"There are certainly things that we can’t continue to do but I don’t know that we can practice not fumbling the ball,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said. “I don’t know if we can practice catching the ball. We’re professional athletes and those are things that we have to be able to accomplish.”
There were too many times Sunday when the Lions were beaten physically by the Vikings. That’s going to happen sometimes, opponents get paid too, but the Lions aren’t making enough plays to win games. That's a problem
Where are all the playmakers?
“If this was December, I would be a little more frustrated, but I know what type of team we got, the coaching staff, they're going to keep doing their job and we're going to make plays for them,” said receiver
It’s been an interesting 24 hours for Lions safety
Not only did Silva play, but also started in place of
“I thought Silva went in and played very well,” Schwartz said. “We're looking for somebody that could overlap. I thought he played a good, consistent game.”
Silva had five tackles and defended a pass in the game. The Lions were much better in the back end of their defense this week with the Vikings' longest completion being 27 yards.
The Lions are hoping to have
There was a scary moment early in the fourth quarter Sunday when franchised-player
“I’m fine right now walking around so that’s a good sign,” Avril said in the locker room after the game. “I think I’ll be alright.”
Avril had a half sack and three quarterback hits before the injury.
Johnson walked off under his own power after a minute or so on the turf, and eventually went back into the game after being looked over on the sideline by doctors.
“He came up to me and kind of apologized for it," Johnson said. "We have a lot of respect for each other. He wasn’t trying to put me out of the game or anything like that."
Johnson had five catches for 54 yards in the game, both season lows.
Inactives Sunday for the Lions were: safety Louis Delmas, defensive tackle