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Lions WR Johnson Living Up To $132 Million Deal
Larry Lage – The Associated Press
The Detroit Lions have gotten quite a return on the $132 million, eight-year investment they made in Calvin Johnson nine months ago.
“He’s not trying to live up to a contract,” Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said Sunday. “Personal records are great, and we certainly celebrate the season Calvin that has had, but it hasn’t translated to enough wins.
“We need more help around him.”
Bah humbug: Top five gut-wrenching moments in Detroit Lions’ season
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press
Here are the five plays that have had the biggest impact on what’s been a miserable season:
Bears need to break some trend lines vs. Lions
Moon Mullin – CSN Chicago
The Bears had beaten the Lions six straight times before going into Ford Field last year and were handled on Monday Night Football.
The Lions were exposed as last season went along, being cleanly passed up by the Bears in the playoff pursuit before Jay Cutler broke his thumb.
Detroit made the playoffs with a 10-6 record and then were crushed by the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round. Right now the Bears probably would willingly settle for a chance to be crushed taking a 10-6 record into the wild-card round.
This season has been a major disappointment. There is nothing new left to criticize. The only things to look forward to are free agency and the NFL Draft.
As the Detroit (4-11) prepares to host the Chicago Bears (9-6) on Sunday, there is nothing the Lions can do to salvage their season.
However, they can ruin their rival’s postseason hopes.
Ex-Lion Jerome Felton paves way for record-seeking Adrian Peterson
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News
Christmas came in March for Jerome Felton.
That’s when the former Lions fullback signed with the Vikings, and underneath the Minnesota pine trees was running back Adrian Peterson.
During his first season with the Vikings, Felton has been Peterson’s lead blocker during the All-Pro running back’s quest for Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record (2,105), from which he’s 207 yards behind with one game to play.