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Notes: Lions’ drop rate has plummeted in 2017

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The Lions are finally catching the ball well in 2017.

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  • Last year, the Detroit Lions had one of the worst catch rates in the NFL. According to, Lions receivers dropped 4.8 percent of passes thrown their way, good for fifth-worst in the NFL. This year has been a completely different story, despite having a very similar lineup:

  • Out of the bye week, Matthew Stafford and the Lions’ offense has been straight-up lethal, especially on third down:

  • We’ve seen the Detroit Lions make a lot of moves on the defensive line this year. They tried to make another earlier in the week by putting in a claim for former Jaguars defensive tackle Sheldon Day. The 49ers were awarded Day, but the Lions were among three other teams that tried to claim him, according to Ian Rapoport.

  • Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was asked how to stop Lions kicker Matt Prater. Here was his answer:

Ford Field wasn’t having that: