Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

Dave Birkett

Detroit Free Press

Laredo, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Dave:

Victimized by long pass against LA Rams, Detroit Lions cut CB Daryl Worley

Bobby Price is the Lions' top backup cornerback, and veteran Nickell Robey-Coleman is on the practice squad → Read More

Mike Lucci, former Detroit Lions Pro Bowl LB, dies at 81 years old

Mike Lucci played nine of his 12 NFL seasons for the Detroit Lions and was named the team's Defensive MVP in 1969-71 → Read More

NFL power rankings: The Bengals' dominance, and other surprises through Week 7

The Detroit Lions, the only winless team in the NFL, check in at No. 32 for the second straight week, one spot ahead of the lowly Houston Texans. → Read More

Detroit Lions' headset issues derail drives; A.J. Parker may be latest CB to miss time

Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell that penalty was the result of a headset malfunction, a communication issue that has plagued the team this season. → Read More

Detroit Lions' Jared Goff throws 2 INTs in loss to Rams, but 'was good enough to win'

Jared Goff spent several minutes after Sunday's game talking with Rams coach Sean McVay and other former coaches and teammates at midfield → Read More

Why Detroit Lions' D'Andre Swift is 'a stud, can't get him the ball enough'

Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift showed why he's the team's best playmaker right now in Sunday's loss in Los Angeles. → Read More

Matthew Stafford carves up former team as Los Angeles Rams beat Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes against his former team as the Detroit Lions lost to the Los Angeles Rams, 28-19, on Sunday. → Read More

Matthew Stafford carves up former team as Detroit Lions lose to LA Rams, 28-19

Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes against his former team as the Detroit Lions lost to the Los Angeles Rams, 28-19, on Sunday. → Read More

Dean Marlowe, Jason Cabinda among Detroit Lions inactives vs. LA Rams

Dan Campbell promised lineup changes this week, and the Detroit Lions are making one in their defensive secondary. → Read More

Detroit Lions predictions vs. Los Angeles Rams: How bad does Matthew Stafford torch them?

Free Press sports writers make predictions for the Detroit Lions' game against Matthew Stafford's Los Angeles Rams in Week 7 of the NFL season → Read More

Even after 8-catch game, T.J. Hockenson knows he must do more for Lions' offense

Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson has three eight-catch games this season, and eight catches total in the Lions' other three games. → Read More

5 questions with Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, who wants his kids to have unique names

A fourth pick out of USC, St. Brown is third on the Lions with 24 catches for 204 yards through six games → Read More

Here's how the Detroit Lions plan to stop Los Angeles Rams pass-rusher Aaron Donald

Since the Lions passed on him with the 10th pick in the 2014 draft, Donald has gone on to win three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards → Read More

Ex-Detroit Lions LB Chris Spielman to be 19th inductee in Pride of the Lions

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, former Detroit Lions LB Chris Spielman will be honored at halftime vs. the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 31. → Read More

Detroit Lions OC Anthony Lynn: Offense did 'not a damn thing' well vs. Bengals

The Detroit Lions set season-lows for rushing yards (36), passing yards (202), total yards (228) and points (11) against the Cincinnatti Bengals. → Read More

Detroit Lions S Tracy Walker wants to intercept Matthew Stafford, have him sign ball

Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury, but said he expects to play Sunday against the Rams. → Read More

Taylor Decker's Detroit Lions season in doubt due to finger injury

Already without their best offensive lineman for the remainder of the season, Detroit Lions could be losing another if they shut down Taylor Decker → Read More

NFL power rankings: Winless Detroit Lions, finally, fall to No. 32

Detroit Lions may beat the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars on a neutral field, but they are the only winless team left in the NFL → Read More

Lions DL Michael Brockers excited to face old team, finds a purpose in Detroit

Brockers has one sack in six starts for the Lions this fall and has played a big leadership role in their young DL room → Read More

Amani Oruwariye (3 INTs) one of few bright spots on Detroit Lions

With his third interception vs. Bengals, Detroit Lions CB Amani Oruwariye matched his takeaway total from the first two years of his career → Read More