some growing pains. And that was to be expected, jumping from one team to the next, leaving behind one home to make another, and going from understudy to a leading role.
But as Jones prepares to head back to Cincinnati this weekend, facing his former team — and one of his early mentors in the NFL — as the Lions meet the Bengals with a playoff spot still within reach, he insists he feels none of that.
Breaking down the Bears' 20-10 loss to the Detroit Lions Saturday, which clinched their fourth straight season with at least 10 losses.
THREE MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
1. After forcing a fumble to set up a field goal just before halftime, the Bears were primed to cut into their 13-3 deficit to start the second half. Instead, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was picked off by Darius Slay on the second play of the third quarter, and the Lions then quickly extended their advantage to 20-3.
Detroit — He's under pressure, constantly. They're under pressure, constantly.
But go ahead and say this about Matthew Stafford and the Lions: They're getting more comfortable handling the duress.
Baltimore — Justin Rogers grades the Detroit Lions' performance in Sunday's 44-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
For the majority of the afternoon, Matthew Stafford was on fire, completing a franchise-record 20 consecutive passes, while showing good touch on his long ball. He connected deep with Marvin Jones twice, and Kenny Golladay on a third out of play-action.
The Lions had two key starters go down with injuries in the second half of the team's loss to the Vikings and coach Jim Caldwell had no update on the long-term prognosis for either safety Tavon Wilson or center Travis Swanson.
Wilson has been battling a shoulder injury since training camp, and landed hard on it when breaking up a deep pass in the third quarter. Minutes later, he was ruled doubtful to return.
Stafford hobbled as Detroit’s comeback bid falls short
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford's latest attempt at a fourth-quarter comeback fizzled — and now his health is a concern too.
Stafford played on after appearing to injure his right ankle Thursday, but the Lions didn't have a first down on either of their final two drives in a 30-23 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Vikings hold off Lions for 30-23 victory
DETROIT (AP) — Case Keenum threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score all in the first half to give the Minnesota Vikings a double-digit lead and they went on to beat the Detroit Lions 30-23 Thursday.
The Vikings (9-2) took a huge step toward winning the NFC North, taking a three-game lead over the second-place Lions.
Detroit (6-5) made mistakes in every phase of the game and Minnesota took advantage.
Live updates: Lions fumble the ball back to Vikings
Marvin Jones took a quick pass from Stafford for a 17-yard gain on the first play of the drive. But that's where things went terribly wrong, as Stafford and Ameer Abdullah couldn't properly execute a handoff exchange and the Vikings recovered the fumble.
Vikings go 80 yards for opening TD
Case Keenum hit Kyle Rudolph for a one-yard touchdown to cap a 14-play, 80-yard drive by the Vikings that gives them a 6-0 lead with 5:29 remaining in the first quarter.
After beating Bears, Lions look to tighten NFC North race
CHICAGO (AP) — The Detroit Lions haven't lost a game against the NFC North, and they can really tighten the division race if they win this week.
Matt Prater kicked a tiebreaking 52-yard field goal, Matthew Stafford threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns and the Lions hung on to beat the Chicago Bears 27-24 on Sunday.
Chicago — Justin Rogers grades the Detroit Lions' performance in Sunday's 27-24 win over Chicago Bears.
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MATTHEW STAFFORD, QB, Detroit ($6,800 DraftKings/$8,200 FanDuel)
Allen Park — When Marvin Jones looks across the sideline on Sunday at the Cleveland Browns coaching staff, he'll see a familiar face that helped shape him into the football player he's become.
Jones spent the first four years of his career in Cincinnati with Browns head coach Hue Jackson. During the last two seasons the two were together, Jackson served as Jones' offensive coordinator, and it's obvious that Jones holds his former coach in high regard.
Allen Park — Lions coach Jim Caldwell likes to say it's never as bad as you think when you lose or as good as you think when you win. The Lions came away with an incredibly satisfying win over the Green Bay Packers Monday night, but there is no such thing as a perfect game in football. We watched the film and here's 10 observations — good and bad — from the victory.
Allen Park — You already know Marvin Jones can catch, but did you know he can sing?
The Lions receiver is bringing that talent out of the shadows and into the spotlight, auditioning for American Idol.
Green Bay, Wis. — This is exactly what the Lions needed from Matthew Stafford, and exactly when they needed it. They couldn't lose this one, not with their season teetering, not with the Packers missing Aaron Rodgers. They couldn't squander this matchup on Monday, and Stafford played as if he absolutely knew it.
Green Bay, Wisconsin — Justin Rogers grades the Detroit Lions' performance in Monday's 30-17 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Matthew Stafford was sublimely accurate in the victory over the Packers, putting the ball right where it needed to be all night. Whether it was hanging on for an extra tick against the blitz to give Theo Riddick extra space on a long screen gain, or lofting two touchdown tosses right into Marvin Jones' wheelhouse, Stafford was on point in the victory. Grade: A
Green Bay — At this point, it's difficult to keep track of all the records and milestones Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has piled up in his career. The prolific passer hit another one in his team's 30-17 victory over the Packers Monday night.
Stafford became the fourth player in NFL history to throw for 200 touchdowns before the age of 30 with his 25-yard scoring strike to Marvin Jones in the opening quarter. Stafford joins Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre on the exclusive list.
Lions snap 3-game skid in 30-17 win over struggling Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Eager to end a three-game losing streak, the Detroit Lions picked a tough place to make a stand — Lambeau Field in a Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers.
Matthew Stafford delivered with his sharpest performances of the season.
Lions win 30-17 as QB Matthew Stafford dissects Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matthew Stafford put on a quarterback clinic for the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
Aaron Rodgers could only watch from the sideline.
Stafford passed for 361 yards and two touchdowns to Marvin Jones, and the Lions snapped a three-game losing streak with a 30-17 win on Monday night over the offensively challenged Green Bay Packers.
"Matt (made) some great throws ... I just did what I love to do — go out there and get them," Jones said.
Here are reactions to notable moments during Monday night's Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game, compiled by Eric Coughlin of The Detroit News.
Marvin Jones Jr. made a spectacular touchdown catch on the Lions' first drive to put Detroit up 7-0 in the first quarter and give Matt Stafford 200 career touchdowns, making him the fourth-youngest quarterback to reach 200.
A'Shawn Robinson got his big mitt on this Mason Crosby field goal attempt to sour Green Bay's opening drive.
Allen Park — The trade deadline (and taking the kids trick-or-treating) screwed with the schedule a bit, but here's this week's 10 film study observations from the Lions' 20-15 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE RED ZONE
The story from the game has been the Lions' inability to score a touchdown with five trips inside the 20. We'll break them down, trip-by-trip.
Allen Park — Opposing teams don't like to give Lions receiver Marvin Jones much breathing room. In fact, he gets less cushion than anyone in the NFL.
We know this seemingly obscure fact thanks to the NFL's Next Gen Stats, which tracks highly detailed information on the field through sensors in every players' shoulder pads. And for the two years the data has been made available, Jones has been at the very bottom of the cushion list.
Stafford throws for 2 TDs as Lions beat Beckham, Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — So far, so good for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Eli Manning and the New York Giants are heading in the opposite direction.
Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return and the Lions beat the Giants 24-10 on Monday night.
Lions Preview Capsule
New faces: OT Rick Wagner, OG T.J. Lang, OT Greg Robinson, DE Cornelius Washington, rookie LB Jarrad Davis, rookie CB Teez Tabor.
Key losses: OT Riley Reiff, OG Larry Warford, LB DeAndre Levy, DE Kerry Hyder, WR Anquan Boldin.
Lions handle Hackenberg, beat Jets 16-6
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones in the second quarter, and the Detroit Lions shut down Christian Hackenberg and the New York Jets 16-6 in a preseason game Saturday night.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Kenny Golladay was an average-sized, late-developing football player while growing up on Chicago's South Side, where North Dakota coaches came and offered him a scholarship.
No one else wanted him.
Golladay, who was a 5-foot-11, 175-pound wide receiver back then, accepted his only option and shot up about 5 inches over two years in the northern Great Plains.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have all of their draft picks under contract now that third-round selection Kenny Golladay signed Monday.
The wide receiver was the only Detroit draft pick who didn't sign before the team's rookie minicamp last month.
The 6-foot-4, 213-pound Northern Illinois standout has an opportunity to be the Lions' No. 3 receiver this season behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones.
Lions waive Pettigrew, rule out Swanson for Sunday
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have waived tight end Brandon Pettigrew from the reserve/non-football injury list.
The team announced the move Friday.
Pettigrew was drafted in the first round by the Lions in 2009 and had some productive seasons as a pass catcher, but he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament late last year and hasn't played at all this season.