The Detroit Lions pride report — week 3

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By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Detroit Lions 26 – 10 New England Patriots

After two pretty awful looking games, the Lions were facing the New England Patriots.  Exactly what the doctor did NOT order.

The Patriots were coming off of a loss to Jacksonville on the road and the word was that quarterback Tom Brady was irritated.  And that’s never a good sign. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah was ruled out for the game. Cornerback Darius Slay‘s status was unsure going into the game due to an injury from last week.

The Patriots were also dealing with some injuries of their own.  Safety Patrick Chung, CB Eric Rowe, and defensive lineman Trey Flowers were all out for the game.  So, the Lions actually had a chance.  Slim, but still a chance. It was amazing, actually, once the game got started to see what was taking place.

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The Detroit Lions pride report–week 3 preview

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Lions fans, the Matt Patricia era has not gotten off to a good start.  The veterans are potentially unhappy, injuries are starting to add up, and the run defense has been abysmal.  The run game remains troubled at best.

Despite all that, the Lions may have a chance to beat the New England Patriots. Granted, a lot of things would have to go their way, but it could happen.

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Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Quick Questions

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By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

I’ve come to realize that you either LOVE the Steelers or you hate them like a paper cut.  I don’t think I’ve seen any in-between when it comes to the Black and Yellow.   I got the opportunity to ask 5 questions of a person who loves the Steelers and an all-around good kid, my friend from Washington University of St. Louis, Safety Langston Laramore-Josey.

Langston Laramore-Josey (@LangstonLJ)

 

 

  •  Do you think this is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s last year?   I don’t think this is Ben’s last year because of how upset he was with the Steelers drafting Mason Rudolph. I don’t think he’ll retire until they draft a quarterback he approves of.

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The Lions in Oakland

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The much anticipated Matt Patricia era mostly officially begins tonight!  The Lions have made their way out to Oakland to take on the Raiders in their first preseason matchup under new head coach Patricia.   We all know that these are mostly scrimmages, but here are some things that I’ll be watching out for tonight.

Kerryon Johnson  Johnson was the 2nd round pick of the Lions in this past draft.  He’s a running back out of Auburn, and man, have the reports been good on him coming out of camp.  Anyone who’s watched a Lions broadcast in the past year or two knows that the Lions haven’t had a 100 yard rusher in a trillion years.

Could Kerryon be the one to break that?  As of now, it looks pretty good.  He’s been hardworking, playing different roles, such as pass catching, and pass protection.  He’s also gotten tips from former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount.   Hoping we get to see some of that tonight.

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My Thoughts on a Shady Situation

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By now,  you’re all aware of the news that broke Football Twitter yesterday morning around 11 am.  Just in case you’re not, here’s a brief recap.  Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was accused by his ex-girlfriend’s best friend of beating his ex-girlfriend, beating a dog so badly that it put the dog into kidney failure, and beating his son for wetting the bed.  She also accused him of using drugs and PEDs.

McCoy then released a statement saying that the claims are false and that he hasn’t had any contact with the people who were involved for months.

Obviously, things are looking terrible for McCoy right now.  While yes, the circumstances are a little suspect around the entire thing and we don’t know the entire story, domestic violence in the NFL has been brought back to the forefront.

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Why the Lions are doing things right: An offseason story

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It’s July now, and finally, the speculation can turn into reality.  Will linebacker Jarad Davis be a bust?  Will rookie running back Kerryon Johnson be the Detroit Lions first 100-yard rusher in about a jillion years?  AND…the one that’s been on my mind for the longest:  Do people feel that Matt Patricia can make a difference with this team?

No, I’m not doubting the hire at all.  I guess what I’m thinking is this.  Back in April (pre-draft), I was at an event, and as tends to happen when I meet people, the topic of conversation turned to football.

We started talking Lions, and he asked me if I felt that the Lions are really going to be THAT much improved with this hire.  I, of course, said yes, and he looked at me a little funny.

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Bringing Up Matt Patricia’s Past

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Late Wednesday night, an article was released on the Detroit News website regarding a sexual assault that indicated involvement by Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia.

The alleged assault took place in the spring of 1996, when Patricia and his friend, Greg Dietrich, “violently sexually assaulted” a victim on a spring break trip in Texas.  Both men were arrested, charged and indicted, but never got to go to trial.  According to the article, “the victim felt that she couldn’t face the pressures and stress of a trial” and the trial was dismissed.

Most Lions fans have chalked this up to clickbait, and a bunch of nothing.  Which surprised me a little, but that’s fine.  However, I think something to keep in mind is that if there was a “good” time for this to surface, the offseason is just that.  It’s the offseason.  This shouldn’t be a distraction later on down the road when the Lions are making a playoff push (I’m wishfully thinking here!).

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The Lions Get Their Running Back

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After surprising Lions Fans last night by drafting center Frank Ragnow out of Arkansas, the Lions traded up for the first time in the Bob Quinn era.  With, of course, New England.

They drafted Kerryon Johnson out of Auburn…and there was great rejoicing. After years of having a sub-par (and that’s being nice) running game, general manager Bob Quinn is finally addressing it.  After revamping the offensive line, now they add a running back.  Might this be the year that they get a 100-yard rusher?  It’s certainly starting to look that way.

Here’s how some of Lions Fans reacted to the pick:

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Frank Ragnow is Your Newest Detroit Lion

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I’ll be the first to admit.  When I saw that defensive end Harold Landry was going to be on the board for the Lions at the 20th pick, I was getting excited.  THIS was going to be the year the Lions FINALLY got it right, and are going to draft a much-needed player.

The pick was in, and it was center Frank Ragnow from Arkansas.

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OK, not initially what was expected. (This is why I don’t do mock drafts, it’s all too crazy.)  Though I did feel that offensive line was going to be addressed, I just didn’t think that they would address it so early.

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