2010 Detroit Lions season

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2010 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Jim Schwartz
General manager Martin Mayhew
Owner William Clay Ford, Sr.
Home field Ford Field
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 3rd NFC North
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers DT Ndamukong Suh
WR Calvin Johnson
Timeline
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The 2010 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 81st season in the NFL. It was Jim Schwartz's second season as head coach. The Lions spent most of the season at the bottom of their division, but with more division wins than the Vikings (whose overall record was the same), the Lions ended up at 3rd place on the final day of the season with a victory over Minnesota. They were eliminated from playoff contention after their Thanksgiving Day loss, extending their postseason drought to 11 seasons, tied with Buffalo for the longest active streak in the NFL. High points of the season included two division wins, the first being a 7–3 victory over the eventual Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers that snapped a 19-game losing streak against division opponents, and a four-game winning streak which included a victory in Tampa that ended their record 26-game road losing streak. The Lions also sent two players to the 2011 Pro Bowl: wide receiver Calvin Johnson and rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Off-season[edit]

Personnel changes[edit]

On January 22, the Lions hired Danny Crossman as special teams coordinator. He replaces Stan Kwan.[1] Quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton also left the team.

Detroit Lions 2010 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Roster changes[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Pos Player Tag 2010 Team Signed
ILB Cody Spencer RFA
G/T Damion Cook UFA Omaha Nighthawks (UFL)
QB Daunte Culpepper UFA Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL) June 7
ILB Larry Foote UFA Pittsburgh Steelers March 15
CB Anthony Henry UFA
CB William James UFA San Francisco 49ers May 5
QB Patrick Ramsey UFA Omaha Nighthawks (UFL) June 1
RB Cedric Peerman UFA Cincinnati Bengals April 27
WR Michael Ray Garvin UFA Las Vegas Locomotives (UFL) June 2
DT Terrance Taylor UFA
S DeAngelo Smith UFA Cleveland Browns April 28
WR Kole Heckendorf UFA Seattle Seahawks May 12

Releases[edit]

Pos Player Released 2010 Team Signed
CB Phillip Buchanon March 4 Washington Redskins March 29
DT Grady Jackson March 5
DE Dewayne White March 8 Omaha Nighthawks (UFL) June 2
OG Daniel Loper April 15 Oakland Raiders May 16
S Kalvin Pearson April 16
CB Kevin Hobbs April 16 Miami Dolphins August 12
CB Brian Witherspoon April 16 Carolina Panthers April 16
SS Daniel Bullocks July 8 Omaha Nighthawks (UFL)

Signings[edit]

Pos Player Tag 2009 Team Signed
S Jonathan Hefney UFA Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) January 4
LB Ashlee Palmer UFA Buffalo Bills February 18
WR Nate Burleson UFA Seattle Seahawks March 5
DT Corey Williams RFA Cleveland Browns March 5
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch UFA Tennessee Titans March 5
CB Jonathan Wade UFA St. Louis Rams March 8
CB Chris Houston RFA Atlanta Falcons March 8
QB Shaun Hill RFA San Francisco 49ers March 14
LB Landon Johnson UFA Carolina Panthers March 19
OG Rob Sims RFA Seattle Seahawks April 5
TE Tony Scheffler RFA Denver Broncos April 19
G Trevor Canfield RFA Seattle Seahawks April 19
DB C.C. Brown UFA New York Giants May 10
LB Isaiah Ekejiuba UFA Oakland Raiders July 23
DE Lawrence Jackson RFA Seattle Seahawks August 18
CB T. J. Rushing UFA Indianapolis Colts August 18
S John Wendling UFA Buffalo Bills August 27
TE Spencer Havner UFA Green Bay Packers September 5
WR Stefan Logan UFA Pittsburgh Steelers September 5
TE J.J. Finley UFA San Francisco 49ers September 8

Trades[edit]

2010 Draft class[edit]

Round Selection Player Position College
1 2 Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska
1 30* Jahvid Best RB California
3 66 Amari Spievey CB Iowa
4 128* Jason Fox OT Miami (FL)
7 213** Willie Young DE North Carolina State
7 255*** Tim Toone WR Weber State

Denver traded its 2010 fifth-round selection and a 2009 seventh-round selection to Detroit for a 2009 sixth-round selection.[3]

The Lions traded their original 7th round pick to Buffalo for S Ko Simpson.[4]

The Lions traded their 2010 6th round pick and a conditional 2011 7th round pick to Atlanta for CB Chris Houston.[5]

The Lions traded a 2010 5th round pick (the pick they acquired from Denver) to Cleveland for DT Corey Williams and a 2010 7th round pick (214).[6]

The Lions traded 7th round pick 220 to Philadelphia for their 2011 6th round selection.[7]

The Lions traded LB Ernie Sims to Philadelphia, the Broncos received a 5th round pick from Philadelphia, and the Lions received TE Tony Scheffler and a 2010 7th round pick 220 from Denver in a three team trade.[8]

*The Lions traded their 2nd round pick, their original 4th round pick and 7th round pick 214 to Minnesota for their 1st round pick and their 4th round pick.[9]

**The Lions traded their 2010 5th round pick and DE Robert Henderson to Seattle for OG Rob Sims and their 2010 7th round pick.[10]

***Awarded to the Lions as a compensatory pick.

Undrafted free agents[edit]

Position Player College
WR Michael Moore Georgia
DT Robert Callaway Saginaw Valley State
TE Richard Dickson Louisiana State
CB Aaron Berry Pittsburgh
S Randy Phillips Miami (FL)
DE Korey Bosworth UCLA

Final roster[edit]

2010 Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 19 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 14 7:30 pm EDT at Pittsburgh Steelers L 23–7 0–1 Heinz Field Detroit Lions Television Network Recap
2 August 21 9:00 pm EDT at Denver Broncos W 25–20 1–1 Invesco Field at Mile High Detroit Lions Television Network Recap
3 August 28 5:00 pm EDT Cleveland Browns W 35–27 2–1 Ford Field Detroit Lions Television Network / NFL Network Recap
4 September 2 6:30 pm EDT Buffalo Bills W 28–23 3–1 Ford Field Detroit Lions Television Network Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 12 1:00 pm EDT at Chicago Bears L 19–14 0–1 Soldier Field Fox Recap
2 September 19 1:00 pm EDT Philadelphia Eagles L 35–32 0–2 Ford Field Fox Recap
3 September 26 1:00 pm EDT at Minnesota Vikings L 24–10 0–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Fox Recap
4 October 3 1:00 pm EDT at Green Bay Packers L 28–26 0–4 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
5 October 10 1:00 pm EDT St. Louis Rams W 44–6 1–4 Ford Field Fox Recap
6 October 17 1:00 pm EDT at New York Giants L 28–20 1–5 New Meadowlands Stadium Fox Recap
7 Bye
8 October 31 1:00 pm EDT Washington Redskins W 37–25 2–5 Ford Field Fox x Recap
9 November 7 1:00 pm EST New York Jets L 23–20 OT 2–6 Ford Field CBS Recap
10 November 14 1:00 pm EST at Buffalo Bills L 14–12 2–7 Ralph Wilson Stadium Fox Recap
11 November 21 1:00 pm EST at Dallas Cowboys L 35–19 2–8 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
12 November 25 12:30 pm EST New England Patriots L 45–24 2–9 Ford Field CBS * Recap
13 December 5 1:00 pm EST Chicago Bears L 24–20 2–10 Ford Field Fox Recap
14 December 12 1:00 pm EST Green Bay Packers W 7–3 3–10 Ford Field Fox Recap
15 December 19 1:00 pm EST at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–20 OT 4–10 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 26 1:00 pm EST at Miami Dolphins W 34–27 5–10 Sun Life Stadium Fox Recap
17 January 2 1:00 pm EST Minnesota Vikings W 20–13 6–10 Ford Field Fox Recap

COLOR KEY AND NOTES:

# Indicates that the game was nationally televised.
x Indicates the game was blacked out locally
     Indicates that throwback uniforms were worn.
     Indicates that the game was nationally televised.

Standings[edit]

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Chicago Bears 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 334 286 L1
(6) Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 388 240 W2
Detroit Lions 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 362 369 W4
Minnesota Vikings 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 281 348 L1

Regular season results[edit]

Week 1: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week 1: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 7 0 0 14
Bears 3 10 0 6 19

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
First quarter
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 20-yard field goal, Bears 3–0, Drive: 11 plays, 64 yards, 5:57.
  • DET – Jahvid Best 7-yard run (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 7–3, Drive: 7 plays, 42 yards, 3:18.
Second quarter
  • DET – Jahvid Best 4-yard run (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 14–3, Drive: 10 plays, 60 yards, 4:33.
  • CHI – Matt Forte 89-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick), Lions 14–10, Drive: 1 plays, 79 yards, 0:27.
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 31-yard field goal, Lions 14–13, Drive: 4 plays, 24 yards, 0:20.
Third quarter
  • No scoring
Fourth quarter
  • CHI – Matt Forte 28-yard pass from Jay Cutler (pass failed), Bears 19–14, Drive: 6 plays, 56 yards, 1:49.
Top passers
  • DET – Shaun Hill – 9/19, 88 yards, 1 interception
  • CHI – Jay Cutler – 23/35, 372 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Lions opened the season at Soldier Field against their NFC North foe the Chicago Bears. The Bears took an early lead in the first quarter with a 20-yard field goal by kicker Robbie Gould. The Lions answered with 2 consecutive touchdowns by rookie running back Jahvid Best. First a 7-yard run, and later in the second quarter with a 4-yard run. The Bears responded with an 89-yard catch and run touchdown by Matt Forté and later with a 31-yard field goal from Gould just before halftime. The only score of the second half was a 28-yard touchdown catch by Forté (with a failed 2-point conversion), giving the Bears a late lead. Late in the game, quarterback Shaun Hill completed what would have been the game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Calvin Johnson. A touchdown was initially signaled, but the officials conferred and ruled that Johnson did not "complete the catch during the process of the catch." The play was reviewed and the ruling on the field of an incomplete pass stood.

With the loss, the Lions started their season 0–1.

Week 2: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week 2: Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 14 7 7 35
Lions 7 10 0 15 32

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DET – Jacob Janson 49-yard field goal, Lions 10–7, Drive: 7 plays, 12 yards, 1:54.
  • DET – Jahvid Best 75-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 17–7, Drive: 3 plays, 80 yards, 1:14.
  • PHI – LeSean McCoy 14-yard run (David Akers kick), Lions 17–14, Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards, 4:23.
  • PHI – Jeremy Maclin 9-yard pass from Michael Vick (David Akers kick), Eagles 21–17, Drive: 7 plays, 89 yards, 0:59.
Third quarter
  • PHI – LeSean McCoy 4-yard run (David Akers kick), Eagles 28–17, Drive: 9 plays, 65 yards, 4:38.
Fourth quarter
  • PHI – LeSean McCoy 46-yard run (David Akers kick), Eagles 35–17, Drive: 5 plays, 58 yards, 1:32.
  • DET – Jahvid Best 2-yard run (Jason Hanson kick), Eagles 35–24, Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:04.
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 19-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Shaun Hill – Calvin Johnson pass), Eagles 35–32, Drive: 6 plays, 55 yards, 1:11.
Top passers
  • PHI – Michael Vick – 21/34, 284 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • DET – Shaun Hill – 25/45, 335 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
  • PHI – LeSean McCoy – 16 rushes, 120 yards, 3 touchdowns
  • DET – Jahvid Best – 17 rushes, 78 yards, 2 touchdowns
Top receivers
  • PHI – DeSean Jackson – 4 receptions, 135 yards, 1 touchdown
  • DET – Jahvid Best – 9 receptions, 154 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers

For their home opener, the Lions hosted the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles scored first midway through the first quarter with a 45-yard touchdown catch by DeSean Jackson. The Lions responded a few minutes later with a 14-yard touchdown run by Jahvid Best. Later in the second quarter the Lions broke the tie with a 49 yard Jason Hanson field goal. They increased their lead with a 75-yard touchdown catch by Jahvid Best. The Eagles answered with 4 consecutive touchdowns. First a 14-yard run by LeSean McCoy. Next a 9-yard run by Jeremy Maclin just before halftime. Midway through the third, Philadelphia added to their lead with 2 touchdowns by LeSean McCoy. First a 4-yard run, then in the 4th quarter one for 46 yards. The Lions then attempted a come back with 2 consecutive touchdowns late in the game. First a 2-yard touchdown run by Jahvid Best. Then a 19-yard catch by Calvin Johnson with a 2-point conversion tacked on. The Lions completed an on side kick but turned the ball over on downs.

With the loss, the Lions fell to 0–2 for the 3rd straight season.

Week 3: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week 3: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 3 0 0 10
Vikings 7 7 10 0 24

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 6-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick), Vikings 14–7, Drive: 10 plays, 66 yards, 5:58.
  • DET – Jason Hanson 33-yard field goal, Vikings 14–10, Drive: 5 plays, 36 yards, 0:54.
Third quarter
  • MIN – Ryan Longwell 31-yard field goal, Vikings 21–10, Drive: 13 plays, 59 yards, 7:13.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 80-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick), Vikings 28–10, Drive: 1 plays, 80 yards, 0:13.
Fourth quarter
  • No scoring
Top passers
  • DET – Shaun Hill – 29/43, 237 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • MIN – Brett Favre – 23/34, 201 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In week 3, the Lions traveled to Minneapolis to take on division rivals the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions took an early lead with a 5-yard touchdown catch by Tony Scheffler. The Vikings tied it up 24-yard catch by Percy Harvin. They then took the lead in the second quarter with a 6-yard run by Adrian Peterson. The Lions responded just before halftime with a 33-yard field goal. Midway through the third quarter the Vikings added to their lead with a 31-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell. A few minutes later they sealed their win with an 80-yard run by Adrian Peterson.

With the loss, the Lions fell to 0–3.

Week 4: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week 4: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 14 6 6 26
Packers 7 14 7 0 28

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 23-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Jason Hanson kick), Tied 7–7, Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 4:15.
  • GB – Jermichael Finley 13-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), Packers 14–7, Drive: 3 plays, 12 yards, 1:34.
  • GB – Greg Jennings 17-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), Packers 21–7, Drive: 4 plays, 68 yards, 1:32.
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 21-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Jason Hanson kick), Packers 21–14, Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 6:40.
Third quarter
  • GB – Charles Woodson 48-yard interception return (Mason Crosby kick), Packers 24–14.
  • DET – Jason Hanson 39-yard field goal, Packers 24–17, Drive: 12 plays, 48 yards, 5:08.
  • DET – Jason Hanson 52-yard field goal, Packers 24–20, Drive: 9 plays, 59 yards, 4:21.
Fourth quarter
  • DET – Jason Hanson 49-yard field goal, Packers 24–23, Drive: 6 plays, 27 yards, 1:33.
  • DET – Jason Hanson 24-yard field goal, Lions 26–24, Drive: 6 plays, 12 yards, 1:39.
Top passers
  • DET – Shaun Hill – 34/54, 331 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
  • GB – Aaron Rodgers – 12/17, 181 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In week 4, the Lions traveled across Lake Michigan to Green Bay, Wisconsin to play division rivals the Green Bay Packers. The Packers started the scoring in the first quarter with a 29-yard TD catch by Donald Driver from Aaron Rodgers. The Lions tied it up in the second quarter with a 23-yard TD catch by Calvin Johnson. The Packers took the lead with a 13-yard catch by Jermichael Finley. They added to their lead 17-yard catch by Greg Jennings. The Lions responded just before halftime with a 21-yard catch by Calvin Johnson. Just after the break, the Packers' Charles Woodson returned an interception for a touchdown. The Lions attempted a comeback with 4 consecutive field goals: from 39 yards and 52 yards in the 3rd quarter, and later from 49 yards and 24 yards in the 4th. With the loss, not only did the Lions fall to 0–4, but it also marked their 19th consecutive loss in Wisconsin.

Week 5: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week 5: Detroit Lions at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 3 0 0 6
Lions 3 21 7 13 44

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
First quarter
  • DET – Jason Hanson 30-yard field goal, Lions 3–0, Drive: 5 plays, 29 yards, 1:16.
  • STL – Josh Brown 28-yard field goal, Tied 3–3, Drive: 12 plays, 62 yards, 6:20.
Second quarter
  • DET – Stefan Logan 105-yard kickoff return (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 10–3, Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:14.
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 1-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 17–3, Drive: 13 plays, 81 yards, 7:16.
  • STL – Josh Brown 28-yard field goal, Lions 17–6, Drive: 12 plays, 68 yards, 4:37.
  • DET – Brandon Pettigrew 3-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 24–6, Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 1:27.
Third quarter
  • DET – Nate Burleson 26-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 31–6, Drive: 4 plays, 41 yards, 1:53.
Fourth quarter
  • DET – Jason Hanson 48-yard field goal, Lions 34–6, Drive: 10 plays, 52 yards, 4:23.
  • DET – Jason Hanson 47-yard field goal, Lions 37–6, Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, 1:31.
  • DET – Alphonso Smith 42-yard interception return (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 44–6.
Top passers
  • STL – Sam Bradford – 23/45, 215 yards, 2 interceptions
  • DET – Shaun Hill – 21/32, 227 yards, 3 touchdowns
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In week 5 the Lions hosted the St. Louis Rams. The Lions started the scoring early with a 30 yard Jason Hanson field goal. The Rams tied it up at the end of the first quarter with a 28-yard field goal by Josh Brown. To start the second quarter, The Lions took the lead with a 105-yard kickoff return by Stefan Logan, the longest touchdown run in the NFL this season. The Lions added to their lead a few minutes later with a 1-yard TD catch by Calvin Johnson. The Rams kicked another 28-yard field goal a few minutes later. The Lions made it 24–6 just before halftime with a 3-yard TD catch by Brandon Pettigrew. The Lions' defense shut out the Rams in the second half. The only score of the third quarter was a 26-yard TD catch by Nate Burleson. In the fourth quarter the Lions kicked 2 field goals: from 48 then from 47. The Lions capped off their victory with a 42-yard interception return TD by Alphonso Smith. With the win, not only did the Lions improve to 1–4, but it was the their largest margin of victory since 1995 and their first win since November 22, 2009.

Week 6: at New York Giants[edit]

Week 6: Detroit Lions at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 3 0 10 20
Giants 7 7 7 7 28

at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NYG – Mario Manningham 33-yard pass from Eli Manning (Shayne Graham kick), Giants 14–7, Drive: 11 plays, 93 yards, 6:42.
  • DET – Jason Hanson 50-yard field goal, Giants 14–10, Drive: 14 plays, 48 yards, 3:14.
Third quarter
  • NYG – Travis Beckum 1-yard pass from Eli Manning (Shayne Graham kick), Giants 21–10, Drive: 8 plays, 57 yards, 4:25.
Fourth quarter
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 87-yard pass from Drew Stanton (Jason Hanson kick), Giants 21–17, Drive: 3 plays, 87 yards, 1:36.
  • NYG – Brandon Jacobs 6-yard run (Shayne Graham kick), Giants 28–17, Drive: 3 plays, 58 yards, 1:37.
  • DET – Jason Hanson 50-yard field goal, Giants 28–20, Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 0:34.
Top passers
  • DET – Drew Stanton – 19/34, 222 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 20/30, 177 yards, 2 touchdowns
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In week 6, the Lions traveled east to East Rutherford, New Jersey to take on the New York Giants. The Lions took an early lead midway through the first quarter with a 14-yard TD catch by Nate Burleson. The Giants responded at the end of the 1st quarter with a 4-yard TD run by Brandon Jacobs. In the second quarter, the Giants increased their lead with a 33-yard TD catch by Mario Manningham. The Lions responded with a 50-yard field goal just before halftime. Shaun Hill was also injured before halftime and left the game with a broken left forearm. Drew Stanton took over the QB role for the remainder of the game. The only score of the 3rd quarter was a 1-yard TD catch by Travis Beckum of the Giants. The Lions attempted a comeback when Calvin Johnson caught an 87 yard TD. The Giants responded with a 6-yard TD catch by Brandon Jacobs. The Lions ended the scoring with another 50-yard field goal. With the loss, not only did the Lions fall to 1–5 into their bye week, but it increased their road losing streak to 24, tying the NFL record that the team set from 2001–2003.

Week 7: Bye[edit]

Week 8: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week 8: Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 13 0 12 25
Lions 0 7 7 23 37

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
First quarter
  • No scoring
Second quarter
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 13-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 7–0, Drive: 3 plays, 19 yards, 0:49.
  • WAS – Ryan Torain 6-yard pass from Donovan McNabb (Graham Gano kick), Tied 7–7, Drive: 3 plays, 42 yards, 1:19.
  • WAS – Graham Gano 38-yard field goal, Redskins 10–7, Drive: 8 plays, 69 yards, 3:28.
  • WAS – Graham Gano 46-yard field goal, Redskins 13–7, Drive: 3 plays, 21 yards, 0:16.
Third quarter
  • DET – Brandon Pettigrew 2-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 14–13, Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 4:58.
Fourth quarter
  • WAS – Keiland Williams 5-yard run (pass failed), Redskins 19–14, Drive: 3 plays, 46 yards, 1:20.
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 7-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (pass failed), Lions 20–19, Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 2:54.
  • WAS – Brandon Banks 96-yard kickoff return (pass failed), Redskins 25–20, Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:16.
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 10-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matthew Stafford – Bryant Johnson pass), Lions 28–25, Drive: 7 plays, 37 yards, 1:20.
  • DET – Jason Hanson 32-yard field goal, Lions 31–25, Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 0:20.
  • DET – Ndamukong Suh 17-yard fumble return (pass failed), Lions 37–25.
Top passers
Top rushers
  • WAS – Donovan McNabb – 4 rushes, 45 yards
  • DET – Kevin Smith – 12 rushes, 51 yards
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In week 8, the Lions hosted a Halloween afternoon contest against the Washington Redskins. Neither team scored in the 1st quarter. The Lions took an early lead in the second quarter with a 13-yard TD catch by Calvin Johnson. The Redskins tied it up with a 6-yard TD catch by Ryan Torain. Washington's Graham Gano kicked 2 field goals just before halftime, from 38 and 46 yards out. The only score of the 3rd quarter was a 2-yard TD catch by Brandon Pettigrew of the Lions. The Redskins took the lead in the 4th quarter with a 5-yard TD run by Keiland Williams; they went for a 2-point conversion and failed, however. The Lions took the lead back with a 7-yard catch by Calvin Johnson; they also failed to complete a 2-point conversion. The Redskins responded with a 96-yard kickoff return for a TD by Brandon Banks; they again failed to complete a 2-point conversion. The Lions retook the lead with a 10-yard TD catch by Calvin Johnson, and completed a 2-point conversion. The Lions added to their lead a few minutes later with a 32-yard field goal by Jason Hanson. The Lions sealed their win with a fumble recovery by Ndamukong Suh which he ran back 17 yards for a touchdown, but the 2-point conversion failed. With the win, not only did the Lions improve to 2–5, but it was the first time since 2007 that the team has won back-to-back home games.

Curiously, this was the Lions' second consecutive blacked-out home game against the Redskins. The Lions had won the previous season's meeting as well.

Week 9: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week 9: New York Jets at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Jets 0 10 0 10 3 23
Lions 7 0 6 7 0 20

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 31-yard field goal, Lions 7–3, Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 3:57.
  • NYJ – Braylon Edwards 74-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Jets 10–7, Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 0:48.
3rd quarter
  • DET – Matthew Stafford 1-yard run, Lions 13–10, Drive: 4 plays, 1 yards, 2:03.
4th quarter
  • DET – Nate Burleson 2-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 20–10, Drive: 9 plays, 90 yards, 3:17.
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez 1-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Lions 20–17, Drive: 6 plays, 56 yards, 1:40.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 36-yard field goal, Tied 20–20, Drive: 9 plays, 60 yards, 1:40.
Overtime
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 30-yard field goal, Jets 23–20, Drive: 5 plays, 56 yards, 2:18.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In week 9, the Lions hosted an interconference duel against the New York Jets. The only score of the first quarter was a 10-yard TD catch by the Lions' Brandon Pettigrew. The Jets responded in the second quarter with a 31-yard field goal by Nick Folk and later a 74 TD catch by Braylon Edwards just before halftime. The only score of the 3rd quarter was a 1-yard TD quarterback sneak by Matt Stafford of the Lions; however the extra point attempt by defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh (an emergency fill-in for injured kicker Jason Hanson who got ran into on the previous field goal attempt which gave them a fresh set of downs) was no good. Early in the fourth quarter, the Lions added to their lead with a Nate Burleson 2-yard TD catch. The Jets responded late in the quarter with a 1-yard TD quarterback sneak by Mark Sanchez. The Jets kicked a field goal to tie in up just before time expired, forcing overtime. The Jets won the toss and kicked a 30-yard field goal for the win as the Lions fell to 2–6.

Week 10: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week 10: Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 3 0 9 12
Bills 0 7 7 0 14

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • BUF – Fred Jackson 1-yard run (Rian Lindell kick), Bills 7–0, Drive: 5 plays, 57 yards, 2:07.
  • DET – Dave Rayner 25-yard field goal, Billts 7–3, Drive: 7 plays, 23 yards, 0:39.
3rd quarter
  • BUF – Fred Jackson 16-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindel kick), Bills 14–3, Drive: 6 plays, 73 yards, 3:34.
4th quarter
  • DET – Dave Rayner 45-yard field goal, Bills 14–6, Drive: 7 plays, 61 yards, 2:44.
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 20-yard pass from Shaun Hill (pass failed), Bills 14–12, Drive: 15 plays, 88 yards, 3:31.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In week 10, the Lions traveled east to rainy Orchard Park, New York to take on the Buffalo Bills. Neither team scored in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Bills got on the board first with a 1-yard run by Fred Jackson. The Lions responded just before halftime with a 25-yard field goal by newly signed kicker Dave Rayner. The only score of the third quarter was a 16-yard TD catch by Fred Jackson of the Bills. The Lions kicked a 45-yard field goal midway through the fourth. Late in the game, the Lions attempted a comeback with a 20-yard TD catch by Calvin Johnson. They went for a 2-point conversion for the tie but failed. With the loss not only did the Lions fall to 2–7, but it was their 25th consecutive road loss, setting a new league record.[11]

Week 11: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week 11: Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 10 9 0 19
Cowboys 7 0 14 14 35

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DET – Dave Rayner 47-yard field goal, Cowboys 7–3, 'Drive: 11 plays, 51 yards, 5:20.
  • DET – Nate Burleson 9-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Dave Rayner kick), Lions 10–7, 'Drive: 3 plays, 14 yards, 0:19.
Third quarter
  • DET – Penalty on Leonard Davis enforced in endzone for a safety, Lions 12–7.
  • DAL – Bryan McCann 97-yard punt return (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 14–12.
  • DAL – Miles Austin 3-yard pass from Jon Kitna (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 21–12, 'Drive: 4 plays, 19 yards, 2:07.
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 14-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Dave Rayner kick), Cowboys 21–19, 'Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:23.
Fourth quarter
  • DAL – Miles Austin 4-yard pass from Jon Kitna (Dave Rayner kick), Cowboys 28–19, 'Drive: 16 plays, 71 yards, 7:55.
  • DAL – Jon Kitna 29-yard run (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 35–19, 'Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:40.
Top passers
  • DET – Shaun Hill – 32/47, 289 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interceptions
  • DAL – Jon Kitna – 18/24, 147 yards, 3 touchdowns
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In week 11, the Lions traveled to Arlington, Texas to play the Dallas Cowboys. The only score of the first quarter was a 1-yard TD catch by Dez Bryant of the Cowboys. In the second quarter the Lions got on the board with a 47-yard field goal, and took the lead with a 9-yard TD catch by Nate Burleson. After halftime, Leonard Davis of the Cowboys committed an offensive holding penalty in his own end zone, giving the Lions a safety. The Cowboys took the lead though with a 97-yard punt return by Bryan McCann, and added to it with a 3-yard catch by Miles Austin. The Lions responded with a 14-yard catch by Calvin Johnson. In the 4th quarter, Miles Austin caught another TD, this time from 4 yards out. Later, Jon Kitna sealed the Cowboys win with a 29-yard TD run. With the loss, not only did the Lions fall to 2–8, but they added to their already record setting 26 game road losing streak.

Week 12: vs. New England Patriots (Thanksgiving Day game)[edit]

Week 12: New England Patriots at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 3 7 14 21 45
Lions 7 10 7 0 24

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DET – Maurice Morris 1-yard run (Dave Rayner kick), Lions 14–3, Drive: 13 plays, 63 yards, 6:24.
  • NE – BenJarvus Green-Ellis 15-yard run (Shayne Graham kick), Lions 14–10, Drive: 10 plays, 83 yards, 5:13.
  • DET – Dave Rayner 44-yard field goal, Lions 17–10, Drive: 7 plays, 41 yards, 0:45.
Third quarter
  • NE – Wes Welker 5-yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick), Tied 17–17, Drive: 4 plays, 26 yards, 2:08.
  • DET – Maurice Morris 1-yard run (Dave Rayner kick), Lions 24–17, Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 4:08.
  • NE – Deion Branch 79-yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick), Tied 24–24, Drive: 3 plays, 87 yards, 1:38.
Fourth quarter
  • NE – Deion Branch 22-yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick), Patriots 31–24, Drive: 5 plays, 64 yards, 2:15.
  • NE – Wes Welker 16-yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick), Patriots 38–24, Drive: 7 plays, 84 yards, 4:25.
  • NE – BenJarvus Green-Ellis 1-yard run (Shayne Graham kick), Patriots 45–24, Drive: 4 plays, 12 yards, 2:29.
Top passers
  • NE – Tom Brady – 21/27, 341 yards, 4 touchdowns
  • DET – Shaun Hill – 27/46, 285 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

For their 71st annual Thanksgiving Day game, the Lions hosted the New England Patriots. In a rare occurrence, both teams wore the home versions of their throwback uniforms. The Patriots got on the board first with a 19-yard field goal by Shayne Graham. The Lions took the lead late in the first quarter with a 19-yard TD catch by Calvin Johnson. The Lions added to their lead in the 2nd quarter with a 1-yard run by Maurice Morris. The Patriots responded later in the quarter with a 15-yard run Benjarvus Green-Ellis. The Lions answered just before halftime with a 44-yard field goal.

Detroit area native Kid Rock performed for the halftime show.

The Patriots tied the game early in the 3rd quarter with a 5-yard catch by Wes Welker. The Lions responded a few minutes later with a 1-yard run by Maurice Morris. The Patriots then scored 4 unanswered touchdowns: a 79-yard catch by Deion Branch, then in the 4th quarter a 22-yard catch by the same, then a 16-yard catch by Wes Welker, and finally a 1-yard run by Benjarvus Green-Ellis.

With the loss, the Lions fell to 2–9 and were eliminated from playoff contention.

Week 13: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week 13: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 7 3 7 24
Lions 7 10 3 0 20

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DET – Dave Rayner 50-yard field goal, Lions 10–7, Drive: 10 plays, 39 yards, 5:32.
  • CHI – Matt Forte 14-yard run (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 14–10, Drive: 8 plays, 83 yards, 4:51.
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 46-yard pass from Drew Stanton (Dave Rayner kick), Lions 17–14, Drive: 2 plays, 91 yards, 0:19.
Third quarter
  • DET – Dave Rayner 25-yard field goal, Lions 20–14, Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, 1:32.
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 54-yard field goal, Lions 20–17, Drive: 4 plays, −5 yards, 2:49.
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In week 13, the Lions hosted a rematch with division rivals the Chicago Bears. The Lions took an early lead when Drew Stanton ran in a 3-yard touchdown. The Bears tied it up near the end of the 1st quarter with a 1-yard run by Chester Taylor. The Lions broke the tie with a 50-yard field goal. The Bears responded with a 14-yard TD run by Matt Forté. The Lions took the lead just before halftime with a 46-yard TD catch by Calvin Johnson. The Lions only points of the 2nd half was a 25-yard field goal by Dave Rayner early in the 3rd quarter. The Bears responded with a 54-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. The Bears took the lead midway through the 4th quarter with a 7-yard TD catch by Brandon Manumaleuna and held off the Lions offense for the remainder of the game for the win.

With the loss, the Lions fell to 2–10.

Week 14: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week 14: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 0 3 0 3
Lions 0 0 0 7 7

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
First quarter
  • No scoring
Second quarter
  • No scoring
Third quarter
  • GB – Mason Crosby 42-yard field goal, Packers 3–0, Drive: 8 plays, 48 yards, 4:05.
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • GB – Matt Flynn – 15/26, 177 yards, 1 interception
  • DET – Drew Stanton – 10/22, 117 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In week 14, the Lions hosted a rematch with division rivals the Green Bay Packers. Neither team scored in the first half. The only points of the 3rd quarter was a 42-yard field goal by Mason Crosby of the Packers. The only score of the 4th quarter was a 13-yard touchdown catch by Will Heller of the Lions to give them the win. With the win, not only did the Lions improve to 3–10, but it was the first time the team beat the Packers since 2005, snapping a 10-game losing streak. It was also their first division win since 2007, snapping a 19-game losing streak.

Week 15: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week 15: Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Lions 7 3 7 3 3 23
Buccaneers 0 14 0 6 0 20

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • TB – Mike Williams 24-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick), Tied 7–7, Drive: 8 plays, 60 yards, 4:37.
  • TB – LeGarrette Blount 39-yard run (Connor Barth kick), Buccaneers 14–7, Drive: 8 plays, 77 yards, 4:45.
  • DET – Dave Rayner 41-yard field goal, Buccaneers 14–10, Drive: 10 plays, 61 yards, 2:46.
Third quarter
  • DET – Maurice Morris 10-yard run (Dave Rayner kick), Lions 17–14, Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 4:44.
Fourth quarter
  • TB – Connor Barth 30-yard field goal, Tied 17–17, Drive: 15 plays, 67 yards, 7:05.
  • TB – Connor Barth 26-yard field goal, Buccaneers 20–17, Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards, 4:09.
  • DET – Dave Rayner 28-yard field goal, Tied 20–20, Drive: 10 plays, 58 yards, 1:39.
Overtime
  • DET – Dave Rayner 34-yard field goal, Lions 23–20, Drive: 9 plays, 63 yards, 5:09.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In week 15, the Lions traveled south to Tampa, Florida to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Lions took an early lead in the 1st quarter with a 10-yard TD catch by Nate Burleson. Tampa Bay tied it up in the second quarter with a 24-yard TD catch by Mike Williams, and later took the lead with a 39-yard TD run by Legarrette Blount. The Lions answered just before halftime with a 41-yard field goal. The only score of the 3rd quarter was a 10-yard TD run by Maurice Morris of the Lions. Tampa Bay had 2 field goals in the fourth quarter, from 30 then 26 yards out. The Lions tied the game just before the end of regulation with a 28-yard field goal, taking it to overtime. In overtime the Lions got the ball first and kicked a 34-yard field goal for the win. With the win not only did the Lions improve to 4–10, but it broke their record 26-game road losing streak. It was also their first back to back wins since 2007.

Week 16: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week 16: Detroit Lions at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 3 7 7 17 34
Dolphins 3 14 7 3 27

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information
1st quarter
  • DET – Dave Rayner 39-yard field goal, Lions 3–0, Drive: 4 plays, −2 yards, 2:04.
  • MIA – Dan Carpenter 40-yard field goal, Tied 3–3, Drive: 7 plays, 30 yards, 2:57.
2nd quarter
  • DET – Brandon Pettigrew 20-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Dave Rayner kick), 10–3 Lions, Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:13.
  • MIA – Lousaka Polite 4-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), Tied 10–10, Drive: 11 plays, 80 yds, 6:04.
  • MIA – Davone Bess 13-yard pass from Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter kick), Dolphins 17–10, Drive: 4 plays, 40 yards, 1:12.
3rd quarter
  • DET – Maurice Morris 5-yard run (Dave Rayner kick), Tied 17–17, Drive: 14 plays, 86 yards, 6:28.
  • MIA – Ronnie Brown 1-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), Dolphins 24–17, Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards, 5:44.
4th quarter
  • MIA – Dan Carpenter 28-yard field goal, 27–17 Dolphins, Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 4:53.
  • DET – Jahvid Best 53-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Dave Rayner kick), 27–24 Dolphins, Drive: 1 plays, 53 yards, 0:00.
  • DET – Dave Rayner 47-yard field goal, Tied 27–27, Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 0:57.
  • DET – DeAndre Levy 30-yard interception return (Dave Rayner kick), 34–27 Lions, Drive: 3 plays, 2 yards, 0:33.
Top passers
  • DET – Shaun Hill – 14/26, 222 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • MIA – Chad Henne – 29/44, 278 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In week 16, the Lions flew back to Florida, this time to play the Miami Dolphins. The Lions took an early lead with a 39-yard field goal by Dave Rayner. The Dolphins tied it up with a 40-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter. In the second quarter, the Lions took the lead when Brandon Pettigrew caught a 20-yard touchdown pass. The Dolphins tied it up with a 4-yard rush by Lousaka Polite. Miami took the lead with a 13-yard TD catch by Davone Bess. After halftime, the Lions tied it back up with a 5-yard TD rush by Maurice Morris. The Dolphins responded with a 1-yard TD run by Ronnie Brown. Miami added to their lead with a 28-yard field goal. The Lions then scored 17 unanswered points. First Jahvid Best caught a 53-yard TD pass. Then Dave Rayner kicked a 47-yard field goal. They sealed their win when DeAndre Levy intercepted a Chad Henne pass and ran it back 30 yards for a touchdown. With the win not only did the Lions improve to 5–10, but it was the their first back-to-back road victories since 2004, and first three-game winning streak since 2007.

Week 17: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week 17: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 0 7 6 13
Lions 0 10 3 7 20

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter
  • DET – Dave Rayner 55-yard field goal, Lions 3–0, Drive: 8 plays, 32 yards, 4:18.
  • DET – Nate Burleson 7-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Dave Rayner Kick), Lions 10–0, Drive: 15 plays, 94 yards, 4:39.
Third quarter
  • DET – Dave Rayner 37-yard field goal, Lions 13–0, Drive: 11 plays, 47 yards, 5:02.
  • MIN – Jared Allen 36-yard interception return, Lions 13–7, Drive: 1 plays, 37 yards, 0:35.
Fourth quarter
  • MIN – Ryan Longwell 27-yard field goal, Lions 13–10, Drive: 12 plays, 52 yards, 7:17.
  • DET – Maurice Morris 5-yard run (Dave Rayner kick), Lions 20–10, Drive: 8 plays, 77 yards, 2:36.
  • MIN – Ryan Longwell 48-yard field goal, Lions 20–13, Drive: 13 plays, 58 yards, 3:41.
Top passers
  • MIN – Joe Webb – 19/31, 133 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • DET – Shaun Hill – 28/39, 258 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Top rushers
  • MIN – Joe Webb – 5 rushes, 35 yards
  • DET – Jahvid Best – 10 rushes, 34 yards
Top receivers
Top tacklers

To finish the season, the Lions hosted a rematch with division rivals the Minnesota Vikings. Neither team scored in the first quarter; the Vikings were shut out in the first half. The Lions got on the board midway through the second quarter with a 55-yard field goal by Dave Rayner. They added to their lead with a 7-yard touchdown catch by Nate Burleson just before halftime. After the break, Detroit kicked another field goal, this time from 37 yards out. The Vikings finally got on the board midway through the third quarter when Jared Allen intercepted a Shaun Hill pass and ran it back 36 yards for a touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter, Minnesota added more points with a 27-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell. The Lions responded a few minutes later with a 5-yard TD run by Maurice Morris. The Vikings kicked a 48-yard field goal late in the game, and attempted an onside kick to try to tie it but failed, giving Detroit the win. With the win not only did the Lions finish their season 6–10, but it became their first four-game winning streak since 1999 as they snapped the Vikings' 6-game winning streak against them and also became the first time the team has won back-to-back division rival games since 2007.

Awards and Records[edit]

Ndamukong Suh

External links[edit]

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