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Lions Roll Past Giants on Monday Night

Lions Roll Past Giants on Monday Night

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) — Matthew Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson twice in the first quarter for touchdowns and never looked back in the Lions 35-14 win over the New York Giants on Monday night.

Stafford passed for 346 yards with two touchdown passes to Johnson in the victory.

“I don’t work on my moves a lot during practice, but I know I have to be better with my feet this year so that we can keep plays alive,” Stafford said. “On both of the touchdown passes to Calvin, the offensive line got me a lot of time, and he was able to uncover himself and find somewhere open.”

Johnson finished with seven receptions, 163 yards, and the two early touchdowns.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who had a career high 27 interceptions last season, added two on opening night and was 18 of 33 for 163 yards with a touchdown.

“No excuses. We played very poorly,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “We don’t have a lot to be proud of here. Couldn’t move the ball, couldn’t stop them, turned the ball over, got into that business again. Got a punt blocked, so you name it. It was a nightmare performance.”

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Lions Table Ndamukong Suh Contract Talks

Lions Table Ndamukong Suh Contract Talks

NFL via Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) –  The Detroit Lions have announced that they will table contract discussions with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.

“I think it’s the right thing for us to do,” Lions president Tom Lewand said Monday. “It’s the right thing for the team. It’s the right thing for everybody involved and it allows us to keep the focus where it belongs.”

“We have a high degree of confidence that we can work out something that will be mutually satisfactory at the right time and the goal hasn’t changed in the least,” he added.

This year marks the last year of Suh’s five-year rookie contract. Suh will have a cap number of $22.5 million this season.  The goal remains to ink the 27-year-old to a long-term deal after the season.

The Lions drafted Suh with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

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Calvin Johnson: ‘We Need to Win a Super Bowl’

Calvin Johnson: ‘We Need to Win a Super Bowl’

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Detroit Lions Pro-Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson believes the team needs to come through big in 2014.

Johnson joined the NFL Network on Wednesday and said the expectations are simple, Super Bowl or bust.

“We need to win a Super Bowl,” Johnson said. “That’s the No. 1 thing. That’s the No. 1 thing [and] should be for every team going into the beginning of the year.”

“We’re definitely in a place where we feel we could do that.”

Johnson will be playing for new head coach Jim Caldwell after the Lions parted ways with Jim Schwartz in the offseason.

“It’s an overall change and vibe here, and we love it,” Johnson said of working under Caldwell. “We’re going to go out and bust our butts every day because Jim is such a great guy, a great leader for our team. And he’s helped bring us together, and we’re doing a lot of stuff on our own off the field to keep that camaraderie going.”

Johnson had 84 receptions for 1,492 yards and pulled in 12 touchdowns last season.

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Arizona Cardinals Sign LB Ernie Sims

Arizona Cardinals Sign LB Ernie Sims

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) — The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent linebacker Ernie Sims to a one-year contract, the club announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 29-year-old Sims spent the previously two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, where he compiled 86 tackles with one forced fumble in 22 games.

Sims was originally drafted out of Florida State by the Lions with the ninth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft. He spent four years in Detroit, where he accumulated over 100 tackles in each of his first three seasons. He recorded a career-high 172 tackles in 2007.

The Cardinals finished the 2013 season with the sixth overall defense in the league.

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WR Golden Tate Signs with Lions

WR Golden Tate Signs with Lions

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) — The Detroit Lions signed receiver Golden Tate to a five-year deal Wednesday. Tate told ESPN’s Josina Anderson the deal is worth $31 million with $13.5 million guaranteed. Tate, 25, had 64 catches for 8…

Lions Owner William Clay Ford Sr. Passes Away At 88

Lions Owner William Clay Ford Sr. Passes Away At 88

Joe Robbins/Getty Images Sport(DETROIT) — Detroit Lions owner and Ford Motor Co. executive William Clay Ford Sr. passed away from pneumonia at his home at the age of 88, the company said in a statement Sunday.
Ford was the last surviving grandchild o…

Lions Cut Wideout Burleson

Lions Cut Wideout Burleson

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Detroit Lions released veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson on Thursday.
The 32-year-old Burleson made 39 catches for 461 yards and a touchdown last season. He missed seven games because of a broken left forearm.
Bu…

Detroit Lions Hire Jim Caldwell as Head Coach

Detroit Lions Hire Jim Caldwell as Head Coach

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) —  The Detroit Lions have hired Jim Caldwell as their next head coach.
The 58-year-old Caldwell will replace Jim Schwartz, who was fired following a 7-9 season.  He spent the past two years with th…

Detroit Lions Fire Head Coach Jim Schwartz

Detroit Lions Fire Head Coach Jim Schwartz

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) — The Detroit Lions fired head coach Jim Schwartz on Monday. In five seasons roaming the sidelines in the Motor City, he compiled a record of 29-51.
The Lions hired Schwartz in 2009 from the Tennessee Titans,…

Lions Sign Speedy Rugby Star to Practice Squad

Lions Sign Speedy Rugby Star to Practice Squad

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) — The Detroit Lions signed speedy rugby star Carlin Isles to their practice squad as a wide receiver Thursday.
Isles, who also plays for the United States rugby sevens team, ran a 4.22 40-yard dash in h…

Lions Place Tight End Brandon Pettigrew on IR

Lions Place Tight End Brandon Pettigrew on IR

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) — The Detroit Lions will be without tight end Brandon Pettigrew for their final game of the season against the Minnesota Vikings, adding to their disappointing season.
Pettigrew injured his ankle against th…

ESPN: Cowboys Bring Back Jon Kitna

ESPN: Cowboys Bring Back Jon Kitna

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) –  The Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement with former quarterback Jon Kitna, according to ESPN and media reports.
With Tony Romo dealing with a back injury, the team wanted to bring in a backup f…

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/16/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/16/13

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Baltimore Ravens 18 (8-6) – Detroit Lions 16 (7-7)
NBA: Detroit Pistons 101 (12-14) – Indiana Pacers 96 (20-4)
Miami Heat 117 (18-6) – Utah Jazz 94 (5-21)
Atlanta Hawks 114 (13-12) – Los Angeles Lakers 100 (11-13)

Eagles Rally Past the Lions, 34-20 In the Snow

Eagles Rally Past the Lions, 34-20 In the Snow

Rob Carr Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Even with the snow pouring down in south Philadelphia, nothing could stop the Eagles as they defeated the Detroit Lions 34-20 for their fifth straight win.
The Eagles trailed 14-0 at halftime with near-blizzard co…

Lions Dominate the Packers, 40-10 on Thanksgiving Day

Lions Dominate the Packers, 40-10 on Thanksgiving Day

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Detroit Lions showed the Green Bay Packers and the rest of America just how well they can play after their 40-10 win over their NFC North rival.
The Lions turned the ball over four times, but you’d never know by …

Buccaneers Hold Off Lions, 24-21

Buccaneers Hold Off Lions, 24-21

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked off Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford four times in their 24-21 win over the Lions on Sunday.
Tampa Bay (3-8) forced five turnovers and won their third straight game in the process.

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/17/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/17/13

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Buffalo Bills 37 (4-7) – New York Jets 14 (5-5)
Arizona Cardinals 27 (6-4) – Jacksonville Jaguars 14 (1-9)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41 (2-8) – Atlanta Falcons 28 (2-8)
Philadelphia Eagles 24 (6-5) – Washington Redskins…

Lions Trump Bears to Takeover Sole Possession of First in NFC North

Lions Trump Bears to Takeover Sole Possession of First in NFC North

Leon Halip /Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Calvin Johnson had two touchdown and grabs, and the Detroit Lions defense stopped what would have been a game-tying two-point conversion with :40 seconds to go in the game, as the Lions trump the Chicago Bears 21-19…

Matthew Stafford Shocks Cowboys, 31-30

Matthew Stafford Shocks Cowboys, 31-30

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) — Calvin Johnson came up huge and Matthew Stafford surprised the Cowboys (4-4) on the last play of their final drive with seconds remaining in the Lions (5-3) 31-30 comeback win on Sunday.
Stafford’s one-yard dive into…

Nugent’s Last-Second FG Pushes Bengals Past Lions

Nugent’s Last-Second FG Pushes Bengals Past Lions

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(DETROIT) — A special kind of day for the Bengals.The Cincinnati Bengals’ special teams blocked two punts and a field goal, and Mike Nugent hit a 54-yard field goal as time expired pushing the Bengals past the Detroit Lions …

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