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When I wrote about the Detroit Lions and drops last week, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan didn't seem to have too much issue with it.
He said Detroit passed a lot, so those things were going to happen.
But after four more drops on Sunday against Philadelphia -- the Lions now have dropped four passes in each of four of their last five games -- there is little question it is a major issue with the Lions.
Now with 41 drops this season, Detroit has matched its highest total since ESPN Stats & Information started tracking drops in 2006. The Lions dropped 41 passes last year. They've already equaled that total with three games left this season.
According to Stats & Info, Kris Durham, Joique Bell, Nate Burleson and Dorin Dickerson were credited with drops Sunday against the Eagles.
The 8.1 drop percentage is also the highest the Lions have had since 2006. It probably also isn't surprising that Detroit's reception percentage per target of 60.4 percent is the second lowest of Jim Schwartz's tenure in Detroit, just behind the 58.1 percent of his first season.
And now a look at Lions news from around the Interwebs:
Matthew Stafford has had a rough second half of the season. A look at his fourth-quarter struggles. Power Rankings and the playoff picture. The Lions have turned the ball over a lot since the bye week. And Jeremy Ross had a huge day in spite of Detroit's struggles.
A Lions fan was apparently beaten in Philadelphia following Detroit's loss to the Eagles, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Chris McCosky from the Detroit News writes the Lions' path to a division title is clear. Just win.
Justin Rogers from MLive looks at whether or not Bell was incorrectly ruled out of bounds during a big play in the second half against Philadelphia.
Pat Caputo from Heritage Newspapers writes that the Lions are entering dangerous territory.