Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young (79) and defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) on the sideline during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Lions beat the Bills 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

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Ask Kyle: Should Detroit Lions play Mikel Leshoure to boost his trade value?
Kyle Meinke –

Dark clouds continue to hover over the Detroit Lions in Green Bay. I would know. They forced my plane to reroute to Milwaukee.

OK, the pilots called it “fog.” But I think we know better.

Anyway, I whipped up some quick responses to mailbag questions during the travel fiasco. Here are some thoughts on Mikel Leshoure, Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson heading into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers:

Preview: Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Bob McGinn – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

PATIENCE RULES: When defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham joined coach Jim Schwartz’s staff in 2009, the Lions were coming off a 0-16 season. That first year, they blitzed heavily with a weak defensive line and finished 2-14, including a ranking of 32nd on defense. In two defeats against Green Bay, the Lions blitzed five or more 38.6% and 39%. Gradually, Cunningham has stopped blitzing Aaron Rodgers. His blitz numbers in the Green Bay games were 28% and 11.1% in 2010, 16.7% and 15.7% in 2011 and an incredible 0% and 0% a year ago.

Four keys for Detroit vs. Green Bay
Michael Rothstein –

Chances are, you might have heard about this already.

The last time Detroit won in Green Bay, Matthew Stafford was not even in kindergarten yet. So yeah, it’s been a long time. Since 1991.

Yet it was the quarterback of the Packers who made this curious statement.

“Well, you know, streaks are meant to be broken. Records are meant to be broken,” Aaron Rodgers said this week. “I was just emphasizing it would be nice to not have that happen when I’m at quarterback.

“But they are a really good football team and it’s tough to win on the road, as we found out this season. But it can be done.”

How can Detroit do it? Here are four keys for the Lions.

So far so good for Detroit Lions’ revamped offensive line
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press

Hear all that angst about the Lions’ revamped offensive line?

Me either.

Throughout the spring, throughout training camp, the line with three new starters was one of the big question marks on this team that was coming off a 4-12 season.

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