DETROIT (AP) — Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, says she is home after surgery to remove a brain tumor.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford did not join his teammates at voluntary workouts Tuesday and later in the day, his wife was packing for a hospital...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback Tom Savage.
Detroit made the move Tuesday, giving the team another backup option behind Matthew Stafford. The Lions also...
DETROIT (AP) — Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, plans to have surgery to remove a brain tumor.
Stafford shared the details Wednesday on her Instagram...
Giving big-money to quarterbacks guarantees nothing
Giving quarterbacks big money doesn't guarantee success or even playoff appearances.
The NFL's six highest-paid quarterbacks in 2018 will be spectators this postseason. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers ($33.5 million), Atlanta's Matt Ryan ($30 million), Minnesota's Kirk Cousins ($28 million), San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million), Detroit's Matthew Stafford ($27 million) and Oakland's Derek Carr ($25 million) couldn't lead their teams to the playoffs.
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 assured of last-place finish after loss to Vikings
DETROIT (AP) — The collapse of the Detroit Lions is essentially complete.
There's still one more game to go, but the Lions are now assured of their first last-place finish since 2012 after a 27-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Detroit actually dominated the first 25 minutes or so, but the Lions allowed Minnesota's Kyle Rudolph to catch a Hail Mary touchdown with embarrassing ease with no time remaining in the first half.
Bills missing running backs McCoy and Ivory
Bills starting running back LeSean McCoy and his backup, Chris Ivory, are both inactive for Buffalo's home game against the Detroit Lions.
McCoy is out after hurting his left hamstring and Ivory hurt his left shoulder in a 27-23 loss to the New York Jets last weekend. The injuries leave Buffalo with two healthy running backs in rookies Marcus Murphy and Keith Ford, who was promoted from the practice squad this week.
Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka is active despite nursing a hip injury.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford questionable to play against Bills
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is listed as questionable to play at Buffalo.
He was limited Friday in practice because of a back ailment. Stafford says he has played with the injury previously and plans to do that again against the Bills on Sunday. He has started 125 regular-season games, the third-longest streak active QB streak and sixth-longest in league history.
Bills wary of Lions QB Stafford despite drop in production
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills safety Micah Hyde can't forget the one and only time he picked off Detroit's Matthew Stafford.
It happened in the final minutes of Hyde's final regular-season game with the Packers, when he intercepted Stafford's attempt to Golden Tate at the goal line and helped seal Green Bay's NFC North-clinching 31-24 victory on Jan. 1, 2017.
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.
FANTASY PLAYS: Players to start and sit in NFL Week 13
This is a defining week for many fantasy football teams, especially in leagues where it's the last week of the regular season.
There is little margin for error at this point, although fantasy owners with their backs against the wall should be open to high-risk, high-reward shots in their lineups.
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.
Chase Daniel fills in, leads Bears to 23-16 win over Lions
DETROIT (AP) — Chase Daniel outplayed Matthew Stafford, proving an NFL journeyman can beat one of the highest-paid players in the league.
Daniel threw a career-high two touchdowns to keep the Chicago Bears rolling with a 23-16 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday, filling in very well for injured quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
Stafford’s 2 interceptions sink Lions in loss to Chicago
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions were the team with the healthy starting quarterback, but in the end, Matthew Stafford came up short.
Defensive adjustments have fueled recent surge by Vikings
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's fumble gave Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions a fresh set of downs early in the fourth quarter two weeks ago, another opportunity to start climbing back into the game.
Though they held an 11-point lead, the Vikings had been unable to pull away. On the first play after the change of possession, Stafford faked a handoff to Kerryon Johnson and rolled out to his right.
Lions back home but face tough matchup with Carolina
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have three straight home games coming up — probably their last chance to turn their season around and make a run at a playoff spot.
The opposition is formidable, though.
After three consecutive losses, the Lions host Carolina on Sunday. That game is followed by a Thanksgiving matchup with Chicago and another home test against the NFC West-leading Rams. There's time for Detroit to rally, but the path forward looks difficult.
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Panthers-Lions Preview Capsule
CAROLINA (6-3) at DETROIT (3-6)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Panthers by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 5-4, Detroit 5-4
SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead 6-2
LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Lions 27-24, Oct. 8, 2017
LAST WEEK - Panthers lost to Steelers 52-21; Lions lost to Bears 34-22
AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 8, Lions No. 25
PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (3), PASS (24).
PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (9), PASS (7).
LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (23), PASS (22).
Bears get Khalil Mack back for game with Lions
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Khalil Mack will save some secrets for the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Asked if he would be 100 percent healthy or hindered by the sprained right ankle he suffered Oct. 14, the Chicago Bears' pass rusher smiled on Friday, but hedged.
"You want me to give up everything?" Mack said. "When I get there, I'm going to try to be myself."
NFL sack leader Danielle Hunter ‘just lets it rip’ for Vikes
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The physical attributes Danielle Hunter has used to amass his league-leading total of 11½ sacks this season are so ideal that some of his Minnesota Vikings teammates have taken to calling him "Create-A-Player," the feature on Madden NFL that allows gamers to concoct the seemingly perfect computerized prospect.
Sad sack Lions: Stafford downed 10 times in loss to Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Detroit Lions were at a disadvantage, playing in a deafening stadium against a daunting Minnesota defense that's rounding into form at midseason.
Vikings hang 10 sacks on Stafford in 24-9 win vs. Lions
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings turned their defensive line loose on Matthew Stafford in a dominant performance that would have made the old Purple People Eaters proud.
This unstoppable pass rush was led, predictably, by Danielle Hunter.
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.
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.
Golden performance not enough for Lions in loss at Cowboys
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Golden Tate caught the pass from Matthew Stafford in stride along the sideline, then slowed briefly to hold the ball out and show it to the defender before going into the end zone to put the Detroit Lions ahead with just over 2 minutes left in the game.
Prescott, Elliott set up winning FG, Cowboys top Lions 26-24
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott saw single coverage by a linebacker on Ezekiel Elliott with the Dallas Cowboys trying to get in position for a winning field goal against the Detroit Lions.
So did the 2016 NFL rushing leader.
"I lined up in the slot. I was excited," said Elliott, who was face-to-face with leading Detroit tackler Jarrad Davis. "I was excited. I got them one-on-one with me. He made a perfect throw. One pass, we won the game."
DETROIT (1-2) at DALLAS (1-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — Cowboys by 4½
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Lions 2-1, Cowboys 1-2
SERIES RECORD — Cowboys lead 15-12
LAST MEETING — Cowboys beat Lions 42-21, Dec. 26, 2016
LAST WEEK — Lions beat Patriots 26-10; Cowboys lost to Seahawks 24-13
AP PRO32 RANKING — Lions No. 23; Cowboys No. 24
LIONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (16T), PASS (8)
LIONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (32), PASS (1)
COWBOYS OFFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (7), PASS (31)
Matt Patricia-led Lions beat Bill Belichick, Patriots 26-10
DETROIT (AP) — Matt Patricia weaved his way through a crowd to hug the man who helped him live a dream.
Patricia beat mentor Bill Belichick, seemingly making all the right moves to help the Detroit Lions defeat the New England Patriots 26-10 Sunday night.
"I'm sure it meant a lot, his first win as a head coach," Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "Probably no sweeter than to do it against your old team.
49ers fortunate to escape with 1st win after near collapse
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nearly squandering a 17-point fourth quarter lead left a sour taste in the mouths of the San Francisco 49ers following their first win of the season.
San Francisco held on for a 30-27 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday in a game that they seemed to have wrapped up before needing a favorable penalty call to escape.
49ers have little to celebrate after 30-27 win over Lions
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Richard Sherman wasn't in a celebratory mood after his first win with the San Francisco 49ers.
That's what allowing two fourth-quarter touchdowns and needing a favorable call by the officials just to avoid blowing a 17-point lead will do.
Lions lose 2nd straight under Patricia, 30-27 to 49ers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A blowout loss at home followed by a spirited comeback attempt by Matthew Stafford that fell just short.
Matt Patricia's coaching tenure in Detroit hasn't gotten off to an impressive start and things look only to get tougher for the Lions following a 30-27 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
49ers hang on to beat Lions 30-27
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Another miscommunication almost led to another game-altering interception for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Only this time, the San Francisco 49ers got bailed out by a flag and held on to beat the Detroit Lions.
Garoppolo threw two touchdown passes and caught a break when a defensive holding call negated a late interception as the 49ers held on to beat the Lions 30-27 on Sunday.
The Latest: Lions, Broncos rallying late
The Latest on the second Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):
The Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos are trying to stage big second-half rallies.
Matthew Stafford threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Michael Roberts with 3:27 remaining, and the Lions trail San Francisco 30-27. Detroit was down 30-13 with 11:21 left.
Denver was down 19-7 in the third quarter, but is now trailing Oakland 19-17 after a 1-yard TD run by Case Keenum with 5:58 to play in the fourth.
Stafford, Lions unravel in Patricia’s dreadful debut
DETROIT (AP) — The booing began early. The Detroit Lions scored on a touchdown on the game's first snap, but it wasn't long before the fans at Ford Field sensed trouble.
An anemic first quarter of offense set the tone. By halftime, Matthew Stafford and the Lions were trailing, and in the third quarter, they unraveled completely.
Jets’ Sam Darnold throws pick-6 on first career play
DETROIT (AP) — Sam Darnold had nowhere to go but up after his first career snap.
The rookie quarterback steadied himself quickly.
Darnold threw an interception on his very first NFL play, and Detroit's Quandre Diggs returned it 37 yards for a touchdown to give the Lions an early lead over the New York Jets on Monday night. But by halftime, the Jets were up 17-10, and Darnold's debut was looking a lot better.
Rudock back with Lions as part of practice squad
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Jake Rudock is back with the Detroit Lions after being signed to their practice squad.
The Lions waived Rudock as they cut their roster down to 53 players by Saturday's deadline. That move paved the way for Matt Cassel to be the team's backup quarterback behind Matthew Stafford. But the Lions announced several more moves Sunday.
Rudock among Lions’ cuts as Detroit trims roster to 53
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have cut quarterback Jake Rudock, paving the way for veteran Matt Cassel to move forward as Matthew Stafford's backup.
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.
Lions rally from 21-point deficit to beat Buccaneers 33-30
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Starters for both teams were long gone before the Detroit Lions rallied for their first preseason victory under coach Matt Patricia, leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a loss that didn't feel like a loss.
"They keep score, so you want to win the game," Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "But our first two groups played well. ... We've just got to finish the game a little better."
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matthew Stafford dropped back and connected over the middle with Golden Tate.
Before the Detroit Lions lined up to take another snap in the two-minute drill, Stafford's short pass to Tate was shown on a pair of huge TV monitors.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or video from games are used.
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matthew Stafford has a lot of numbers on his side, supporting the case the Detroit Lions drafted the right guy No. 1 overall in 2009 and were wise to give him a $135 million, five-year extension last summer.
The strong-armed quarterback has completed 62 percent of his passes over his career for nearly 35,000 yards with 216 touchdowns. After injuries stunted the start of his career, he has started every game for seven straight seasons.
Lions Training Camp Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Allen Park, Michigan
LAST YEAR: Early and late-season slides knocked team out of playoff contention and cost coach Jim Caldwell job. QB Matthew Stafford led pass-dependent offense with 1,000-yard WRs Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. CB Darius Slay emerged as one of league's best in coverage.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have holes to fills on defense.
The Lions may look to address needs at defensive tackle, end and linebacker when the NFL draft resumes Friday night.
Detroit took care of a void in the first round, selecting Arkansas center Frank Ragnow with the No. 20 overall pick.
Lions draft Arkansas center Frank Ragnow No. 20 overall
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have spent a lot of time and money trying to improve their offensive line.
Frank Ragnow represents the latest investment.
"It starts up front," Lions general manager Bob Quinn said. "That's kind of what we believe in."
Detroit drafted the Arkansas center with the No. 20 overall pick Thursday night, hoping he can boost their lackluster running game and keep franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford upright more often.
Allen Park — No need to reach, no need to dazzle. The Lions can't screw this up, at least not in the first round. Oh, nothing is foolproof when it comes to the NFL Draft. But if we're judging GM Bob Quinn on his two-year history, not on the Lions' 60-year history, he appears to be a competent drafter, and mostly a safe drafter. And sitting at No. 20, that's pretty much what the Lions need.
Fast and flashy? Not in the first round, not tonight.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Bob Quinn has spent two years reshaping the Detroit Lions' roster and staff, bringing in players and coaches he knew from their years together with the New England Patriots.
The Lions have won nine games in each of the past two seasons, which wasn't enough for Jim Caldwell to keep his job. Quinn believes they will be drafting from a position of strength.
Allen Park — A year after moving on from a veteran backup quarterback and essentially handing the role to Jake Rudock, the Detroit Lions reversed course this offseason and brought in a different veteran to compete for the job.