The Lions are finally catching the ball well in 2017.
- Last year, the Detroit Lions had one of the worst catch rates in the NFL. According to SportsCharts.com, Lions receivers dropped 4.8 percent of passes thrown their way, good for fifth-worst in the NFL. This year has been a completely different story, despite having a very similar lineup:
Think your team drops a lot of passes? Here are the teams with the highest and lowest percentage of passes dropped.#Texans #TitanUp #LARams #Bengals50 #OnePride #DallasCowboys #HereWeGo #GoBills #SKOL #FinsUp #GiantsPride pic.twitter.com/rmc6w6FS3N— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) November 21, 2017
- If you read one thing today that isn’t here at Pride of Detroit, make it this Glover Quin profile from Chris Burke of The Athletic. It’s a detailed look at how Quin rose from having just one D-1 school scholarship offer to being an All-Pro candidate in the NFL.
- Out of the bye week, Matthew Stafford and the Lions’ offense has been straight-up lethal, especially on third down:
Since Week 6.. 3rd Down QB Rating
1. DET 118.8
2. NYJ 118.1
3. LAR 108.6
31. GB 43.6
32. CLE 14.6 — Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) November 21, 2017
- We’ve seen the Detroit Lions make a lot of moves on the defensive line this year. They tried to make another earlier in the week by putting in a claim for former Jaguars defensive tackle Sheldon Day. The 49ers were awarded Day, but the Lions were among three other teams that tried to claim him, according to Ian Rapoport.
- Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was asked how to stop Lions kicker Matt Prater. Here was his answer:
Zimmer on how to keep Matt Prater out of FG range: We got to move the goal posts back, I think— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) November 21, 2017
Ford Field wasn’t having that:
pic.twitter.com/igGrpgu8RQ— Ford Field (@fordfield) November 21, 2017
- Matthew Stafford jumped to No. 5 in this week’s Bleacher Report Quarterback Power Rankings.
- In case you missed it, Tahir Whitehead denies intentionally stepping on Bears left tackle Charles Leno (you can watch it yourself here):
Tahir Whitehead says he didn't step on Charles Leno's leg on purpose. "Nah, I'm not that type of guy. I let him know it wasn't intentional."— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) November 21, 2017