Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 5:34 PM EDT Oct 4, 2018 Allen Park -- Detroit Lions defensive back Quandre Diggs continues to practice with a removable cast on his left hand and had little to say about whether he expects to play this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. "What’s today, Thursday?," Diggs said. "What did the injury report say? Whatever the injury report says, that’s what I say." The practice report has indicated Diggs has been limited each of the first two days of practice, which provides little clarity on his status for Sunday. He reportedly suffered a fractured bone in his hand last weekend against the Cowboys. He said he didn't even know when the injury occurred. More: Lions mailbag: Red zone just part of reason for scoring woes More: Lions take notice of Packers' revamped defense: 'They're aggressive' "I ain’t going to lie, I don’t know," Diggs said. "I still don’t know. It just felt … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Quandre Diggs mum on whether he’ll play vs. Green Bay Packers
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Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 2:30 PM EDT Oct 4, 2018 Marvin Jones isn’t in a slump exactly, not with 50-plus yards receiving in each of the Detroit Lions’ first four games. But with Jones still waiting for his breakout game of 2018, one to match what his wide receiver cohorts Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay have done so far this year, he might be stepping into the perfect situation Sunday — a game against the Green Bay Packers. Jones has dominated the Packers during his two-plus seasons in Detroit. In four games against the Packers as a Lion, Jones has 17 catches for 469 yards and five touchdowns. Since the start of the 2016 season, he' has averaged 117.3 yards per game receiving against Green Bay, and 57.9 yards per game against everyone else. “I’m not going to sit here and say there’s a secret, like Marvin’s Magic Stuff or something,” Jones said Wednesday. “It’s just me playing the game. Just I have … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Marvin Jones: It’s my job to dominate Packers
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 2:28 PM EDT Oct 4, 2018 Allen Park — It's Thursday, which means it's time to dip into the Detroit Lions mailbag. It starts with the red zone. The Lions are last in the NFL, converting just 33 percent of their trips inside the 20 into touchdowns. At a rate closer to league average, they would have scored seven touchdowns, instead of four. That's not a massive swing in points, but it would be enough to move the Lions up from 17th in scoring to 10th. More: Execution, more than play-calling, root of Lions' red-zone woes Second, turnovers. The Lions are near the bottom of the league in turnover margin. That means they're giving the ball away too often and not taking it away enough. Finally, because of inconsistent defense and special teams, the Lions rank 22nd in the league in average starting field position, more than 5 yards behind the league leaders. Longer fields mean a smaller margin for error and, … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions mailbag: Red zone just part of reason for scoring woes
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 10:47 AM EDT Oct 4, 2018 Green Bay Packers (2-1-1) Coach: Mike McCarthy (133-79-2 overall, 133-79-2 with Packers) Key players: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Davante Adams, RB Aaron Jones, DL Mike Daniels, LB Clay Matthews. Last game: Beat Bills, 22-0. Last meeting: 2017: Lions won, 35-11. The buzz The Packers have had a wild first four weeks, mostly because their All-Pro quarterback is dealing with a sprained knee. Rodgers suffered the injury in the first half of a Week 1 win over the Chicago Bears, but returned to lead a miraculous fourth-quarter comeback. He gutted through the injury in a tie against the Minnesota Vikings the next week, when the Vikings benefited from a questionable roughing penalty on Matthews to tie the game, then clearly wasn’t himself in a Week 3 loss to Washington. If Rodgers is healthy, the Packers have one of the best offenses in the NFL. He’s a magician with the football and dangerous extending plays with … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions vs. Packers: Darius Slay has to take on who?
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 7:01 AM EDT Oct 4, 2018 Aaron Rodgers was one of the first people in the NFL to recognize Darius Slay’s greatness. It happened midway through Slay’s third season, when the Detroit Lions played the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field and Slay spent the entire game covering then-Packers receiver James Jones one-on-one. Jones didn’t catch a pass that day, had just two targets all game, and the Lions beat Green Bay on the road for the first time in 24 years. As Slay made his way to midfield after the game, Rodgers sought him out for a few words of praise. “I was in (cover) zero the whole game and he knew it,” Slay recalled Wednesday. “And he knew he just couldn’t throw it, so he kept throwing it to the other side all the time. So he’s like, ‘Man, you get the most respect. No cornerback can go out there and just be in zero all the time like that.’” Slay said Rodgers and San … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Darius Slay is ‘a gangster’ at cornerback