User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Lions hope to avoid back-to-back losses

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - As one of just six NFC teams with a winning record, the Detroit Lions' solid start has put them in a position to have a successful season.

Advertisement
The Lions (3-2) haven't dropped two straight games and hope to keep it that way at Cleveland (3-2) after losing on the road to the Green Bay Packers.

``The best thing we can do is not let one loss turn into two,'' running back Reggie Bush said Wednesday. ``We knew what was at stake last week, so now our sense of urgency has to go up.''

The motivated Lions might have to play without All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson again. Johnson didn't practice Wednesday, three days after being inactive in a loss at Green Bay because of an injured right knee.

``Whether he gets back on the practice field or not, the determination may not even come until Sunday,'' Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.

Bush said it's hard to replace what Johnson does for Detroit's offense, but the team is getting ready for Plan B in case he can't play against the Browns.

``We have to prepare as if he's not going to play,'' Bush said.

The Lions know receiver Nate Burleson won't play in Week 6, but they did see him on the practice field catching tennis balls on Wednesday a day after the cast on his broken left arm was removed. Burleson is out indefinitely and is trying to provide an emotional lift for his teammates while he gets healthy enough to play.

``I'm not due to be back on the field yet, but I can run,'' he said. ``I just want to be out there for the guys and lead and talk to them even if it's just a little bit of encouragement seeing me out there running around. Every little bit helps. We got to win this game.''

Even though there are 10 games left to play, Lions players have been asked about whether they're looking at standings and figuring out how they stack up in the playoff picture. Detroit earned a spot in the postseason two years ago, for the first time since the 1999 season, and flopped to a 4-12 finish last season.

Matthew Stafford insisted it's too early in the 16-game regular season to give it much thought.

``Year in and year out you see teams that either start poorly or finish in the playoffs or start well and don't end up in the playoffs,'' he said.

If Detroit can beat the Browns, a 4-2 record and a share of first place with the Chicago Bears would be encouraging for a franchise desperately hoping to bounce back with a strong season.

``There's a lot of positives that would come from a win,'' said Schwartz, who began his NFL career in Cleveland as a scout in 1993. ``We're 2-0 at home and we're 1-2 on the road right now. That would give us a chance to even our road record. That's another good reason to win. You got to come up with some wins on the road. That would go a long way to helping in a lot of ways.''

NOTES: Lions C Dominic Raiola says his remarks to the University of Wisconsin band didn't include a homophobic slur, but declined to tell reporters what he said, adding there's no video or audio evidence. Raiola also wouldn't say how much money he would donate to support the band.

---

Online:

AP NFL website www.pro32.ap.org

---

Follow Larry Lage on Twitter: http://twitter.com/larrylage

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Edwards: Packers at Falcons
Roberts: Vegas Moves - Championships
Rogers: Steelers at Patriots
David: Total Talk - Championships
Lawrence: Championship Trends
Sportsbook.ag: AFC Best Bet
Sportsbook.ag: NFC Best Bet
Chargers to hire Gus Bradley as DC
Chiefs TE Kelce slapped with two fines
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
5-1 Playoffs, 14-4 Run, 64% +2,205
10-1 NFL Guaranteed Streak
4-0 LW, 17-5 Totals, +1,652 TY
6-1 L7, 17-6 Run, 9-3 G-Plays
8-1 L9 G-Plays, 10-4 L14 Picks
2-0 Last Sunday, 10-3 G-Plays TY
6-1 Divisional Round Record
2-0 Sunday, 7-2 L9 Guarantees
6-2 Playoffs, 19-9 L28 G-Plays
4-0 Record Last Weekend
8-4 Record L3 Sundays
6-2 Last 8 NFL Guarantees
26-10 Last 36 Over/Unders
4-1 L5 Guaranteed Run
5-1 L6 NFL Over/Unders
3-0 Sunday, 5-1 L6 Selections
NFL Pro Football Expert Sports Picks - NFL Playoffs - Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
2016 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Don Anthony + 2205
The Gold Sheet + 1652
Michael Black + 848
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 472
The Gold Sheet + 400
Mark Franco + 400
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Don Anthony 64 %
The Gold Sheet 58 %
Brian Edwards 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 1068
Don Anthony + 867
Brian Edwards + 751
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1201
The Gold Sheet + 808
Pat Hawkins + 540
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
The Gold Sheet + 1104
Jimmy Boyd + 861
John Fisher + 665
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership