Nov 11, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril (92) sacks Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) in the first quarter at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions DE Cliff Avril would love to re-sign this offseason
Anwar S. Richardson – MLive.com

Avril will become an unrestricted free agent after Detroit (4-11) plays against the Chicago Bears (9-6) in Sunday’s regular season finale. Detroit can technically put its franchise tag on him two more times, but assuming that does not occur, this might be Avril’s last game with the Lions.

“I would definitely love to be back here,” Avril said. “I’ve been in this locker for five years now. I would definitely like to stay here.”

Coordinator Cut-Up: Gunther Cunningham disappointed with lack of turnovers
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

Gunther Cunningham says his biggest disappointment is that his defense didn’t make enough impact plays or cause enough turnovers to make more of a difference.

Jim Schwartz denies report of rift with Martin Mayhew
Kareem Copeland – NFL.com

The Detroit Lions, like plenty of teams across the NFL, are dealing with plenty of pressure in Week 17. Players, coaches and administrators all are trying to make a final impression.

SI.com reported Thursday there has been “tension” between Lions coach Jim Schwartz and general manager Martin Mayhew, according to an anonymous source. Schwartz denied that Friday.

Detroit Lions owe themselves and their fans a win
Herman Moore – WXYZ

There is no denying that the Lions’ 2012 season has been a huge disappointment. The Lions could end the year at 5-11, nearly completely the opposite of last year’s 10-6 record, if they lose Sunday to the Chicago Bears at Ford Field.
Playing spoiler to the 9-6 Bears’ playoff hopes can’t be the only motivating factor for Detroit. No, it has to be more than that, something deeper.

For Lions’ O, something missing – just like Bears’
Moon Mullin – CSN Chicago

Forgive the members of the Bears defense if, while they watch tape of the Detroit Lions, they wonder if someone inadvertently put on film of the Chicago offense.

The dysfunctional Bears offense as run through wide receiver Brandon Marshall this season and slipped down among the league’s worst despite the presence of a Pro Bowl receiver and quarterback (Jay Cutler was one once, in 2008).

The Lions have tilted all season toward Calvin Johnson, the consensus best wideout in the NFL, with Pro Bowl alternate quarterback Matthew Stafford channeling passes Johnson’s direction the way that Cutler does to Marshall.

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