3:05 PM EDT, Wed October 21, 2020
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Detroit Lions place rookie Julian Okwara on IR, return Austin Bryant to practice

Detroit Lions place rookie Julian Okwara on IR, return Austin Bryant to practice

Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports The Lions made a flurry of roster moves Wednesday morning. The Detroit Lions made a flurry of moves on Wednesday morning, including a couple of significant transactions. First and foremost, Julian Okwara—the Lions’ third-round pick this year—has been placed on injured reserve. Okwara injured his leg during Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and did not return. He appeared to be on his way to finally getting some playing time—he had played in five snaps in the first half after totalling just 25 all season. At this point, it’s...
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Lions-Jaguars Unsung Hero of the Week: Steady Stafford lifts Detroit to victory

Lions-Jaguars Unsung Hero of the Week: Steady Stafford lifts Detroit to victory

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports After a tough start to the year, Stafford seems to be settling in. Matthew Stafford hasn’t had the best start to the season. As good as the offense has been as a whole, Stafford is in the driver’s seat and when he isn’t driving well, the whole offense veers off a cliff. With a few close games in the first four weeks, many were beginning to wonder how sustainable or consistent the offense would be if Stafford continued with his turbulent start. Coming back from Stafford’s second consecutive season-ending broken back, the Lions were insistent that...
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Detroit Lions make changes on their practice squad

Detroit Lions make changes on their practice squad

Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via In comes a DT, out goes a WR/QB. Since the end of Week 6, the Detroit Lions made a few changes to their practice squad. With a vacancy left from promoting David Blough to the active 53-man squad (in order to prevent the Dallas Cowboys from signing him), the Lions signed defensive tackle Albert Huggins to the practice squad. His name should sound familiar, as the Lions claimed Huggins off of waivers back on September 1. However, with little time to acclimate to the team before cutdown day, the Lions waived him just four days later. He would jump...
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Week 7 scouting report: The Falcons are on the verge of a full rebuild

Week 7 scouting report: The Falcons are on the verge of a full rebuild

Photo by Mark Brown/ They’ve still got talent, but they’re readying to blow it all up. The Atlanta Falcons aren’t your everyday 1-5 team. They’re two epic collapses away from being 3-2, they’ve got some of the best offensive weapons in the entire league, and they’re coming off a seriously impressive performance in Week 6. But don’t get it twisted, there are some serious flaws in this team, too. Their 0-5 start wasn’t just bad luck or bad coaching. They were well-earned losses. And as a result, this is a team that is now simply going to be drifting to the finish line....
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The Rowe Report: Lions smoke the Jags, is this a turnaround?

The Rowe Report: Lions smoke the Jags, is this a turnaround?

Well well well, look how the turns have tabled. The Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday 34-16. Detroit came out firing early against the Jags with big lead to start the game and managed to.... hold onto the lead to win the football game?? When Adrian Peterson scored a touchdown just a few minutes into the first quarter, Lions fans were skeptical - unwilling to get lured into a false sense of security again. But this time was different. The Lions showed up on all both sides of the ball this week — but is it here to stay? Let’s discuss what went down and what the future...
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Interview: Lomas Brown explains why the 90s Lions never won the big one

Interview: Lomas Brown explains why the 90s Lions never won the big one

Get to know Lomas Brown a little more. We had a very special guest on the Man Coverage podcast this week. Seven-time Pro Bowler, three-time All Pro and Super Bowl-winning offensive tackle Lomas Brown joined us. He revealed what instrument he’s going to play at his Hall of Fame induction (should he ever get in), why he was shocked the Lions drafted him, why the early 90s Lions didn’t win the Super Bowl. Then explains what it was like to lose, then win a Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons to end his NFL career. The we shifted topics to the current Detroit Lions. Brown talks about what...
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Open thread: Would you rather pay Tracy Walker or Kenny Golladay?

Open thread: Would you rather pay Tracy Walker or Kenny Golladay?

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports It’s bagszn for both young Lions The Lions have had a few budding young stars in recent years, but haven’t always been great at keeping them around (see: Graham Glasgow, 2020). This year, the Lions have a chance to turn that around and get it right by keeping Tracy Walker and Kenny Golladay around, both of whom are due for extensions soon after budding as former third-round picks. Question of the day: Would you rather pay Kenny Golladay or Tracy Walker? My answer: probably Walker. I think it’s a lot more difficult to hit on talent at safety compared...
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Notes: Detroit Lions ‘salvaged season’ with win over Jaguars

Notes: Detroit Lions ‘salvaged season’ with win over Jaguars

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports Still plenty for the Lions to prove, but they bought themselves some time. By no means is anyone crowning the Detroit Lions contenders after their 34-16 win over the 1-5 Jacksonville Jaguars, but there is a feeling that they’ve clasped onto whatever remaining hope there is for 2020 and beyond. And that wasn’t just felt locally. NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal listed the Lions as one of three teams that salvaged their season in Week 6. “Sunday’s 34-16 win over the Jaguars was a sign the Lions could beat bad teams, and there are a lot of bad teams...
Oct 20, 2020
Lions RB D’Andre Swift up for NFL Rookie of the Week

Lions RB D’Andre Swift up for NFL Rookie of the Week

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports The last Lions rookie to win NFL Rookie of the Week? Ndamukong Suh. Earlier in the week, D’Andre Swift was named one of three nominees for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now Swift has another chance to pick up some corporate-sponsored hardware. Swift is one of five players nominated for the Week 6 Pepsi Rookie of the Week. On Sunday, Swift rushed for 116 yards and two touchdown, becoming the first Lions rookie running back to eclipse 100 rushing yards with two touchdowns since the one and...
Oct 20, 2020
NFL Week 7 power rankings: Packers slide, Lions stay put

NFL Week 7 power rankings: Packers slide, Lions stay put

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Two contenders hold steady in the AFC, while the Bucs may be unstoppable in the NFC> Six week’s into the NFL season we have seen some epic battles, contenders rise, and an entire division collapse. We also got yet another Monday Night Double header, and a week free of any teams having to cancel games due to COVID. The NFL seems back on track. Two undefeated contenders in the AFC Predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans to be good this year was not very controversial. They were both in, or at least near, the top 10 of every power...
Oct 20, 2020
Detroit Lions Week 6 Song of the Game: ‘New Born‘ by Muse

Detroit Lions Week 6 Song of the Game: ‘New Born‘ by Muse

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports Show me it’s real. “It’s a mix of dread and impatience.” That’s how I described my own feeling two hours before kickoff between the Detroit Lions and the Jacksonville Jaguars. With unsubstantiated reports that head coach Matt Patricia was literally coaching for his job on Sunday, we were all staring down the barrel of a full rebuild. While I certainly shared the sentiment that that may be exactly what this team needed, the thought of taking another two seasons to get back to competitiveness, while potentially watching Matthew Stafford play in...
Oct 20, 2020
2 Detroit Lions defenders make PFF’s Team of the Week

2 Detroit Lions defenders make PFF’s Team of the Week

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports The Lions’ two best defenders are playing like it. The Detroit Lions hadn’t had many breakout performances from their defense through the first four games of the season, but Sunday’s contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars was a revelation. Sure, it comes with the caveat that it was against a bad Jaguars team, but Jacksonville was also a team that had seen some significant success on offense this year. Are they as good as their 10th overall ranking in DVOA suggested? Probably not. But the Lions certainly deserve some credit for doing what other...
Oct 20, 2020
NFC North recap: Bears take over the North as Packers get blown out

NFC North recap: Bears take over the North as Packers get blown out

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports There’s a new No. 1 in the North. Bears stave off late rally from Panthers, win 23-16 If there were any doubts about this Bears defense, you can probably put them to rest now. This defensive unit is dominating once again after regressing in 2019 and they’re proving that having an elite offense—or even one that’s just very good—isn’t always necessary when it comes to winning football games. First career INT for DeAndre Houston-Carson couldn't have come at a better time! : FOX#CHIvsCAR | #DaBears pic.twitter.com/rfKvEOhtYI— Chicago Bears...
Oct 20, 2020
How much of the workload should D’Andre Swift get going forward?

How much of the workload should D’Andre Swift get going forward?

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports He’s got his breakout game... now what? On Sunday, Detroit Lions rookie running back D’Andre Swift had his breakout NFL game. Though he only played in 29 snaps for the game, he touched the ball on 17 of those snaps and turned that into over 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns. It was the first time in Swift’s career that he had more than five carries in a game—he had 14 on Sunday against the Jaguars—and it proved the Lions’ second-round pick is ready for a significant role on this offense. The question is: How big of a role should that be?...
Oct 19, 2020
ThursMonday Night Football doubleheader open thread

ThursMonday Night Football doubleheader open thread

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Thursday Night Football? Monday Night Football? Why not both? Thanks to more schedule juggling, we have ourselves two games on Monday night. First up is “Thursday Night Football” featuring the Kansas City Chiefs against the Buffalo Bills. Yes, you read that correctly. Thursday Night Football got shifted to Monday after the Bills-Titans game from last week had to be moved to Tuesday. We will get to witness a battle between two 4-1 teams in what could be a playoff preview. The official “Monday Night Football” game has the Arizona Cardinals facing off against...