Detroit Lions special teams report card – Week 3

Lions special teams report card vs Denver Broncos Week 3 OVERALL: C+ The obvious miscue was Matt Prater having an extra point blocked. Punter Sam Martin boomed a 66-yard punt. TJ Jones had a nice punt return. The Lions special teams aren’t doing anything to lose games but are also not contributing much to giving the team … Read more

Broncos/Lions second quarter report

Broncos/Lions second quarter report: After a scoreless first quarter that ended with the Broncos driving deep in Lions territory, Detroit’s defensive end Haloti Ngata tipped a Manning pass attempt, and Glover Quin hauled-in his second interception of the season. Lions rookie Ameer Abdullah appeared to fumble early on the ensuing drive (it was called a … Read more

Broncos/Lions first quarter report.

Broncos/Lions first quarter report: The Lions started the game with the ball at their own 20-yard line after an opening kickoff touchback. Matthew Stafford was sacked on second down by Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware, and the Lions went three-and-out. Denver would return the favor by going three-and-out on their first possession. The Lions started their next … Read more

Lions/Broncos Sunday Night Football preview

Broncos at Lions preview Denver Broncos (2-0) at Detroit Lions Sunday, 8:30 pm ET (NBC) Broncos -3/Total: 44-½ Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has only been sacked twice this season but has been hit many times behind Detroit’s suspect offensive line. When the Lions have the ball Surprisingly, the 0-2 Lions average more yards per game in … Read more

Detroit Lions: Week 2 report card

Detroit Lions Week 2 report card After two games, the Lions find themselves 0-2, and staring 0-3 straight in the face, as they square-off against the Denver Broncos in Week 3, while hosting the home opener on Sunday night football (NBC 8:30 pm). Sunday’s game against the Vikings featured an offense that cannot run the … Read more

Lions special teams report card: Week 2

Lions special teams report card vs Minnesota Vikings, Week 2 OVERALL: B- For the second week in a row, the special teams units did nothing to directly contribute to the Lions loss but failed to provide any type of spark that is needed when an offense is sputtering. It was interesting to see Lance Moore back … Read more

5 “Non-highlight reel” key plays: Lions vs Vikings

[tps_header] For every NFL game, there are key plays that become turning points of the contest. Some of those plays make the highlight reel–touchdowns, turnovers, long runs, big hits, incredible catches. Other plays, while not so visually pleasing to the casual fan, are the plays that usually help determine who wins, and who loses football … Read more

Detroit Lions special teams report card, Week 1

Detroit Lions special teams report card vs San Diego Chargers, Week 1   OVERALL: A- TJ Jones was “named” the kickoff and punt returner earlier in the week, but was inactive for the game. Ameer Abdullah was sent back to return the opening kickoff, which went as a touchback. He had three above average returns. … Read more

Top-5 “non-highlight reel” key plays Lions vs Chargers

For every NFL game, there are key plays that become turning points of the contest. Some of those plays make the highlight reel–touchdowns, turnovers, long runs, big hits, incredible catches. Other plays, while not so visually pleasing to the casual fan, are the plays that usually help determine who wins, and who loses football games. … Read more

T.J. Jones named starting return man for Lions

The Detroit Lions have named T.J. Jones as the starting kickoff and punt returner. Although the designation is not startling, it doesn’t exactly carry too much weight at this point. Jim Caldwell has said that the return duties are a fluid situation, and that would not change once the regular season gets underway. Also listed as … Read more

Lions final preseason special teams report

Now that the preseason is over, it’s time to evaluate the Detroit Lions special teams play throughout the four contests. Overall, the special teams units were not overly impressive. Punter Sam Martin may be poised for a Pro Bowl season, as he had a fine preseason, as both a punter who can pin opponents back … Read more

Lions get pass-catching tight end for undrafted rookie kicker

Lions fans should give their general manager Martin Mayhew a round of applause today. Pending both players passing their respective physicals, Detroit traded undrafted rookie kicker Kyle Brindza to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Timothy Wright. Brindza had a very good preseason in his three appearances for the Lions, as a placekicker, kickoff … Read more

Caldwell: “Returner by committee, even into regular season”

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell stated in yesterday’s post-practice press conference what I’ve been speculating all pre-season: there is no clear-cut grasp by any player of kick or punt return duties. When asked if the Lions had sorted out the return man competition, Caldwell stated: “No. You probably won’t see a change in that. You’ll … Read more

Lions vs Redskins preseason special teams report

Jeremy Ross’ death-grip on the number one spot on the depth chart at kickoff and punt returner is loosening by the day. It’s a good thing for him that he caught a touchdown pass as a receiver in the Detroit Lions 21-17 loss to the Washington Redskins in the second preseason game for both teams. … Read more