Lions-Packers Preview Capsule
DETROIT (2-1-1) at GREEN BAY (4-1)
Lions fell short, but can take plenty of positives from loss
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The first loss of the season for the Detroit Lions may have actually given them more legitimacy as playoff contenders.
Lions off to the start Stafford and Patricia needed
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — For some franchises, being undefeated through three games seems almost routine.
The Detroit Lions are not one of those teams. Coach Matt Patricia and quarterback...
Mistakes and all, Lions unbeaten after beating Chargers
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matt Patricia came to Detroit with a defensive background, so it will be no surprise if the Lions keep playing tight, low-scoring games.
Patricia says he trusts Stafford ‘1,000 percent’ after tie
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — There were many plays that caused the Detroit Lions to blow an 18-point late lead in Sunday's opener in Arizona.
The instance getting the most attention, while being...
Lions seeking better start after messing up 2018 opener
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A better start is on everyone's mind in Detroit.
The Lions open the season at Arizona, hoping to perform far better than they did last year when the New York Jets...
NFL 2019: Lions banking on QB Stafford with no backup plan
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have leaned heavily on Matthew Stafford since selecting him No. 1 overall in the 2009 draft.
Stafford has started since he was a rookie, and after injuries...
Lions’ Patricia: Injuries to Davis, Ragnow not season-ending
DETROIT (AP) — Lions coach Matt Patricia says injuries to linebacker Jarrad Davis and center Frank Ragnow are not season-ending.
Patricia did not elaborate much more on the severity of the...
Lions-Texans practice a reunion for Patricia and O’Brien
HOUSTON (AP) — Wednesday's joint practice between the Texans and Lions was a reunion for Houston coach Bill O'Brien and Detroit coach Matt Patricia.
Lions put Kearse on injured reserve, sign QB Josh Johnson
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Jermaine Kearse checked several boxes for the Detroit Lions when they brought in the wide receiver as a free agent during mini-camp in June.
Daniels has high praise for Patricia after joining Lions
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit coach Matt Patricia apparently made quite an impression on his new defensive lineman.
Mike Daniels was at training camp Sunday, a day after the Lions...
Lions release running back Theo Riddick after 6 seasons
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions are moving on from one of their mainstays in the backfield.
The Lions officially announced the signing of defensive lineman Mike Daniels on...
Lions look to get leg up with coach arriving at camp in cast
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia is beginning his second training camp with a cast on his left leg.
Patricia arrived at his season-opening news conference on a knee...
Lions Training Camp Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (6-10)
OPEN CAMP: July 24, Allen Park, Michigan
LAST YEAR: First-year coach Matt Patricia lost seven of last 10 games, saddling franchise with double digits in losses for...
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WR Kearse signs with Lions, rekindles memories for Patricia
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have many players, along with their general manager and coach, with ties to the New England Patriots.
Lions start minicamp with Slay, Harrison staying away
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions started their mandatory minicamp without two standouts on defense.
Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay and defensive tackle Damon "Snacks"...
Lions select Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson with No. 8 pick
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions ignored some forgettable draft history and took the plunge again to address perhaps their top need.
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...
AP Source: Lions agree to $36M, 4-year deal with CB Coleman
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions addressed needs on both sides of the ball while reuniting their coach and general manager with former New England Patriots cornerback Justin Coleman and receiver...
Lions sign LB Steve Longa, DE Mitchell Loewen
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed linebacker Steve Longa and defensive end Mitchell Loewen.
Detroit made the moves Monday before coach Matt Patricia and team executives answered questions from season-ticket holders at Ford Field.
Longa had a season-ending knee injury last year during the preseason after being a key player on special teams for the Lions in 2017. Longa played in one game in Detroit in 2016 after being signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers.
Lions hire Darrell Bevell as offensive coordinator
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Darrell Bevell and Matt Patricia crossed paths in one of the most famous plays in Super Bowl history.
Lions hire Mike Disner as VP to manage salary cap
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have hired Mike Disner as vice president of football administration.
The Lions made the move Tuesday to replace Matt Harriss, who helped them negotiate contracts and manage the salary cap.
Detroit GM Bob Quinn stands behind Stafford as Lions QB
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Bob Quinn had a lot to answer for during a rare news conference.
Lions not renewing offensive coordinator Cooter’s contract
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions are not renewing offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's contract after the team sputtered to a 6-10 season while quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled.
The Lions announced their decision Tuesday, two days after finishing 6-10 in coach Matt Patricia's first season at the helm. Cooter was a holdover from Jim Caldwell's staff, but his first season with Patricia did not go well.
Lions end worst year since 2012 in Patricia’s 1st season
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions fired Jim Caldwell nearly a year ago to reach another level.
So far at least, they have gone in the wrong direction.
The Lions plummeted to 6-10 and last place in the NFC North in Matt Patricia's first season as head coach, their worst year since losing 12 games in 2012.
Lions, Packers look to close playoff-less seasons
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Joe Philbin's simple, no-nonsense and consistent approach as interim head coach is rubbing off on the Green Bay Packers.
Winning helps reinforce the message.
The Packers are 2-1 under Philbin going into their season finale against the Detroit Lions, who have stumbled to the finish line having lost seven of their past nine games.
Patricia building rapport with Lions, but not success yet
Coach Matt Patricia couldn't deliver a playoff berth in his first season with the Detroit Lions, but he gave his players the next best thing on Monday.
A day off.
It was Victory Monday without the victory in Allen Park, as the players didn't have organized meetings the day before their regular day off Tuesday for Christmas Day.
Patricia has had a rocky start to his tenure in Detroit, but Monday's day off was another signal of his attempts to build rapport with players.
Lions put Kerryon Johnson on IR, activate Jamal Agnew off IR
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions put rookie running back Kerryon Johnson on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Detroit also activated returner Jamal Agnew from IR on Wednesday. Agnew has been out since Week 5 because of a knee injury. The Lions host Minnesota on Sunday.
Lions lament being eliminated following 14-13 loss to Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Patricia had no time to reflect on missing the playoffs for just the second time during 15 NFL seasons.
For one, this isn't New England, where the rookie Detroit Lions coach spent his first 14 seasons as an assistant. And, Patricia said, there are still two games left for the Lions to play.
Patricia, Wilks endure tough first seasons as head coaches
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Two first-year head coaches will be on the sidelines when the Detroit Lions meet the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, and both have had a rough season.
"Yeah, your first year you're going to have struggles," Detroit defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois said. "If you don't, you lucked up."
Lions put LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin on IR, add DE Eric Lee
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have placed linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin on injured reserve with a neck injury.
Detroit promoted defensive end Eric Lee from the practice squad to fill the roster spot Wednesday.
Reeves-Maybin is tied for the team lead with six tackles on special teams and he had seven tackles on defense this season.
Lions back to losing ways in Matt Patricia’s first season
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — In firing him after the 2017 season, the Detroit Lions indicated the Jim Caldwell era was just not good enough.
But meaningless December football is back in Detroit again as first-year coach Matt Patricia's Lions will play out the string with four games with nothing at stake but draft position remain.
Trickery not enough for sputtering Lions offense
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions tried to make it work without experienced weapons around quarterback Matthew Stafford on Sunday.
Once again, the offense couldn't do enough as the home team lost 30-16 to the Los Angeles Rams, the Lions' fifth loss in six games.
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.
Lions show fight in 20-19 victory over Panthers
DETROIT (AP) — The play went for an 82-yard gain, not a great moment for the Detroit defense. The way it ended epitomized the Lions' gritty victory.
Darius Slay hustled back and tackled DJ Moore on a long reception in the third quarter, preventing a Carolina touchdown. The Panthers eventually missed a field goal on that drive, and the Lions went on to win 20-19 on Sunday.
Patricia’s Lions reeling after 3rd straight loss
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matt Patricia wants the Detroit Lions to stay the course.
The Lions have lost three games in a row — all by double digits — and are mired in last place. Their most recent defeat was an ugly one. Detroit fell behind 26-0 in the second quarter and eventually lost 34-22 at Chicago on Sunday.
Lions’ secondary unable to stop Trubisky in loss to Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — Glover Quin had a chance to stop Anthony Miller. He ended up on the ground on the sideline, watching as Miller sped toward the end zone.
Coaches: curious calls, assertions, admonitions in Week 9
DENVER (AP) — Coaches made some curious calls, assertions and admonitions in Week 9 as the NFL hit the halfway point with some real head-scratchers.
Oakland coach Jon Gruden insisted the silver and black is still golden, saying he's getting calls from players dying to play for the Raiders (1-7) next season.
Lions fall to bottom of NFC North after loss to Vikings
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have fallen into last place in the NFC North and there are signs they may have a hard time getting back into the division race.
When coach Matt Patricia met with reporters on Monday, he didn't wait for their questions on his team's 24-9 loss to division rival Minnesota.
Patriots secondary expecting challenge from Rodgers, Packers
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — It didn't take Bill Belichick long to recall what Aaron Rodgers did against his defense the previous time that the Packers faced the Patriots.
"He killed us," Belichick said of New England's 26-21 loss in Green Bay in 2014. "He does everything well. ... He's one of the great quarterbacks in the National Football League. No question about it."
Lions moving on without Tate after trade to Eagles
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions had a lot of possible factors to weigh before trading Golden Tate.
The Lions are in last place, but only a game out of first. Tate is on pace for a third straight season with 1,000 yards receiving, but he's on an expiring contract.
"There are a lot of difficult decisions that are made in the NFL multiple times during the course of the year," Detroit coach Matt Patricia said Wednesday.
Lions sign linebacker Kelvin Sheppard
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed free agent linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.
The Lions also announced Wednesday that they have signed defensive end Alex Barrett to the practice squad and released tight end Jerome Cunningham from the practice squad.
Lions fall flat in miscue-filled loss to Seattle
DETROIT (AP) — Seattle punter Michael Dickson took the snap and drifted across the back of the end zone, content to take a safety in the final minutes with his team up by 14.
When nobody came all that close to him, he ran 9 yards for a first down.
With Dolphins’ Tannehill still out, Lions brace for Gore
MIAMI (AP) — It was New Year's Day 2006 when Frank Gore first became a 100-yard rusher. And he still is one, which could spell trouble Sunday for the Detroit Lions.
The ageless 35-year-old Gore had his most productive day of the season last week when he ran for 101 yards to help the Miami Dolphins beat the Chicago Bears in overtime. Now the Lions must tackle the challenge of facing the NFL's leading active rusher.
Lions lose Agnew, face tough stretch after open date
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions returned from their open date with a significant injury announcement.
Jamal Agnew, who earned All-Pro honors last season as a rookie punt returner, was put on injured reserve with a knee problem. The Lions announced the move Monday, although coach Matt Patricia doesn't seem to be ruling out the possibility of Agnew returning this season.
Lions take advantage of mistakes in 31-23 win over Packers
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions took advantage of some mistakes they forced Green Bay to make and were fortunate some breaks simply went their way.
Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and LeGarrette Blount ran for two scores, lifting the Lions to a 31-23 win over the Packers on Sunday.
Detroit (2-3) earned a win it desperately needed under first-year coach Matt Patricia, going into its bye week.