Vikings vs. Detroit
TCF Bank Stadium
TV: Ch. 9
Radio: 100.3-FM, 1130-AM
About the LIONS (0-1)
• The Lions entered the 2015 season as a potential playoff team but stumbled in a Week 1 collapse. They led 21-3 in the second quarter, then gave up 30 consecutive points and eventually lost 33-28 at San Diego.
• Coach Jim Caldwell said the Lions have the same defensive scheme despite losing star tackle Ndamukong Suh in free agency and other important pieces on defense. After having one of the best defenses in the league a year ago, though, they gave up 483 yards Sunday.
• The Lions were 2-0 against the Vikings last season, including a 17-3 victory at TCF Bank Stadium in which Detroit intercepted Teddy Bridgewater three times in his second career start.
• Detroit piled up 12 sacks against the Vikings in two games last season.
• Running back Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska) was one of the most productive rookies in Week 1. He rushed seven times for 50 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown run, and caught four passes for 44 yards. He also had 105 yards on three kickoff returns.
Player speak QB MATTHEW STAFFORD
• Stafford passed for 4,257 yards and 22 TDs last season. His 19,158 passing yards since 2011 are the second most in the NFL.
• Stafford threw only 12 interceptions in 2014, but threw two Sunday against San Diego. He suffered an injured triceps on his throwing arm after taking a big hit that led to the Chargers’ first pick of the day and threw a second interception two passes later.
• On the interceptions: “One was a poor decision, obviously, and the other was a heck of a play by another guy and unfortunately we got hit.” He said his injured arm had no effect on his accuracy.
• On the Lions’ hot start and bad finish in Week 1: “Any time you play on the road you want to have a good start, so we were fortunate to do that, but we didn’t finish it the way we wanted to. … We just have to stay on the field on third down and get some more opportunities at it.”
Coach Speak Jim CALDWELL
• Caldwell led the Lions to an 11-5 regular season in his first year as head coach, tying a record for most wins in franchise history by a coach in his first year with the club.
• Caldwell has won 10-plus games in three of his previous four seasons as a head coach with three postseason appearances and one Super Bowl berth in 2009 with Indianapolis.
• On recovering after last week’s second-half letdown: “It’s the basics. … Everyone thinks it’s some monumental sort of correction you have to make each and every week, but the fact of the matter is … all of those basic things are the things we focus on.”
• On seeing more action from stars Calvin Johnson (Lions wide receiver) and Adrian Peterson (Vikings running back) in Week 2: “A lot of depends on how the games go. … Both are very, very important to their teams. They have ability and without question they’ll be a factor.”