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Body found in Lake Michigan near state border
Source:  WOODTV.com
Monday, 26 September 2022 21:56

MICHIANA, Mich. (WOOD) — A body was found in Lake Michigan near the Michigan and Indiana border on Monday, police say.

The body was found around 12 p.m. in the 4000 block of Lakeshore Drive in Michiana, the Grand Beach/Michiana Police Department said in a release.

Police say the body, a man in his 30s, was floating in the lake. First responders were able to recover him.

Authorities have not yet been able to identify him. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Anyone with information should call police at 269.469.1884.


Dakota No. 3 in state Division 1 football poll
Source:  The Macomb Daily: http://www.macombdaily.com
Monday, 26 September 2022 21:43

Football

State poll

After Week 5

The Associated Press

Division 1

School Record Points

1. Belleville (5) (5-0) 50

2. Caledonia (5-0) 43

3. Dakota (5-0) 39

4. Rockford (5-0) 38

5. Rochester Adams (4-1) 21

6. West Bloomfield (4-1) 19

7. Chippewa Valley (4-1) 18

8. Brighton (5-0) 13

9. Lapeer (5-0) 12

(tie) Detroit Catholic Central (4-1) 12

Others receiving votes: Saline 10.

Division 2

School Record Points

1. Dexter (4) (5-0) 49

2. De La Salle Collegiate (1) (4-1) 44

3. Livonia Franklin (5-0) 36

4. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (5-0) 34

5. Muskegon Mona Shores (4-1) 33

6. South Lyon (4-1) 24

7. East Lansing (4-1) 18

8. Muskegon Reeths-Puffer (4-1) 11

9. Midland (4-1) 10

10. Birmingham Seaholm (5-0) 7

Others receiving votes: Port Huron Northern 5. Swartz Creek 2. South Lyon East 2.

Division 3

School Record Points

1. Detroit King (4) (3-1) 49

2. Mount Pleasant (1) (5-0) 44

3. Walled Lake Western (5-0) 40

4. Zeeland West (5-0) 37

5. Mason (5-0) 27

6. Muskegon (3-2) 20

(tie) Gibraltar Carlson (5-0) 20

8. River Rouge (3-1) 17

9. DeWitt (3-2) 14

10. St. Joseph (4-1) 6

Others receiving votes: Grosse Pointe North 1.

Division 4

School Record Points

1. Grand Rapids South Christian (5) (5-0) 50

2. Whitehall (5-0) 45

3. Riverview (5-0) 37

4. Croswell-Lexington (5-0) 36

5. Redford Union (5-0) 30

6. Charlotte (5-0) 19

7. Freeland (4-1) 16

8. Chelsea (4-1) 13

9. Edwardsburg (5-0) 12

10. North Branch (5-0) 8

Others receiving votes: Goodrich 4. Ludington 3. GR Forest Hills Eastern 2.

Division 5

School Record Points

1. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (5) (5-0) 50

2. Frankenmuth (5-0) 45

3. Muskegon Oakridge (5-0) 38

4. Detroit Country Day (3-1) 30

5. Gladwin (5-0) 26

6. Belding (5-0) 23

7. Berrien Springs (5-0) 17

(tie) Portland (4-1) 17

9. Corunna (4-1) 13

10. Williamston (4-1) 6

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame Prep 4. Marine City 3. Olivet 2. Armada 1.

Division 6

School Record Points

1. Grand Rapids West Catholic (5) (5-0) 50

2. Clinton (5-0) 45

3. Gladstone (5-0) 36

(tie) Standish-Sterling (5-0) 36

5. Negaunee (5-0) 29

6. Millington (4-1) 20

7. Durand (5-0) 18

8. Boyne City (5-0) 17

9. Kent City (5-0) 14

10. Bishop Foley (5-0) 3

(tie) Ecorse (5-0) 3

(tie) Michigan Collegiate (4-1) 3

Others receiving votes: Constantine 1.

Division 7

School Record Points

1. Traverse City St. Francis (5) (5-0) 50

2. Hudson (4-0) 42

(tie) New Lothrop (5-0) 42

4. Detroit Central (5-0) 35

5. Charlevoix (5-0) 24

6. Ithaca (4-1) 23

7. Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port Laker (4-0) 22

8. Napoleon (5-0) 15

9. Pewamo-Westphalia (3-2) 11

10. Schoolcraft (4-1) 6

Others receiving votes: Erie-Mason 4. Manchester 1.

Division 8

School Record Points

1. Ottawa Lake Whiteford (5) (5-0) 50

2. Beal City (5-0) 42

3. Fowler (5-0) 40

4. Ubly (4-0) 37

5. Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary (5-0) 31

6. Iron Mountain (4-1) 16

7. Centreville (4-1) 14

8. Evart (4-1) 12

9. Frankfort (4-1) 10

(tie) Addison (3-1) 10

Others receiving votes: Reading 7. Detroit Leadership Academy 4. Saginaw Nouvel 2.

Division 1 (8-player)

School Record Points

1. Adrian Lenawee Christian (1) (4-1) 42

(tie) Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian (1) (5-0) 42

3. Martin (2) (5-0) 41

4. Merrill (1) (5-0) 37

5. Munising (5-0) 29

6. Bridgman (5-0) 22

7. Norway (5-0) 20

8. Newberry (3-1) 8

(tie) Lincoln-Alcona (5-0) 8

10. Pickford (4-1) 7

Others receiving votes: Rogers City 6. Kingston 5. Farwell 4. Indian River-Inland Lakes 3. Breckenridge 1.

Division 2 (8-player)

School Record Points

1. Powers North Central (5) (5-0) 50

2. Colon (5-0) 44

3. Morrice (5-0) 38

4. Marion (5-0) 35

5. Climax-Scotts (5-0) 31

6. Crystal Falls Forest Park (4-1) 22

7. Peck (4-1) 13

8. Posen (4-1) 11

9. Au Gres-Sims (4-1) 8

10. Lake Linden-Hubbell (3-2) 7

Others receiving votes: Portland St Patrick 6. Cedarville 4. Gaylord St. Mary 3. Mendon 3.


Ford defeats Romeo, tightens MAC White soccer race
Source:  The Macomb Daily: http://www.macombdaily.com
Monday, 26 September 2022 21:24

Ford carried a sense of urgency into its soccer match against Romeo.

The Bulldogs had accumulated four victories and a tie before taking on second-place Ford in a MAC White match at Runkel Field on Monday night.

“If they’d have gotten this, we’d have been done for,” Falcons keeper Jason Manhart said. “It was a must-win game.”

The Falcons secured the victory they needed.

Drew Graves scored with 11:53 left in the first half and Manhart didn’t allow a goal as the Falcons defeated Romeo 1-0 to pull to within a point of the division leaders.

The Bulldogs are 4-1-1 for 13 points and Ford is 3-0-3 for 12 with four White games remaining for each.

“If they don’t win, it’s hard for them to stay alive in the race,” Romeo coach Vinnie Vasilevski said. “I think they came out and gave us their A game, and we came out with, I think, a C-minus in the first half and the second half was a B-plus. But an A beats a B today.”

Romeo’s best scoring chance, Manhart said, came when Ryan Cappuso, who has 11 goals for the year, took a free kick after a handball with 5:10 left in the match.

“I couldn’t see through the wall,” Manhart said. “(The shot) went right over.”

The ball took a low trajectory as it sailed to the right of the net.

Romeo had another shot three minutes later that went over the crossbar.

“I just think we woke up in the second half,” Vasilevski said.

Ford coach Chris Alston the Falcons’ performance was the best of the season.

“It was the first time we’ve seen 11, 12 13 kids in concert, doing what we asked,” he said. “There have pockets at times, we’ve seen glimmers of what we could be, but we haven’t put it together from zero to 80 (minutes). And today was the first day that we did.”

Graves was wide of the net when what the junior thought would be a serve wound up in the net.

“He was kind of like, ‘Coach, I didn’t mean to do it,” Alston said. “But when you’re in the right spot, trying to do the right thing and putting balls in dangerous areas, sometimes it works out.”

Fraser also took advantage of Romeo’s loss. The Ramblers’ beat Sterling Heights 3-2 to improve to 3-1-2 for 11 points.

Ford hosts Utica while Fraser is at Grosse Pointe North on Wednesday.

Romeo’s next match is Thursday against Sterling Heights.


Pistons guard Cade Cunningham bulks up for second season
Source:  The Morning Sun: http://www.themorningsun.com
Monday, 26 September 2022 21:00

By LARRY LAGEThe Associated Press

DETROIT — Cade Cunningham packed on about 10 pounds of muscle in his first NBA offseason, hoping the added weight will help him lift his game and the Detroit Pistons to another level.

The 6-foot-6, 228-pound guard put in a lot of work and it shows.

“I didn’t recognize him,� Pistons coach Dwane Casey said Monday at the team’s media day. “He’s done a really good job with his body.�

Detroit Pistons' Jalen Duren poses during the NBA basketball team's media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit Pistons’ Jalen Duren poses during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Cunningham validated Detroit’s decision to draft him No. 1 overall last year. He averaged 17.4 points to lead all rookies, ranked second among first-year players with 5.6 assists per game and averaged 5.5 rebounds after overcoming an ankle injury.

At the age of 20, he joined LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Luka Doncic, Oscar Robertson and Alvan Adams as the players in NBA history with at least the same total of points, assists and rebounds through 64 games of a career.

Like most rookies, though, he was challenged physically more than he ever had been.

“It kept me humble because it’s a tough grind,� he said.

Cunningham attempted to address the weakness with a steady diet of heavy weights, more food, plenty water and a lot of sleep.

“He looks like a different dude, and that physicality will help him,� Casey said.

Cunningham also plans to be stronger above the shoulders, cutting down on turnovers after committing 3.7 per game as a rookie.

“Being concious about it is the first step, focusing on it,� he said. “In every scrimamge or live drill knowing how much i’m turning the ball over, I think it’s helping me understand my own game.�

The Pistons have been among the NBA’s worst teams the past three years, winning an average of just 21 games. The franchise has failed to win a playoff series since 2008, when it advanced to the conference finals for the sixth straight year during a run that included its third NBA championship.

Thanks to a series of moves made by general manager Troy Weaver, the Pistons are confident the Cunningham-led team can take the next step in its rebuild by competing against every team on the schedule.

Detroit Pistons' Jaden Ivey poses during the NBA basketball team's media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit Pistons’ Jaden Ivey poses during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

That didn’t happen much last year when Detroit was 23-59, finishing ahead of just Houston and Orlando at the bottom of the standings. After starting 12-45, Detroit went 11-14 — a relatively promising closing stretch in part because of Cunningham’s development.

“It took him to the second half of the season to figure out the speed of the game,� Casey recalled.

Cunningham also needs help and it appears Weaver has delivered.

The Pistons selected Purdue’s Jaden Ivey, a lightning-quick guard, with the No. 5 overall pick. Detroit also made a draft-night move to acquire Memphis center Jalen Duren, who was drafted No. 13 overall, in exchange for a first-round pick it added the previous day by trading Jerami Grant and his expiring contract to Portland.

Last week, Detroit made a deal with Utah to add proven scorer Bojan Bogdanovic.

“We have a lot more depth this year,� Cunningham said. “I think it’s realistic to say we’ll have a bunch of locked-in guys that are playing to win. If we do that, the wins will take care of itself.�


Pistons guard Cade Cunningham bulks up for second season
Source:  The Oakland Press: http://www.theoaklandpress.com
Monday, 26 September 2022 21:00

By LARRY LAGE
The Associated Press

DETROIT — Cade Cunningham packed on about 10 pounds of muscle in his first NBA offseason, hoping the added weight will help him lift his game and the Detroit Pistons to another level.

The 6-foot-6, 228-pound guard put in a lot of work and it shows.

“I didn’t recognize him,� Pistons coach Dwane Casey said Monday at the team’s media day. “He’s done a really good job with his body.�

Detroit Pistons' Jalen Duren poses during the NBA basketball team's media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit Pistons’ Jalen Duren poses during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Cunningham validated Detroit’s decision to draft him No. 1 overall last year. He averaged 17.4 points to lead all rookies, ranked second among first-year players with 5.6 assists per game and averaged 5.5 rebounds after overcoming an ankle injury.

At the age of 20, he joined LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Luka Doncic, Oscar Robertson and Alvan Adams as the players in NBA history with at least the same total of points, assists and rebounds through 64 games of a career.

Like most rookies, though, he was challenged physically more than he ever had been.

“It kept me humble because it’s a tough grind,� he said.

Cunningham attempted to address the weakness with a steady diet of heavy weights, more food, plenty water and a lot of sleep.

“He looks like a different dude, and that physicality will help him,� Casey said.

Cunningham also plans to be stronger above the shoulders, cutting down on turnovers after committing 3.7 per game as a rookie.

“Being concious about it is the first step, focusing on it,� he said. “In every scrimamge or live drill knowing how much i’m turning the ball over, I think it’s helping me understand my own game.�

The Pistons have been among the NBA’s worst teams the past three years, winning an average of just 21 games. The franchise has failed to win a playoff series since 2008, when it advanced to the conference finals for the sixth straight year during a run that included its third NBA championship.

Thanks to a series of moves made by general manager Troy Weaver, the Pistons are confident the Cunningham-led team can take the next step in its rebuild by competing against every team on the schedule.

Detroit Pistons' Jaden Ivey poses during the NBA basketball team's media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit Pistons’ Jaden Ivey poses during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

That didn’t happen much last year when Detroit was 23-59, finishing ahead of just Houston and Orlando at the bottom of the standings. After starting 12-45, Detroit went 11-14 — a relatively promising closing stretch in part because of Cunningham’s development.

“It took him to the second half of the season to figure out the speed of the game,� Casey recalled.

Cunningham also needs help and it appears Weaver has delivered.

The Pistons selected Purdue’s Jaden Ivey, a lightning-quick guard, with the No. 5 overall pick. Detroit also made a draft-night move to acquire Memphis center Jalen Duren, who was drafted No. 13 overall, in exchange for a first-round pick it added the previous day by trading Jerami Grant and his expiring contract to Portland.

Last week, Detroit made a deal with Utah to add proven scorer Bojan Bogdanovic.

“We have a lot more depth this year,� Cunningham said. “I think it’s realistic to say we’ll have a bunch of locked-in guys that are playing to win. If we do that, the wins will take care of itself.�


Pistons guard Cade Cunningham bulks up for second season
Source:  The Daily Tribune: http://www.dailytribune.com
Monday, 26 September 2022 21:00

By LARRY LAGEThe Associated Press

DETROIT — Cade Cunningham packed on about 10 pounds of muscle in his first NBA offseason, hoping the added weight will help him lift his game and the Detroit Pistons to another level.

The 6-foot-6, 228-pound guard put in a lot of work and it shows.

“I didn’t recognize him,� Pistons coach Dwane Casey said Monday at the team’s media day. “He’s done a really good job with his body.�

Detroit Pistons' Jalen Duren poses during the NBA basketball team's media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit Pistons’ Jalen Duren poses during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Cunningham validated Detroit’s decision to draft him No. 1 overall last year. He averaged 17.4 points to lead all rookies, ranked second among first-year players with 5.6 assists per game and averaged 5.5 rebounds after overcoming an ankle injury.

At the age of 20, he joined LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Luka Doncic, Oscar Robertson and Alvan Adams as the players in NBA history with at least the same total of points, assists and rebounds through 64 games of a career.

Like most rookies, though, he was challenged physically more than he ever had been.

“It kept me humble because it’s a tough grind,� he said.

Cunningham attempted to address the weakness with a steady diet of heavy weights, more food, plenty water and a lot of sleep.

“He looks like a different dude, and that physicality will help him,� Casey said.

Cunningham also plans to be stronger above the shoulders, cutting down on turnovers after committing 3.7 per game as a rookie.

“Being concious about it is the first step, focusing on it,� he said. “In every scrimamge or live drill knowing how much i’m turning the ball over, I think it’s helping me understand my own game.�

The Pistons have been among the NBA’s worst teams the past three years, winning an average of just 21 games. The franchise has failed to win a playoff series since 2008, when it advanced to the conference finals for the sixth straight year during a run that included its third NBA championship.

Thanks to a series of moves made by general manager Troy Weaver, the Pistons are confident the Cunningham-led team can take the next step in its rebuild by competing against every team on the schedule.

Detroit Pistons' Jaden Ivey poses during the NBA basketball team's media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit Pistons’ Jaden Ivey poses during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

That didn’t happen much last year when Detroit was 23-59, finishing ahead of just Houston and Orlando at the bottom of the standings. After starting 12-45, Detroit went 11-14 — a relatively promising closing stretch in part because of Cunningham’s development.

“It took him to the second half of the season to figure out the speed of the game,� Casey recalled.

Cunningham also needs help and it appears Weaver has delivered.

The Pistons selected Purdue’s Jaden Ivey, a lightning-quick guard, with the No. 5 overall pick. Detroit also made a draft-night move to acquire Memphis center Jalen Duren, who was drafted No. 13 overall, in exchange for a first-round pick it added the previous day by trading Jerami Grant and his expiring contract to Portland.

Last week, Detroit made a deal with Utah to add proven scorer Bojan Bogdanovic.

“We have a lot more depth this year,� Cunningham said. “I think it’s realistic to say we’ll have a bunch of locked-in guys that are playing to win. If we do that, the wins will take care of itself.�


Pistons guard Cade Cunningham bulks up for second season
Source:  The Macomb Daily: http://www.macombdaily.com
Monday, 26 September 2022 21:00

By LARRY LAGEThe Associated Press

DETROIT — Cade Cunningham packed on about 10 pounds of muscle in his first NBA offseason, hoping the added weight will help him lift his game and the Detroit Pistons to another level.

The 6-foot-6, 228-pound guard put in a lot of work and it shows.

“I didn’t recognize him,� Pistons coach Dwane Casey said Monday at the team’s media day. “He’s done a really good job with his body.�

Detroit Pistons' Jalen Duren poses during the NBA basketball team's media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit Pistons’ Jalen Duren poses during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Cunningham validated Detroit’s decision to draft him No. 1 overall last year. He averaged 17.4 points to lead all rookies, ranked second among first-year players with 5.6 assists per game and averaged 5.5 rebounds after overcoming an ankle injury.

At the age of 20, he joined LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Luka Doncic, Oscar Robertson and Alvan Adams as the players in NBA history with at least the same total of points, assists and rebounds through 64 games of a career.

Like most rookies, though, he was challenged physically more than he ever had been.

“It kept me humble because it’s a tough grind,� he said.

Cunningham attempted to address the weakness with a steady diet of heavy weights, more food, plenty water and a lot of sleep.

“He looks like a different dude, and that physicality will help him,� Casey said.

Cunningham also plans to be stronger above the shoulders, cutting down on turnovers after committing 3.7 per game as a rookie.

“Being concious about it is the first step, focusing on it,� he said. “In every scrimamge or live drill knowing how much i’m turning the ball over, I think it’s helping me understand my own game.�

The Pistons have been among the NBA’s worst teams the past three years, winning an average of just 21 games. The franchise has failed to win a playoff series since 2008, when it advanced to the conference finals for the sixth straight year during a run that included its third NBA championship.

Thanks to a series of moves made by general manager Troy Weaver, the Pistons are confident the Cunningham-led team can take the next step in its rebuild by competing against every team on the schedule.

Detroit Pistons' Jaden Ivey poses during the NBA basketball team's media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit Pistons’ Jaden Ivey poses during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

That didn’t happen much last year when Detroit was 23-59, finishing ahead of just Houston and Orlando at the bottom of the standings. After starting 12-45, Detroit went 11-14 — a relatively promising closing stretch in part because of Cunningham’s development.

“It took him to the second half of the season to figure out the speed of the game,� Casey recalled.

Cunningham also needs help and it appears Weaver has delivered.

The Pistons selected Purdue’s Jaden Ivey, a lightning-quick guard, with the No. 5 overall pick. Detroit also made a draft-night move to acquire Memphis center Jalen Duren, who was drafted No. 13 overall, in exchange for a first-round pick it added the previous day by trading Jerami Grant and his expiring contract to Portland.

Last week, Detroit made a deal with Utah to add proven scorer Bojan Bogdanovic.

“We have a lot more depth this year,� Cunningham said. “I think it’s realistic to say we’ll have a bunch of locked-in guys that are playing to win. If we do that, the wins will take care of itself.�


Campbell frustrated by strategical error in Lions’ loss
Source:  The Morning Sun: http://www.themorningsun.com
Monday, 26 September 2022 21:00

By DAVE HOGGThe Associated Press

DETROIT — Dan Campbell still hadn’t forgiven himself 24 hours later for the Detroit Lions’ 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The coach decided to have his kicker try a 54-yard field goal with 1:14 left. It missed, giving Minnesota the ball at its 44 and needing only about 20 yards to have a shot at a tying field goal.

Instead, Kirk Cousins hit K.J. Osborn for a pair of 28-yard gains, the second giving Minnesota the winning touchdown.

“I can’t sleep on Sunday nights, whether we win or lose,� Campbell said. “I got about an hour last night, and I spent the rest of the night thinking about what I could have done better.

“Kicking was a major mistake, and I have to do better than that. I have to learn from it, just like our players.�

What frustrated Campbell was that he changed his base philosophy to kick the field goal.

With 2:36 to play, the Lions stopped the Vikings on downs, giving them the ball at the Vikings 47. Campbell played things conservatively, forcing Minnesota to use up its final timeouts.

A 10-yard run by Jamaal Williams gave the Lions fourth-and-4 at the Vikings 36. Campbell let the play clock run down, then called Detroit’s final timeout with 1:14 to play.

It seemed obvious what he would do. He had already gone for it on fourth down six times in the game and succeeded on four of the attempts.

A first down would end the game, and a miss would still force the Vikings to start from deep in their territory. Even punting would have worked — Jack Fox is one of the league’s best at pinning teams inside their 20.

But Campbell chose the 54-yard field goal, even though Austin Seibert had missed from 48 earlier in the game.

He missed again, and the Lions were 1-2.

“I’d give him another shot to kick from there — he missed the first one, but he came back and made one (from 40 yards) later,� Campbell said. “But, full disclosure, he’s sore today so we’ll see what happens with him.�

WHAT’S WORKING

The Lions’ running game wasn’t as explosive as it had been against the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Commanders, but still put up 139 yards and two touchdowns. In three games, Detroit has rushed for 511 yards at 5.9 yards per carry and scored five times.

That’s with De’Andre Swift only carrying the ball 27 times because of ankle and shoulder injuries — Campbell said he might sit out a couple of games to heal up — and the Lions juggling their offensive line to find five healthy players.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

Jared Goff is in his second year as Detroit’s quarterback, but he’s still struggling to give the Lions any kind of vertical passing threat. His yards per completion is up from 9.8 last year to 11.3 this season, but his receivers gained 136 of their 277 yards after the catch Sunday.

That means, on average, they were catching the ball just 5.6 yards downfield. Cousins wasn’t much better, averaging 5.9 yards, but he was able to get the ball deep to Osborn twice in the final minute.

STOCK UP

With Swift banged up, Jamaal Williams has stepped up to carry a bigger share of the load. He’s not as explosive as Swift, but had 87 yards rushing and two touchdowns Sunday and caught two passes for 20 yards.

STOCK DOWN

CB Amani Oruwariye had a strong 2021 season, serving as the No. 1 cornerback with Jeff Okudah out with injuries, but that hasn’t carried over to this season. Okudah is back and has successfully taken top receivers out of Detroit’s first three games, but teams have just switched to picking on Oruwariye.

Adam Thielen didn’t have a huge statistical game, catching six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown, but Oruwariye committed six penalties in coverage.

INJURIES

Swift missing two games would be a significant blow to the Lions, but losing S Tracy Walker for the season with an Achilles tendon injury will be a bigger problem.

“That hurts us for multiple reasons,� Campbell said. “Since I walked in the door last year, Tracy has been all in, and he’s been one of our team captains. Nobody puts in more work than he does, and he’s one of the smartest players we have on defense. We’re losing a big cog in our machine.�

KEY NUMBER

303 — The average offensive yards put up by opposing quarterbacks through three games, including rushing, passing and sacks. Jalen Hurts, Carson Wentz and Cousins have also combined for six touchdowns while only turning the ball over once.

NEXT STEPS

Forget about last season’s 51-29 loss in Seattle — a game the Lions trailed 38-7 at one point — and focus on the Seahawks as a very beatable team at home. Russell Wilson went 20 for 29 for 236 yards and four touchdowns, but Detroit will be facing Geno Smith this time.


Campbell frustrated by strategical error in Lions’ loss
Source:  The Oakland Press: http://www.theoaklandpress.com
Monday, 26 September 2022 21:00

By DAVE HOGG
The Associated Press

DETROIT — Dan Campbell still hadn’t forgiven himself 24 hours later for the Detroit Lions’ 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The coach decided to have his kicker try a 54-yard field goal with 1:14 left. It missed, giving Minnesota the ball at its 44 and needing only about 20 yards to have a shot at a tying field goal.

Instead, Kirk Cousins hit K.J. Osborn for a pair of 28-yard gains, the second giving Minnesota the winning touchdown.

“I can’t sleep on Sunday nights, whether we win or lose,� Campbell said. “I got about an hour last night, and I spent the rest of the night thinking about what I could have done better.

“Kicking was a major mistake, and I have to do better than that. I have to learn from it, just like our players.�

What frustrated Campbell was that he changed his base philosophy to kick the field goal.

With 2:36 to play, the Lions stopped the Vikings on downs, giving them the ball at the Vikings 47. Campbell played things conservatively, forcing Minnesota to use up its final timeouts.

A 10-yard run by Jamaal Williams gave the Lions fourth-and-4 at the Vikings 36. Campbell let the play clock run down, then called Detroit’s final timeout with 1:14 to play.

It seemed obvious what he would do. He had already gone for it on fourth down six times in the game and succeeded on four of the attempts.

A first down would end the game, and a miss would still force the Vikings to start from deep in their territory. Even punting would have worked — Jack Fox is one of the league’s best at pinning teams inside their 20.

But Campbell chose the 54-yard field goal, even though Austin Seibert had missed from 48 earlier in the game.

He missed again, and the Lions were 1-2.

“I’d give him another shot to kick from there — he missed the first one, but he came back and made one (from 40 yards) later,� Campbell said. “But, full disclosure, he’s sore today so we’ll see what happens with him.�

WHAT’S WORKING

The Lions’ running game wasn’t as explosive as it had been against the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Commanders, but still put up 139 yards and two touchdowns. In three games, Detroit has rushed for 511 yards at 5.9 yards per carry and scored five times.

That’s with De’Andre Swift only carrying the ball 27 times because of ankle and shoulder injuries — Campbell said he might sit out a couple of games to heal up — and the Lions juggling their offensive line to find five healthy players.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

Jared Goff is in his second year as Detroit’s quarterback, but he’s still struggling to give the Lions any kind of vertical passing threat. His yards per completion is up from 9.8 last year to 11.3 this season, but his receivers gained 136 of their 277 yards after the catch Sunday.

That means, on average, they were catching the ball just 5.6 yards downfield. Cousins wasn’t much better, averaging 5.9 yards, but he was able to get the ball deep to Osborn twice in the final minute.

STOCK UP

With Swift banged up, Jamaal Williams has stepped up to carry a bigger share of the load. He’s not as explosive as Swift, but had 87 yards rushing and two touchdowns Sunday and caught two passes for 20 yards.

STOCK DOWN

CB Amani Oruwariye had a strong 2021 season, serving as the No. 1 cornerback with Jeff Okudah out with injuries, but that hasn’t carried over to this season. Okudah is back and has successfully taken top receivers out of Detroit’s first three games, but teams have just switched to picking on Oruwariye.

Adam Thielen didn’t have a huge statistical game, catching six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown, but Oruwariye committed six penalties in coverage.

INJURIES

Swift missing two games would be a significant blow to the Lions, but losing S Tracy Walker for the season with an Achilles tendon injury will be a bigger problem.

“That hurts us for multiple reasons,� Campbell said. “Since I walked in the door last year, Tracy has been all in, and he’s been one of our team captains. Nobody puts in more work than he does, and he’s one of the smartest players we have on defense. We’re losing a big cog in our machine.�

KEY NUMBER

303 — The average offensive yards put up by opposing quarterbacks through three games, including rushing, passing and sacks. Jalen Hurts, Carson Wentz and Cousins have also combined for six touchdowns while only turning the ball over once.

NEXT STEPS

Forget about last season’s 51-29 loss in Seattle — a game the Lions trailed 38-7 at one point — and focus on the Seahawks as a very beatable team at home. Russell Wilson went 20 for 29 for 236 yards and four touchdowns, but Detroit will be facing Geno Smith this time.


Campbell frustrated by strategical error in Lions’ loss
Source:  The Daily Tribune: http://www.dailytribune.com
Monday, 26 September 2022 21:00

By DAVE HOGGThe Associated Press

DETROIT — Dan Campbell still hadn’t forgiven himself 24 hours later for the Detroit Lions’ 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The coach decided to have his kicker try a 54-yard field goal with 1:14 left. It missed, giving Minnesota the ball at its 44 and needing only about 20 yards to have a shot at a tying field goal.

Instead, Kirk Cousins hit K.J. Osborn for a pair of 28-yard gains, the second giving Minnesota the winning touchdown.

“I can’t sleep on Sunday nights, whether we win or lose,� Campbell said. “I got about an hour last night, and I spent the rest of the night thinking about what I could have done better.

“Kicking was a major mistake, and I have to do better than that. I have to learn from it, just like our players.�

What frustrated Campbell was that he changed his base philosophy to kick the field goal.

With 2:36 to play, the Lions stopped the Vikings on downs, giving them the ball at the Vikings 47. Campbell played things conservatively, forcing Minnesota to use up its final timeouts.

A 10-yard run by Jamaal Williams gave the Lions fourth-and-4 at the Vikings 36. Campbell let the play clock run down, then called Detroit’s final timeout with 1:14 to play.

It seemed obvious what he would do. He had already gone for it on fourth down six times in the game and succeeded on four of the attempts.

A first down would end the game, and a miss would still force the Vikings to start from deep in their territory. Even punting would have worked — Jack Fox is one of the league’s best at pinning teams inside their 20.

But Campbell chose the 54-yard field goal, even though Austin Seibert had missed from 48 earlier in the game.

He missed again, and the Lions were 1-2.

“I’d give him another shot to kick from there — he missed the first one, but he came back and made one (from 40 yards) later,� Campbell said. “But, full disclosure, he’s sore today so we’ll see what happens with him.�

WHAT’S WORKING

The Lions’ running game wasn’t as explosive as it had been against the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Commanders, but still put up 139 yards and two touchdowns. In three games, Detroit has rushed for 511 yards at 5.9 yards per carry and scored five times.

That’s with De’Andre Swift only carrying the ball 27 times because of ankle and shoulder injuries — Campbell said he might sit out a couple of games to heal up — and the Lions juggling their offensive line to find five healthy players.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

Jared Goff is in his second year as Detroit’s quarterback, but he’s still struggling to give the Lions any kind of vertical passing threat. His yards per completion is up from 9.8 last year to 11.3 this season, but his receivers gained 136 of their 277 yards after the catch Sunday.

That means, on average, they were catching the ball just 5.6 yards downfield. Cousins wasn’t much better, averaging 5.9 yards, but he was able to get the ball deep to Osborn twice in the final minute.

STOCK UP

With Swift banged up, Jamaal Williams has stepped up to carry a bigger share of the load. He’s not as explosive as Swift, but had 87 yards rushing and two touchdowns Sunday and caught two passes for 20 yards.

STOCK DOWN

CB Amani Oruwariye had a strong 2021 season, serving as the No. 1 cornerback with Jeff Okudah out with injuries, but that hasn’t carried over to this season. Okudah is back and has successfully taken top receivers out of Detroit’s first three games, but teams have just switched to picking on Oruwariye.

Adam Thielen didn’t have a huge statistical game, catching six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown, but Oruwariye committed six penalties in coverage.

INJURIES

Swift missing two games would be a significant blow to the Lions, but losing S Tracy Walker for the season with an Achilles tendon injury will be a bigger problem.

“That hurts us for multiple reasons,� Campbell said. “Since I walked in the door last year, Tracy has been all in, and he’s been one of our team captains. Nobody puts in more work than he does, and he’s one of the smartest players we have on defense. We’re losing a big cog in our machine.�

KEY NUMBER

303 — The average offensive yards put up by opposing quarterbacks through three games, including rushing, passing and sacks. Jalen Hurts, Carson Wentz and Cousins have also combined for six touchdowns while only turning the ball over once.

NEXT STEPS

Forget about last season’s 51-29 loss in Seattle — a game the Lions trailed 38-7 at one point — and focus on the Seahawks as a very beatable team at home. Russell Wilson went 20 for 29 for 236 yards and four touchdowns, but Detroit will be facing Geno Smith this time.


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