Le’Veon Bell to fight Adrian Peterson in exhibition boxing match
The former Michigan State star and 3-time Pro Bowl running back has signed a contract to fight future NFL Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson in a boxing match, according to ESPN. Peterson and Bell will meet on the undercard of Social Gloves 2, an event promoted by YouTube star and former Central Michigan basketball player Austin McBroom. Rapper Blueface will also fight former NBA player Nick Young on the undercard, ESPN reported. Frank Gore, another onetime All-Pro NFL running back, fought NBA All-Star Deron Williams in an exhibition on the December undercard of Jake Paul-Tyron Woodley 2. He was a first team All-American at Michigan State in 2012.mlive.com
Ex-Lions RB Adrian Peterson arrested after argument with wife on airplane in Los Angeles
Former NFL running back Adrian Peterson was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday. ESPN reports the arrest was made in connection to what airport officials said was domestic violence on board an aircraft bound for Houston. Police responded to “a verbal and physical altercation between a male suspect and a female victim,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles Airport Police. Peterson was booked at the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division, given a $50,000 bail and released Sunday afternoon on bond, according to ESPN. Peterson ranks fifth in NFL history with 14,918 career rushing yards.mlive.com
Adrian Peterson looks to extend career in Seattle
The list of career accolades for Adrian Peterson is as impressive as any. The 15-year veteran is fifth in NFL history in rushing yards and the only non-quarterback to win NFL MVP since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006. “I feel like I have the ability to continue to play, so I’m like why not continue to go for it?” Peterson said Friday on the AP Pro Football Podcast.news.yahoo.com
Detroit Lions offensive outlook: Who’s in, who’s out and who’s about to break out
ALLEN PARK -- Matthew Stafford threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns the last time we saw the Detroit Lions. The Detroit Lions are rebuilding from top to bottom, left to right, and every other nook and cranny you can find in this organization. In the backfield, D’Andre Swift is coming off an intriguing rookie season. He ran for 521 yards last season, plus caught 46 passes for another 357 yards, good for a team-high 878 total yards from scrimmage. That could hurt Jared Goff this season, but also gives Detroit a lot of flexibility moving into 2022 and 2023.mlive.com
Newton, Peterson, Bell and Gurley among unsigned big names
They were once at the top of the NFL — league MVPs, All-Pros, Pro Bowlers and faces of franchises. Cam Newton, Adrian Peterson, Le'Veon Bell, Todd Gurley and Richard Sherman are just some of the big-name players without jobs as teams prepare for Week 1. A surprise cut by New England on Tuesday, the 2015 NFL MVP lost out on the starting job to rookie Mac Jones.news.yahoo.com
Detroit Lions free agency preview: Exploring potential running backs to pair with D’Andre Swift
This is the second of an eight-part series previewing the Detroit Lions’ positional needs heading into free agency. He didn’t see the ball much, running 52 times for 181 yards and two scores, but ranked as the fourth-best pass blocker among running backs and fullbacks per Pro Football Focus. Lynn is known for getting the most out of his backfield, with the well-respected Duce Staley coaching his running backs in Detroit. 2021 NFL draft: 5 running backs who could make sense for the Detroit LionsMark Ingram is another name worth tracking after seeing his role vanish in Baltimore. Related: D’Andre Swift’s role could double for Detroit Lions next seasonmlive.com
Lions grades: Matthew Stafford-Marvin Jones deliver gutsy performance in 37-35 loss to Vikings
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions lost 37-35 to the Minnesota Vikings to end the 2020 season. See below for grades from the team’s Week 17 loss to the Vikings:QuarterbacksMatthew Stafford went down swinging in this one. Grade: A-Column: Matthew Stafford is the best Lions QB ever. @Lions QB Matthew Stafford topped 45,000 passing yards on his 26-yard TD pass to WR @MarvinJonesJr. Grade: B+Wide receiversMarvin Jones had one touchdown wiped off the board but didn’t let that stop him from delivering a monster performance.mlive.com
Inside the locker room: Lions players express disbelief in late controversial calls in loss to Vikings
DETROIT -- Neither Adrian Peterson nor Marvin Jones held back when asked about two controversial calls to occur late in Detroit’s season-ending loss to Minnesota. Those two controversial calls involved an overturned touchdown catch and questionable roughing the passer penalty after a fourth-down sack. A crushing blow to a defense that hadn’t stopped too much of anything in goal-to-go situations all season, no doubt. I’m standing there watching the entire play, and he actually finished with his hands down and running. I’m going to sit down and write an evaluation on all the guys, and I think that will start the evaluations.mlive.com
Adrian Peterson interested in re-signing with Lions, just not for a rebuild
ALLEN PARK -- Adrian Peterson expressed interest in returning to Detroit for a second go-round but made it clear he’s not looking for a team going through a rebuild. Peterson said he envisioned winning the NFC North, making the playoffs and “chasing a championship” when initially signing with the Lions. I like to put things in perspective and I just feel like things didn’t go our way this year. In the next breath, Peterson was asked if he was interested in staying with a rebuilding Lions team. If the chosen path happens to be a tear-down rebuild, Peterson made it clear that’s not an appealing situation to him.mlive.com
AP sources: Star Vikings RB Cook absent after father's death
(AP Photo/Butch Dill)MINNEAPOLIS – Running back Dalvin Cook is not practicing with the Minnesota Vikings this week, due to the death of his father. Cook has a younger brother, James Cook, who is a running back for Georgia. He was picked for a second straight Pro Bowl, with 1,557 rushing yards, 361 receiving yards and 17 total touchdowns in 14 games. Cook’s absence will clinch a second consecutive rushing title for Tennessee’s Derrick Henry, who has a 220-yard lead on Cook. Cook has a slim lead on Henry atop the NFL with 1,918 total yards.
Lions grades: Short-handed defense offers little resistance to Green Bay’s offensive attack
DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions will finish no better than .500 again after losing 31-24 to the Green Bay Packers in Week 14. Grade: DLinebackersGreen Bay’s offense isolated Detroit’s linebackers a couple of times and put the game away doing it. Rodgers hit Robert Tonyan to extend their lead to 14 points, making easy work of Lions linebacker Jahlani Tavai on the 4-yard touchdown. Rodgers hit Davante Adams for an early 56-yard touchdown, a highlight-worthy play with Amani Oruwariye left in the dust. The offense kept the game alive, while the short-handed defense struggled to get off the field while managing to keep things within reach.mlive.com
Detroit Lions RB D’Andre Swift nearing return just in time for fantasy football playoffs
ALLEN PARK -- D’Andre Swift has missed the previous three games but has been back at practice this week, nearing a return in time for the fantasy football playoffs to begin. Since the Week 5 bye, Swift has registered double-digit fantasy points in four of five games he’s played. RB D’Andre Swift --D’Andre Swift was given the chance to be the starter for the Detroit Lions in week 10 & boy did he perform! He’s topped 150 receiving yards in three games this year, scoring in eight of 10 games he’s played. If he’s pushing it downfield, there’s a good chance he’s going to stack some points, win or lose.mlive.com
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 14: Ty Johnson Takes On Bigger Role For Jets
With that said, here are the top waiver wire adds of the week heading into Week 14. Rivers has two strong matchups on deck; first, the Colts will travel to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders in Week 14. They then will welcome the Houston Texans to Indy in Week 15 before traveling to Pittsburgh in Week 16. With Fuller done for the year, Coutee stepped into a bigger role in Week 13 and went off. The Titans will take on the Jaguars in Week 14 and the Lions in Week 15.detroit.cbslocal.com
Lions grades: Detroit’s passing attack comes alive in win against Chicago Bears
The Detroit Lions opened Darrell Bevell’s tenure as interim head coach with a dramatic victory, snapping their five-game skid to the Chicago Bears. See below for our grades from Detroit’s 34-30 win in Chicago on Sunday:QuarterbacksMatthew Stafford let it rip against a very solid Bears defense, throwing for 402 yards and three touchdowns. The deep touchdown to rookie Quintez Cephus was a vintage Stafford ball, and he had a couple of those on Sunday. He caught seven passes for 84 yards in Chicago, bringing him to within 164 yards of Brandon Pettigrew’s record of 777 yards set back in 2011. Will Harris was rough on Patterson’s touchdown run and the touchdown pass to tight end Cole Kmet, continuing his struggles.mlive.com
What they’re saying nationally after Detroit Lions’ shocking comeback win in Chicago
The Detroit Lions came from behind to beat the Chicago Bears 34-30, needing a strip-sack in the final minutes to erase a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit. Chicago was backed up inside its own 10-yard line, looking at a potential game-winning conversion on third-and-4 with less than two minutes remaining. Stafford orchestrated a late 95-yard touchdown drive to give Detroit a shot in this one before the late takeaway. — Matt Forte (@MattForte22) December 6, 2020Okwara's strip-sack of Mitchell Trubisky increased the Lions win probability by +21% (from 36% to 57%). The Lions had a win probability as low as 9% earlier in the game.#DETvsCHI | #OnePride pic.twitter.com/lgexGFEYxC — Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 6, 2020Related links:Quick observations: Lions roar back from double-digit deficit, stun Bears in Darrell Bevell’s debutDetroit Lions win 34-30 in wild fashion against the Chicago Bears: Live updates recapmlive.com
Stafford throws 3 TDs, Lions rally to beat Bears 34-30
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO – Darrell Bevell had a hard time processing everything from his first game as an NFL coach. They fired general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia while elevating Bevell, their offensive coordinator, to interim coach. But the Lions turned things around down the stretch, sending the Bears (5-7) to their sixth straight loss. The Lions came out on top after losing four of five, and Stafford gave Bevell the game ball.
Detroit Lions win 34-30 in wild fashion against the Chicago Bears: Live updates recap
FINAL -- Detroit Lions 34, Chicago Bears 30Quick observations: Lions roar back from double-digit deficit, stun Bears in Darrell Bevell’s debutLive: Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears Postgame Chat Yes, the Lions did just pull off that comeback victory! Lions 34, Bears 302:13 -- Chicago Bears drive starts on own 11Montgomery takes a short run into the two-minute warning. Bears 30, Lions 276:38 -- Chicago Bears drive starts on own 45Another tackles for loss, this one for Reggie Ragland. 11:23 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 25Another Adrian Peterson second-and-10 run makes it third-and-6 for the Lions. LIONS INJURY UPDATE:CB Mike Ford, Back, Questionable — Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) December 6, 2020Second quarter:30 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 32Lions use a timeout after a 5-yard pass to Kerryon Johnson.mlive.com
RB D’Andre Swift downgraded to doubtful to play in Chicago, TE Isaac Nauta released
Jonathan Williams is also on the roster, although he’s been downgraded to questionable because of a hip injury. Defensive end Austin Bryant (thigh) has also been downgraded to doubtful against Chicago, while tight end Isaac Nauta has been cut. He becomes the second player Detroit has released since wrapping up the practice week, joining receiver Marvin Hall. That could be a sign rookie tight end Hunter Bryant is finally healthy enough to make his NFL debut. The Lions concluded their busy day by elevating safety Bobby Price from the practice squad for the week.mlive.com
Lions rookie RB D’Andre Swift’s Week 13 status trending in right direction after all
ALLEN PARK -- Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift has gotten some much-needed good news and cleared concussion protocol with the independent neurologist. The rookie running back has been in concussion protocol since after the team’s win in Week 11, missing the previous two games. “It’s unfortunate that he’s dealing with this and it’s something he has to go through,” Peterson said. You think of a guy like Swift, he’s very competitive, obviously a great person and athlete. Rookie edge defender Julian Okwara and cornerback Darryl Roberts remain on injured reserve, but each returned to practice to open the week.mlive.com
Lions grades: Defense ripped apart by Deshaun Watson and Houston’s passing attack
DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions lost 41-25 in ugly fashion to the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving. Stafford finished 28 of 42 passing for 295 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Stafford nearly caught a touchdown later in the game, with Detroit trying to get a little weird to catch the Texans sleeping. Stafford averaged 4.4 completed air yards per throw and 7.7 intended air yards per throw, both below his season averages. Stafford nearly caught a touchdown, and it was a solid challenge from the Lions to give that another look.mlive.com
D’Andre Swift trending up, Kenny Golladay trending down with 2 days to go until Thanksgiving
ALLEN PARK -- D’Andre Swift is trending up on the Detroit Lions’ latest practice report, but Kenny Golladay is trending down and is very unlikely to play on Thanksgiving against the Houston Texans. Golladay was listed as limited by a hip injury on Monday, but did not participate in the walk-through on Tuesday and was downgraded to out on the injury report. That’s 15 players who remain slowed by injuries heading into the Thanksgiving game against Houston, seven of whom are offensive starters. The biggest concern is for Golladay, who has already missed five games this year, including the last three in a row due to a hip injury he suffered against Indianapolis on Nov. 1. The Lions have declined to say how or even when Swift suffered the injury.mlive.com
3 things we learned: Amani Oruwariye is the Lions’ best cornerback
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Detroit Lions were blown out for the third time in four weeks, this time getting shut out 20-0 by the lowly Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The Lions’ best cornerback is Amani Oruwariye. But while Okudah has some obvious physical gifts, he continues to struggle 10 games into his rookie season. Oruwariye, on the other hand, allowed just one catch in the game -- and it went for just 3 yards. The Lions didn’t want to sign Graham Glasgow to a premium contract.mlive.com
Quick observations: Matt Patricia’s seat heating back up after Lions shut out for first time in 11 years
They don’t have the best running back on the planet either, then scratched their quarterback 90 minutes before facing the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. And the overall production -- just 185 yards -- was Detroit’s worst since Stafford suffered a shoulder injury in the 2010 season opener. Matthew Stafford passed for 54 yards in the first half, his worst half of football since 2013. Stafford didn’t complete a pass longer than 21 yards in the first half, didn’t so much as complete multiple passes to any player at all. Hs rating of 70.0 made this his worst game since 2018.mlive.com
Halftime analysis: The Lions are getting shut out by the awful Panthers. Woof.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have lost five straight games. The Carolina Panthers have been without the best running back on the planet for weeks. Then the Carolina Panthers ruled out their quarterback about 90 minutes before kickoff. The Carolina Panthers are a bad, injury-ravaged team. Not that that’s stopped the Lions from feeding him anyway, especially on first down, over and over again.mlive.com
Detroit Lions RB D’Andre Swift out for Week 11 trip to face Panthers
ALLEN PARK -- Adrian Peterson is expected to start for the Detroit Lions this weekend with running back D’Andre Swift out with a brain injury in concussion protocol. Lions running back coach Kyle Caskey confirmed Swift would be out ahead of the team’s official game designations for Sunday. Related: Related: D’Andre Swift, Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola ruled out by Lions; Matthew Stafford questionable“I’m saying this with all truthfulness, that’s a good question. The move to Swift starting felt like a long time coming, and not just to fans or armchair quarterbacks sitting at home. Related: Kenny Golladay, D’Andre Swift, Danny Amendola miss another Lions practice; Matthew Stafford inPeterson, very amusingly, detailed his reaction to finding out Swift was starting last week during Friday’s media availability.mlive.com
Lions RB Adrian Peterson, set to start again, surprised initial demotion took so long
ALLEN PARK -- Adrian Peterson is expected to start for the Detroit Lions this weekend with running back D’Andre Swift out with a brain injury in concussion protocol. Lions running back coach Kyle Caskey confirmed Swift would be out ahead of the team’s official game designations for Sunday. Caskey said Peterson would lead things off, with running back Kerryon Johnson spelling him while the group finds the right rhythm. This news comes one week after Swift made the first start of his career. Peterson, very amusingly, detailed his reaction to finding out Swift was starting last week during Friday’s media availability.mlive.com
D’Andre Swift’s midweek injury further clouds Lions-Panthers in Week 11 fantasy football action
ALLEN PARK -- Things are looking bleak from a fantasy football perspective ahead of this weekend’s matchup between the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers. Both starting quarterbacks are working through injuries, not to mention breakout rookie running back D’Andre Swift is in concussion protocol after a midweek brain injury. Star Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is also not expected to play in Week 11. ESPN had Swift ranked as the 14th best running back play for Week 11 in standard PPR leagues. The third-year back ran only once last week but took four carries for 29 yards and three catches for 36 yards the week before.mlive.com
Lions rookie D’Andre Swift dazzles in first career start
DETROIT -- D’Andre Swift was so good in his first career start that no one, absolutely no one at all, was asking whether he was ready for the assignment. He was so good that Adrian Peterson, future Hall-of-Famer, kept bringing up the rookie unprompted after signing with Detroit. Then on Wednesday or Thursday, the Lions told Swift they were finally elevating him to the starting lineup. All told, Swift finished with 16 carries for 81 yards and caught all five passes that came his way for another 68 yards and one touchdown. “That was a great thing for us to see.”It was a great thing for the Lions to see.mlive.com
Detroit Lions avoid disaster, beat Washington Football Team 30-27 at the buzzer: Live updates recap
Lions 27, Football Team 248:53 -- Washington Football Team drive starts on own 34Third-and-5 for Washington after Smith tosses one away out of the pocket. 7:52 -- Washington Football Team drive starts on own 18Justin Coleman is back in the game to start the second half. Lions 24, Football Team 1015:00 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 25D’Andre Swift opens the half with a 3-yard gain. Lions 24, Football Team 3HALFTIME -- Detroit Lions 17, Washington Football Team 3Halftime analysis: Lions QB Matthew Stafford looks fine after injuring throwing handSecond quarter:01 -- Washington Football Team drive starts on own 32Kneel into the half. 8:01 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 33Third-and-10 quickly here, Lions look to avoid a three-and-out -- incomplete look for Marvin Hall.mlive.com
D’Andre Swift is the top fantasy football play in Detroit amid murky Lions-Washington matchup
D’Andre Swift has maintained a consistent role in the offense, seeing increased rush attempts since the Lions returned from their bye. Swift has quietly registered double-digit fantasy points in four of the last five games, with Detroit’s dud against Indy standing alone. But, for now, Swift is looking like the best and safest fantasy option out of Detroit in Week 10. He’s seen a team-leading 18 targets with Golladay missing in action over these previous two weeks. He’s seen seven looks in the red zone, adding a little fuel to his standing as an under-the-radar bargain play.mlive.com
Lions RB Adrian Peterson’s revenge tour continues with Washington Football Team up next
ALLEN PARK -- Adrian Peterson swears he didn’t sign with the Detroit Lions based on their all-too-familiar schedule. Peterson and the Lions host the Washington Football Team this weekend, the fourth time he’s faced a former team of his through the first nine games of the season. The legendary back played the last two seasons in Washington, running for 1,940 yards and 12 scores in 31 games. “It wasn’t like, ‘hey, this team was flat out better than us.’ We’ve been in games where we’ve had opportunities. It’s different than any team I’ve been on, being in this position.”mlive.com
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions offense struggle in back-to-back losses
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions are now 3-5, and one of the many questions facing the team is the performance of the offense and play of quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford started the game well, but faded in the second half, throwing two interceptions as the Lions tried to come back against the Minnesota Vikings. Stafford -- and the Lions' offense as a whole -- has been inconsistent all year. After the game, Stafford called the interception a bad decision, saying, “I didn’t see (the linebacker), otherwise I wouldn’t have thrown it. Earlier in the game, Stafford had a streak of 16 straight completions.
Lions grades: Defense offers no resistance to Minnesota’s rushing attack in Week 9 loss
The Detroit Lions lost 34-20 to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, surrendering 275 rushing yards in the loss. See below for our grades for Sunday’s performance:QuarterbacksMatthew Stafford missed practice while stuck in isolation on the COVID reserve list all week. Grade: BDefensive lineThe Lions gave up the most rushing yards in an NFL game since 2009 in their first game without Trey Flowers. The Lions then opened the next drive with only 10 defenders on the field, and Dalvin Cook made them pay. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Lions then settled for the field goal from inside the 5-yard line.mlive.com
Cook Runs Over Lions
Two months after releasing their all-time rusher, the Minnesota Vikings drafted Dalvin Cook. Former Lions running back Ameer Abdullah took a screen pass 22 yards for a score, giving Minnesota a 10-point advantage at the break. The show again belonged to Cook, whom Peterson admiringly called “a lethal weapon” this week. Jaleel Johnson stopped Peterson for a 4-yard loss on third-and-goal from the 1 in the second quarter. … Backup CB Tony McRae hurt his right knee while blocking during a punt return in the second quarter and was taken off on a cart.detroit.cbslocal.com
Tua vs Kyler as rising Dolphins visit revitalized Cardinals
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) embrace after Tagovailoa throws his first touchdown pass during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Margaret Bowles via AP)When the Dolphins leave the oceanfront and head to the desert to play the Cardinals on Sunday, it will be about more than Tua vs. Kyler. Tua Tagovailoa, as touted as any signal caller coming out of college in years, will make his second start for Miami. Henry has eight rushing touchdowns, finding the end zone in five straight games. The Patriots will try to avoid losing five straight games for the first time since 1995.
As Adrian Peterson’s production declines, Lions search for right combination in running game
Still, Peterson’s production has been abating for weeks now, and Detroit continues to search for the right combination to break the running game out of its funk. Obviously the defense has something to do with that, and we have to make sure that we’re handing that the right way. But he’s been inconsistent too, rushing for 116 yards on 14 carries in Jacksonville, but just 28 yards on 15 carries since. "I’m sure you can go back and count the number of plays that different players are in. It’s important for us to make sure we’re using our guys the right way, but you can’t necessarily always just base it off what the stats look like.mlive.com
NFL MVP Adrian Peterson Teams Up With The Athletes’ Corner To Launch ‘All Day Holiday Meals’
(CBS DETROIT) – The Athletes’ Corner announced one of its first initiatives in its fight against hunger, teaming up with Former NFL MVP and Detroit Lions RB Adrian Peterson to launch – ‘All Day Holiday Meals’. “The Adrian and Ashley Peterson Family Foundation has been committed to making positive change in each of the communities I’ve played in. ‘All Day Holiday Meals’ kicks off this Sunday, as the Detroit Lions host the Indianapolis Colts at 1 p.m. To learn more about The Athletes’ Corner vs. ABOUT THE A&A PETERSON FAMILY FOUNDATIONThe A&A Peterson Family Foundation was co-founded by NFL MVP Adrian Peterson, and his wife Ashley.detroit.cbslocal.com
Lions grades: Defense allows catch to 11 different players in dreadful showing for secondary
DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions were hammered 41-21 by the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Ford Field. See below for our grades on the Lions' performance:QuarterbacksMatthew Stafford turned in one of his worst starts in recent memory. Agnew ran once for 11 yards, and Stafford took off once for 10 yards. 🤸♂️📺 CBS pic.twitter.com/hrCMyhLpST — Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 1, 2020Special teamsJack Fox remains very good at what he does despite taking a couple of low snaps. It was a repeat from Indy’s last game, and the Lions weren’t ready for it with their lives on the line.mlive.com
Colts Shut Down Lions In 41-21 Win
The postgame stats stuck out in glaring fashion after the latest home loss by the Detroit Lions. Detroit’s anemic running game — and indeed, its offensive ineptitude in general — had the Lions playing from behind the entire second half Sunday, and they eventually lost 41-21 to Indianapolis. The Lions managed only 29 yards rushing and lost the time of possession battle badly. “You want to try to do your best to stay balanced all the way through the game,” coach Matt Patricia said. Obviously didn’t sustain drives well enough in the first half, or the second half to be honest,” Stafford said.detroit.cbslocal.com
Colts stuff Detroit running game in 41-21 win over Lions
DETROIT – The postgame stats stuck out in glaring fashion after the latest home loss by the Detroit Lions. Detroit's anemic running game — and indeed, its offensive ineptitude in general — had the Lions playing from behind the entire second half Sunday, and they eventually lost 41-21 to Indianapolis. The Lions managed only 29 yards rushing and lost the time of possession battle badly. “You want to try to do your best to stay balanced all the way through the game,” coach Matt Patricia said. “In order to win, you’ve got to stop the run.”Peterson is averaging 3.8 yards per carry in his first season with the Lions.
Adrian Peterson pledges to donate 1,000 meals to needy Detroiters for every Lions TD
ALLEN PARK -- Adrian Peterson has been a Detroiter for less than two months, and already is stepping up in a big way in the community. Peterson, who signed with Detroit in September, has pledged to donate 1,000 meals to needy Detroiters for every Lions touchdown through December. And for every touchdown he scores personally, he’ll make it 2,000 meals. Based on their current pace through six games, that approximates to 31,000 meals for Detroiters, who have been especially hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. For every Lions touchdown in November and December home games, we will donate 1,000 meals to Detroit families in need.mlive.com
Detroit Lions sign running back Jonathan Williams from Washington’s practice squad
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions added yet another running back to their backfield in Jonathan Williams. Williams impressed as a late addition to Detroit’s crowded backfield amid training camp and even made its initial practice squad. Williams was released not long after, most recently landing with Washington’s practice squad. Lions running back Bo Scarbrough was also recently activated from injured reserve but wasn’t active for the team’s win in Atlanta. Peterson was dealing with an abdomen injury this week in practice but was a full participant to end the week.mlive.com
Adrian Peterson had some epic wrestling matches with Everson Griffen back in the day
Peterson is a freak of physical nature, but also one of the fiercest competitors of all time. “We were back in Eden Prarie or Winter Park and we were coming out of Friday’s practice,” Peterson said. "You know, he’s very competitive and I’m very competitive. That’s up from the 103.1 yards Detroit averaged last year, and ranks 18th in the league. Who would have thought we would meet again playing for the Detroit Lions?mlive.com
Lions free up roster space by cutting linebacker; Desmond Trufant returns to practice
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions have freed up a roster spot by cutting linebacker Elijah Lee. The roster spot could be used for the addition of Everson Griffen, who was acquired in a trade with Dallas this week. Coleman has been stuffed on IR because of a hamstring injury since the opener. Trufant did make a limited return to practice on Thursday though, and could be trending toward a return. Peterson did hold his regular Zoom session with reporters after practice, which is a good sign his injury is not serious.mlive.com
Detroit Lions need to let Matthew Stafford loose
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions are 3-3 after back-to-back wins following their bye week. If the Lions do want to make a run to the playoffs, they need to let Matthew Stafford loose. Here are reasons the Lions need to let Matthew Stafford carry the offense if they want to make a playoff run. The Lions need Stafford to continue hitting on those deep throws, as their offense has been inconsistent this season. If the Lions are inconsistent in how they want to run, or can’t get much of a run game going, that’s even more reason to let Stafford carry the offense.
Falcons, Lions both eyeing rare feat: a winning streak
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons actually have a shot at a winning streak. “I stopped looking at the standings about three weeks ago,” Falcons running back Todd Gurley said with a chuckle. '”Coming off a bye week, the Lions (2-3) romped to a 34-16 victory at Jacksonville, finally showing they could hold a double-digit lead. The Lions haven't had a winning streak since Weeks 2 and 3 of the 2019 season. Now, they've got to face Gurley, who seems to be getting up to the speed in the Falcons offense.
Saints score 5 straight TDs in 35-29 win over Lions
Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Tre'Quan Smith 2:19 apart in the second quarter, helping the short-handed Saints rally to beat the Lions 35-29. The Saints took a step toward sealing the win with Brees converting a third-and-5 from his 27 with a 19-yard pass to Smith. In Week 2, they were ahead by 11 points against Green Bay before giving up 31 straight points and losing an 11th straight game. “Let’s just talk about the Saints game," Patricia said when asked if he was concerned about his job security. Thomas, who practiced during the week, missed a third straight game with an ankle injury.
Lions activate safety Jayron Kearse after 3-game suspension
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions activated safety Jayron Kearse after he served a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse. Detroit released running back Ty Johnson on Thursday to clear a roster spot for Kearse. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Kearse signed a one-year, $2 million deal with Detroit as a free agent. The Lions drafted Johnson out of Maryland in the sixth round last year and he had 63 carries for 273 yards as a rookie. Detroit (1-2) hosts New Orleans (1-2) on Sunday.
Lions snap 11-game losing streak, beat Cardinals 26-23
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Matt Prater made a 39-yard field goal as time expired, Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and the Detroit Lions snapped an 11-game losing streak dating to last season by beating the Arizona Cardinals 26-23 on Sunday. Stafford calmly led the Lions downfield, Prater connected on his fourth field goal of the afternoon and the Lions finally got to celebrate a victory. Arizona's Kyler Murray threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score, but he also had three interceptions. Six plays later, the Lions took a 10-7 lead when Stafford hit Jesse James for a 5-yard score. The 35-year-old Peterson, who is in his 14th NFL season, played six games for the Cardinals in 2017.
The Latest: Hamstring injury sidelines Bucs WR Godwin
Earlier in the game, Bucs cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting was ruled out with a groin/hamstring injury. Brady threw two touchdown passes to Mike Evans along with another to Chris Godwin. Golladay missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury and Detroit has missed his production. The injury woes for Dallas continued when starting center Joe Looney walked to the locker room also with an ankle injury. Out of 48 NFL games so far in 2020, 10 have included paying customers.
Dull ‘Dagger’: Another collapse costs Lions their opener
DETROIT – If the Detroit Lions' first game was any indication, their “Dagger Time” mantra could use some sharpening. For a second consecutive season, the Lions blew a big fourth-quarter lead in their opening game. On Sunday against Chicago, the Lions allowed the last 21 points in a 27-23 loss to the Bears. Rookie D'Andre Swift, who had scored the game's first touchdown in the second quarter, dropped what could have been the winning TD with 6 seconds left. Don't let this get you down,'” said Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 93 yards in his first game with the Lions.
Trubisky throws 3 TDs in 4th to help Bears beat Lions 27-23
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws against the Chicago Bears in the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT – Mitchell Trubisky perfectly lofted a 27-yard go-ahead touchdown pass to Anthony Miller with 1:54 remaining and the Chicago Bears held on to beat the Detroit Lions 27-23 Sunday. Trubisky threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to help Chicago come back from a 17-point deficit. It looked familiar to Lions fans: Detroit opened last season by blowing an 18-point lead at Arizona and settling for a tie. Late in the game, Lions fans likely would've filled the facility with a chorus of boos.
Freeman, Miller, Thomas among big NFL names still unsigned
Freeman is still unsigned as Week 1 of the NFL season begins. Several familiar names and players on roster bubbles took turns on the unemployment line with some finding new jobs. Adrian Peterson was cut last week by Washington, but quickly landed in Detroit. Here's a look at notable available players at each position:QUARTERBACKSBlake Bortles, Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer, Trevor Siemian, Drew Stanton. WIDE RECEIVERSAntonio Brown, Dez Bryant, Mohamed Sanu, Hakeem Butler, Quincy Enunwa, Chester Rogers, Demaryius Thomas, Jermaine Kearse, Ryan Grant, Jordan Matthews, Laquon Treadwell.
Adrian Peterson signing one-year deal with Detroit Lions, NHL insider reports
DETROIT Free-agent running back Adrian Peterson, 35, is signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, according to an insider with the National Football League. On Saturday, Ian Rapoport, an American sportswriter, pundit, and television analyst who primarily covers the NFL Tweeted about the deal writing, Adrian Peterson lands in Detroit.Stay with Local 4 News and ClickOnDetroit for the latest sports headlines. Adrian Peterson lands in Detroit https://t.co/1VXkgLDT9M Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 6, 2020
AP source: Peterson agrees to 1-year deal with Detroit
DETROIT Adrian Peterson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because the agreement had not been announced. Peterson is 1,053 yards behind Lions great Barry Sanders for fourth on the career rushing list. At this stage of his career, Peterson may need his workload managed. ___Follow Noah Trister at https://twitter.com/noahtrister___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Washington releases Adrian Peterson, turns to young backs
Washington released veteran running back Adrian Peterson on Friday, a stunning move by first-year coach Ron Rivera in the name of getting younger. Rivera called Peterson early in the morning asking him to come to the practice facility, then delivered the news the team was moving on from the 35-year-old star. Peterson played the past two seasons with Washington, rushing for 1,940 yards and 12 touchdowns in the fourth stop of a career that will likely earn him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now, after Guice's release following a domestic violence arrest, he, Peterson and longtime third-down back Chris Thompson are all gone, and the backfield has a decidedly young look. This is a very talented, gifted young man that did a lot of different things, Rivera said Thursday.
The Latest: Allen's a winning QB, times 3
The Latest on Week 9 in the NFL (all times Eastern):7:45 p.m. In other early games: Buffalo bounced back from a loss to Philadelphia the previous week by beating reeling Washington 24-9. Backup Brian Hoyer came in and hit tight end Jack Doyle for an 11-yard touchdown pass to give the Colts a 10-3 lead as Brissett went into the medical tent for further evaluation. Will Graves reporting from Pittsburgh, Dan Gelston reporting from Philadelphia, and Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City, Mo. Tim Reynolds reporting from Miami Gardens, Fla.___10:30 a.m.Deshaun Watson's best pass of the day so far won't count as one.
Adrian Peterson suspended for season, won't play against Lions
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for the rest of the 2014 season by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Read: Adrian Peterson a no-show at NFL hearingThe former Vikings' star hasn't played since the opening week of the season, but was getting paid his salary before the announcement Tuesday morning. Peterson's suspension through the rest of the season means the Vikings will play without their offensive weapon on Dec. 14 when they travel to Ford Field to play the Lions. The Vikings are 3-6 since losing Peterson this season and 4-6 overall. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Peterson will appeal the suspension right away.