Calvin Johnson

Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions Preview and Prediction

Struggling Lions host AFC’s best on Thanksgiving Day
<p> Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions Preview and Prediction</p>

The Detroit Lions host their traditional Thanksgiving Day game today, as they will take on the Houston Texans at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The opener of the NFL’s turkey day triple-header features a Lions team that’s lost two in a row and is almost in a must-win situation if it wants to keep its playoff hopes alive. On the other side are the Texans, who enter this game with an AFC-best 9-1 mark and a three-game lead over the Colts for first place in the AFC South.

Calvin Johnson, Hakeem Nicks, Jimmy Graham: Injury Updates Week 9

Who's healthy enough to start for your fantasy football team
<p> Calvin Johnson, Hakeem Nicks, Jimmy Graham: Injury Updates Week 9&nbsp;</p>

The fantasy season is nearing its postseason. The weeks are winding down; the injuries are piling up. You need to stay ahead of everything in order to make that playoff push. Here’s some information on those that are on the Week 9 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.

Week 8 Fantasy Injury Updates: Peyton Hillis, Doug Baldwin, Calvin Johnson

To help you decide who to start and who to sit.
<p> Week 8 Injury Updates: Peyton Hillis, Doug Baldwin, Calvin Johnson</p>

Here we are — the halfway point of the NFL season and six weeks away from the start of the fantasy postseason for many. Injuries are making lineup decisions harder — sometimes easier in the committee world of some positions — and bye weeks leave us scrambling for the best start at some positions. Here are a few updates to hopefully help you make that push toward the fantasy postseason.

Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears Monday Night Preview and Prediction

This NFC North rivalry has been controlled by the Bears lately.
<p> Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears Preview and Prediction</p>

Two divisional foes with drastically different 2012 results will meet on Monday Night Football, when the Chicago Bears host the Detroit Lions at 8:30 p.m. EST on ESPN. Lovie Smith’s Chicago crew has jumped out to a 4-1 start, outscoring its opponents by 78 points. Meanwhile, the last-place Lions are 2-3 and have looked nothing like the playoff team of a year ago.

Athlon Sports' 2012 NFL Preseason Awards

The favorites for MVP, Defensive, Rookie, Coach of the Year and more.
<p> The preseason favorites for MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year.</p>

The 2012 NFL season kicks off with a Wednesday night showdown between the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants and their NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys — in the first of 256 regular season games that span from Sept. 4 until Dec. 30.

Before a snap has been taken, Athlon Sports looks into our crystal ball in an attempt to predict who will be award-worthy after the dust settles this season.

Tom Brady's Patriots Crush Tim Tebow's Broncos

Tim Tebow is 5-0 on the road, 2-2 at home and 0-1 against Tom Brady.
<p> Denver Broncos' Superman Tim Tebow is 5-0 on the road, 2-2 at home and 0-1 against the New England Patriots' three-time Super Bowl champ Tom Brady.</p>

Tom Brady, QB, Patriots

NFL Picks: Every Game, Week 10

A look at every NFL game for Week 10, along with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.
<p> A look at every NFL game for Week 10 — including Steelers at Bengals, Saints at Falcons, Lions at Bears, Giants at 49ers and Patriots at Jets — along with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.</p>

A quick preview of every game on the NFL schedule for Week 10, along with the consensus picks of Athlon Sports editors Mitchell Light, Rob Doster, Nathan Rush, Patrick Snow and Steven Lassan:

Matthew Stafford Will Play in Week 8; But Here's Why He's Not A Good Start

The Broncos' Champ Bailey will make it hard for Stafford to pile up points
<p> The Broncos' Champ Bailey will make it hard for Stafford to pile up points</p>

Matthew Stafford has battled a sprained right ankle injury that he suffered on the final offensive play of last week’s loss to Atlanta. His status for Sunday’s game at Denver has been iffy all week long, but it looks like he will be a go for the Week 8 contest. He was a full participant in Friday’s practice after being limited the previous two days.

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