Daily Lions News: Birkett Explores Stafford’s Batted Passes

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Dave Birkett of Detroit Free Press went into the film to study quarterback Matthew Stafford’s batted passes during the New Orleans Saints game. The Saints had said that they studied film on Stafford and identified a weakness towards batted balls and being pressured. The Saints players knew that Stafford would throw to the players they had left open to pressure him, they then put up their hands in his throwing lane.

Brandon Champion, writer for mlive.com documented the plummet in the power rankings that the Lions took this week. There was a range of how many spots the Lions went down this week, some only dropped the team a couple spots while some dropped them up to 10 spots. Everyone seems to be of consensus with the Lions between 15-20 in their power rankings. How much farther could the team fall?

Sidelion Report site manager, Steven Mullenax penned an editorial about opportunity created from Golden Tate’s injury. While the premise of this article made me want to vomit while crying and punching my pillow, Mullenax gives good evidence to how the Lions offense could shift and cover Tate’s absence. Hope that actually happens. Hope Tate gets back ASAP!

Zac Snyder of Detroit Jock City wrote about Sam Martin’s return to practice this week. This is great news! While Jeff Locke has been adequate, and Kasey Redfern had a great underdog story, Martin makes the punting unit whole again. Welcome back Sam!

Tweets That Should Be Seen:

Have you checked out the get social tab on the site? It offers a collection of the Lions player’s tweets.

As Lions fans we need to be focusing on the silver linings in this season. We lost our star punter in the offseason, and were able to patch that hole. Talk to me about 2014 when we drafted a kicker that couldn’t last the first month of football. The other kicker that he beat out in training camp? He’s currently kicking in Oakland. Thank God for Matt Prater!

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Nathan Cheatham

Nathan Cheatham grew up in downriver Detroit, and after much traveling landed in Hartford, CT. A journalism major, he has been writing news for the past four years. You can see examples of it at www.facebook.com/cheathamscorner and contact him at www.twitter.com/natecheat. A newer football fan, Cheatham became a Detroit Lions fan soon after the 0-16 season. An avid Fantasy Football enthusiast, he has been running his own personal league for nearly 10 years. Regardless of what some might say, he is convinced the Lions will have Super Bowl Victory next year!