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Dave Birkett


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Past articles by Dave:

8 teams, 28 draft picks, 30 players involved: The final math on Matthew Stafford trade

Detroit Lions traded Matthew Stafford to LA Rams for Jared Goff and 3 draft picks in 2021, and the returns are only beginning to pour in. → Read More

Why Detroit Lions are bringing back top tackler Alex Anzalone on a new 3-year contract

Alex Anzalone had back-to-back career seasons in his first two years with the Detroit Lions, following a 78-tackle 2021 with 125 tackles last season. → Read More

Detroit Lions reportedly to add ex-Chicago Bears coach John Fox to defensive staff

John Fox, who led Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl, will be the most senior member on the Detroit Lions' defensive staff. → Read More

'At least 50-50' chance Detroit Lions game vs. Kansas City Chiefs will be in Germany

Rod Wood said he is interested in the Lions playing internationally in the hopes it delays when they have to give up a home game to go overseas → Read More

Ex-Detroit Lions LB Jessie Lemonier dies at age 25

Jessie Lemonier played seven games with Detroit Lions in 2021, when he had 1.5 sacks and spent part of the season on the practice squad. → Read More

Detroit Lions OC Ben Johnson returning in 2023 after drawing head coaching interest

Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson interviewed virtually in recent days for head coach jobs with the Colts, Panthers and Texans → Read More

Lions stock watch: Jared Goff 'a perfect fit,' erases any doubt as QB of future

Packers appear to be on the decline after three decades of running the NFC North, especially if Aaron Rodgers retires. What's the mean for the Lions → Read More

Detroit Lions knock Packers from playoff berth, 20-16, earn 1st winning season since 2017

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Detroit Lions, eliminated from the playoffs earlier in the day, did the same to the Green Bay Packers by winning, 20-16, on Sunday night. The Lions end the season 9-8, their first winning season since 2017. More to come on freep.com. Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett. → Read More

Detroit Lions eliminated from NFL playoffs after Seahawks clip Rams in epic OT game

Quandre Diggs made INT in OT, Kenneth Walker III ran hard to set up Seahawks winning FG in OT to beat Rams, eliminate Detroit Lions from NFL playoffs → Read More

'Little jabs' have Detroit Lions primed for big things with playoffs in reach vs. Packers

If the Detroit Lions beat the Green Bay Packers to sweep the season series, they will be above .500 for the first time since Week 5 of the 2019 season → Read More

Detroit Lions game predictions vs. Green Bay Packers — and Seahawks-Rams picks, too

Free Press sports writers give their predictions for the Detroit Lions' game on Sunday night at the Green Bay Packers. → Read More

Detroit Lions CB Jeff Okudah questionable to play vs. Packers with elbow injury

Detroit Lions CB Jeff Okudah, who has lost snaps to Mike Hughes in recent weeks, was a late addition to the injury report Friday → Read More

DeShon Elliott: Aaron Rodgers doesn't respect us, Lions out to 'show who’s the big dog'

QB Aaron Rodgers made dismissive comments after throwing 3 INTs against the Detroit Lions after a loss at Ford Field in November. → Read More

Detroit Lions' Dan Campbell can't wait to face Packers; game flexed to Sunday night

The Seahawks host the Rams at 4:25 p.m. Sunday, so the Detroit Lions will know before kickoff of their game if they still are in the playoff mix → Read More

Detroit Lions need help to make playoffs after blowout loss to Carolina Panthers

The Detroit Lions need at least one loss from two of the Giants, Commanders or Seahawks to make the postseason, even if they win their final 2 games. → Read More

Detroit Lions steamrolled 37-23 by Carolina Panthers, see playoff hopes flicker

Detroit Lions were destroyed by Carolina Panthers, allowing 320 yards rushing and suffering a blow to their playoff hopes in 37-23 loss → Read More

Detroit Lions game predictions vs. Carolina Panthers: They do the unthinkable & cross .500

Free Press sports writers predict the Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers game Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina → Read More

Winter snowstorm has Detroit Lions leaving early for game vs. Carolina Panthers

Both C.J. Moore and Ifeatu Melifonwu are expected to see snaps at safety Saturday in place of injured Detroit Lions starter DeShon Elliott → Read More

Frank Ragnow only Detroit Lions player picked for Pro Bowl: 'Playing out of his mind'

A second-team All-Pro in 2020, Detroit Lions center Frank Ragnow has played through a foot injury most of this season en route to a 2022 Pro Bowl nod. → Read More

Detroit Lions' Jared Goff, Jameson Williams connection 'moving along' after 3 games

Detroit Lions CB Jerry Jacobs talked his way onto the punt return unit last week, then made a key block to help spring Kalif Raymond for a touchdown → Read More