Detroit Lions

1st NFC North (5-2-0)

Founded: 1930

Stadium: Ford Field

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  • Lions GM mum on Megatron's future, eyes quiet trade deadline

    Martin Mayhew has some big questions to answer about some important players soon, but the Detroit Lions general manager is putting out a conservative vibe as the trade deadline approaches.
  • Injury roundup: Reggie Bush (ankle) misses practice

    Lions running back Reggie Bush and Colts wideout Reggie Wayne sat out their respective Thursday practices. Will either player be healthy enough to suit up this weekend?
  • Megatron back to running, feels healthy

    Should the Detroit Lions wait a week to bring back Calvin Johnson, or will they risk it against the Falcons in London? Johnson, for his part, sounds like a player intent on trying to play Sunday.
  • Roundup: Megatron traveling to London; A.J. Green progressing

    Calvin Johnson has missed the past two games with an ankle injury, but the Detroit Lions' star will fly with the team to London -- leaving the door slightly ajar for him to suit up against the Falcons.
  • Tate: Game-changing TD 'like a dream'

    Golden Tate has put the Detroit Lions' offense on his shoulders amid the absence of Calvin Johnson. The wide receiver analogized his 73-yard touchdown reception Sunday to being in a state of reverie.
  • Calvin Johnson could be held out until Week 10

    Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn't rule out the possibility of sitting out injured wide receiver Calvin Johnson through the team's Week 9 bye. How can Detroit weather the storm without its best player?
  • Fairley: Lions' top-ranked defense can be 'best ever'

    The Detroit Lions' defense is riding high, and after an eight-sack performance Sunday, defensive tackle Nick Fairley bestowed some lofty praise usually reserved for the most legendary of groups.
  • Megatron, Bush out for Lions vs. Vikings

    The Lions will be without their top two weapons when they take on the Vikings on Sunday, as Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush are both out. Will Detroit be able to still stay competitive in Week 6?
  • Megatron dealing with high ankle sprain

    The Detroit Lions are prepared to rest Calvin Johnson this weekend as he deals with a high ankle sprain. For his part, Megatron hopes to be on the field -- though he acknowledges it will take treatment to get there.
  • Lions sign kicker Prater to one-year deal after releasing Henery

    After releasing kicker Alex Henery on Monday following a short-lived and lackluster performance, the Detroit Lions signed Matt Prater, himself released by the Broncos last week, to a one-year deal.
Draft 2014 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 10 (10) Ebron, Eric TE 
Rd 2, Pick 8 (40) Van Noy, Kyle OLB 
Rd 3, Pick 12 (76) Swanson, Travis C 
Rd 4, Pick 33 (133) Lawson, Nevin CB 
Rd 4, Pick 36 (136) Webster, Larry DE 
Rd 5, Pick 18 (158) Reid, Caraun DT 
Rd 6, Pick 13 (189) Jones, T.J. WR 
Rd 7, Pick 14 (229) Freese, Nate K 
Scoreboard more
Ford Field - Wk 7 1 2 3 4 T
New Orleans Saints 0 10 7 6 23
Detroit Lions 0 3 7 14 24
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
5 Sun, Oct 05 Buffalo 14-17   L
6 Sun, Oct 12 @ Minnesota 17-3   W
7 Sun, Oct 19 New Orleans 24-23   W
8 Sun, Oct 26 @ Atlanta 9:30 AM ET
9 Bye
10 Sun, Nov 09 Miami 1:00 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Eric Ebron (TE) O - Hamstring
Ezekiel Ansah (DE) P - Toe
Joseph Fauria (TE) O - Ankle
LaAdrian Waddle (T) Q - Concussion
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Matthew Stafford 252 159 1891 9
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Joique Bell 84 274 3.3 3
Reggie Bush 49 171 3.5 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Golden Tate 48 649 13.5 2
Calvin Johnson 22 348 15.8 2
Reggie Bush 25 164 6.6 0
Jeremy Ross 12 161 13.4 1
Transactions more
Date Transaction
10/22 Jerome Couplin (DB) Practice Squad (practice squad).
10/22 William Powell (RB) Terminated (by Club) from Practice Squad (terminated (by club) from practice squad).
10/20 Jerome Couplin (DB) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
10/20 Kellen Davis (TE) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
NFC North more
Team W L T Win %
Detroit 5 2 0 .714
Green Bay 5 2 0 .714
Chicago 3 4 0 .429
Minnesota 2 5 0 .286

Head Coach more

Jim Caldwell

Regular Season: 31-24

Postseason: 2-2

Experience: 3

Career record: 33-26

The Detroit Lions hired Jim Caldwell to replace the fired Jim Schwartz as head coach.

Caldwell was previously head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11, taking that team to Super Bowl XLIV after the 2009 season. Most recently he was the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator, a post he assumed late in the 2012 season, replacing the fired Cam Cameron. The Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl, with Caldwell -- who was Baltimore's QB coach before becoming OC --receiving a lot of credit for the outstanding play of quarterback Joe Flacco.

Caldwell became the Colts coach following the retirement of Tony Dungy on January 12, 2009. Caldwell had served with Indianapolis since 2002. He spent the first three seasons as quarterbacks coach before earning the expanded title of assistant head coach prior to the 2005 season.


Caldwell joined Indianapolis from Tampa Bay, where he served in the same capacity during the 2001 season. Caldwell has more than 20 years of collegiate experience. Caldwell spent 1993-2000 as head coach at Wake Forest. In 1999, Caldwell led the school to its first winning season and bowl game since 1992. Wake Forest defeated Arizona State, 23-3, in the Aloha Bowl. During Caldwell's tenure, Wake Forest ranked among the nation's Top 25 teams in passing offense on four different occasions, including 10th in the NCAA in 1995. That season, quarterback Rusty LaRue established seven NCAA passing records.


Caldwell served as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois (1978-80), Northwestern (1981), Colorado (1982-84), Louisville (1985) and Penn State (1986-92). Caldwell joined Penn State as wide receivers coach. He then coached quarterbacks the following season and added passing game coordinator responsibilities in 1988. At Penn State, Caldwell tutored quarterback Kerry Collins, who went on to win the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top college quarterback and the Maxwell Award as the nation's most outstanding player. Caldwell has coached in six bowl games and won a national championship with Penn State in 1986. In addition to serving on Joe Paterno's staff that won a national championship, Caldwell tutored under three other coaches who won collegiate titles (Rey Dempsey, Southern Illinois; Bill McCartney, Colorado; Howard Schnellenberger, Louisville).


 Caldwell was a four-year starter as a defensive back at Iowa and worked as a graduate assistant for the Hawkeyes in 1977.


 Caldwell was born on January 16, 1955 in Beloit, Wis. He and his wife, Cheryl, have four children: Jimmy, Jermaine, Jared and Natalie.

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