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Jared Allen: If I Had to Live in Detroit, I Think I’d Drown Myself in the River

We all know Jared Allen has never been shy about speaking his mind.  After all, this is the guy who once offered his butt to Brett Favre and thought “schism” was an STD.  Allen may have outdone himself this time.  The Vikings are traveling to Detroit this weekend to take on the Lions, and apparently Allen is dreading the trip.

“I don’t like going to Detroit,” he said according to MLive.com. “I’ll be honest, it’s gloomy, it sucks. Everything is brown and then there is snow on the ground. There’s like Brownstones everywhere and I’m like, ‘Awesome.’ I don’t know, I couldn’t do it. If I had to live in Detroit, I think I’d just drown myself in the river that was across the way.

“I’m not trying to be mean, but it’s just depressing when I go there. There’s two cities like I don’t go out to eat or don’t do anything. It’s Detroit and New Orleans. New Orleans looks like I’m driving through a third-world country every time I get off the plane, I’m like, ‘Oh, flak jacket.’ I’m trying to get down. I’m like, ‘Ah, crap, I can’t carry my gun here. This sucks.’”

Yikes.  That’s some pretty intense smack talk about a lot of people right there.  Plenty of people have said that Detroit isn’t exactly a nice city, but never can I remember an athlete being that cruel about it.  As for New Orleans: well, they just suffered one of the worst natural disasters in American history a few years back.  Perhaps they are still picking up the pieces.  Whatever the case, it would appear Allen doesn’t give a damn.

Receivers Coach Shawn Jefferson’s F-Bomb Set Tone for Lions Practice

What do you call a group of guys who were used to sucking, started off the 2011 season on fire, and have reverted to their losing ways over the last month?  If you guessed the Detroit Lions, you’re absolutely right.  Detroit looked like one of the best teams in the NFL through the first five weeks, but a shellacking from the Bears last Sunday marked their third loss in the last four games.  So what will it take to get the Lions back on track and on the playoff trail?  Perhaps an f-bomb will do.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Lions receivers coach Shawn Jefferson huddled the players at midfield before Wednesday’s practice and ended the breakdown with two simple words: “(Expletive) them.”  Matthew Stafford said that is the attitude the team needs and it helped set the tone for a great practice.

“Absolutely,” Stafford said when asked if Jefferson’s f-bomb motivated the team. “It was a good one. I think we had that attitude coming out already. We were ready to go. We understood what happened, we watched the film, we learned from it, we put it behind us, and we’re excited for a new week.”

If the f-bomb didn’t work, maybe Brian Urlacher’s comments about beating up on the Lions would.  Detroit is facing a must-win this weekend at home against Carolina.  Normally a team with a 6-3 record would have a little room to falter, but the Lions host the Packers in Week 12.  In case you haven’t been following, Aaron Rodgers and company look pretty good this season.

Brian Urlacher: The Lions Don’t Play Very Well When They Get Beat Up

The Lions have quickly become the bad boys of the NFL.  Led by the controversial play of Ndamukong Suh, their defense has developed a reputation as a dirty — albeit effective — bunch.  With the way the NFL has become such a pass-happy league that hinges on offense, having such an aggressive defense has become a useful tool for Detroit.  It was the veteran defense of the Chicago Bears, however, that showed the Lions’ young guys how to play smash mouth football on Sunday.

During an interview with ESPN Radio Chicago that Sports Radio Interviews shared with us, Brian Urlacher was asked if the Lions did a lot of chirping during Chicago’s 37-13 victory.  The Bears captain implied that the mini-brawl that broke out during the game may have helped the Bears.

“Their defense was saying something to our sideline late in the game after D.J. Moore beat up [Matthew Stafford],” Urlacher said. “They said some stuff to our sidelines. I don’t know what…their defense was saying something to our sidelines. I don’t know what it was, but there is ways to handle things and there is ways to not handle things. I don’t know…they are a good football team. No doubt about that. They don’t do very good when they get beat up I guess.”

It should be noted that neither team really “won” the fight as there wasn’t an actual fight, but Chicago definitely came up with a perfect recipe for beating the Lions.  Detroit is a young team that feeds off its energy and aggression, and as soon as the Bears showed them they were going to hit harder and out-hustle them Detroit’s game plan went out the window.  In that sense, Urlacher’s assessment is 100 percent accurate.

Calvin Johnson’s Touchdown Streak, Lions’ Winning Streak Snapped

The scuffle between coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz Sunday received most of the attention around the NFL. Because of it, many people overlooked that two Lions streaks ended.

Calvin Johnson did not score a touchdown in a game for the first time this season. After setting an NFL record with nine TDs in the first five games, Megatron finished the game against the 49ers with 113 yards on 7 receptions. The numbers were good, but none of those catches resulted in six points.

Additionally, San Francisco’s 25-19 victory handed the Lions their first loss of the season. Dating back to the last season, Detroit had won 9 straight games entering Sunday’s contest.

So two streaks come to an end. Maybe the trick to beating Detroit is to keep Megatron out of the end zone. Of course, that’s much easier said than done.

Detroit Zoo Feeds Chicago Bears Pinata to Real Lions (Video)

The Detroit Lions are hosting the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football and enter the game as the favorite. Detroit is 4-0 for the first time since 1980, and looking to break a six-game losing streak to the Bears. The town is getting swept up in Lions fever, and even the local zoo is getting involved.

On Wednesday, the Detroit zoo slipped a Chicago Bears pinata into the lion’s den. The video below shows the scene, and as you could imagine, the Lion ends up victorious. Just as they should on Monday night. Here’s a look at the video:

Nate Burleson: Lions Are Going to Start Winning Games

Nate Burleson is known as a big talker. The Lions receiver has predicted victories in successive years and was wrong on both accounts. Now the man with the mouth is boldly declaring that the lowly Detroit Lions are going to start winning games.

Speaking about the team’s desire to win during the preseason (they went 4-0), Burleson said “There’s certain omens that people have about it, but we want to create, I guess, a habit of winning, so I don’t care if it’s preseason or not – we’re going to start winning games around here.”

Burleson added that the team feels really good heading into the regular season. Pessimists will point out that the last time Detroit went 4-0 in the preseason they finished the year 0-16. Optimists like me have been predicting a breakout season for them. Matt Stafford is going to have a monster year and the offense will put up points. The defense, led by Ndamukong Suh, will make life difficult for opposing offenses.

Saying they will make the playoffs might be too bold, but an 8-8 finish or better is a reasonable prediction. I’ll go with 9-7.

Detroit Lions’ Offense led by Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson Will be Explosive

Cris Carter already got me vexed with his awful commentary about Calvin Johnson Friday. Not only was I upset because his analysis was factually incorrect, but also because I think Calvin Johnson is one of the best receivers in the NFL. Along with Matt Stafford, I believe Megatron will help produce one of the more entertaining offenses in football this season.

My love for the Stafford-to-Calvin combination is nothing new. I wrote about the tandem last November and listed the stats that show how unstoppable they are. It looks like they’re prepared to take things to the next level this year if their first preseason game was any indication.

Stafford went 6-7 for 71 yards and two touchdowns against Cincinnati’s top defense (I know, oxymoron) Friday night. He threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson. The best part was a stat presented by Evan Silva of Rotoworld. Silva noted on twitter that the Lions “went shotgun on 21 of first 28 snaps tonight. That’s what the offense is. Shotgun-heavy, pass-first spread. Big-time stats coming.”

My mouth watered after reading that. I know people are skeptical of taking Stafford (and Calvin somewhat) in fantasy leagues because of injury histories. I’m not. Those guys are going to blow up this year and the Lions will be a force in the NFC. I’m not going as far as Peter King and putting Detroit in the Super Bowl, but they’re certainly a team on the rise.