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Lions Notes: Wrapping Up The Bucs Game

  • Here's an interesting tidbit from the Free Press: Ndamukong Suh's father is only 5-foot-8, but his great-grandfather was 7-foot-3. I think we know where he got his size from.
  • On Sunday, Lions kicker Jason Hanson became the third player in NFL history to play 20 seasons with one team. Jackie Slater and Darrell Green are the other two players to have done that.
  • Matthew Stafford set a franchise record for passing yards in a road opener with 305 this past Sunday.
  • Calvin Johnson may be a receiver, but the Lions inserted him into the game on Sunday as a safety for the last play in case a jump ball needed to be knocked down. The Bucs tried to score with laterals rather than a jump ball, and Johnson joked that he was a bit concerned when it looked like he might have to make a tackle. Luckily Louis Delmas forced a fumble before it came to that.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reserved a seat at Sunday's game for Tom Kowalski.
  • Lions fans took over Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.
  • The Buccaneers tried out former Lions punter Nick Harris in the days leading up to Sunday's game.
  • Former Lions kicker Dave Rayner tried out with the Chargers, which lost Nate Kaeding for the season because of a torn ACL. San Diego ended up signing Nick Novak, who also tried out.
  • Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount wasn't thrilled with how little he was used against the Lions.
  • Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw for 422 yards on Sunday, tying Stafford for the NFL rookie record for passing yards in a game.