2016 ScheduleAll times ET

2016 Schedule
1-2, 3rd in NFC North
AP Photo/Jose Juarez, File

All signs point to Lions over Bears

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Detroit has won three of its last four road games and six straight games against Chicago. Meanwhile, the Bears have lost seven of their last eight games and 11 of 12 at home.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Jones a surprise add to the Lions injury report, limited with a hamstring injury.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

John Fox said Jay Cutler could take snaps now but throwing balls into tight spaces is another story. If they see it, he could play.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

John Fox said Jay Cutler tossed it around a bit yesterday. Didn't know what his status would be for Sunday against the Lions.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

DeAndre Levy and Ezekiel Ansah only Lions not practicing. Antwione Williams, Eric Ebron and Wallace Gilberry all returned.

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
8hMichael Rothstein

Lions CB: NFL says refs erred on 66-yd. penalty

Lions CB Nevin Lawson said the NFL told the team that referees erred on a 66-yard pass interference penalty during last Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell was asked how much consideration he's given to placing DeAndre Levy or Ezekiel Ansah on injured reserve. Caldwell: "Check the report." Unfortunately, the report doesn't tell us that.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said calling Golden Tate a No. 2 WR is "not accurate." Said he doesn't define his receivers.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Spoke with a couple Lions players with NY/NJ ties today. They said they didn't believe they had any family or friends affected by the Hoboken train crash, but they were still checking on all of their people.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Teryl Austin wants no part of answering how he feels about pass interference calls. Said if he said how he felt, he might get fined. Lions had a 66-yard PI call last week.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Teryl Austin: "We have to make sure the awful football is out of us." Said the Lions have had issues with big plays.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Teryl Austin said his defense needs to play better but doesn't necessarily think they have to play faster. Said it starts with him making sure the play calls are good.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Bob Cooter said Dwayne Washington is building confidence with the coaching staff and the other offensive players. Said they talk about ball security a lot. Hasn't been an issue for Washington.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Bob Cooter said he anticipates Golden Tate will get more touches as the year goes on. They are trying to spread it around.

play
Injuries will be too much to overcome for Bears (0:21)
David Banks/Getty Images

A close game isn't necessarily a good one

ESPN's Football Power Index pegs Lions-Bears as Week 4's closest game, with Chicago getting a slight edge. That said, no game this week rates lower in pregame matchup quality. FPI game rater

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

A fairly lengthy Lions injury report Wednesday, including one surprise -- Eric Ebron with an ankle injury instead of a back injury.

Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports

Outsiders: Lions have some work to do

Detroit's offense has been surprisingly good, but its defense has been among the league's worst. Combined with a 1-2 start, that leaves the Lions' playoff odds under 30 percent. Playoff odds (Insider)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

No Ezekiel Ansah, DeAndre Levy, Eric Ebron, Antwione Williams and Wallace Gilberry did not participate in the open portion of Lions practice on Wednesday. Safety Tavon Wilson, who injured Sunday, was back at practice.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Caldwell said he believes Taylor Decker is going to be "fine." Believes he'll be a good player. Said Decker is the least of his worries right now.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions HC Jim Caldwell said Marvin Jones has speed to run by you but he's a great athlete and can contort his body well.

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Riddick among small-sample-size studs

Bill Barnwell dug into the stats to see who has thrived in limited snaps, and Theo Riddick's name stood out. He's been targeted on 32 percent of his routes since 2015, tied for the NFL's highest rate. Small-sample-size studs

play
Stafford explains what a deep ball is (0:44)

Team Stats

Passing Yards312.73rd
Rushing Yards101.016th
Points For26.3Tied-8th
Points Against28.327th

ESPN Fan Shop Powered By

  • Nike Toddler Home Game Jersey Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford #9Shop

  • Nike Boys' Home Game Jersey Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford #9Shop