Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense21st81.9 (30th)256.9 (11th)
Defense18th106.3 (18th)248.4 (19th)

Schedule

Sun Sep 11
W 39 - 35at IND
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Sun Sep 18
L 16 - 15TEN
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Sun Sep 25
L 34 - 27at GB
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Sun Oct 2
L 17 - 14at CHI
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Sun Oct 9
W 24 - 23PHI
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Sun Oct 16
W 31 - 28LAR
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Sun Oct 23
W 20 - 17WAS
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Sun Oct 30
L 20 - 13at HOU
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Sun Nov 6
W 22 - 16at MIN
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Sun Nov 20
W 26 - 19JAC
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Thu Nov 24
W 16 - 13MIN
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Sun Dec 4
W 28 - 13at NO
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Sun Dec 11
W 20 - 17CHI
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Sun Dec 18
L 17 - 6at NYG
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Mon Dec 26
L 42 - 21at DAL
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Sun Jan 1
L 31 - 24GB
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Sat Jan 7
L 26 - 6at SEA
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Standings

NFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Green Bay10-6-05-1-0
Detroit9-7-03-3-0
Minnesota8-8-02-4-0
Chicago3-13-02-4-0
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Lions' Pierce Burton: Signs with Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burton signed a contract with the Lions on Thursday.

Burton has bounced around multiple practice squads over his first two seasons in the NFL and will hope to make an active roster for the first time with the Lions in 2017.

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Lions' Cole Wick: Returns to full health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wick (knee) is healthy and "itching to get back" on the field, The Detriot Free Press reports.

Wick finished the 2016 season on injured reserve after tearing up his knee in Week 7. He declined to say whether he required surgery or not, but, regardless, he's healthy now and fully expected to attend voluntary offseason workouts in April. Outside of starter Eric Ebron, Wick is the only tight end under contract through 2017 who played a down for the Lions last year. Thus, he currently appears to be the frontrunner for No. 2 duties next season, although Detroit could always bring in competition for the role via free agency or the draft.

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Lions' Ameer Abdullah: Remains on track to return for OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah (foot) remains on track to return by the start of offseason workouts in April, the Detroit Free Press reports.

On the mend from an unspecified injury to his left foot, Abdullah said in early January that he anticipates being ready for the start of OTAs in April. His recovery remains setback-free and it doesn't appear as if it'll be much longer until he returns to full strength. The former second-rounder showcased his progress Friday by posting a video of himself on Instagram sprinting on a treadmill. With well over a month until the start of team workouts, Abdullah certainly appears on track to be ready. Of greater concern to his 2017 outlook than a potential delay to his offseason preparation is the Lions stated intent to upgrade the running game this offseason. This doesn't necessarily imply they want to specifically add another running back, but then again GM Bob Quinn didn't rule out such a possibility either.

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Lions' Dan Orlovsky: Headed for free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions informed Orlovsky that he will not be re-signed this offseason, The Detroit Free Press reports.

Over the weekend, Orlovsky was told the team will let his contract expire at the end of the league year in order to go in a different direction at backup quarterback. The main beneficiary in this situation is Jake Rudock, the Lions' sixth-round pick in 2016 who will replace Orlovsky as the No. 2. It isn't clear what sort of market awaits the 33-year-old veteran, but Orlovsky should be able to latch on somewhere due to his serviceability as a second-string signal-caller as well as the veteran presence he can provide a locker room.

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Lions' Jake Rudock: Receives promotion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rudock is slated to become the Lions' backup quarterback in 2017, The Detroit Free Press reports.

The 33-year-old Dan Orlovsky acted as the Lions' backup quarterback in each of the past three seasons, but over the weekend he was informed the team will let his contract expire this offseason and promote Rudock to the No. 2 role. Here, Detroit is essentially swapping veteran experience for the youth and upside Rudock brings to the table. However, since starter Matthew Stafford hasn't missed a game in six years, Rudock is highly unlikely to see any meaningful playing time in 2017.

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