Detroit Lions: Kelly Hall

If Detroit navigates the first half of its schedule and is still in playoff contention, how it fares during the second half of November could dictate the Lions' playoff fate. Back-to-back road games against Arizona and New England, followed by a quick turnaround to face Chicago on Thanksgiving, are three games against likely playoff contenders in a short stretch. It is a brutal schedule for the Lions. Survive that -- going 2-1 or better -- and the Lions could end up in the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

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Matthew Stafford will make his season debut for the Detroit Lions on Monday on the field -- and he'll also have two television advertisements doing the same thing.

Stafford appears in ads for DISH Network and they are ... interesting to say the least.

His fiancee, Kelly Hall, co-stars in one ad where Stafford is a surgeon trying to operate with a chainsaw. The second ad has puppets apparently trying to keep Stafford on a mountain.

Here's the ad with Hall. Here's the ad with the puppets.

Enjoy at your leisure.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Through two days of the NFL draft, the Detroit Lions' three draft picks have little in common.

None played in the same time zone as another. None even played in the same conference, as Detroit picked players from the ACC, SEC and independents.

One thing they do have in common -- and it is something that is actually surprising when dealing with athletes in their early 20s -- all three of their picks are either engaged or married. First round pick Eric Ebron proposed to his girlfriend, Brittany Rountree, on Thursday -- she said yes. Second round pick Kyle Van Noy is engaged to a former Miss Utah, Marissa Powell. And third round pick Travis Swanson beat the rest of his class to the altar, marrying the former Emily Holder on March 22.

It is a strange coincidence to have, but maybe there is something to it. After all, listen to how Swanson described his wife when asked if marriage has helped him with football.

"I think the biggest thing that it helped me with is that she is essentially my rock," Swanson said. "If something stressful is happening during the day, I know I can come home to her.

"She knows how to calm me down a bit and tell me everything is OK."

Swanson said the teams who asked him about it all viewed his relationship status as engaged and then married as "positive."

Of course, the draft class isn't the only group with pending wedding plans, as quarterback Matthew Stafford proposed to his longtime girlfriend, former Georgia cheerleader Kelly Hall, earlier this year.
It's apparently a good week to be Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

He began the week by having his engagement to long-time girlfriend Kelly Hall announced on the social networks, as the two have been dating since college. Part of how the engagement was announced was Hall wearing a massive ring on her left ring finger while she and Stafford ate some Cold Stone Creamery ice cream.

The folks at Cold Stone apparently noticed and are now offering to do dessert and the wedding cake for the wedding for free.

TMZ Sports spoke with the co-CEO of Cold Stone, Michael Serruya, who said "We'd love to provide dessert for everyone at the wedding."

No word on how many toppings will be allowed per patron, though. One would have to think Cake Batter will be one of the flavor options, however, it being a wedding and all.

Hall expressed excitement about this on her ever-growing Instagram account.
Sorry, ladies: Matthew Stafford is officially off the market.

The Detroit Lions quarterback got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Kelly Hall, recently. The two met when they were students at the University of Georgia -- he was the quarterback, she was the cheerleader -- and have been dating ever since. They moved to Detroit together and as he quarterbacked the Lions, she became involved in the community.

On Monday, she posted a picture with a massive engagement ring -- and ice cream -- on her Instagram. Then her brother, NFL player Chad Hall, posted a congratulatory note on Twitter along with his own Instagram picture.

No word yet on how Stafford proposed or when the pending nuptials will take place.

Stafford was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft. Hall has been present at many Lions games over the years and occasionally speaks out on Twitter about the Lions, including criticizing fans for booing during a December loss.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- While the Detroit Lions are hunting for players to surround Matthew Stafford, the quarterback is finding a way to have his own fun.

Including his version of crazy trick shots.

Stafford's girlfriend, Kelly Hall, posted a video of Stafford throwing a football full court from the corner and hitting nothing but net.

It's an impressive few seconds of video that you can watch here.

This is part of a good week for Stafford, who got a strong No. 2 wide receiver in Golden Tate. He signed with the Lions on Wednesday on the second day of free agency.

For context, when I covered Michigan, I saw Denard Robinson attempt this during "College GameDay" when the traveling basketball studio show came to Ann Arbor for the Michigan-Ohio State game. Robinson did not come close to making any of his attempts before running and making a layup. Then again, Robinson is now an NFL running back, not a quarterback.