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Three takeaways from the Detroit Lions divisional win against the Green Bay Packers, putting them at 2-3.

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1. The Lions took advantage of every turnover they forced better than expected

The Lions forced three fumbles against the Packers and they were able to score each time. Along with that, each time they scored, it was a touchdown. In the end, taking advantages like that came up huge for the Lions and being the major factor in winning this game.

2. Bob Quinn’s drafted guys keep making plays

Kenny Golladay, Kerryon Johnson, and Da’Shawn Hand continue their great play and keep showing why their the top players for the team at their position. Golladay made great catches throughout the game, Johnson averaged 5.8 yards per carry this game with 70 yards rushing, and Hand had another sack and forced fumble. Guys like these continue to show that Bob Quinn is doing pretty good when it comes to drafting.

3. The Lions really could give some of the credit of this win to Mason Crosby

Mason Crosby leaving 13 points on the board can make a difference in a game. Either the crowd was in his head or he was in his own head as Crosby couldn’t make a field goal all day. The Lions haven’t gotten luck like that in a while, but luck happens in the NFL.

This win was needed for the Lions going into their bye week. They are now at 2-3 and have a week to prepare for another big game upcoming against the Miami Dolphins. Due to the tie between the Vikings and the Packers, there is a three way fight for 2nd place in the NFC North. The season is still early and it will be interesting to see where each team heads in these next few games.

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Travis Swanson Announces Retirement

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Veteran offensive lineman Travis Swanson, who spent the majority of last season with the Miami Dolphins, has announced his retirement from the NFL.

“I decided to retire from the game of football,” Swanson stated in a post on his official Instagram page

“Those words are hard to write. However, I have a sense of comfort knowing Emily and I are walking away from this game with offers that were on the table. This ultimately came down to a family decision between Emily and I.

“I have been an offensive lineman for 22 years of my life and will be for the remainder. In my years as a lineman, I have learned so many life lessons. It is extraordinary that this game has the power to take a kid from Kingwood, Texas to places all over the globe.”

Swanson was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and has played for the Lions, the New York Jets, and the Dolphins during his career.

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Lions Pick Up Taylor Decker’s Option

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The Detroit Lions have exercised the fifth-year option on the contract of offensive tackle Taylor Decker, according to an official team announcement.

Decker will now be under club control through the 2020 season, and that extra season will be guaranteed for injury.

Decker started all 16 games for the Lions last season.

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Lions’ Kenny Golladay Excited to Work with Danny Amendola

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is looking forward to learning from veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola, who signed with the Lions during free agency this offseason.

“We’re still just figuring each other out, but I know one thing, his work ethic is crazy,” Golladay said, according to Justin Rogers of the Detroit News.

“It’s through the roof. He wants to push everyone. And when you have a guy like that, a vet guy, a savvy vet, you just really want to follow up under him. I’m not going to let him go out there and out-run me.”

After a breakout 2018 season, Golladay is looking to keep the productivity rolling along.

“The challenge is just picking up where I left off,” Golladay said. “Don’t become complacent, you know. Just need to keep my same focus and that’s what I’m going to do.”

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