Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th88.9 (28th)251.9 (12th)
Defense2nd69.3 (1st)231.6 (13th)
2015 Draft
Rnd#PlayerPos.School
128Laken TomlinsonOGDUKE
254Ameer AbdullahRBNEB
380Alex CarterCBSTNFRD
4113Gabe WrightDTAUBURN
5168Michael BurtonFBRUT
6200Quandre DiggsCBTEXAS
7240Corey RobinsonOTSC

Schedule

4:05 pm EDT
Sun Sep 13
at SD
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 20
at MIN
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Sep 27
DEN
8:30 pm EDT
Mon Oct 5
at SEA
4:05 pm EDT
Sun Oct 11
ARI
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 18
CHI
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 25
MIN
9:30 am EST
Sun Nov 1
at KC
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 15
at GB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 22
OAK
12:30 pm EST
Thu Nov 26
PHI
8:25 pm EST
Thu Dec 3
GB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 13
at STL
8:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 21
at NO
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 27
SF
1:00 pm EST
Sun Jan 3
at CHI

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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Lions new DT Haloti Ngata too busy to think about new contract
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata had his contract in mind in his last days with the Ravens, but he's too busy to think about it now that he's been traded to the Lions.

Ngata admitted that he suspected a deal could take place.

"The closer we got to free agency, I thought it could be a possibility," he told Monday Morning Quarterback. "It didn't surprise me ... since we weren't getting closer to any kind of contract stuff, I just figured there were a lot of things that could happen. I definitely started to have a trade in my mind as a possibility."

Ngata added that he's not thinking about a contract extension with Detroit.

"I'm just trying to get to know my teammates, get my playbook down, and my technique and terminology," he said.

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Lions RB Joique Bell predicting at least a 1,200-yard season
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Lions featured back Joique Bell is coming off a knee injury that has sidelined him throughout the offseason and has also been dealing with an Achilles issue. But his confidence is not hurt at all.

Bell has made a rather lofty prediction for 2015, particularly for a guy that has never rushed for more than 860 yards in a season. He claims he will exceed that by plenty.

"I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards," he told MLive.com. "That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all."

Bell averaged a mediocre 3.9 yards per carry in both of the last two years.

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Lions CB Darius Slay studies elite peers to improve his game
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

Lions cornerback Darius Slay has improved from an inconsistent rookie to dependable starter in his two years in the league. Now, he wants to improve to a lockdown defender.

Slay plans on taking notes from the other elite cornerbacks in the league to continue his climb in the NFL ranks, per ESPN.com.

"I gotta study [Darrelle] Revis and Joe [Haden]," Slay said. "They are more my type of corner, more in your face, try to travel guys, follow you wherever you want to go. Just trying to take [the] best player out of the game.

"I look at [Richard] Sherman, too, just because his ball skills, he's probably got the best ball skills in the NFL that I've seen in my past years. If the ball's in the air, he's getting it. Other than that, I love to watch Revis and Joe."

Slay played in all 16 games for the Lions last season, recording 61 tackles and two interceptions.

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Caldwell sees more accurate Lions QB Matthew Stafford in 2015
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

One of only a few knocks against Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been occasional inaccuracy. His penchant for throwing deep and taking chances on the field often results in incompletions.

But Stafford hit on 60.3 percent of his passes a year ago, the second-best rate of his career. And Jim Caldwell believes that will improve this year. His work in offseason practices have provided encouragement.

"He's improved," Caldwell told MLive.com. "He has a better feel for the system. You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes that they're running. All around I think we've made some improvement."

Caldwell added that he anticipates Stafford will improve his completion percentage in 2015.

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