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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 SportsCharts.com, 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: