- Despite missing a field goal on Sunday, David Akers still has the confidence of Jim Schwartz. Unless the misses become a lot more frequent, don't expect any changes at kicker.
- This pretty much sums up why the Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears on Sunday:
- The Lions' run defense was downright dominant on Sunday.
Lions defense allowed just 38 rush yards on 20 att (1.9 avg) to Bears. First time since 2005 #Lions allowed no more than 38 yards in game.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) November 11, 2013
- Montell Owens did in fact reinjure his knee, but it's not considered a long-term injury. There's no known timetable for when he will return, though.
- Schwartz praised Rocky McIntosh for two key plays he made against the Bears (on the fourth-and-1 stop and the first 2-point conversion attempt).
- It's been a while since the Lions have been in first place in their division this late in the season.
Lions haven't been in 1st place in the division after Week 10 since 1999. Never been atop the NFC North this late since realignment in 2002.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) November 11, 2013
- This is pretty amazing:
The @DetroitLionsNFL went 13-67 on the road from 2000-2009 (80 games). They are 12-17 on the road from 2010-current (29 games)— Sports&Detroit (@jjthomas06) November 11, 2013
- As noted by Josh Katzenstein, the Lions have actually trailed in all six of their wins this season. Their ability to stay calm and not panic when falling behind has been huge.
- The announcers for Sunday's game between the Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick.
- MLive's Q&A last week was with John Wendling.
- The POD Survivor Pool came to an abrupt end this past week thanks to the Jacksonville Jaguars:
The POD Survivor League had an interesting day... pic.twitter.com/t87DAhDPAs— Pride Of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) November 11, 2013
- The Green Bay Packers are going to start Scott Tolzien at quarterback this week. Good luck with that. (The Packers, by the way, have in fact signed Matt Flynn.)
- It turns out that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler did in fact hurt his ankle on Sunday. He suffered a high-ankle sprain and is out for at least the next week. Also, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is out for the rest of the regular season after suffering a triceps injury.
Lions notes looks at David Akers, Montell Owens and much more.