Rising/Falling: Detroit Lions Week 17

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Each week, we’ll take a look at who or what might be rising or falling with the Detroit Lions.


S Glover Quin: He had the game-clinching interception Sunday against Chicago -- the fourth straight game Quin has picked off a pass. He has a league-leading seven interceptions this season and in a good sign for Detroit, the Lions have won every game where Quin has picked off a pass.

RB Reggie Bush: He hasn’t been healthy for the majority of the season, but Bush showed he still has some pop as the 29-year-old had one of his most productive games of the year against the Bears. He had 98 total yards -- 54 rushing and 44 receiving -- and scored his second touchdown of the season. He gave a spark behind featured running back Joique Bell.

Calvin Johnson: Another week, another 100-yard game for the Lions' stalwart at receiver. He’s put together three 100-yard games in the past four and once again went over 1,000 yards in a season despite missing three games due to injury and being limited in two others.


C Dominic Raiola: He is going to miss one of the biggest games of his career this Sunday against Green Bay after he was suspended following his stomping of Ego Ferguson’s ankle on Sunday. Raiola appealed the suspension but it was upheld, meaning he’ll miss his first game since 2008. In his place, the Lions have to turn to rookie Travis Swanson.

QB Matthew Stafford: The sixth-year pro completed less than 60 percent of his passes for the first time since Week 12 and threw for less than 250 yards for the second straight game. He also was sacked four times and while a lot of that wasn’t his fault, it was the seventh time this season Stafford has been sacked four times or more in a game.

DT Nick Fairley: His health continues to improve, but time on the season is beginning to run short for the 2011 first-round pick if he’s going to play again this season. Lions coach Jim Caldwell was coy on a timetable for Fairley’s return, but he hasn’t practiced since injuring his knee in Week 8. That he isn’t on injured reserve yet is a sign there is still some optimism about a potential return.