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Lions notes: Travis Swanson, Sunday's forecast, more

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Lions notes looks at Travis Swanson, the forecast for Sunday's game and much more.

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  • 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.
  • Even the Green Bay Packers apparently think quite highly of Swanson.
  • 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).
  • Glover Quin definitely has the right mindset when it comes to this Lambeau losing streak.
  • Darryl Tapp was mic'd up last week against the Chicago Bears.