- With Dominic Raiola suspended for Sunday's NFC North title game, rookie Travis Swanson is set to make his first career start at center. It obviously remains to be seen how things will go, but backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky is quite confident in Swanson's abilities.
Backup QB Dan Orlovsky said Travis Swanson hasn't put a snap on the ground in four months. Swanson does fair amount of first-team work, too.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) December 24, 2014
Orlovsky on Swanson: "He'll be fine. I'm telling you, Swanny is actually one of the better snappers I've ever taken a snap from."— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) December 24, 2014
- Even the Green Bay Packers apparently think quite highly of Swanson.
McCarthy on impact of Lions losing Dominic Raiola: "Time will tell. I know our personnel department really liked Travis Swanson coming out."— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) December 23, 2014
- Raiola apologized to his teammates on Tuesday for being a distraction.
- The forecast for Sunday in Green Bay doesn't actually seem all that bad considering it's the end of December.
- Why wasn't Sunday's game between the Lions and Packers flexed to the Sunday night slot on NBC? It sounds like the fact that FOX had lost a Week 17 game to NBC four years in a row had a lot to do with it. (The Cincinnati Bengals/Pittsburgh Steelers game was flexed from CBS to NBC instead.)
- Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are going to announce the Lions/Packers game on Sunday.
- Lions players had great answers when asked about where they were when the team last won a road game against the Packers (in 1991).
Stafford on what he remembers about 1991, the last time Lions won in Wisconsin: "I was probably still sucking my thumb."— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) December 24, 2014
Lions DE Darryl Tapp, on where he was in 1991: "I was probably chilling somewhere drinking a juice box."— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) December 24, 2014
Calvin, on what he was doing the last time the Lions won in Green Bay in 1991: "Shoot, I was 6 years old."— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) December 24, 2014
Glover Quin definitely has the right mindset when it comes to this Lambeau losing streak.
Quin: "It doesn't matter what happened in 1998. It doesn't matter what happened in 1892. This year's team hasn't been to Lambeau yet."— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 24, 2014
- Darryl Tapp was mic'd up last week against the Chicago Bears.
Lions notes looks at Travis Swanson, the forecast for Sunday's game and much more.