by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/28/14) The Lions DST unit did a solid job for the second straight week Sunday, in a 24-17 win over the Jets in Week 4.
The Lions allowed two second-half touchdowns to sully an otherwise strong performance, but they did a solid job in limiting the Jets to just 336 yards of total offense. They forced a pair of turnovers and sacked Geno Smith twice to boot.
The Lions have allowed fewer than 20 points in three of four games, and will have a pretty good chance to do so again in Week 5 against the Bills.
Tahir Whitehead takes over at MLB for Lions
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/24/14) The Lions have decided to move Tahir Whitehead into the starting lineup at middle linebacker, replacing the injured Stephen Tulloch, who is out for the season due to a knee injury.
"It puts you right in the middle of the defense," Whitehead said, per ESPN. "It allows you to be able to flow sideline to sideline, as you saw with Tully over the years, make a lot of plays playing in the middle. It frees you up to do a lot."
Stephen Tulloch out for season due to knee injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/22/14) Lions coach Jim Caldwell announced Monday linebacker Stephen Tulloch will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL Sunday against the Packers. Tulloch was injured during a post-play celebration.
Lions DST holds Packers in check Week 3
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/21/14) The Lions DST held the Packers in check Week 3.
Detroit got on the board early, scooping up a fumble recovery for a score. The team wouldn't let up during the game, giving up just one touchdown to the power-house Packers. While the Lions didn't force any interceptions, they did pick up two sacks and forced a fumble.
The Lions will hope for more Week 4 against the Jets.
Lions list seven from defense on injury report
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/19/14) The Lions defense is likely to be a bit shorthanded for Week 3 against the Packers, with three players expected to miss Sunday's game due to injuries.
Linebacker Travis Lewis (quadriceps) and defensive back Cassius Vaughn (ankle) have been ruled out for Sunday's game, while safety James Ihedigbo (neck) is doubtful and seems likely to miss the game.
Save for the addition of veteran safety James Ihedigbo and rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy, the Lions defense returns intact. That's good and bad news -- the front seven of the group is rock-solid, anchored by Ndamukong Suh and pass rusher Ziggy Ansah. But the secondary is a mess -- aside from safety Glover Quin there isn't a fearsome defender back there. The Lions turned over their coaching staff this offseason and hired Teryl Austin as their new defensive coordinator. Austin is a defensive backs guru who should help the group perk up, though there's enough weak-ish veterans on staff to keep us pessimistic. The Lions do have a great couple of games to begin the year against the Giants and Panthers and then the Jets in Week 4. If that sounds good to you then think about taking the Lions DST to start the season. Otherwise keep the door open on them being a useful replacement off waivers.