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Post Re: Anyone else concerned about Philly?
Yes, I am concerned. So many articles say they think Philly will be a borderline breeze. Im not thinking so much.

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Post Re: Next up: Philadelphia Eagles
I think Philly wins this game, and has 3+ Plays that go for 40+ yards. Quick Passes w/YAC are the antithesis of our defense, and that is exactly what their offense is built for including the RB. Unless our CB step up and play a good game (agaisnt a non backup level qb) Id give them the slight edge in a shootout style game. Eagles 27, Lions 24


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I'm going with Philly too, unfortunately. On the road against a strong passing team might be too much to overcome. But it should be close.

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I think we have a shot at winning but we've got to stop turning the darn ball over. McCoy is a threat however he gets the ball so he must be our first priority. Next we need to get to Foles as consistently as we did Flynn. Any QB makes mistakes when pressured, but if you look at the 1 INT he did throw last week (overturned because of a penalty on another defender) it was because he was pressured. He's bound to make a mistake we just need to help him along. If we hold DeSean in check like we did Jordy, I don't think Riley is going to beat us.


December 5th, 2013, 9:01 pm
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Post Re: Next up: Philadelphia Eagles
They're only a strong passing team when they've gotten the running game going. I don't see that happening this week. And their big receivers lately have been their TE's, not receivers. Desean's only had 2 games over 100 yards, and only gone above 5 completions 3 times. Cooper's only had 3 100+ yard games. We match up better with their TE's and while we might give up yards, I think we can prevent them scoring and as long as we can do that, we can outscore them.

Their defense is still ranked 31st. Our RB's are first in the NFL in combined yards, and our passing offense is only second to Denver. Nate only needs 6 completions and we'll have 6 players with over 30 completions for the first time in team history.

Philly's achilles heal is their OL. They haven't done well against teams with a strong pass rush, and guess what we're bringing?

I think we light em up.

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December 5th, 2013, 9:25 pm
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Lions' Calvin Johnson remains mum on right knee malady

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Allen Park — Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson cleverly danced around questions about his lingering right knee injury Thursday.

Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews reported during the Lions’ Thanksgiving Day win over the Packers that general manager Martin Mayhew said Johnson has been having fluid drained from the knee throughout the season.

“No, I cannot confirm,” Johnson said.

Asked if he could deny the report, Johnson again shot the question down.

“Smart guys,” he said. “Y’all a trip.”

Johnson returned to practice Thursday after sitting Tuesday and Wednesday, which is a good indication he’ll be available to play Sunday in Philadelphia.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz wouldn’t provide information on the knee issue Wednesday.

“You know me, the answer is no, no and no,” he said. “I wasn’t around or watching TV during those reports. I don’t know that that’s unusual for players in the NFL. This goes back as long as I’ve been here or maybe as long as I’ve been in the NFL that there are a lot of players that have stuff like that which requires to get them to game day, but I don’t comment on any individual player’s injury situation.”

Johnson leads the NFL with 1,299 receiving yards and has missed only the Week 5 game in Green Bay due to the knee injury.

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By Phil Sheridan and Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com

he Philadelphia Eagles have exceeded expectations so far in coach Chip Kelly's first season. The Detroit Lions have arguably fallen a little short of expectations in coach Jim Schwartz's fifth season.

When the two 7-5 teams meet in Philadelphia, it won't matter how they got there. The Eagles and Lions are both in position to win their division titles, and a win Sunday will be a major step toward achieving that goal.

The game will feature two potent but very different offenses. Nick Foles may not be the bona fide franchise quarterback that Matthew Stafford is, but he is the hottest quarterback in the league over the past five weeks. The Eagles' defense may lack stars like Ndamukong Suh, but it is playing better every week as a group. Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush will provide its toughest test since the Denver disaster back in September.

ESPN.com reporters Michael Rothstein, who covers the Lions, and Phil Sheridan, who covers the Eagles, took a look at some key issues in a game with major playoff implications.

Sheridan: The NFC North race has been deeply affected by quarterback injuries, with Chicago's Jay Cutler and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers out of the picture lately. Despite a healthy and productive Stafford, the Lions haven't been able to separate from the rest. What are some key reasons for that?

Rothstein: It starts with turnovers and inconsistency. The Lions' defensive line, the same group that dominated on Thanksgiving, largely disappeared in some earlier games. Turnovers are a major issue, too. The Lions have three or more turnovers in four of their past five games. Against Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh, that was a key factor in those losses. Detroit is a very talented team that continues to feel like a group still finding out exactly how it wants to play. But it does start with those turnovers. A couple of the Lions' players even told me after Thursday's game -- by far the Lions' best performance this season -- that turnovers were still a major issue. And Detroit committed four of them and still scored 40 points. If they do that Sunday, the Lions will be leaving with a loss.

Speaking of turnovers, Foles appears allergic to mistakes, especially turnovers, this season. Is it all fitting in with Chip Kelly's system? Maturation? Magic? Something different? What has turned him into this quarterback this season?

Sheridan: There is almost certainly an element of magic involved. By that I mean that Foles has had a bit of luck on his side. He threw two would-be interceptions to Patrick Peterson Sunday, for instance. DeSean Jackson batted one away and a penalty negated the other. But there is no doubt that Foles has played extremely well and with remarkable poise and confidence. He has fully embraced and absorbed Kelly's offense, which includes sound pass protection and a great running game -- two of every quarterback's best friends. Foles has been accurate and unafraid to trust his receivers to make plays on the ball. If you make good decisions and sharp throws in a well-designed offense, it turns out pretty much like what we've seen from Foles the past two months.

The Eagles felt pretty good about running their offense effectively against good Tampa Bay and Arizona defenses. The Lions seem like a new challenge with that front of theirs. Was the Thanksgiving game a sign the Lions have gotten it going on defense or are they just as likely to disappear in the face of Kelly's uptempo, unorthodox offense?

Rothstein: It's tough to say because the Lions haven't really seen this type of offense before, although I'm guessing the three younger guys on the line -- tackle Nick Fairley and ends Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor -- are somewhat familiar from their recent college days. Getting pressure with the front four -- and, at least last week, well-timed blitzes from linebackers and safeties -- is still going to be the key for any Detroit defensive success. And doing it for one week doesn't make it a guarantee that it'll continue. Even though he doesn't have huge stats, Suh has been a consistent force up front and if he and Fairley can get going early, it opens things up for Ansah on the outside.

The pressure key, though, is more important for Detroit's cornerbacks. The Lions have been very inconsistent there this season, but they were able to take the first read away from Green Bay's Matt Flynn a lot. By doing that, it gave the defensive line an extra second to get to Flynn so it all worked together. But it has been a matter of consistency, which the Lions have not had there this season.

Since we were talking about the Detroit defensive line, the Lions have been extremely good against the run. They haven't allowed a rushing touchdown in two months and have gone six straight games holding teams under 70 yards rushing total. Some of this is the proliferation of passing in the NFL, but considering LeSean McCoy's numbers this season, how much do the Eagles try running before sticking with Foles and his arm?

Sheridan: One of the most striking differences between Kelly and Andy Reid, a guy I covered for 14 years and respect a lot, is that Kelly is very committed to the run. He sticks with it almost no matter what, with the belief that it will eventually wear a defense down. Reid would abandon the run game after two or three unsuccessful plays. Early in the season, McCoy was on pace to break the NFL record for rushing attempts in a season. He is now on pace for 100 fewer carries than that, about 310. That's because Foles' success in the passing game has allowed Kelly to be more balanced. A few teams -- the Giants and Cowboys, especially -- were able to shut the Eagles' running game down. Arizona did a good job of it in the second half. But Kelly hasn't completely abandoned it in any of those games. If that changes Sunday, it will mean he really thinks the Lions' defense is invulnerable to it.

The Eagles were moderately successful keeping Larry Fitzgerald from going off last week. Johnson is another matter. Has anyone been really effective in stopping Megatron and, if so, how did they go about it? Does it take an elite corner or an elite scheme? A drone strike?

Rothstein: The team that has been most successful in limiting Johnson this season has been ... the Detroit Lions. There have been times during games this season when the Lions have seemed to go away from the best receiver in football, most notably in the second half against Pittsburgh, when he had no catches. Darrelle Revis has been pretty good on Johnson as well, but for the most part, it takes a really good scheme to keep the ball out of his hands. Unless you have a corner like Revis, usually some sort of bracketing of Johnson can be effective. But the Lions are OK with that happening because it opens up the field for Bush and Nate Burleson. That was a big reason the Lions got Bush -- just for that.

This kind of leads into my last question. Philadelphia's pass defense has been both poor and porous this season. Do they have any sort of manpower to match up with Johnson -- and to a lesser extent Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew, Kris Durham and Bush -- or could this be another game like he had against the Cowboys or Bengals?

Sheridan: Before getting to the answer (spoiler alert: It's no, the Eagles can't match up with Johnson), let me clarify a bit. It's true that the numbers show the Eagles to be terrible as far as yards allowed. They really have given up vast chunks of yardage. But they are keeping teams out of the end zone, and that is giving the offense breathing room to function.

While insisting the Eagles' defense is better than its stats, I have to say this matchup could be the one that breaks some of those trends. Stafford is better than Carson Palmer and Johnson is better than anyone, so this may be the week the yards translate into more points. The Eagles' strength right now is their front seven, and if they can get pressure on Stafford and force him into some of the mistakes he is prone to making, that will go a long way toward covering up the mismatches on the back end.


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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Running back Reggie Bush returned to Detroit Lions practice on Friday but rookie cornerback Darius Slay missed practice for the first time this regular season with a knee injury.

Slay, who started Thanksgiving for the first time since Week 2 due to an injury to Chris Houston, first appeared on the injury report Thursday with a banged up knee.

Then he missed practice Friday, raising concern about his availability Sunday against Philadelphia.

Other than Slay, the majority of the Lions appear to be available for Sunday. Besides Bush, defensive end Israel Idonije returned to practice on Friday.

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December 6th, 2013, 2:49 pm
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Slay could be done for the year:


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Slay had a decent game against GB. Sounds like this could be serious which could impact how he plays next season as well. Guess we'll need to draft another CB again.


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Guess we'll need to draft another CB again.


As if that wasn't a question in the first place? Duh!

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Post Re: Next up: Philadelphia Eagles
It's just a torn meniscus, so it could have been a lot worse. This is a week-to-week injury, so depending on the pain, he can be available. They had him listed doubtful this week, but they were expecting worse.

And we still need another corner regardless, but this isn't going to be a long-term injury as was initially feared.


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Busy Saturday: Slay was ruled out, Greenwood's been brought up from the PS, and Spurlock's been released.

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Resting slay this weekend makes sense since they just found out today and he would have missed the travel. Spurlock is redundant now that Ross is taking over ST duties + he can be a part of the offense. Looks like they'd rather have Greenwood active ahead of Green.


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