Lions blow late lead in 23-22 loss to Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions had a chance to build a big lead in the first half.
They had a chance to put it away in the second half.
Younger QBs stepping into starting roles
Look out, Tom Brady and the rest of the old heads. The young guns are moving in.
Every NFL game in Week 4 featured at least one starting quarterback age 26 or younger. There has already been...
Lions fight back, but 3rd-quarter fumbles cost them
DETROIT (AP) — Kerryon Johnson fought for the goal line, disappearing into a mass of bodies. He was short of the end zone, and for a moment the play appeared to be over.
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...
Stafford, Agnew lead Lions over Eagles 27-24
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jamal Agnew quickly made up for two fumbles and the defense stepped up for Detroit when special teams almost blew it.
Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown pass to Marvin...
Eagles defensive coach Jim Schwartz set to face Lions again
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jim Schwartz struggled to remember any of his former players still on the Detroit Lions other than Matthew Stafford.
Long snapper Don Muhlbach, punter Sam Martin and...
Lions-Eagles Preview Capsule
DETROIT (1-0-1) at PHILADELPHIA (1-1)
Lions cut Anderson, Johnson after adding Perkins, Driskel
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have released running back C.J. Anderson, quickly cutting ties with a player who helped the Los Angeles Rams reach the Super Bowl.
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.
Stafford overcomes mistakes to help Lions top Chargers 13-10
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford and Darius Slay had a lot to do with the Los Angeles Chargers leading the Lions for three-plus quarters.
And, both players bounced back in the final minutes...
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...
Browns deal rookie QB Blough to Lions, swap ’22 draft picks
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have traded rookie quarterback David Blough to the Detroit Lions, who got a firsthand look at him Thursday night.
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 Preview Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (6-10)
New faces: DE Trey Flowers, DT Mike Daniels, WR Danny Amendola, TEs T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James, RB C.J. Anderson, Justin Coleman and Rashaan Melvin, S Andrew Adams,...
Lions sign QB Luis Perez, cut QB David Fales, RB Zach Zenner
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback Luis Perez and cut quarterback David Fales, giving them another option behind Matthew Stafford.
Lions lose Davis, Ragnow to injuries and game 24-20 to Bills
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford got on the field for the first time in the preseason and left the game unscathed.
Some teammates and opponents were not as fortunate.
Bills top Lions as key players on both teams injured
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw a go-ahead touchdown in his first preseason game of the year and the Buffalo Bills came back to beat the Detroit Lions 24-20 Friday night in a preseason game...
Jakobi Meyers impressive as Patriots rout Lions 31-3
DETROIT (AP) — If Jakobi Meyers wanted to, he could probably use his status as an undrafted rookie as motivation.
Not need for that, the New England receiver says. The Patriots gave him an...
Patriots rout Lions 31-3 thanks to backups
DETROIT (AP) — Jakobi Meyers caught two touchdown passes in an impressive preseason debut, and the New England Patriots drubbed the Detroit Lions 31-3 on Thursday night.
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...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback David Fales and waived quarterback Connor Cook.
Detroit also added offensive lineman Luke Bowanko and released safety David...
Stafford endures ‘tough times’ after wife’s tumor surgery
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is juggling his job on the field and his role as a husband and father as his wife, Kelly, recovers from surgery to remove a...
DETROIT (AP) — Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, says she is home after surgery to remove a brain tumor.
Lions QB Stafford sits out workout as wife has 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.
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."