O’HARA’S FRIDAY FOCUS: Sunday’s game is a chance for Lions to show their true value as contenders
Mike O’Hara — DetroitLions.com
The Lions have caught the eye of the national media, and for the right reasons.
Winning and star power draw attention, and the Lions have both going for them in their drive to win the division. They are winning games, with a 6-3 record that has them first in the North, and their stars are performing with strong contributions from role players.
Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh against a Steelers team that is last in the AFC North presents an unlikely opportunity for the Lions to strengthen their grip on the NFC North after climbing to the top with two straight victories over the Cowboys and Bears.
Detroit Lions will make starting right tackle decision mostly based on game performances
Justin Rogers – mlive.com
Because of injuries, it’s been a revolving door at right tackle for the Detroit Lions this season. But with everyone nearing full health, the team has a difficult decision to make on who will start going forward — Corey Hilliard, Jason Fox or undrafted rookie LaAdrian Waddle.
Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew wins his teammates’ trust
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News
For Brandon Pettigrew, personal accountability is critical.
Last season, the Lions tight end had four fumbles and nine drops, and although quarterback Matthew Stafford never lost faith, Pettigrew wanted to prove he could be more consistent in 2013.
“I’m just trying to be accountable for the things I did wrong and just be consistent this year and be a big-time player,” he said. “I’m not really thinking about last year. This is a new year for us, and we’ve all moved on from that.”
Ticker: Stafford doesn’t just throw it up to Megatron – all the time
Steve Schrader — Detroit Free Press
Hypothetically speaking, could chippy coach Jim Schwartz beat any of the Lions in a fight, the way he whups up on headsets?
“Yeah, I mean, I don’t know, I think he’d have his way with the specialists,” Matthew Stafford said Thursday when posed the question on ESPN Radio’s “SVP and Rusillo.”
“Beyond that, I’m not really sure. … I got the size advantage, you know, the height, the weight, the reach, so I’d have to like my chances.”