Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) runs with the ball during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell: With or without Reggie Bush, we all have to step up
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Joique Bell didn’t say anything. He just glared.

With Reggie Bush on the sidelines and Bell taking over the running back duties Sunday, the Lions’ offense sputtered its way to 90 measly yards in the second half at Arizona.

“That’s what it seemed like?” Bell asked, almost defiantly before he relented.

“We have to execute,” he said. “We didn’t execute like we did in the first half. We have to execute all around.”

Ndamukong Suh shrugs off knee hits
Michael Rothstein – ESPN.com

Ndamukong Suh isn’t bothered by offensive linemen sometimes taking shots at his knees, attempting to take him out of the game.

Ndamukong Suh said linemen who try to block him at his knees are “just gnats that are in the air that keep going after you and you swat at them. Sometimes you hit them, sometimes you don’t.”
Nope, the Detroit Lions defensive tackle doesn’t consider it an issue.

“It happens all the time. It’s not going to stop,” Suh said Wednesday. “I look forward to it. Look forward to keep making plays down the field. That’s my job. To me, it’s just gnats that are in the air that keep going after you and you swat at them.

“Sometimes you hit them, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes they run away. Sometimes they come back again. Ultimately, I’m that bee going to find that honey hole. That’s what I go and do.”

Detroit Lions preparing for Robert Griffin III as if he’s the same player as last year
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

Maybe Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has lost the mobility that made him the game’s most dangerous dual-threat quarterback last season, but the Detroit Lions aren’t taking any chances.

The Lions are preparing for Griffin to be the same style of player he was last season, before undergoing offseason knee surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his right knee.

WHY THE LIONS LOST: WEEK 2
Nate Washuta – Holy Schwartz!

In week 2, the Lions suffered a bitter loss to the Arizona Cardinals. It wasn’t horrible in the sense that the Lions got destroyed or that the game came down to the last play that they didn’t make. Rather, it was horrible because they missed out on a win by kind of a normal margin. They didn’t get completely outclassed by the Cardinals, but there’s also not one singular play at the end that you can point to as the reason they lost. It seems that in the aftermath of this game, there are quite a few complaints about the team from some very angry and very vocal fans. Most of the arguments I’ve seen have fallen under the category of symptoms rather than true ailments, so I’ll be trying to diagnose the problems and paint an overall picture of what happened on Sunday.

Mike Smith of Lapeer West High School named Detroit Lions High School football coach of the week
DetroitLions.com

The Detroit Lions have named Mike Smith of Lapeer West High School the week three recipient of the 2013 High School Football Coach of the Week Program.

Smith led his Panthers to a 19-13 victory over cross town rival Lapeer East on September 13 to claim their third victory of the season. This game marked the final game in the 39 year rivalry as both schools will be merging at the end of the school year. In his 29th season at Lapeer West, 16th as head coach, Smith has directed Lapeer West to 11 state playoff appearances. Smith was the defensive coordinator at Lapeer West when the Panthers won the 1995 Class A State Championship. This Friday, Lapeer West, ranked #7 in Division 3, will look to go 4-0 as take on Flint Metro League foe Swartz Creek.

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