Lions Defense Improving, But Still Has To Face High-Scoring Cardinals"So we’ll just continue to evolve, try to play to our players’ strengths and what they do well and hopefully we continue to improve.”
Lions OC Joe Lombardi On Offensive Predictability: 'Certainly A Balance There'“If you do something new every play, your players probably won’t be good at it, and if you do the same thing every play, the defense will probably be good at stopping it."
Stafford At Bottom Of Pro Football Focus' Rankings Through Week 2To add literal insult to injury, Pro Football Focus now says that Stafford has the second-worst grades of any quarterback through the first two weeks. PFF grades each player in the NFL each week, based off their performances, then those grades are normalized based off individual game situations.
Jim Caldwell Speaks On Calvin Johnson Targets, Ameer Abdullah Consistency“There were times we had Marvin Harrison at Indy where he might have only caught a couple balls in game, but obviously at the end of the season, he was a huge impact on what we did as well. It goes that way sometimes.”
Matthew Stafford: 'Sometimes You've Got To Find 81'“You get into crunch time, there’s an old saying out there, ‘Think players, not plays.' And sometimes you’ve got to find 81, and there’s no question about it.”
Four Sit Out At Lions Practice; Stafford A Full ParticipantLarry Warford and Caraun Reid both participated in the open portion of the Lions’ Wednesday practice, but a couple more players took their place on the injury list.
Return Game A Bright Spot In Detroit's 33-28 LossOne of the positives to Detroit’s meltdown on Sunday, where the Lions blew a 21-3 lead on the Chargers but lost 33-28, was the return game.
Lions' Calvin Johnson The Invisible Man In Sunday's LossJohnson was only targeted four times in Sunday’s 33-28 loss to San Diego. He finished with two catches for 39 yards, a piddling line for a guy who led the NFL in receiving in 2012.
Caldwell Remains Mum On Sunday's Injuries, Including Stafford's Arm“He hit him pretty flush. He (Stafford) is a tough guy and he was able to bounce back and come back strong enough to lead us down the field and score and put us in position if we get an onside kick, to tie the thing up.”
Rivers Rallies Chargers To 33-28 Victory Over LionsRivers overcame two interceptions, including a 31-yard return for a touchdown by Glover Quin, to complete 35 of 42 passes for 404 yards and two scores.
Lions Take On Chargers On The RoadThe Detroit Lions trying to prove they can return to the postseason without one of the league's top defensive forces.
Chances of Levy, Reid, Warford Playing Sunday Are 'Limited'“Those guys haven’t practiced. Their chances of playing are obviously limited.”