The biggest difference for Stafford this season is he's eating more sacks, but the number of downfield shots hasn't changed. As for the offense, the run-pass balance, including on first down, is pretty much the same as the year before, but execution hasn't been as consistent.
Johnson was back on the practice field Thursday in Bagshot, the Lions' makeshift training facility here in England. That's the first time the receiver has practiced on back to back days since originally suffering a high ankle sprain in a Week 3 win against Green Bay.
The Detroit Lions saw LaAdrian Waddle bang his head on the ground while blocking on the final point-after attempt Sunday against New Orleans. They knew a brain injury was possible. But they allowed Waddle to finish off the game anyway.
Jim Caldwell hopes his team's plush accommodations are enough to keep his millionaire players out of trouble and close to home. But boys will be boys, and with the London metropolis just a 50-minute train ride away, several players left the confines of Bagshot to get their first taste of the big city Tuesday night.