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Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense17th83.8 (30th)257.1 (9th)
Defense2nd63.8 (1st)236.5 (15th)

Last Game

Sun, December 21
Soldier Field
Detroit Lions
Chicago Bears

Game Leaders

Passing: M. Stafford (22-39, 243)
Rushing: J. Bell (13-74)
Receiving: C. Johnson (6-103)

Passing: J. Clausen (23-39, 181)
Rushing: M. Forte (19-55)
Receiving: A. Jeffery (6-72)


Mon Sep 8
W 35 - 14NYG
Sun Sep 14
L 24 - 7at CAR
Sun Sep 21
W 19 - 7GB
Sun Sep 28
W 24 - 17at NYJ
Sun Oct 5
L 17 - 14BUF
Sun Oct 12
W 17 - 3at MIN
Sun Oct 19
W 24 - 23NO
Sun Oct 26
W 22 - 21at ATL
Sun Nov 9
W 20 - 16MIA
Sun Nov 16
L 14 - 6at ARI
Sun Nov 23
L 34 - 9at NE
Thu Nov 27
W 34 - 17CHI
Sun Dec 7
W 34 - 17TB
Sun Dec 14
W 16 - 14MIN
Sun Dec 21
W 20 - 14at CHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28


Green Bay11-4-04-1-0
Fantasy Analysis | 1419225085
Reggie Bush still has something to contribute
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Though Joique Bell took the ball and ran with it, so to speak, while Reggie Bush missed much of Weeks 6-13 with an ankle injury, Bush showed he's not a complete afterthought Week 16 at Chicago, rushing seven times for 54 yards and a score and catching six passes for 44 yards.

Bell was still the primary ball carrier, of course, rushing 13 times for 74 yards and a touchdown and catching two passes for 13 yards, but Bush is still a big enough part of the game plan to factor in PPR leagues. Week 16 was the second game in three since returning in which he's caught at least four passes.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1419224335
Matthew Stafford burns you for the last time
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

When Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford disappointed with just 153 passing yards and one touchdown Week 15 against Minnesota, I was willing to make excuses for him. "The Vikings pass defense really isn't so bad," I said while penciling in Stafford for another 390 yards and two touchdowns Week 16 at Chicago. That's what he did against the Bears in Week 13, after all, and they entered Week 16 ranked 31st against the pass.

So of course, Stafford throws for 243 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

The performance could have been so, so, so much better. He threw one of those interceptions in the end zone and another just short of the end zone. But the fact is he completed those passes to Bears and not Lions, and so it was an awful performance despite a favorable matchup.

Stafford has been one of the most up-and-down quarterbacks in Fantasy this season, but the one thing he appeared to have going for him was that he played to the matchups. Remove predictability from the equation, and he's as frustratingly inconsistent as Cam Newton.

How can you trust him Week 17 at Green Bay? He threw two interceptions with no touchdown passes in his previous meeting with the Packers this year, so if you have a Mark Sanchez or even Newton type on the waiver wire, you might want to go that route instead.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1419205401
Lions DST continues to role
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

For the sixth time in seven games, the Lions held a team to less than 20 points in Week 16, limiting the hosting Bears to 14 on 234 yards. They were a little light on big plays, recording two sacks and one interception after averaging 4.3 and 2.0 in their previous three games, but with Jimmy Clausen starting at quarterback for the Bears, they could get away with it.

According to standard CBSSports.com scoring, the Lions DST has scored double-digit Fantasy points in four straight games, only once allowing 300 yards during that stretch. Of course, they've all been pretty favorable matchups, which certainly won't be the case Week 17 at Green Bay. But considering the Lions DST scored 22 points against the Packers in Week 3, limiting them to seven points on 223 yards, it's not an automatic sit for that one.

Just weigh your options carefully. With a division title on the line, Aaron Rodgers and company are sure to bring their A game.

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Lions DT Suh racks up pair of sacks in Sunday victory
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh made the most of his four tackles Sunday in a win over Chicago. He had three quarterback hits, two sacks and a pass defensed. He has 8 1/2 sacks on the year, including four in the last three games combined.

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Lions PK Prater recovers from block to help Lions win
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Lions placekicker Matt Prater had a 37-yard field goal attempt blocked Sunday against Chicago, but was otherwise fine. He nailed a 39-yarder in the third quarter, added a 30-yarder in the fourth and hit two extra points through the uprights.

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