Scouting the Lions

  • Updated: December 26, 2013 - 11:16 PM

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) runs during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

ABOUT THE LIONS

RECORD: 7-8

• The Lions were eliminated from the playoffs after a 23-20 loss to the Giants last week. They started the season 6-3.

• Detroit has lost five of its past six games by a combined 32 points.

• The Lions offense is third in total offense (401.9), but it is also 31st in giveaways (34).

• Detroit’s defense is fourth in the NFL in rushing defense, allowing 94.8 rushing yards per game.

• WR Calvin Johnson is second in the NFL with 1,492 receiving yards and 11th with 84 receptions.

• The Lions defeated the Vikings 34-24 in the season opener at Ford Field.

PLAYER SPEAK

RB REGGIE BUSH

• Bush is 26 rushing yards away from his second career 1,000-yard season.

• Bush has lost four of his five fumbles this season, with three occurring in the past five games.

• He has 191 total yards in the season opening victory over the Vikings (90 rushing; 101 receiving).

• On the late season collapse: “It’s tough, disappointing. A lot of things but those come to mind first because it’s been such a roller coaster kind of year.”

COACH SPEAK

JIM SCHWARTZ

Schwartz is in his fifth year as Lions head coach (29-50).

• On preparing his team with his job status in question: “There’s so much scrutiny and so much media coverage that if you let that affect the way you do your job, you’re not going to be successful very long and you’re not going to be consistent.”

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