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Steve Mariucci: Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s final drive ‘a work of art’

Steve Mariucci explains why Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford executed a perfect final drive to give his team a victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Game Decided On Next To Last Off. Drive
Bryan Broaddus –

There was a great deal of focus on the Cowboys final drive with 1:24 on the clock, but the one that I would like to break down was the previous one with 3:27 left in the game.

The Cowboys are in a three point game with the ball on their own 19 yard line and the Lions holding three time outs. Bill Callahan sends “11” personnel on the field with Dwayne Harris in the slot to the right and Terrance Williams outside of him with Dez Bryant on the outside left with Jason Witten in line at the “Y”. The Lions saw eight in the box with the safety, cheated to the Harris and Williams side.

Detroit Lions’ Jim Schwartz says return man Micheal Spurlock was not benched
Justin Rogers –

Detroit Lions return man Micheal Spurlock was inactive against the Dallas Cowboys because of injuries at other positions, not because of poor performance, according to coach Jim Schwartz.

“I don’t know if anybody noticed, we kept up eight offensive linemen,” Schwartz said. “We had to keep up four tackles because of our injury situation.”

If Lions have plans to move Mikel Leshoure, they aren’t saying
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

The NFL trade deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday and running back Mikel Leshoure could be one player moved by the Lions. But coach Jim Schwartz on Monday wasn’t about to shed any light on the team’s plans.

“I don’t really have any comment on that,” he said. “Our personnel department is always looking at ways to improve our team and I don’t think today or tomorrow will be any different — and it won’t end then.”

Detroit Lions’ Jim Schwartz explains why he scaled back Joseph Fauria’s role against Cowboys
Kyle Meinke –

The Detroit Lions turned heavily to tight end Joseph Fauria after Tony Scheffler sustained a concussion against the Green Bay Packers.

No where was that more apparent than in the red zone, where Fauria’s 6-foot-7 frame made him a nightmare matchup for defenses. He’s caught five touchdown passes this season, four of which came from inside that final 20 yards.

So it was strange Sunday when the Lions (5-3) went through a red-zone series without using Fauria against the Dallas Cowboys. Then another. And another.

What’s up?

And in case you haven’t seen Matthew Stafford mic’d up yet, here you go:

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