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The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
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Topic - Jim Schwartz
Tucker made six field goals, including a franchise-record 61-yarder with 38 seconds left that lifted Baltimore to an 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions in a Monday night matchup with major postseason implications.
Journalists love nothing more than small events that yield big speculations and fancy headlines. Such was the case with President Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. The moment spawned close to 3,400 news accounts within four hours, the headlines rife with question marks and wishful conclusions. A minuscule sampling:
Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis was suspended Tuesday for the final four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The Packers have a five-game winless streak for the first time since 2008, showing how valuable Aaron Rodgers is for the franchise. Rodgers has missed four-plus games since fracturing his left collarbone.
NFL coaches always seem keenly aware of the worst-case scenario, so it was no surprise when Detroit's Jim Schwartz brushed off any talk of his team's position in the standings.
Matthew Stafford's latest highlight had more to do with his wits than his arm.
Calvin Johnson doesn't spend much time trying to call attention to himself.
The Lions said surgery was scheduled for Tuesday and did not immediately say how much time Burleson might miss.
So what if RG3 didn't hold onto the ball as he face-planted at the end of a long run in the fourth quarter in the 27-20 loss to the Lions on Sunday? That he went down, on his own, is encouraging.
For a moment the Washington Redskins thought they had the lead. For a moment they thought they would avoid a disastrous 0-3 start. Instead, a touchdown was overturned, a celebration halted and the Redskins' last, best hope extinguished in a 27-20 loss to the Lions.
The Lions haven't won a game in Washington — ever. But the Detroit receiver sees an opportunity against a defense that is in the midst of soul-searching this week after allowing 1,023 yards of total offense in two losses.
The NFL came back in a big way on opening day, with long plays highlighting games from coast to coast.
Ndamukong Suh might've gotten himself in trouble with another nasty play on the field.
Jim Schwartz stepped into perhaps the NFL's worst job of all time, inheriting its first 0-16 team.
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"This is a setback, no question," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "We had control and now we need help. We have to get two wins and let the rest shake out."
"Part of that (turnovers) is being aggressive and pushing the ball down the field," he said. "There is some risk/reward in pushing the ball down the field. Some things we can do better in preventing turnovers."