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Lions Notes: Matthew Stafford Again Nominated For FedEx Air Player Of The Week

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  • Matthew Stafford is once again up for the honor of being the FedEx Air Player of the Week. Stafford won the award earlier this season for his performance against the Chiefs in Week 2, and now he is up for it after completing 21-of-30 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns against the Broncos.
  • Stafford had the highest passer rating and QBR in Week 8.
  • Titus Young is one of the nominees for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week.
  • Ndamukong Suh's meeting with Roger Goodell and the league office is scheduled for today. After the news came out about the meeting, the NFL clarified the nature of it and said that Suh "reached out" to Goodell more than a month ago and will meet with "football operations" people like Ray Anderson, Merton Hanks, Carl Johnson and Jeff Fisher. The NFL invited Suh to bring a Lions coach with him to the meeting, although Jim Schwartz wouldn't say if he was planning on accompanying Suh to New York.
  • Stephen Tulloch has received some criticism for mocking Tim Tebow by "Tebowing" in Sunday's game. He responded to the criticism by tweeting this: "I have a love & passion for the game of football. Football is a form of entertainment. Have a sense of humor, I wasn't mocking GOD! "
  • While some Lions players had fun with the "Tebowing" fad on Sunday, others thought the joke was Tebow's play. From Michael Silver:
    "Can you believe ’15’?" one Detroit Lions defender asked after his team’s 45-10 immolation of Tebow and the Denver Broncos. "Come on – that’s embarrassing. I mean, it’s a joke. We knew all week that if we brought any kind of defensive pressure, he couldn’t do anything. In the second half it got boring out there. We were like, ‘Come on – that’s your quarterback? Seriously?’ "
    That may seem harsh, but it's a fair assessment. Putting pressure on Tebow prevented him from doing much of anything during Sunday's game, and it was an ugly performance by Tebow. Granted, it is going to take time for him to learn and grow as a quarterback in the NFL, but I really don't understand why the Broncos benched Kyle Orton in favor of someone who clearly isn't ready to see the field as a signal-caller. (Tebow will start again this week, by the way.)
  • A big part of the Lions' turnaround has been learning how to win on the road. Last season, their road losing streak grew to 26 after a loss at the Cowboys. As pointed out by Michael David Smith, the Lions haven't lost a game away from home since then. They beat the Buccaneers and Dolphins on the road at the end of 2010, and so far this season the Lions have won their first four road games. Jennifer Hammond notes that the Lions only had four road wins in the previous four seasons combined, which shows just how big of a turnaround this has been.
  • Speaking of road wins, this is the first time the Lions have started the season with four straight victories on the road since 1956, according to Paula Pasche.
  • Jim Schwartz is very excited about adding Chris Harris to the secondary. Schwartz said on Monday that it won't take long for Harris to get on the field.
  • Schwartz has not established a timetable for Jahvid Best's return from his second concussion since August.
  • Per Paula Pasche, only two players since 1970 have caught 11 touchdowns in their first eight games of the season: Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson, who picked up his 11th touchdown on Sunday.
  • In case you haven't seen it yet, click here to check out the funny video from ESPN about what is a catch. Lions wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson are featured in it.
  • Here's a great stat from John Niyo: As a team the Lions had only four interceptions in all of 2008. Already this season Chris Houston has four picks of his own.
  • According to Anwar Richardson, 79.2 percent of the teams that have started 6-2 since 1990 have gone on to make the playoffs.
  • The Broncos left a media credential at Sunday's game for Tom Kowalski.
  • Former Lion Tommy Watkins recently died at the age of 74.
  • Just how weak is the NFC West? The 49ers could conceivably clinch the division before Thanksgiving.
  • Former Lions cornerback Leigh Bodden, who was recently released by the Patriots, cleared waivers and is now free to sign with any team.
  • Running back Tashard Choice was claimed by the Redskins after being released by the Cowboys.