Sep 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

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Lions’ key to Week 6 win: Get Eagles’ defense to man up
John Kreger – CBS Sports

Stafford says the biggest key to forcing opponents out of passive zone defensive sets is to maintain a more balanced offense and execute the big plays that were a hallmark of Detroit’s 2011 playoff push.

“We’ve been efficient running the ball the last couple of games,” he said. “But we need explosive plays of 20 yards or more, whether it be through the run or the pass. Those equal points in this league.”

Lions know winning is the way to get respect back for maligned team after 3-game losing streak
Larry Lage – Associated Press

The Lions began the season with high hopes, and not just from within their locker room. Most of their players are back from last year’s team that broke the franchise’s 11-season playoffs drought.

Detroit hasn’t been able to repeat its formula for success from 2011.

Stafford and Calvin Johnson haven’t connected on one touchdown — they had eight together through four games a year ago — and Detroit’s defensive front isn’t harassing QBs to help its secondary as it did early last season.

Detroit Lions ‘Ask Anwar’ questions: What happened to Kevin Smith?
Anwar Richardson –

Q: “I realize M. Leshoure is our starter, but how come we don’t see K. Smith at all? Do they thing J. Bell is better?”

How Lions have fared after the bye week
Detroit Free Press

Here’s how the Lions have done coming off the bye week the past five years:

GAME 6, 2007: BEAT BUCS, 23-16

Calvin Johnson caught two passes but got the winning TD on a 32-yard end-around.

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