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Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th88.9 (28th)251.9 (12th)
Defense2nd69.3 (1st)231.6 (13th)

Schedule

Mon Sep 8
W 35 - 14NYG
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Sun Sep 14
L 24 - 7at CAR
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Sun Sep 21
W 19 - 7GB
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Sun Sep 28
W 24 - 17at NYJ
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Sun Oct 5
L 17 - 14BUF
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Sun Oct 12
W 17 - 3at MIN
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Sun Oct 19
W 24 - 23NO
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Sun Oct 26
W 22 - 21at ATL
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Sun Nov 9
W 20 - 16MIA
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Sun Nov 16
L 14 - 6at ARI
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Sun Nov 23
L 34 - 9at NE
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Thu Nov 27
W 34 - 17CHI
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Sun Dec 7
W 34 - 17TB
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Sun Dec 14
W 16 - 14MIN
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Sun Dec 21
W 20 - 14at CHI
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Sun Dec 28
L 30 - 20at GB
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Sun Jan 4
L 24 - 20at DAL
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Standings

NFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Green Bay12-4-05-1-0
Detroit11-5-05-1-0
Minnesota7-9-01-5-0
Chicago5-11-01-5-0
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Travis Swanson will compete to be Lions' starting center in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

With center Dominic Raiola being told he will not be back on the Lions' roster in 2015, the attention nows turns to the development of Travis Swanson, who was drafted in the third round in 2014 to be Detroit's future center.

“I thought he made good progress last year,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew at the Senior Bowl, per the team's official website. “I think this is a really important offseason for him, obviously. He’s going to have an opportunity to get in there and compete for that job at center.”

Swanson started four games at guard and one at center during his rookie season. He struggled when he first joined the starting lineup, but by season's end he was much improved. In his final two starts, including the playoff game against Dallas, Swanson finished each of those games with a positive grade from Pro Football Focus.

“I think it’s important this offseason that he continues to show the same type of improvement he showed last year,” Mayhew said. “There’s nothing promised to anybody, but I’m excited about the potential that he showed last year with his ability to get into some games, finish some games for us and start some games for us at guard and one game at center. But he’s got a ways to go in terms of being a great player in this league."

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Lions' Caldwell feels Tate can surpass Pro Bowl numbers in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Lions Pro Bowl receiver Golden Tate had a career year in 2014, posting 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. While his numbers were impressive, coach Jim Caldwell feels Tate could be in for an even better campaign in 2015, per the Detroit Free Press.

"It doesn't take a whole year to determine what a guy can do from a schematic standpoint, but I do think that what happens is, guys get more comfortable within the system from quarterback to offensive line to running backs to all those involved, and you should see an uptick," Caldwell said Wednesday at the Senior Bowl. "If we're not playing better than we played this year then obviously all of us are going to be disappointed about that. So I would anticipate in every phase that we're going to be able to improve."

Caldwell said Tate's role probably won't change much, but he added the Lions should be more balanced when Tate and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are on the field at the same time. Johnson missed some time in 2014 due to an ankle injury.

"Golden had a superb year with 99 catches and just did an incredible job on third down for us," Caldwell said. "Was a great leader for us as well. Stepped into some very, very difficult situations and certainly gave us an opportunity."

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Lions confirm C Dominic Raiola won't be back
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Lions confirmed they won't bring back center Dominic Raiola for a 15th season, reports MLive.com. Raiola isn't retiring, however.

"Obviously, I still think I can play," he told the website.

Raiola started 203 games for the Lions after they took him in the second round of the 2001 draft. "In many ways, he's a throwback who could have played in any era of the NFL," general manager Martin Mayhew said in a statement.

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Report: Lions will not be bringing back longtime center Raiola
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Lions have informed longtime center Dominic Raiola they do not plan to bring him back for the 2015 season, a source told the Detroit Free Press

Raiola has spent his entire 14-year career with Detroit, appearing in 219 games and starting 203 times. He was the Lions' second-round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft out of Nebraska.

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Report: Lions did not allow Bears to speak to QB coach Jim Bob Cooter
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Bears asked the Lions for permission to interview coach Jim Bob Cooter for the job of offensive coordinator, a source told NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport. However, the Lions denied the request.

Cooter was hired as the Lions' quarterback coach in 2014 after serving as an offensive assistant with the Broncos in 2013.

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