Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Wednesday Breakfast with Tim and Mike: Was it right for Stafford to take the blame for loss at AZ?
Tim Twentyman and Mike O’Hara – DetroitLions.com

Was it right for Matthew Stafford to take the blame for the loss to the Cardinals, and is there any impact going into Saturday night’s game against the Falcons?

Lions’ matchup with Falcons about pride and paychecks
John Kreger – CBSsports.com

There’s a lot on the line when the Lions face the Falcons Saturday night at Ford Field.

No, Detroit’s not trying to clinch a playoff berth in its next-to-last home game, as it did a season ago. No, the Lions are not going to salvage their abysmal season with a win on a Saturday night version of ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast. But Detroit’s players have a lot to prove before a national audience.

Detroit Lions Issue of The Week: Matthew Stafford needs to snap out his funk
Anwar S. Richardson and Justin Rogers – MLive.com

Matthew Stafford is the same quarterback who led the Detroit Lions to last year’s playoffs, right?

Stafford is on pace to have the most pass attempts in NFL history. He has thrown for 4,252 yards and could reach 5,000 yards for the second consecutive season. His arm is the reason why Calvin Johnson might break Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving record.

There is nothing to worry about when the Detroit Lions (4-10) host the Atlanta Falcons (12-2) on Saturday, right?

Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions: Stage Is Set for Upset
James Brown – Bleacher Report

The Atlanta Falcons are off their biggest win of the season.

The Falcons demolished the New York Giants and sent a message to the rest of the NFL that they should be considered serious Super Bowl contenders. This week, a special Saturday NFL game televised on ESPN will be their next challenge as they face off against the Detroit Lions.

Meanwhile, the Lions were shell-shocked in Arizona and sent a message to the NFL that they are looking forward to the NFL draft. The Lions look like easy prey for the birds, but the football odds suggest the game will be closer than most would believe.

Detroit Lions’ Raiola behind on child support
Serena Maria Daniels – The Detroit News

Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola is two months behind on his $14,526-a-month child support for a 5-year-old son from a woman who is not his wife, court records showed.

A motion filed in Macomb County Circuit Court said Raiola had never married but had been involved in “an intimate relationship” that lasted several years with Andrea Yee. In February 2007, Yee gave birth to a son, just a few months before Raiola’s wife, Yvonne, had the couple’s third child.

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