Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) and running back Joique Bell (35) celebrate a touchdown by wide receiver Calvin Johnson (not pictured) during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News from Around the Web

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Why Matt Stafford is a Polarizing Quarterback
Matt Waldman – The Rookie Scouting Portfolio

I’m a Matt Stafford fan. If you’re the kind of person who has an anxiety attack if you don’t have your morning coffee in that black mug you bought 12 years ago, then you probably dislike Stafford. If you’re a nitpicking analyst who lacks the perspective to see that numerous small flaws don’t outweigh a significant positive, you probably hate the Lions quarterback. I get it and many of these people are excellent writers with a terrific grasp of the sport.

Detroit Lions’ Nate Burleson tells Dez Bryant to ‘keep it real’ with Calvin Johnson comparison
Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Dez Bryant is one of the best receivers in the NFL, a game-changing player who’s bound to give the Lions fits this weekend.

But Nate Burleson had some words of advice for Bryant after the Dallas Cowboys receiver told a Texas radio station he can do the same things Johnson can on the field.

“I like Dez,” Burleson said. “I think he’s one of the best receivers in the game right now. Very talented. Fast, big, strong. He possesses all the tools to possibly be as good as Calvin. But he’s not Calvin Johnson. No way, no how. Sorry, Dez. Keep it real.

Lions’ Matthew Stafford defends throwing accuracy
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Any other response would’ve been alarming, but Matthew Stafford said Tuesday he does not think he has an accuracy problem.

“I feel like I’m throwing the ball pretty good,” he said. “Obviously, I’ve missed a couple. I missed a 70-yarder to (Calvin Johnson last weekend), and that’s like a long foul ball. You’re not going to hit those all the time.

“Every game there’s throws you want back and things like that, but I feel like I’m putting the ball in good spots for guys to make plays.”

Detroit Lions Issue of the Week: Cleaning up cornerback play
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had a field day at Ford Field, completing 24 of his 34 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-24 win over the Detroit Lions.

If the Lions want to rebound from that loss, they will need to do a better job in the secondary when the Dallas Cowboys come to town, particularly at cornerback.

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