"Nate Burleson made a catch, better throw a flag!"
- Sunday's Vikings game is the Lions' 12th straight sellout at Ford Field.
- Straight from the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up department comes this news: Nate Burleson has been fined $7,500 for the facemask penalty he received during last Sunday's game against the Saints. Although what he did was technically worthy of a penalty, I really don't understand how it was a fineable offense. Then again, this is the same league that fined Burleson for wearing the wrong colored socks and penalized him three times in one game for pass interference. I suppose nothing should come as a surprise with the NFL anymore.
- Burleson said this week that "zero tolerance" has been instilled and that he doesn't think there will be "many more bonehead mistakes."
- Nick Fairley was in a boot on Wednesday after tweaking his injured foot against the Saints. This unfortunately indicates that Fairley will probably miss more time because of his foot injury.
- Aaron Wilson reports that the Lions tried out defensive tackles Daniel Muir and Jovan Haye this week.
- There was apparently quite the battle between CBS and NBC over the rights to the Week 15 matchup between the Broncos and Patriots. NBC wanted to flex the Tim Tebow vs. Tom Brady battle, but CBS ultimately managed to keep the game on its network and NBC was forced to keep the Ravens/Chargers matchup.
As pointed out by Albert Breer, there could be some epic lobbying between FOX and NBC for the Lions/Packers game in Week 17. If the Lions are playing for a playoff spot and the Packers are going for 16-0, that will be a very popular pick for the Sunday night game that week.
- Philip Zaroo has more comments from Dominic Raiola about the Lions' penalty issues.
- As Tim Twentyman noted on the Lions' official site, Matthew Stafford is statistically having one of the Lions' best seasons ever for a quarterback.
- Jared Allen complimented Ndamukong Suh's style of play but also said "stomping on someone is just crossing the line." Apparently punching an opponent where the sun don't shine isn't crossing the line, though. I get that Allen and Ray Edwards are former teammates, but can you imagine the backlash if Suh did something like that, even if it was in a joking manner?