QB Mike McMahon struggled Sunday in the Lions' 36-15 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, much as he struggled in the first two games of the season before losing the starting job to rookie QB Joey Harrington. McMahon completed just 11 of 33 passes for 149 yards. Two of the passes were for touchdowns but he was also intercepted three times and was unable to move the offense consistently. With Harrington out for the season after an irregular heart beat episode a week earlier, McMahon is expected to start the season finale Sunday against Minnesota.
RB James Stewart came into the Atlanta game just 38 yards short of his second 1,000-yard season in three years with the Lions. In 12 carries, however, he was held to 34 yards, leaving him at 996 yards going into the season finale against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field.
WR Eddie Drummond had his second long-distance kickoff return in two weeks, setting up the Lions first touchdown in their 36-15 loss at Atlanta with an 88-yard return. A week ago against Tampa Bay, Drummond had a 91-yard return as well as a 46-yard return, setting up a field goal and a touchdown. For the season, he is averaging 27.2 yards filling in for Desmond Howard, who is on injured reserve.
WR Germane Crowell lost his starting job during the Lions' 36-15 loss to Atlanta on Sunday and that might be an indication that the Lions do not see him in their future plans. Crowell has not run well since coming back from last year's knee injuries. He had no receptions in part-time duty against Atlanta; his replacement, Scotty Anderson, had one catch for 18 yards.