Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) catches a pass and runs for a touchdown past Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (24) during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson dominated by Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis dominated in only matchup
Kyle Meinke –

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback faced Johnson once, in 2010 while he was with the New York Jets. Who won the matchup?

“I mean, one catch for 13 yards,” Revis said. “What do you think?”

Revis shadowed Johnson throughout that game and completely neutralized him. The wideout was targeted just four times, and pulled in only one pass in a 23-20 loss.

COORDINATOR CUT-UP: Lions need more from complementary weapons on offense
Tim Twentyman —

The Detroit Lions are at their best on offense when they’re getting production from players other than their “big three”
Following last Sunday’s loss in Pittsburgh, running back Reggie Bush told a few media members gathered around his locker that the offense couldn’t continue to rely on Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson to carry the bulk of the offensive load.

Lions’ TE Joseph Fauria quieted after breakout game but still a ‘pivotal player’
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

When the Lions released veteran tight end Tony Scheffler last month, the natural assumption was that rookie Joseph Fauria was going to take on a bigger role in the offense.

That hasn’t been the case.

Since his breakout three-touchdown game against the Cleveland Browns in mid-October, Fauria has just three catches for 53 yards and has played just 27 percent of the Lions’ offensive snaps.

Former Lions linebacker Ernie Sims resurrects career with Cowboys
Schuyler Dixon – Associated Press

Before Dallas picked him up last year, Ernie Sims was out of an NFL job during the season for the first time in his career.

A little more than a year later, he’s supposed to be the answer at middle linebacker while the Cowboys wait for Sean Lee, their defensive leader, to come back from a hamstring injury.

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