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.”

• On whether this game is meaningless: “Regardless whether you’re playing for a playoff spot there’s still a lot to play for. … That doesn’t sound like much of an accomplishment when we were thinking playoffs and division, but we got a chance at an 8-8 record and go 5-1 in the division.”

•  On Sunday’s stakes: “I don’t really matter. I’m part of this team, so I think the team goals and what’s at stake with the team is the most important thing.”

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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
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