David Akers has been in the NFL long enough to know how the business side works.
He realizes why the Lions brought in six kickers to work out this week. He's even been on the other side as one of those guys brought in over his 17 NFL seasons.
"After 17 years of trying to play this game, I don't take anything as a kick in the pants," Akers said Thursday. "It is what it is. You have to deal with it. It's out of your control. There's no excuse, you have to make a 31-yard field goal."
Akers missed a 31-yard field goal right before halftime in last week's 40-10 victory over Green Bay. He's also missed from 47 and 45 yards. He's 15 of 20 on the season, but is actually 15 of 18. Two attempts were blocked because of protection breakdowns.
"Management is doing their job and I'm trying to do my job," he said of the workouts.
"Three inches the other way and everybody is talking about something else. I gave you that reason to talk about it because I didn't perform. As I love to say, it is what it is.
"The sun came up the next morning and we won by 30. It didn't cost the team anything. The last thing I want to do is affect the team in an adverse fashion and I plan on just kicking until otherwise told."
Akers will be heading back to a familiar place in Philadelphia on Sunday. He spent 12 seasons with the Eagles and played in five Pro Bowls over that stretch.
He says he feels healthy and even kicked a 62-yard field goal in practice on Wednesday.
"I've got no excuse," he said. "You have to make the kick. It's as simple as that. I'm a competitor and I will keep fighting until they take my nameplate off."
POUNDING THE ROCK
There was an 11-play, 75-yard drive in the fourth quarter of last week's victory in Green Bay when the Lions ran the football on 10 consecutive plays. The only time they threw it was the final play of the drive when
"Yeah it was a nice situation," said offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. "The guys are doing a great job of blocking; everybody from the line to the tight ends to the perimeter receivers. Matt's (Stafford) getting us in the right place. We had a couple plays at the line of scrimmage and he calls them and he gets the right call."
It's the kind of running ability to close out a game the Lions haven't had in years.
"When you can do that, it certainly gives you the ability to finish and close out games," Linehan said. "That was kind of a signature drive for us. We haven't been in that situation for awhile, where we had a nice long drive and all of them were runs. It'd be nice to have some more of those."
MEGATRON'S RUN TO HISTORY
With 40 yards Sunday in Philadelphia,
"It is crazy with all the records that have been going down, but I haven't had much time to think about or reflect on it that much," said Johnson, who has 72 catches for an NFL-leading 1,299 yards and 12 touchdowns.
"Each time those things come up it is just a testament of the hard work that not just myself but my teammates put in on the field."
Johnson already owns the franchise record for touchdown receptions with 66.
"I think the definition of a great player is that even though they get all the attention they are still productive regardless," head coach Jim Schwartz said.
"If they get double teamed or if a running back sees eight men in the box, they're still effective. I think of a guy like Adrian Peterson, some of the looks he gets and he is leading the NFL in rushing again.
"Calvin gets doubled all the time but he still can be productive. That's my definition of a great player, even though he is getting all that attention he still finds a way to be productive and I think Calvin fits that role."