Lions notes: Special teams mediocrity, injury updates, more

Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Lions notes takes a look at just how bad the special teams cover units are, injury updates, Matthew Stafford's airbrushed shirt and more.

  • Just how bad are the Detroit Lions' special teams cover units? On Sunday, the Lions became the first team since at least 1940 to allow a punt return touchdown and kick return touchdown in two consecutive games. (Via Larry Lage)
  • Further proof of the Lions' awful special teams comes from this stat:
  • Still don't think there is a need to change things up? I present you with this:
  • Since their 5-0 start last season, the Lions have gone 6-10 if you include their playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.
  • As pointed out by Anwar Richardson, Sunday was the first time Matthew Stafford didn't throw a touchdown pass in a game he actually played in since the 2010 season opener against the Chicago Bears. In that game, he only played one half before having to leave with an injury.
  • Lions defensive end Cliff Avril suffered a back injury on Sunday. Initially it looked like Avril suffered a bad knee injury, but it turns out he actually hurt his back.
  • There was a scare when Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson took a helmet-to-helmet hit in Sunday's game. He looked woozy and underwent a concussion test on the sideline. Luckily, he passed it and returned to the game.
  • Because the Lions were in their "jumbo" package to open Sunday's game, rookie Riley Reiff was credited with getting his first career start. The Lions actually drew a pair of flags on the play, but Reiff still got credit for the start.
  • The hilarious airbrushed shirt from Matthew Stafford's Monday Night Football commercial is now being sold at Ford Field. Kelly Hall, Stafford's girlfriend, showed off the shirt on Sunday.
  • It certainly seems like safety Louis Delmas is close to returning. I would be surprised if he's not back after the bye week. Then again, back in August I never would have thought he would still be out.
  • The referee from Sunday's game thanked fans and players before things kicked off.

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