Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) fumble recovery runs the ball in for a touch down Chicago Bears offensive guard Kyle Long (75) attempts to defend in the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News from Around the Web

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For first-place Lions, protection is tops
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

With three new starters entering this season, the Lions offensive line was one of the team’s biggest question marks.

So far, the group has proven to be one of the NFL’s best, allowing 10 sacks, tops in the league. In last weekend’s 21-19 victory over the Bears, the Lions didn’t allow a quarterback hit.

“We go back to the drawing board every week and we tee it up every week,” center Dominic Raiola said. “It’s something we take a lot of pride in, protecting him and keeping him upright.”

Jerry Rice: Lions’ Calvin Johnson has ‘a ways to go’ to catch me
Steve Schrader – Detroit Free Press

Is the Lions’ Calvin Johnson the NFL’s greatest receiver ever? He might be, some say.

But the guy who holds most of the career records, Jerry Rice, said Megatron will have to get a lot closer to them before he gets in the conversation.

“I think it’s great that they’re still talking about me after my career’s over,” Rice told USA Today. “He still has a ways to go.

“We’re just going to let this guy continue to develop, and if he should break the majority of my records or break all my records, I’ll be the first one to congratulate him.”

Detroit Lions Issue of the Week: Don’t eat the cheese
Justin Rogers –

Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells said, “Sometimes, when everybody’s feeding you the cheese, it’s hard not to eat it.”

The expression is a warning against overconfidence. That’s something on the mind of the Detroit Lions as local and national pundits rush to hand them the NFC North title.

With plenty of football left to play, the Lions can’t afford to let their guard down, especially in games they should win.

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