- In their game against the Green Bay Packers, the Detroit Lions were assigned the official in charge of calling the phantom face mask penalty that led to Aaron Rodgers’ game-winning touchdown. The following week, the Lions were assigned Tony Corrente, the official that blew the ending of the Lions-Seahawks game in 2015. This week, Detroit will see another official that was at the center of a past controversy involving the Lions:
The #Lions official this week...Pete Morelli -- who was the referee in the #Cowboys-#Lions playoff game after the 2014 season.— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) October 4, 2016
That game, as you probably remember, was infamously affected by a pass interference call on the Cowboys that was strangely picked up after the call had already been announced to the stadium. Of course, there are so many officiating incidents with the Lions, it’s probably harder for the NFL to find a crew that doesn’t have a blemished history with Detroit.
- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and DeAndre Levy is taking that to heart. On Sunday, he asked to open up an important line of dialogue on both domestic violence and sexual assault. But he’s not just talking the talk.
#DomesticViolence and #SexualAssault aren't just women's issues. They're #OurIssue All proceeds from T-shirt sales will go to Detroit's Enough SAID who raises private sector funding to test more than 11,000 forgotten rape kits, investigate the crimes and prosecute the resulting cases to secure justice and closure for victims, and ensuring a safer community for everyone. #DVAM They can be purchased at @aptemal #DetroitHustlesHarder
As it says in Levy’s caption, he is partnering with Division Street Boutique to raise funds through merchandise sales to raise money to help investigate and prosecute criminals involved in sexual assault crimes. If you’re interested in helping, you can purchase the shirts here.
- Matthew Stafford isn’t getting much help from his teammates:
Matthew Stafford has lost a league-high 143 passing yards this season due to drops (not even factoring in potential yards after the catch). pic.twitter.com/kO4BSkvTbt— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 5, 2016
- Dave Birkett broke down each of the Lions’ 10 sacks allowed through four games in an attempt to find out what’s going wrong with the offensive line.
- Former Lions defensive tackle Gabe Wright is no longer with the Cleveland Browns:
#Browns waived DT Gabe Wright. Wright was a 4th round pick by the #Lions in 2015.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 4, 2016
- It looks like Quandre Diggs and Matthew Stafford were “Wired for Sound” against the Bears. Unfortunately, both were almost completely silent in this week’s edition of the video series.
- The Lions continue to look elsewhere to upgrade their roster, specifically on the offensive and defensive lines:
#Lions worked out veteran G/T Garrett Reynolds and DL/OT Brian Mihalik.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) October 4, 2016