Associated Press Published 8:09 PM EST Jan 17, 2019 Thousand Oaks, Calif. — It was fourth-and-1, early in the fourth quarter, and Ndamukong Suh could sense what was coming. The Rams led by just a touchdown. The Cowboys were driving in their territory, in desperate need of a single yard. As Suh lined up over their center, looking left down the line, then right, before settling into his stance, it was clear that Ezekiel Elliott was headed into the teeth of the Rams’ defense, directly into his grasp. The Rams had spent most of the week hyper-focused on how to stop Elliott, answering question after question about their ineptitude on the ground. The doubts were certainly warranted. In spite of a star-studded interior that included two All-Pros, no defense this season had allowed more yards per carry (5.1), and here, against the league’s leading rusher, those issues threatened to end the Rams’ season. Suh’s diminished presence has been perhaps the most … [Read more...] about NFC Championship: Ex-Lion Suh shines in L.A.
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Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 30, 2018 Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett breaks down Sunday's game between the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams at Ford Field: Know the foe Los Angeles Rams (10-1) Coach: Sean McVay (21-6 overall, 21-6 with Rams) Key players: QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley, WR Brandin Cooks, DT Aaron Donald, DT Ndamukong Suh Last game: Beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 54-51 Last meeting: 2016 season: Lions won, 31-28 The buzz: The Rams can clinch the NFC West championship with a win Sunday over the Lions, but they have their sights set on far bigger things. One of the best, most exciting teams in the league, the Rams are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Goff and Gurley are both MVP candidates, and there’s not a hotter coach in the NFL than McVay, who a few months shy of his 33rd birthday remains the youngest coach in the league. Gurley ranks second in the NFL in rushing yards and has scored more touchdowns this year (17) … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions must find way to slow down Rams RB Todd Gurley
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 12:38 PM EST Nov 29, 2018 Allen Park — Having cleared the Thanksgiving hurdle, we're back on our normal Thursday schedule with the Detroit Lions mailbag. Probably not too much. The Lions use Nick Bellore about eight snaps per game, and as a run blocker on 75 percent of those. If he's out this week, you're either scrapping much of that lead blocker looks from the call sheet or shifting someone else into that role, most likely Luke Willson. That's a complicated question, and one that probably merits a deeper dive, but we don't have that kind of time, so I'll go with my gut and give him a C-. The key to team-building remains the draft, and like many general managers, Quinn has had his hits and misses. For whatever reason, he's been at his best in the third round, landing an above-average center in Graham Glasgow and a good wide receiver in Kenny Golladay. Even Tracy Walker has shown some promise in his … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions mailbag: Grading Bob Quinn’s work as general manager
By Matt Schoch Special to The Detroit News Published 2:14 PM EST Nov 13, 2018 As the calendar moved closer to another chance for the Lions to get out of their current funk, head coach Matt Patricia and his coordinators struggled Tuesday through questions about diagnosing and fixing the team’s ills. But during a weekly conference call with reporters, Patricia, offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter and defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni were eager to praise fellow NFL brethren, this time Sunday’s opponent in Carolina (6-3). On Panthers veteran quarterback Cam Newton, Patricia said: “One of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the NFL and someone that can really change the outcome out a game all by himself. “A guy that is very athletic, has an extremely strong arm. I think you would seem him early in his career and would tend to rely on his athleticism and his ability to get out of the pocket. Maybe run with the ball or just kind of create and make plays. He … [Read more...] about Coaches praise Cam Newton’s Panthers, mum on Lions’ evaluations
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 5:24 PM EDT Oct 24, 2018 The Detroit Lions have just pushed all their chips to the middle of the table. They are all in. They are 3-3 and face a tough six-game stretch that will largely determine their playoff hopes. By reportedly trading a 2019 fifth-round draft pick Wednesday for New York Giants nose tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison, the Lions have made it clear they’re going for it this season. They think they can make the playoffs. They are all in. The question is, are you? This is a good trade for the Lions for several reasons. It should instantly bolster their struggling run defense, which is the weakest link on the team. They only gave up a fifth-rounder and still have plenty of draft picks left next year. But I mostly like this move because it’s declarative and it speaks to an urgency I didn’t sense when the Lions first hired coach Matt Patricia in February. There was a lot of talk back then about the … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions prove they’re all in with Damon Harrison trade