Defensive adjustments have fueled recent surge by Vikings
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s fumble gave Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions a fresh set of downs early in the fourth quarter two weeks ago, another opportunity to start climbing back into the game.
Though they held an 11-point lead, the Vikings had been unable to pull away. On the ...
Lions rule out Slay, Lang for game against Chicago
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions will be without standout cornerback Darius Slay for Sunday’s game at Chicago.
The Lions ruled Slay out Friday with a knee injury. Guard T.J. Lang is also out with a neck problem.
Linebacker Eli Harold (shoulder) is doubtful for Detroit, and ...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have won two straight and three of four in large part because they finally have a running game.
In Sunday’s 32-21 victory over the Miami Dolphins, the Lions churned out 248 yards on the ground, their highest single-game rushing output in 21 ...
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Caught from behind on a 71-yard run, Kerryon Johnson took some locker room ribbing, the kind that comes after a victory on the road.
Johnson rushed for 158 yards Sunday to help
Johnson’s 158 yards rushing help Lions beat Dolphins 32-21
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Lions clustered on the bench under shade canopies Sunday, keeping their cool in the South Florida heat. And when they stepped onto the field and into the subtropical sunshine, they ran all over the Miami Dolphins.
Unfazed by the weather,
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins’ run defense is stuck in reverse, perhaps taking the season with it.
Poor tackling, botched assignments and a manhandling up front doomed the Dolphins on Sunday, when the Detroit Lions ran for 248 yards to win 32-21.
It was Detroit’s ...
Dolphins’ Wake might return against Lions; Riddick out
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake is on a course to return Sunday against Detroit from a knee injury that sidelined him the past two weeks.
Wake is listed as questionable but took full part in practice Friday. He coyly declined to say whether he expected to play but ...
Lions go into bye on a high after beating Packers 31-23
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have beaten Aaron Rodgers- and Tom Brady-led teams this season.
And yes, they still have a losing record.
Detroit has provided glimpses of its potential, beating the Green Bay Packers ...
A rushing barrier finally falls for Lions against Patriots
DETROIT (AP) — Kerryon Johnson was drafted to help Detroit’s woeful running game.
He’s already reached one significant mark, becoming the Lions’ first 100-yard rusher in almost five years.
Johnson ran for 101 yards Sunday night, and Detroit
The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):
For the first time since 2013, the Detroit Lions have a 100-yard rusher.
Rookie Kerryon Johnson is at 101 after a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter. Detroit leads New England 23-10.
The home ...
Abdullah inactive for Lions; Jets without Maye, Kearse
DETROIT (AP) — Lions running back Ameer Abdullah is inactive for Detroit’s game Monday night against the New York Jets.
The Jets are without safety Marcus Maye (foot) and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (abdomen), both of whom had been doubtful. New York linebacker Josh Martin was
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
New faces: Coach Matt Patricia, RB LeGarrette Blount, RB Kerryon Johnson, TE Luke Willson, C Frank Ragnow, DT Sylvester Williams, LB Christian Jones, LB Devon Kennard.
Key losses: Coach Jim Caldwell, TE Eric Ebron, DT Haloti Ngata, LB Tahir ...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Kerryon Johnson was just a kid when his older siblings hit him with elbows while playing hoops.
And his parents, both of whom played college basketball, did not swoop in to save their young son from the physical games.
Sure, playing at Auburn and in the SEC ...
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Allen Park, Michigan
LAST YEAR: Early and late-season slides knocked team out of playoff contention and cost coach Jim Caldwell job. QB Matthew Stafford led pass-dependent offense with 1,000-yard WRs Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. CB Darius Slay ...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have desperately tried to improve what has been a weakness, signing and drafting players to improve their running game.
Detroit ranked last in the NFL last season in rushing offense and has been among the league’s worst on the ground offensively ...
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have waived running back Tion Green.
Green appeared in five games last season for Detroit, rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries. Green was an undrafted rookie last year out of Cincinnati.
Detroit has tried to revamp its ...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — It’s been nearly two decades since Barry Sanders last took the field for the Lions, and it feels like Detroit’s running game has been flailing ever since.
The latest potential solution to that problem —second-round draft pick Kerryon Johnson of Auburn — was 1 year ...
Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson could fit if Steelers allow Le’Veon Bell to walk
The Steelers have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. to use the franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell, a deadline they are trying to beat by signing the All-Pro running back to a long-term contract.
General manager Kevin Colbert has given every indication he wants to keep Bell in a Steelers uniform for the ...
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Kerryon Johnson can now happily get back to his football routine.
The Auburn running back ran the 40 before NFL scouts Friday at the school’s pro day after skipping it at the combine. He didn’t quite make his goal of 4.50 seconds or better, running in 4.58 and 4.54, but ...
Auburn signee Asa Martin named Alabama’s Mr. Football
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Writethru
Auburn signee Asa Martin is already following in the footsteps of predecessor Kerryon Johnson in one regard.
Like Johnson, Martin was named Alabama’s Mr. Football. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back, who graduated in December and has already ...
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis, tailback Kamryn Pettway and defensive end Jeff Holland are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.
All three announced their decisions Wednesday on social media. Tailback Kerryon Johnson has also declared his plans to turn ...
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
The second-team Associated Press All-American announced his decision in a Twitter post Wednesday, thanking Auburn fans for their support. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound Davis started all ...
AUBURN — The Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year has played his final game in an Auburn uniform.
Kerryon Johnson announced on Twitter Tuesday evening that he’ll be forgoing his final year of eligibility in order to enter the 2018 NFL draft. The Auburn tailback Johnson led ...
ATLANTA (AP) — The biggest key to Auburn’s offensive success, running back Kerryon Johnson, says he’s “running like my old self” and eager to play in Monday’s Peach Bowl against Central Florida.
“I feel 100 percent, finally, or as close to 100 percent as you can get at this point,” Johnson ...
Auburn football: Johnson says ‘of course’ he’ll play, but Malzahn sounds skeptical
AUBURN – Either Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is playing the worst game of possum with his best player or he and Kerryon Johnson need to have a chat.
In his on-campus Peach Bowl news conference last week, Malzahn was less than definitive about whether his leading rusher would play in the ...
LSU quarterback Danny Etling was named the Southeastern Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Etling, the Tigers’ starter for the last two seasons, graduated in mass communications in May with a 3.72 grade point average, according to a statement from the SEC office.
Etling, an ...
Want a good argument for Gus Malzahn’s reported seven-year, $49 million contract extension?
For starters, he’s charmed. How else to explain those 2013 miracles, Les Miles’ clock-management final straw with LSU when both coaches coached for their jobs, Jarrett Stidham landing in Malzahn’s ...
ATLANTA (AP) — After meeting in the Southeastern Conference championship game, Georgia and Auburn split the top awards on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team released Monday.
Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson was picked as the offensive player of the year, while Georgia ...
ATLANTA (AP) — Central Florida (12-0, American Athletic) vs. Auburn (10-3, Southeastern), Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia
UCF: QB McKenzie Milton, 3,795 yards passing with 35 TDs; 497 yards with seven TDs.
Auburn: RB Kerryon Johnson, 1,320 ...
ATLANTA — Auburn got physically whipped in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game loss to Georgia, and a hurt Kerryon Johnson doesn’t account for all of that.
He doesn’t play defense, where the Bulldogs gashed Auburn pretty good, especially after a tentative first quarter.
Johnson doesn’t ...
Postgame analysis of Auburn’s loss to Georgia:
THREE THINGS WORTH TALKING ABOUT
Injured Auburn star Kerryon Johnson gave it a try Saturday, but he struggled before the Tigers turned to Kam Martin and Malik Miller at running back.
Johnson, who hurt his ...
ATLANTA — Kerryon Johnson spent a long moment on his knees on the still fresh Mercedes-Benz Stadium turf, while Roquan Smith ran the other way with the football he just fumbled as the Georgia sideline erupted.
Auburn’s star running back, Johnson gamely gave it his all after suffering a ...
ATLANTA — Auburn fell short at the finish line. In 60 minutes, the Tigers, ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings went from becoming the first two-loss team to make the playoff to losing to the same team it beat last month by 23 points.
The No. 6 Bulldogs (12-1) got sweet ...
Conference championship games are Saturday, and while there usually is an upset or two, none will happen in games that matter.
Let’s get to the picks:
SEC: No. 6 Georgia (11-1) at No. 2 Auburn (10-2): Georgia has had a good season, but second-year head coach Kirby Smart hasn’t built ...
No. 2 Auburn vs. No. 6 Georgia: Game outlook, where to watch, listen
Pregame analysis of Auburn’s SEC Championship Game appearance against Georgia:
What: Auburn Tigers (10-2) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (11-1)
When: 3 p.m. Central time, Saturday
Rankings: Auburn is second in the College Football Playoff rankings and fourth in the ...
AUBURN — According to his head coach, Kerryon Johnson doesn’t need to practice in order to start the Southeastern Conference Championship Game.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday in his weekly news conference that the junior tailback was “day-to-day” with his shoulder injury but ...
Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson: ‘I’ll never count myself out’
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Auburn tailback Kerryon Johnson is downplaying the right shoulder injury that knocked him out of the win over Alabama
Johnson said Monday he’s just “banged ...
Brad Zimanek: If Johnson doesn’t return, AU good times might not last
AUBURN — Auburn has done it all in a short time. The Tigers defeated two No. 1 ranked teams in three weeks – first Georgia and arch rival Alabama on Saturday.
The Tigers are headed to Atlanta for a rematch next Saturday with the Bulldogs for the SEC Championship. A berth in the College ...
No. 6 Auburn tops No. 1 Alabama 26-14, earns SEC title shot
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn fans blanketed the field from end zone to end zone just like the last time they got to celebrate a stirring Iron Bowl win.
This time, Jarrett Stidham, Kerryon Johnson and No. 6 Auburn didn’t need a miraculous final play to unleash the celebration. It was a build ...
No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0, No. 1 CFP) at No. 6 Auburn (9-2, 6-1, CFP No. 6), 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday (CBS)
Line: Alabama by 4.
Series record: Alabama leads 45-35-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The winner will face No. 7 Georgia in the SEC championship game. Auburn could make the ...
Auburn’s spark: How ‘explosive’ Kam Martin loves ‘change the pace’ tailback role
AUBURN — To listen to his coaches and teammates talk, Kam Martin might just be considered the most explosive tailbacks on the Auburn roster.
While Kerryon Johnson is clearly the most productive and getting all the Heisman talk while Kamryn Pettway came into the 2017 season as the biggest, ...
Auburn’s Johnson: Iron Bowl “should be one for the ages”
Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson doesn’t have to be a soothsayer to predict what the Iron Bowl will be like.
The sixth-ranked Tigers (9-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) host No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0) Saturday in a rivalry game that always
AUBURN — Auburn doesn’t need a sign or a hashtag. They want Bama.
After seemingly oversleeping through its 11 a.m. start, Auburn cruised past an overmatched Louisiana-Monroe 42-14 in a glorified exhibition game before the winner-take-all Iron Bowl next weekend.
Auburn utilized its ...
Auburn football: Malzahn believes Johnson ‘needs to be in the Heisman talk’
AUBURN — Gus Malzahn is more than willing to be Kerryon Johnson’s mouthpiece when it comes to discussing the Heisman Trophy.
The Auburn coach understood Saturday evening maybe more than every that to start the conversation, you need to start talking. Malzahn couldn’t wait to blab about his ...
Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has a broken bone in his face and is doubtful for their next game.
The team called the fracture minor.
Irving left Friday night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets in the first quarter after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face from teammate Aron ...
Johnson, No. 10 Auburn knock off No 2 Georgia, 40-17
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Kerryon Johnson and the Auburn Tigers delivered an emphatic statement to the rest of the Southeastern Conference: Don’t forget us.
The 10th-ranked Tigers emerged from the shadows of the nation’s top two teams, riding Johnson and a smothering defense to a 40-17 victory ...
The Southeastern Conference doesn’t have any football players putting up video game-style numbers.
There’s Jalen Hurts and Jake Fromm but no Baker Mayfield. Nick Chubb, Damien Harris and Kerryon Johnson, but no Bryce Love. And if that keeps up there probably won’t be much Heisman Trophy ...
Quarterback Jarrett Stidham triggered a powerful Auburn offense that led the 16th-ranked Tigers to a 42-27 Southeastern Conference victory over Texas A&M on Saturday at Kyle Field.
Stidham, the Texas native who transferred from Baylor, threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns. He was ...
Stidham has 3 TD passes as No. 16 Auburn downs A&M 42-27
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — When Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has had championship teams in the past he’s seen the players take things up a notch this time of year.
In a win over Texas A&M on Saturday he saw that quality in his 16th-ranked team, and it left him feeling encouraged with a ...