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Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense21st79.8 (30th)252.5 (12th)
Defense1st68.8 (1st)221.5 (5th)

Last Game

Sun, November 23
Gillette Stadium
Detroit Lions
New England Patriots

Game Leaders

Passing: M. Stafford (18-46, 264)
Rushing: J. Bell (19-48)
Receiving: G. Tate (4-97)

Passing: T. Brady (38-53, 349)
Rushing: L. Blount (12-78)
Receiving: B. LaFell (9-98)


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
12:30 pm EST
Thu Nov 27
on CBS SportsCHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
at CHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
at GB


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Fantasy Analysis | 1416799896
Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate won't ruin each other
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

During the six games in which Calvin Johnson was either sidelined or compromised by an ankle injury, fellow Lions wide receiver Golden Tate emerged as a must-start Fantasy option, averaging 8.3 catches for 118.0 yards. But the ride appeared to end with Johnson's return Week 11 at Arizona. Not only did Tate catch just two passes for 41 yards, but he was targeted just twice.

Both players got double-digit targets Week 12 at New England, however, and Tate was back to being the more productive of the two, gaining 97 yards on four catches. Johnson was no slouch, picking up 58 on four catches of his own. If quarterback Matthew Stafford had completed more than just 18 of his 46 passes, imagine the numbers those two would have put up.

The matchup had something to do with it, though. The Patriots ranked high against the pass prior to their recent matchups against the Colts, Broncos and Bears. Considering Tate was going against star defensive back Darrelle Revis and Johnson was double covered much of the afternoon, both put up respectable numbers.

Which means both could be in for big numbers with a favorable matchup Week 13 against Chicago. With the way Tate bounced back, I'd consider both must-starts in Fantasy.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1416798511
Last straw for Matthew Stafford?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Here's the thing: If you've been starting Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in Fantasy all this time, your season is probably just about over anyway. He's contributed multiple scores in only five of 11 games this season, and he just had his second straight with no scores at all Week 12 at New England. At a position where the minimum expectation is two scores in a standard 12-team league -- and some of the best are liable to have three or four -- that's a backbreaker.

Of course, Stafford himself has been one of the best of the best before. In 2011, he threw for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns. But that was three years ago. Any hope of a coaching change helping him recapture that form is long gone now.

To some degree, you could have seen his last two games coming given the matchups. The Patriots and Cardinals have two of the more opportunistic pass defenses in football. But interceptions weren't as much the problem for Stafford in those games as a lack of touchdown passes. Zero over a two-game stretch is unacceptable for a presumed top-12 quarterback, regardless of the competition.

But all that being said ... he's going against a Bears defense in Week 13 that has been absolutely dreadful against the pass, he has two of probably the NFL's best 25 wide receivers in Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, and he had his best three-game stretch of the season prior to these last two games. If you've stuck it out this long with him, might as well go down with the ship, right?

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Lions K Matt Prater hits three FGs in Week 12 defeat
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Lions kicker Matt Prater provided the only points for his team in a 34-9 defeat to New England on Sunday. He converted field goals of 48, 20 and 49 on the day. He hooked a 53-yard attempt wide left late in the second quarter for his only miss, finishing 3 of 4 in Week 12.

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Lions get contributions from several role players Week 12
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Lions received minor contributions from several role players in a 34-9 loss to New England on Sunday.

With Reggie Bush sidelined with an ankle injury, Theo Riddick worked as the team's No. 2 running back. He was limited to two carries for 12 yards and caught three passes for 40 yards.

Jeremy Ross nearly scored his third career touchdown, but saw a Matt Stafford pass bounce right off his fingers. He caught three of five targets for 35 yards. Eric Ebron also had some crucial drops and finished with only two catches for 23 yards. Corey Fuller saw two of Stafford's passes go through his hands in the end zone. He was limited to only one grab for 13 yards.

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Lions WR Calvin Johnson held under 60 receiving yards again
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Lions wide receivers Calvin Johnson had an uninspiring performance Sunday afternoon against the Patriots in Week 13.

Johnson was heavily shadowed by either Brandon Browner or Darrelle Revis throughout the day. He came down with a 16-yard reception on the final play of the first quarter for his only grab of the first half. Johnson was targeted 10 times and finished with four catches for 58 yards in a 34-9 defeat.

Johnson has been held under 60 receiving yards in back-to-back games. He'll look to break the trend on Thanksgiving Day against Chicago.

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