2017 Detroit Lions season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
2017 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Jim Caldwell
General manager Bob Quinn
Owner Martha Firestone Ford
Home field Ford Field
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd NFC North
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Darius Slay, CB
T. J. Lang, RG
Uniform
Composite Detroit Lions uniforms 2017.png

The 2017 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 88th season in the National Football League, their 84th as the Detroit Lions and the fourth and final under head coach Jim Caldwell. The Lions finished with a 9–7 record, the same record they had in 2016, but unlike the previous year, failed to qualify for the playoffs. After starting the season 3–1, they lost 6 of their next 12 games. They were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention in week 16 following their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite missing the playoffs, the Lions recorded consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 19941995. They also won all of their division road games for the first time ever and swept their division rival Green Bay Packers for the first time since 1991. Despite this, Caldwell was dismissed by the Lions after the season, having accumulating a winning record of 36–28 (4-25 against teams that finished with winning records), but no playoff wins, in four seasons.[1] The team also unveiled a new uniform set and logo, which removed the black that had been used a secondary color since 2003, as well an all gray uniform in week 15.

Offseason[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • On January 4, the Lions announced Jim Caldwell will return as head coach.[2]
  • On February 21, the Lions hired George Godsey as defensive assistant/special projects.[3]

Re-signings[edit]

Date Player Position Contract Source
March 9 Khyri Thornton Defensive tackle 2 years / $3.3 million [4]
March 15 Don Muhlbach Long snapper 1 year / $695,000 [5]
March 21 Armonty Bryant Defensive end 1 year / $855,000 [6]
April 18 Cornelius Lucas Offensive tackle 1 year / $1.797 million [7]
August 9 Tim Wright Tight end 1 year / $775,000 [8]
August 28 Matthew Stafford Quarterback 5 years / $135 million [9]

Additions[edit]

Date Player Position Previous team Contract Source
February 9 Rolan Milligan Safety Dallas Cowboys 1 year / $465,000 [10]
February 23 Pierce Burton Offensive tackle Indianapolis Colts 1 year / $465,000 [11]
March 10 Rick Wagner Offensive tackle Baltimore Ravens 5 years / $47.5 million [12]
Akeem Spence Defensive tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 years / $9 million [13]
Cornelius Washington Defensive end Chicago Bears 2 years / $6 million [14]
Paul Worrilow Linebacker Atlanta Falcons 1 year / $3 million [15]
March 11 D. J. Hayden Cornerback Oakland Raiders 1 year / $3.75 million [16]
Darren Fells Tight end Arizona Cardinals 1 year / $1.5 million [17]
Keshawn Martin Wide receiver San Francisco 49ers 1 year / $885,000 [18]
March 12 T. J. Lang Guard Green Bay Packers 3 years / $28.5 million [19]
March 20 Jordan Hill Defensive tackle Jacksonville Jaguars 1 year / $855,000 [20]
April 3 Nick Bellore Linebacker San Francisco 49ers 1 year / $855,000 [21]
April 25 Kasey Redfern Punter Cleveland Browns 1 year / $465,000 [22]
May 12 Brandon Barnes Tight end Alabama State
Undrafted FA
[23]
Alex Barrett Defensive end San Diego State
Dontez Ford Wide receiver Pittsburgh
Tion Green Running back Pittsburgh
Nick James Defensive tackle Mississippi State
Leo Koloamatangi Offensive lineman Hawaii
Desmond Lawrence Cornerback North Carolina
Storm Norton Tackle Toledo
Michael Rector Wide receiver Stanford
Maurice Swain Defensive tackle Auburn
Noel Thomas Wide receiver Connecticut
Josh Thornton Cornerback Southern Utah
Robert Tonyan Tight end Indiana State
Jeremiah Valoaga Defensive end UNLV
Jamal Agnew Cornerback San Diego 4 years / $2.65 million
Jarrad Davis Linebacker Florida 4 years / $10.9 million
Brad Kaaya Quarterback Miami 4 years / $2.52 million
Jeremiah Ledbetter Defensive end Arkansas 4 years / $2.54 million
Pat O'Connor Defensive end Eastern Michigan 4 years / $2.46 million
Jalen Reeves-Maybin Linebacker Tennessee 4 years / $3.01 million
Michael Roberts Tight end Toledo 4 years / $3 million
Teez Tabor Cornerback Florida 4 years / $4.82 million
May 15 Arturo Uzdavinis Tackle Jacksonville Jaguars 1 year / – [24]
May 30 Matt Asiata Running back Minnesota Vikings 1 year / $615,000 [25]
Connor Bozick Guard Delaware 1 year / –
June 8 Tony Hills Tackle New Orleans Saints 1 year / $910,000 [26]
July 31 Nick Becton Offensive tackle Chicago Bears 1 year / $690,000 [27]
August 8 Tramain Jacobs Cornerback Toronto Argonauts 1 year / $615,000 [28]
Dez Stewart Wide receiver Pittsburgh Steelers 1 year / $465,000
August 21 Scott Orndoff Tight end Pittsburgh Steelers 1 year / $465,000 [29]
August 27 Derrick Lott Defensive tackle Saskatchewan Roughriders 1 year / – [30]

Departures[edit]

Date Player Position Note New Team Source
March 9 DeAndre Levy Linebacker Released [31]
Riley Reiff Offensive tackle UFA Minnesota Vikings [32]
Larry Warford Guard UFA New Orleans Saints [33]
March 11 Stefan Charles Defensive tackle UFA Jacksonville Jaguars [34]
March 14 Andre Roberts Wide receiver UFA Atlanta Falcons [35]
March 23 Tyrunn Walker Defensive end UFA Los Angeles Rams [36]
March 30 Rafael Bush Safety UFA New Orleans Saints [37]
April 20 Jon Bostic Linebacker UFA Indianapolis Colts [38]
May 14 Clay Harbor Tight end UFA New Orleans Saints [39]
May 24 Devin Taylor Defensive end UFA New York Giants [40]
June 1 Orson Charles Tight end UFA Kansas City Chiefs [41]
July 20 Dan Orlovsky Quarterback UFA Los Angeles Rams [42]
August 5 Josh Bynes Linebacker UFA Arizona Cardinals [43]
August 7 Anquan Boldin Wide receiver UFA Buffalo Bills [44]
August 8 Asa Jackson Cornerback UFA San Francisco 49ers [45]

Trades[edit]

Draft[edit]

2017 Detroit Lions Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Source
1 21 Jarrad Davis LB Florida [48]
2 53 Teez Tabor CB Florida [49]
3 96 Kenny Golladay WR Northern Illinois [50]
4 124 Jalen Reeves-Maybin LB Tennessee [51]
127 Michael Roberts TE Toledo [52]
5 165 Jamal Agnew CB San Diego [53]
6 205 Jeremiah Ledbetter DE Arkansas [54]
215 Brad Kaaya QB Miami [55]
7 250 Pat O'Connor DE Eastern Michigan [56]

Notes

  • The Lions made two separate trades with the New England Patriots — acquiring an additional sixth-round selection (No. 215 overall) in exchange for linebacker Kyle Van Noy and their original seventh-round selection (No. 239 overall); and acquiring an additional seventh-round selection (No. 250 overall) in exchange for tight end Michael Williams.
  • The Lions traded their original third-round selection (No. 85 overall) to the Patriots in exchange for the Patriots' third-round selection (No. 96 overall) and their fourth-round selection (No. 124 overall).

Staff[edit]

2017 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and Conditioning


Final roster[edit]

2017 Detroit Lions final 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, 14 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 13 at Indianapolis Colts W 24–10 1–0 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
2 August 19 New York Jets W 16–6 2–0 Ford Field Recap
3 August 25 New England Patriots L 28–30 2–1 Ford Field Recap
4 August 31 at Buffalo Bills L 17–27 2–2 New Era Field Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 10 Arizona Cardinals W 35–23 1–0 Ford Field Recap
2 September 18 at New York Giants W 24–10 2–0 MetLife Stadium Recap
3 September 24 Atlanta Falcons L 26–30 2–1 Ford Field Recap
4 October 1 at Minnesota Vikings W 14–7 3–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
5 October 8 Carolina Panthers L 24–27 3–2 Ford Field Recap
6 October 15 at New Orleans Saints L 38–52 3–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
7 Bye
8 October 29 Pittsburgh Steelers L 15–20 3–4 Ford Field Recap
9 November 6 at Green Bay Packers W 30–17 4–4 Lambeau Field Recap
10 November 12 Cleveland Browns W 38–24 5–4 Ford Field Recap
11 November 19 at Chicago Bears W 27–24 6–4 Soldier Field Recap
12 November 23 Minnesota Vikings L 23–30 6–5 Ford Field Recap
13 December 3 at Baltimore Ravens L 20–44 6–6 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
14 December 10 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24–21 7–6 Raymond James Stadium Recap
15 December 16 Chicago Bears W 20–10 8–6 Ford Field Recap
16 December 24 at Cincinnati Bengals L 17–26 8–7 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
17 December 31 Green Bay Packers W 35–11 9–7 Ford Field Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week One: Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 10 0 7623
Lions 0 9 62035

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

To open the regular season, the Lions hosted the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals took an early lead in the first quarter with an 82-yard interception return from Justin Bethel, followed by a 24-yard field goal from Phil Dawson. The Lions got on the board in the second quarter with a six-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Marvin Jones Jr., and a 58-yard field goal from Matt Prater to make the score 10–9 in favor of Arizona at half-time. In the third quarter, the Cardinals added to their lead with a three-yard touchdown run from Kerwynn Williams, but the Lions responded with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Theo Riddick. In the final quarter, the Lions took their first lead with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Kenny Golladay. Stafford connected with Golladay again minutes later with a 45-yard touchdown pass, then Miles Killebrew returned an interception 35 yards for the Lions' final points. The Cardinals scored with a one-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to J. J. Nelson, making the final score 35–23 in favor of Detroit. It was Matthew Stafford's 27th fourth quarter or overtime comeback since 2011, the most in the league.[57]

Week 2: at New York Giants[edit]

Week Two: Detroit Lions at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 7 10 0724
Giants 0 7 3010

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

In week 2, the Lions visited the New York Giants to play on Monday Night Football. The Lions took an early lead in the first quarter with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Marvin Jones. The Giants tied the game in the second quarter with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Evan Engram, but the Lions took the lead back (which they kept for the rest of the game) with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Eric Ebron, and a 56-yard field goal by Matt Prater to make the score 17–7 in favor of Detroit at half-time. Each team only scored once in the second half: first the Giants with a 25-yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas in the third quarter, then the Lions with an 88-yard punt return by Jamal Agnew in the fourth quarter, making the final score 24–10 for the Lions' second consecutive win. The Lions started the season 2–0 for the first time since 2011, and won both games by double-digits for the first time since 1980.[58] Stafford threw his 193rd touchdown, passing Bob Griese for the 48th spot on the all-time list.[59]

Week 3: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Three: Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 7 13 3730
Lions 0 13 10326

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: September 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 63,240
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

In week 3, the Lions hosted the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons took an early lead in the first quarter with a four-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Mohamed Sanu. The Falcons scored 13 points in the second quarter via a 36-yard field goal from Matt Bryant, a one-yard touchdown run from Devonta Freeman, and a 48-yard field goal from Bryant. The Lions also scored 13 points in the second quarter via a 55-yard field goal from Matt Prater, a 40-yard field goal from Prater, and a 37-yard interception return from Glover Quin, to make the score 20–13 in favor of Atlanta at half-time. The Falcons extended their lead in the third quarter via a 40-yard field goal from Bryant. The Lions responded with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate, and a 35-yard field goal from Prater to tie the game at 23. The Falcons regained the lead in the fourth quarter via a 40-yard touchdown pass from Ryan to Taylor Gabriel. The Lions reduced the Falcons lead to four points with a 57-yard field goal from Prater. The Lions' attempted comeback failed when a touchdown pass from Stafford to Tate was overturned with eight seconds remaining in the game. Due to Tate being ruled down in the field of play and the Lions having no timeouts left, the ten-second runoff rule was invoked, ending the game and giving the Lions their first loss of the season.

Week 4: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Four: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 3 11014
Vikings 0 7 007

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

In week 4, the Lions visited their divisional rival, the Minnesota Vikings. After a scoreless first quarter, the Lions got on the board with a 29-yard field goal by Matt Prater. The Vikings responded a few minutes later with a five-yard rushing touchdown by Dalvin Cook to make the score 7–3 in favor of Minnesota at half-time. The Lions scored 11 unanswered points in the second half. First, Prater kicked a 37-yard field goal to cut the Vikings' lead to three in the third quarter. Next, Detroit regained the lead with a three-yard rushing touchdown by Ameer Abdullah, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Matthew Stafford to T. J. Jones. Both third quarter scores followed Vikings fumbles that were recovered by the Lions. Detroit's Glover Quin forced another fumble by Adam Thielen with under two minutes left in the game, which was recovered by Tahir Whitehead to end Minnesota's attempt at a possible game-tying drive.

Week 5: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Five: Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 3 14 10027
Lions 3 7 01424

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

In week 5, the Lions hosted the Carolina Panthers. The teams exchanged field goals in the first quarter, one from Matt Prater from 30-yards, and one from Graham Gano from 21-yards. The Lions regained the lead in the second quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Zach Zenner. The Panthers responded with a six-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Christian McCaffrey, and a 10-yard touchdown pass from Newtwon to Devin Funchess, to make the score 17–10 in favor of Carolina at half-time. The Panthers scored 10 points in the third quarter via a 31-yard touchdown pass from Newton to Kelvin Benjamin, and a 44-yard field from Gano. The Lions responded with 14 points in the fourth quarter via two touchdown receptions from Matthew Stafford to Darren Fells, from four-yards and 20-yards respectively, making the final score 27–24 in favor of Carolina. Detroit's loss dropped them to 2nd in the NFC North, as the Packers beat the Cowboys later in the day to move to 4–1.

Week 6: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Six: Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 7 3 141438
Saints 17 14 14752

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: October 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,117
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dan Hellie, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

In week 6, the Lions visited the New Orleans Saints. The Saints opened the scoring in the first quarter via a fumble recovery in the end zone by Kenny Vaccaro. The Lions responded with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate to tie the game. The Saints regained the lead via a 20-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Ted Ginn Jr. and a 41-yard field goal from Wil Lutz. The Saints scored 14 points in the second quarter via two touchdown runs from Mark Ingram Jr. from one and two-yards respectively. Matt Prater recorded a 41-yard field goal to make the score 31–10 in favor of New Orleans at half-time. The Saints scored 14 points in the third quarter via a two-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Michael Hoomanawanui and a 27-yard interception return from Marshon Lattimore. The Lions responded with 28 straight points in the second half. The Lions scored 14 points in the third quarter via a 22-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Marvin Jones Jr. and a 22-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Darren Fells. The Lions scored 14 points in the fourth quarter via a 74-yard punt return from Jamal Agnew and a two-yard interception return from A'Shawn Robinson, reducing the Saints' lead to seven points. The Lions' attempted comeback failed when Stafford's pass intended for Eric Ebron was intercepted in the end zone by Cameron Jordan, making the final score 52–38 in favor of New Orleans.

Week 8: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Eight: Pittsburgh Steelers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Steelers 3 7 10020
Lions 3 9 0315

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

In week 8 following their bye-week, the Lions hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. The teams exchanged field goals in the first quarter, one from Chris Boswell from 34-yards, and one from Matt Prater from 48-yards. The Lions scored nine points in the second quarter via three field goals from Prater, from 37-yards, 51-yards, and 34-yards, respectively. The Steelers responded with a five-yard touchdown run from Le'Veon Bell, to make the score 12–10 in favor of Detroit at half-time. The Steelers scored 10 points in the third quarter via a 38-yard field from Boswell, and a 97-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster. The Lions responded with a 19-yard field goal from Prater in the fourth quarter, making the final score 20–15 in favor of Pittsburgh.

The Lions had 482 total yards of offense without scoring a touchdown. This was the third-highest yardage total without a touchdown in NFL history.[60]

Week 9: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Nine: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 7 7 31330
Packers 0 3 01417

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 35 °F (2 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 77,575
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

In week 9, the Lions visited their divisional rival, the Green Bay Packers, on Monday Night Football. The Lions took an early lead on their opening drive of the first quarter, which they kept the rest of the game, via a 25-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Marvin Jones Jr. The Lions extended their lead in the second quarter via a four-yard touchdown run from Ameer Abdullah. The Packers responded with a 35-yard field goal from Mason Crosby, to make the score 14–3 in favor of Detroit at half-time. The Lions opened the scoring in the second-half via a 44-yard field goal from Matt Prater in the third quarter. The Lions scored 13 points in the fourth quarter via a 19-yard field goal from Prater, an 11-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Jones, and a 31-yard field goal from Prater. The Packers scored 14 points in the fourth quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Brett Hundley, and a one-yard touchdown run from Jamaal Williams as time expired, making the final score 30–17 in favor of Detroit, snapping their three-game losing streak. After 23 consecutive road losses against the Packers between 1992 and 2014, the Lions have now won two of the last three meetings in Green Bay.

Matthew Stafford recorded his 200th career touchdown in the first quarter of the game, becoming the fourth quarterback in NFL history to do so before turning 30 years old, a list also occupied by Brett Favre, Dan Marino, and Peyton Manning.[61] The game also marked the first time the Lions did not punt in a game since Thanksgiving Day in 1971.[62]

Week 10: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Ten: Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Browns 10 0 14024
Lions 3 14 71438

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

In week 10, the Lions hosted the winless Cleveland Browns. The Browns scored 10 points in the first quarter via a 23-yard field goal from Zane Gonzalez, and a 19-yard touchdown pass from DeShone Kizer to Kenny Britt. The Lions responded with a 46-yard field goal from Matt Prater. The Lions tied the game in the second quarter via an eight-yard touchdown run from Ameer Abdullah, and took their first lead of the game via a 44-yard fumble return from Nevin Lawson, to make the score 17–10 in favor of Detroit at half-time. The Browns again tied the score in the third quarter via a six-yard touchdown run from Isaiah Crowell, and regained the lead via a one-yard touchdown run from Kizer. The Lions responded by scoring the final 21 points in the game, first with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Theo Riddick in the third quarter, then via a pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes, first a 29-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Eric Ebron, and next a 40-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Golden Tate, making the final score 38–24 in favor of Detroit.

Week 11: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Eleven: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 21 0627
Bears 10 7 0724

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: November 19
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 33 °F (1 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 60,635
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

In week 11, the Lions visited their division rival, the Chicago Bears. The Bears scored 10 points in the first quarter via a 23-yard field goal from Connor Barth, and a one-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell Trubisky to Adam Shaheen. The Lions scored 21 points in the second quarter via a 27-yard fumble return from D. J. Hayden, a 28-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Marvin Jones Jr. and a two-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Ameer Abdullah. The Bears responded with a 12-yard touchdown run from Jordan Howard, to make the score 21–17 in favor of Detroit at half-time. After a scoreless third quarter, the Lions extended their lead in the fourth quarter via a 27-yard field goal from Matt Prater. The Bears responded with a 15-yard touchdown run from Tarik Cohen to tie the game. The Lions regained the lead via a 52-yard field goal from Prater. The Bears attempted comeback failed when Barth missed a potentially game-tying 46-yard field goal attempt with eight seconds remaining in the game, making the final score 27–24 in favor of Detroit. With the win, the Lions won all of their division games on the road in a season for the first time in franchise history.

Week 12: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

See also NFL on Thanksgiving Day

Week Twelve: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 13 7 7330
Lions 0 10 6723

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

For their annual Thanksgiving Day game, the Lions hosted a rematch with their divisional rival, the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings scored 13 points in the first quarter via a one-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Kyle Rudolph, and a nine-yard touchdown run from Keenum. The Lions responded with 10 points in the second quarter via a 32-yard field goal from Matt Prater and a six-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Marvin Jones Jr. The Vikings extended their lead in the second quarter via a 22-yard touchdown pass from Keenum to Rudolph to make the score 20–10 in favor of Minnesota at half-time. The Vikings opened the scoring in the second half via a two-yard touchdown run from Latavius Murray. The Lions responded with two field goals from Prater in the third quarter from 32-yards, and 50-yards, respectively. The Lions reduced the Vikings lead to four points in the fourth via a 43-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Jones. The Vikings extended their lead in the fourth quarter via a 36-yard field goal from Kai Forbath. The Lions' attempted comeback failed when Stafford's pass intended for Jones was intercepted by Xavier Rhodes. On the Vikings' ensuing drive, Forbath's 25-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Darius Slay and recovered by Nevin Lawson and returned for a 77-yard touchdown, which was then nullified due to an offside penalty on Slay, making the final score 30–23 in favor of Minnesota, snapping the Lions' three-game winning streak.

Week 13: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Thirteen: Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 0 13720
Ravens 3 17 02444

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: December 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C), partly sunny
  • Game attendance: 70,500
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

In week 13, the Lions visited the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 38-yard field goal from Justin Tucker. The Ravens added 17 points in the second quarter via a one-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Benjamin Watson, a three-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Patrick Ricard, and a 46-yard field goal from Tucker, giving the Ravens a 20–0 lead at the intermission. After half-time, the Lions finally got on the board and scored 13 points in the third quarter via a four-yard touchdown run from Theo Riddick, and a six-yard touchdown run from Tion Green (the first of his career), reducing the Ravens' lead to seven points. The Ravens responded with 24 points in the fourth quarter via a seven-yard touchdown run from Alex Collins, a 51-yard field goal from Tucker, a six-yard touchdown run from Collins, and a 45-yard interception return from Eric Weddle. The Lions scored via a one-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Nick Bellore, making the final score 44–20 in favor of Baltimore.

Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Fourteen: Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 7 7 7324
Buccaneers 7 0 01421

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

In week 14, the Lions visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Each team exchanged touchdowns in the first quarter. First a two-yard touchdown run from Detroit's Theo Riddick, then a one-yard touchdown run from Tampa Bay's Doug Martin. The only score of the second quarter was a five-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate, to make the score 14–7 in favor of Detroit at half-time. The Lions scored the only points of the third quarter when Riddick ran in his second touchdown of the game, this time from 18-yards. Tampa Bay responded with back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter, first with a two-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston to O. J. Howard, then a two-yard touchdown pass from Winston to Leonard Wester to tie the game at 21. Matt Prater kicked a 46-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in the game, making the final score 24–21 in favor of Detroit.

Week 15: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Fifteen: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 3 0710
Lions 3 10 7020

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

In week 15, the Lions donned brand new all gray uniforms and hosted a Saturday evening rematch with their division rivals, the Chicago Bears. The Lions opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 48-yard field goal from Matt Prater. The Lions extended their lead in the second quarter via a 31-yard field goal from Prater, and a three-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to T. J. Jones. The Bears got on the board via a 41-yard field goal from Mike Nugent with two seconds remaining in the first half, to make the score 13–3 in favor of Detroit at half-time. The Lions scored the only points in the third quarter via an eight-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Eric Ebron. The Bears scored the only points in the fourth quarter via a nine-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell Trubisky to Benny Cunningham, making the final score 20–10 in favor of Detroit.

Week 16: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Sixteen: Detroit Lions at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 7 0 3717
Bengals 0 6 71326

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 35 °F (2 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 47,732
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Jen Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

In week 16, the Lions visited the Cincinnati Bengals on Christmas Eve to finish their road schedule. The Lions took an early lead when Eric Ebron caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford for the only points of the first quarter. The Bengals' Randy Bullock kicked a pair of field goals in the second quarter, from 29-yards and 27-yards, respectively, to make the score 7–6 in favor of Detroit at half-time. The Lions extended their lead in the third quarter when Matt Prater kicked a 23-yard field goal, but then the Bengals took their first lead of the game when C. J. Uzomah caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton. In the fourth quarter the Bengals extended their lead when Bullock scored another field goal from 35-yards out, then Detroit's Tion Green ran in a touchdown from five-yards out to give the Lions a 17–16 lead. However, Cincinnati regained the lead when they added ten more points with a 51-yard field goal from Bullock and a 12-yard touchdown run from Giovani Bernard to make the final score 26–17 in favor of the Bengals. With the loss, the Lions were eliminated from playoff contention.

Week 17: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Seventeen: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 3 0 0811
Lions 3 17 7835

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

To finish the season, the Lions hosted a rematch with their divisional rivals, the Green Bay Packers, on New Year's Eve. The teams exchanged field goals in the first quarter, one from Green Bay's Mason Crosby from 41-yards, and one from Detroit's Matt Prater from 28-yards. The Lions scored 17 points in the second quarter via a 54-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Kenny Golladay, a three-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Marvin Jones Jr., and a 30-yard field goal from Prater, to make the score 20–3 in favor of Detroit at half-time. The Lions extended their lead in the third quarter via a 71-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Golden Tate. Each team exchanged touchdowns in the fourth quarter. First a 17-yard touchdown pass from Brett Hundley to Randall Cobb of the Packers, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Hundley to Cobb for the Packers. Then the Lions scored the game's final points with a seven-yard touchdown run from Ameer Abdullah, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Tate to Stafford, making the final score 35–11 in favor of Detroit. With the win, it marked the first time the Lions beat the Packers twice in the regular season since 1991. The Lions also had their first back-to-back winning seasons since 1994 and 1995.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Minnesota Vikings 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 382 252 W3
Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 410 376 W1
Green Bay Packers 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 320 384 L3
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 0–6 1–11 264 320 L1

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Philadelphia Eagles East 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .461 .433 L1
2[a] Minnesota Vikings North 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .492 .447 W3
3[b] Los Angeles Rams West 11 5 0 .688 4–2 7–5 .504 .460 L1
4[b][c] New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 .535 .483 L1
Wild Cards
5[c] Carolina Panthers South 11 5 0 .688 3–3 7–5 .539 .500 L1
6 Atlanta Falcons South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 .543 .475 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[d] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 .496 .368 W1
8[d] Seattle Seahawks West 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 .492 .444 L1
9[d] Dallas Cowboys East 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .496 .438 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 .488 .406 W2
11[e] Green Bay Packers North 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .539 .357 L3
12[e] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 1–5 5–7 .539 .429 L1
13 San Francisco 49ers West 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 .512 .438 W5
14[f] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 .555 .375 W1
15[f] Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 0–6 1–11 .559 .500 L1
16 New York Giants East 3 13 0 .188 1–5 1–11 .531 .458 W1
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b Philadelphia claimed the No. 1 seed over Minnesota based on winning percentage vs. common opponents. Philadelphia's cumulative record against Carolina, Chicago,
    LA Rams and Washington was 5–0, compared to Minnesota's 4–1 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  2. ^ a b LA Rams claimed the No. 3 seed over New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b New Orleans clinched the NFC South division over Carolina based on head-to-head sweep.
  4. ^ a b c Detroit finished ahead of Dallas and Seattle based on conference record, while Seattle finished ahead of Dallas based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of Washington based on record vs. common opponents. Green Bay's cumulative record against Dallas, Minnesota, New Orleans and Seattle
    was 2–3, compared to Washington's 1–4 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  6. ^ a b Tampa Bay finished ahead of Chicago based on head-to-head victory.
  7. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jim Caldwell fired after 4 seasons as Detroit Lions coach The Detroit Free Press, January 1, 2018
  2. ^ Orr, Conor (January 4, 2017). "Jim Caldwell to return as Lions coach in 2017". NFL.com. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Lions hire George Godsey as defensive assistant-special projects". Detroit Lions. February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "Lions re-sign DT Khyri Thornton". Detroit Lions. March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Lions re-sign LS Don Muhlbach". Detroit Lions. March 15, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "Lions re-sign DE Armonty Bryant". March 21, 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Lions re-sign restricted free agent T Cornelius Lucas". April 18, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "Lions sign TE Tim Wright and waive TE Brandon Barnes". Detroit Lions. August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  9. ^ Shook, Nick (August 28, 2017). "Lions, Matthew Stafford agree to $135M extension". NFL.com. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  10. ^ "Lions sign free agent S Rolan Milligan". Detroit Lions. February 9, 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "Lions sign free agent T Pierce Burton". Detroit Lions. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  12. ^ "Lions sign unrestricted free agent T Rick Wagner". Detroit Lions. March 10, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  13. ^ "Lions sign unrestricted free agent DT Akeem Spence". Detroit Lions. March 10, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  14. ^ "Lions sign unrestricted free agent DE Cornelius Washington". Detroit Lions. March 10, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  15. ^ "Lions sign unrestricted free agent LB Paul Worrilow". Detroit Lions. March 10, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  16. ^ "Lions sign unrestricted free agent CB DJ Hayden". Detroit Lions. March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  17. ^ "Lions sign free agent TE Darren Fells". Detroit Lions. March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  18. ^ "Lions sign free agent WR Keshawn Martin". Detroit Lions. March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  19. ^ "Lions sign unrestricted free agent G T.J. Lang". Detroit Lions. March 12, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  20. ^ "Lions sign unrestricted free agent DT Jordan Hill". Detroit Lions. March 20, 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  21. ^ "Lions sign unrestricted free agent LB Nick Bellore". Detroit Lions. April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  22. ^ "Lions sign free agent P Kasey Redfern". Detroit Lions. April 25, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  23. ^ "Lions sign 8 2017 NFL draft picks and 14 undrafted rookie free agents". Detroit Lions. May 12, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  24. ^ "Lions sign free agent T Arturo Uzdavinis". Detroit Lions. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  25. ^ "Lions sign free agents RB Matt Asiata and G Connor Bozick". Detroit Lions. May 30, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  26. ^ "Lions sign free agent T Tony Hills". Detroit Lions. June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  27. ^ "Lions sign free agent T Nick Becton". Detroit Lions. July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  28. ^ "Lions sign free agents CB Tramain Jacobs and WR Dez Stewart". Detroit Lions. August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  29. ^ "Lions sign free agent TE Scott Orndoff". Detroit Lions. August 21, 2017. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  30. ^ "Lions sign DT Derrick Lott and place DT Jordan Hill on IR". Detroit Lions. August 27, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  31. ^ "Lions release LB DeAndre Levy". Detroit Lions. March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  32. ^ Wesseling, Chris (March 9, 2017). "Vikings bolster O-line with tackle Riley Reiff". National Football League. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  33. ^ Wesseling, Chris (March 9, 2017). "Saints sign Larry Warford to four-year, $34M deal". National Football League. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  34. ^ "Jaguars sign defensive tackle Stefan Charles as unrestricted free agent". Jacksonville Jaguars. March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  35. ^ "Roundup: Andre Roberts signs with Atlanta Falcons". National Football League. March 14, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  36. ^ Simmons, Myles (March 23, 2017). "Rams Agree to Terms with DT Tyrunn Walker". Los Angeles Rams. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  37. ^ "New Orleans Saints Sign S Rafael Bush". New Orleans Saints. March 30, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  38. ^ Bowen, Kevin (April 20, 2017). "Colts Sign Veteran Inside Linebacker Jon Bostic". Indianapolis Colts. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  39. ^ "Saints Announce Roster Moves After Rookie Minicamp". New Orleans Saints. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  40. ^ Eisen, Michael (May 25, 2017). "Giants add defensive depth with DE Devin Taylor & Safety Duke Ihenacho". New York Giants. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  41. ^ Paylor, Terez (June 1, 2017). "Chiefs sign tight end Orson Charles, safety Demariay Drew". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  42. ^ Sessler, Marc (July 20, 2017). "Dan Orlovsky, Los Angeles Rams agree on contract". NFL.com. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  43. ^ "Cardinals sign LBs Josh Bynes, Terence Waugh". ESPN.com. August 5, 2017. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  44. ^ Brown, Chris (August 7, 2017). "Bills sign free agent WR Anquan Boldin". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  45. ^ "49ers Sign CB Asa Jackson, Waive/Injured CB Zach Franklin". San Francisco 49ers. August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  46. ^ Patra, Kevin (June 15, 2017). "Rams trade ex-No. 2 pick Greg Robinson to Lions". NFL.com. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  47. ^ Orr, Conor (August 31, 2017). "Detroit Lions trade OL Laken Tomlinson to Niners". NFL.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  48. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 27, 2017). "Detroit Lions draft linebacker Jarrad Davis". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  49. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 28, 2017). "Detroit Lions draft cornerback Teez Tabor". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  50. ^ O'Hara, Mike (April 28, 2017). "Detroit Lions trade down, draft wide receiver Kenny Golladay". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  51. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 29, 2017). "Detroit Lions draft linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  52. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 29, 2017). "Detroit Lions draft tight end Michael Roberts". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  53. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 29, 2017). "Detroit Lions draft cornerback Jamal Agnew". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  54. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 29, 2017). "Detroit Lions draft defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  55. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 29, 2017). "Detroit Lions draft quarterback Brad Kaaya". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  56. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 29, 2017). "Detroit Lions draft defensive lineman Pat O'Connor". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  57. ^ Lions prep for Giants with Odell Beckham Jr. Fox Sports, September 19, 2017
  58. ^ "Do you believe in the Detroit Lions after a 2-0 start?". MLive. September 19, 2017. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  59. ^ Matthew Stafford fights off apparent eye poke to pass Bob Griese on TD list ESPN.com, September 18, 2017
  60. ^ "Steelers lean on D, Smith-Schuster in 20-15 win over Lions". USA Today. October 30, 2017. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  61. ^ Birkett, Dave (November 6, 2017). "Lions' Matthew Stafford joins exclusive club with 200th career TD pass". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  62. ^ Rothstein, Michael (November 7, 2017). "Lions don't punt in Monday's game vs. Packers". ESPN. Retrieved November 7, 2017.