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Monday Night Football open thread: Chicago at Washingtonby John Whiticar on September 24, 2019 at 12:00 am
Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images Week 3 comes to a close with two future Lions opponents facing off. Week 3 of the National Football League closes with a matchup quite relevant to Lions fans. The Chicago Bears travel to Washington sitting at 1-1 in the NFC North, but the season so far has been an offensive struggle. The Mitchell Trubisky-led offense has yet to score a passing touchdown, and they have only mustered a mere 19 points. They barely escaped the Broncos with a win, having been gifted precious seconds and questionable penalties. Their defense remains an elite unit, sure, but without an effective offense, they will struggle in a competitive division. Washington, meanwhile, is sitting a 0-2 in the NFC East, but both losses were to division rivals. A 32-27 loss to the Eagles and a 31-21 loss to the Cowboys put Washington at the bottom of the division, but in each game, they have outscored the Bears’ offense in both of their games combined. Despite the loss of Derrius Guice, the connection between Case Keenum and rookie Terry McLaurin has been fantastic. The bulk of the carries will fall to veteran Adrian Peterson, but do not count out the pass catching specialist Chris Thompson. Keenum has some weapons to work with, but he will face a tough foe against the Bears. Come watch Monday Night Football with us as two future Lions opponents square off. Date: Monday, September 23, 2019Time: 8:15 p.m. ET Location: FedEx Field—Landover, MDTV: ESPN Announcers: Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland & Lisa SaltersOnline Stream/Replay: Watch ESPN, NFL Gamepass
Notes: 3 professional Detroit teams all win in one dayby Kellie Rowe on September 23, 2019 at 10:33 pm
Photo by Elsa/Getty Images That’s pretty neat. It was quite the weekend for Detroit sports teams! The three professional teams with games on Sunday all managed to pull off a win. First the Detroit Lions took down the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24 on the road, then the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 at Comerica Park, and then the Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in overtime in their fourth preseason game at Little Caesars Arena. The Lions’ social team made sure the world took note: Had ourselves a nice little #SundayFunday, huh @Tigers @DetroitRedWings? pic.twitter.com/vwkKNrbJ0A— Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 23, 2019 Honorable mention (because it was on Saturday), Detroit City Football Club’s game against the New York Cosmos ended in a 1-1 draw. The Boys in Rouge are also undefeated. FINAL: Detroit City FC draws @NYCosmos 1-1 in tonight's Members Cup match in front of 6,297 at Keyworth Stadium. #DCTID pic.twitter.com/TFEBwhtZvB— Detroit City FC (@DetroitCityFC) September 22, 2019 Onto the rest of your notes: Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press explains why the Lions should trade for Jalen Ramsey. In case you missed it from last week, our own Mansur Shaheen and Ryan Mathews pleaded their cases for Ramsey, too. From Philly writers: 7 thoughts on the Eagles lost from Brandon Lee Gowton with Bleeding Green Nation, 5 reasons why the Eagles lost by Paul Domowitch from The Philadelphia Inquirer. ESPN’s Michael Rothstein on why Marvin Jones’ re-emergence means good things for Detroit’s offense. Haha! The Lions throwing some shade at PFF for their Sunday picks. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/uVpy2LWTba— Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 23, 2019 This was from Friday but I just stumbled upon it. PFF listed what they think is each quarterback’s biggest weakness. Let’s see how Local Philly Hero is taking the Eagles’ loss to the Lions: The most Philly soundbite goes to this guy who helped catch children thrown from a window during a fire. pic.twitter.com/3rH69gU2fL— Steve Lindsay CBS (@SteveLindsayCBS) September 23, 2019 This was a fun piece from Birkett, who asked a bunch of Lions players the name of the last book they read. Hear what Jamal Agnew had to say about his 100-yard kickoff TD: And finally from MLive’s Lauren Williams an NFC North update, minus the Bears who play Washington on Monday night.
Report: Mike Daniels’ ‘foot sprain’ shouldn’t threaten entire seasonby Jeremy Reisman on September 23, 2019 at 8:21 pm
Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images It looks like Daniels has avoided a major injury, but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to play soon. Detroit Lions defensive tackle Mike Daniels left Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles after only seven defensive snaps. The team quickly ruled him out for the rest of the game—usually an indication that it’s a somewhat serious injury. But the Lions got some good news after the game, as NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that x-rays did not reveal a fracture in his right foot. That being said, Daniels was in a walking boot and crutches in the locker room following the game. Lions head coach Matt Patricia didn’t have an update on on Daniels’ —nor cornerback Darius Slay’s—condition on Monday afternoon. However, Garafolo is now reporting that Daniels suffered a foot sprain and is still continuing to get multiple opinions from doctors, but the main point is that the injury doesn’t appear to be season-ending: Mentioned on NFL Now on @nflnetwork a short while ago Lions DT Mike Daniels has a foot sprain, sources say. He’s getting multiple opinions but it doesn’t look to be anything that will threaten his season.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 23, 2019 That’s obviously good news for the long term, but Detroit may need to figure out things in the short term. They are already shorthanded at the defensive tackle position, with Da’Shawn Hand still nursing an elbow injury suffered in training camp. Hand has shown signs of progress, but it’s still unclear if he’s nearing a return now eight weeks removed from the injury. If Hand isn’t ready to go this week and Daniels’ foot sprain is enough to keep him out a couple of week, expect the Lions to make a move sometime soon. One possible solution is to promote defensive tackle John Atkins from the practice squad.
Lions Week 3 snap counts: Kerryon Johnson, Trey Flowers on the riseby Jeremy Reisman on September 23, 2019 at 3:38 pm
Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images The Lions are starting to rely more on their biggest playmakers. Here’s a look at the Detroit Lions’ Week 3 snap counts against the Philadelphia Eagles and some observations about them. Offense: Quarterbacks Matthew Stafford: 64 (100%) Running backs Kerryon Johnson: 48 (75%)Nick Bawden: 19 (30%) — 19 special teams snaps (63%)Ty Johnson: 13 (20%) — 8 (27%)J.D. McKissic: 6 (9%) — 11 (37%) Tight ends T.J. Hockenson: 42 (66%)Jesse James: 35 (55%) — 6 (20%)Logan Thomas: 19 (30%) — 17 (57%) Wide receivers Marvin Jones Jr.: 53 (83%)Kenny Golladay: 51 (80%)Danny Amendola: 23 (36%) — 2 (7%)Marvin Hall: 11 (17%) Offensive tackles Rick Wagner: 64 (100%) — 6 (20%)Taylor Decker: 64 (100%)Tyrell Crosby: 0 (0%) — 6 (20%) Guards/centers Frank Ragnow: 64 (100%) — 6 (20%)Joe Dahl: 58 (91%) — 6 (20%)Graham Glasgow: 50 (78%) — 6 (20%)Kenny Wiggins: 20 (31%) — 6 (20%) Observations: With C.J. Anderson released last week, Kerryon Johnson came as close to a workhorse back as we’ve seen in Detroit. He had a career-high 20 carries, and his 75 percent participation rate is the second highest of his career. Offensive line rotations are still happening at the guard positions, for some reason. Curious usage of Marvin Hall. Many assumed that when he was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday that he’d play a role in the team’s struggling special teams units. Instead, he didn’t play a single ST snap and even got some time with the offense. The Lions saw their tight end usage bump up significantly, using more 12 personnel than last week. As a result, Danny Amendola saw a pretty big drop in playing time (57% to 36%). Defense: Defensive end Trey Flowers: 54 (71%)Romeo Okwara: 51 (67%) — 4 (13%) Defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson: 45 (59%) — 4 (13%)Damon Harrison Sr.: 38 (50%) — 2 (7%)Kevin Strong: 34 (45%) — 4 (13%)Mike Daniels: 7 (9%) — 2 (7%) Linebackers Jarrad Davis: 67 (88%) — 4 (13%)Devon Kennard: 66 (87%) — 4 (13%)Christian Jones: 39 (51%) — 9 (30%)Jahlani Tavai: 27 (36%) — 5 (17%)Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 1 (1%) — 20 (67%)Miles Killebrew: 0 (0%) — 20 (67%) Cornerbacks Rashaan Melvin: 75 (99%)Justin Coleman: 73 (96%) — 14 (47%)Darius Slay: 44 (58%)Mike Ford: 31 (41%) — 13 (43%)Dee Virgin: 0 (0%) — 24 (80%)Jamal Agnew: 0 (0%) — 12 (40%) Safety Tracy Walker: 76 (100%)Quandre Diggs: 75 (99%)Will Harris: 24 (32%) — 19 (63%)Tavon Wilson: 9 (12%) — 14 (47%)C.J. Moore: 0 (0%) — 22 (73%) Observations: After playing just 60% in the opener and 58% last week, Trey Flowers is now up to a 71% participation rate, a clear sign he’s regaining his footing after offseason shoulder surgery. No surprise that with Mike Daniels out of the game early, Kevin Strong saw a career-high in snaps. His 34 plays against the Eagles are more than he played in the first two weeks combined (33). With Jarrad Davis back, the Lions cut down on the playing time for second-round pick Jahlani Tavai (69% to 36%), Jalen Reeves Maybin (49% to 1%), and Christian Jones (90% to 51%). Also cutting into their playing time was the fact that Detroit was often in nickel defense, choosing to play with just two linebackers for much of the day. Will Harris is slowly starting to take over. He played in 17% in Week 1, 24% last week, and now 32%. Special teams Sam Martin: 18 (60%)Don Muhlbach: 11 (37%)Matt Prater: 6 (20%)
Reactions to Detroit Lions win over the Philadelphia Eaglesby Jeremy Reisman on September 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images The PODcast crew shared their thoughts about another Lions upset win. For the second straight week in a row, the Detroit Lions pulled off an upset to earn a big win and keep their undefeated streak alive. Considering how daunting the beginning of the schedule looked in the offseason, an 2-0-1 start is a fantastic place to be, regardless of the Loins’ lack of style points. The Lions beat the Philadelphia Eagles in a big road game. When we look back in December, that’s all that’s truly going to matter. But what does Sunday’s performance tell us about this team’s identity? Will the Lions eventually get their issues ironed out? Will the conservative coaching ever end? And what about Jamal Agnew’s resurgence? And the pass protection finally holding up in consecutive games? We talk about all of that and so, so much more on this week’s episode of the PODcast. Reminder: We’re now streaming the PODcast LIVE on Twitch with video. If you want to be a part of our PODcast live audience, follow us on Twitch and get notifications every time we go live. We record the PODcast at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday nights after 1 p.m. ET games. This week on the PODcast It’s a win, and that’s all that matters. The Lions early game performance is giving them just enough wiggle room to survive a couple of late-game collapses. Jeremy rages about the Lions’ offensive game plan at the end of halves, and thinks Detroit’s secondary bailed out Matt Patricia in a big way. Jamal Agnew: From zero to hero. The Lions may have a pass-blocking offensive line? Mailbag tackles Week 4 expectations, Justin Coleman’s big day, and discusses best wing flavors. Make sure you download, subscribe, and rate the Pride of Detroit PODcast on your favorite platforms. Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | iHeartRadio