August 10, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) sits on bench during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

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Detroit Lions receivers want to be tougher
Paula Pasche – Oakland Press

Coach Jim Schwartz seemed a little taken back when he heard about the Detroit Lions wide receivers new motto, No More Mr. Nice Guy.

“We had a little refection before the bye week, strictly receivers, and something that we felt we needed to do get back to that we did last year was one, I think it comes from being more involved whether it be in the run game, getting on safeties really having an impact in that part of the game, hitting guys, getting in those safeties heads, not let them have an easy day just defending the pass,’’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson said on Thursday.

Lions: The real obstacle of Eagles’ defense
Kevin Seifert – ESPN.com

It’s true that the Eagles like to play man coverage, mostly because they have two excellent cover cornerbacks in Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. It’s also reasonable to expect them to stick with their strength, even if it runs contrary to what has worked so well against the Lions this season. (According to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, opponents have used a traditional man defense on only five of 296 snaps against them this season.)

But I don’t think we should necessarily assume that the Eagles’ man defense is a better matchup for the Lions, especially when you realize that no matter what scheme they run, the Eagles aren’t likely to leave Johnson in single coverage too often if ever.

Detroit Lions – 5 Things Jim Schwartz and the Leos Need to Salvage the Season
James Van Etten – International Business Times

A last-second home victory to start the year, followed by three straight losses has put the Honolulu Blue & Silver three games back in the division and looking up at everybody else at the season’s quarter pole.

Historically poor special teams combined with average defense and surprisingly inconsistent offense has both the team and their fans befuddled as many were looking forward to another trip to post-season play.

The stat geeks tell us after a 1-3 start, there is a 15% chance for the Lions to make the playoffs. So how can the Leos help themselves and exhume this season?

Driver accuses Lions’ Suh of road rage
Chris Strauss – USA Today

A motorist is accusing Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of losing his temper yet again, this time in a road rage incident early Thursday morning in Dearborn, Mich.

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