The Lions took a physical and mental beating yesterday in losing their 24th straight road game 28-to-20 to the New York Giants, dropping Detroit’s record to 1-and-5. It was a contest the Lions knew very well they could have won, but critical penalties and turnovers doomed the outcome for Detroit.
The Lions lost quarterback Shaun Hill to a broken left arm late in the first half. Then in the fourth quarter, linebacker Zach Follett was seriously injured in a violent helmet to helmet collision on kickoff coverage. He laid motionless on the field for several minutes before being removed on a backboard. There were no reports of any spinal cord injuries, but Follett is hospitalized for further tests.
Third string quarterback Drew Stanton from Michigan State came in to replace Hill and completed 19-of-34 passes for 222 yards with a touchdown.
Schwartz said the plan going into the Lion’s bye week is to have Quarterback Matthew Stafford prepare to return to the starting lineup when Detroit gets back to action on October 31st at home against the Redskins. Stafford hasn’t played since suffering a strained shoulder in the Lion’s season opening loss at Chicago. The 24th straight road loss ties the Lion’s own N-F-L record they set from 2001-to-2003.
Detroit remains in last place in the N-F-C North, where the top two teams both lost yesterday. First place Chicago slipped to 4-and-2 after falling 23-to-20 to Seattle while second place Green Bay lost by the same score to Miami to slip to 3-and-3. And Minnesota stayed in touch by improving to 2-and-3, holding on to beat Dallas 24-to-21.
Houston Texans 35, Kansas City Chiefs 31
Philadelphia Eagles 31, Atlanta Falcons 17
Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Cleveland Browns 10
St. Louis Rams 20, San Diego Chargers 17
New Orleans Saints 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6
New York Jets 24, Denver Broncos 20
San Francisco 49ers 17, Oakland Raiders 9
last night…Indianapolis Colts 27, Washington Redskins 24…
Tonight…Tennessee at Jacksonville Idle yesterday with their bye weeks were Buffalo, Arizona, Cincinnati, and Carolina.