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Notes: USA TODAY predicts 6-10 season for Detroit Lions

Notes: USA TODAY predicts 6-10 season for Detroit Lions

Once again, USA TODAY is doubting the Lions. While not many NFL analysts have been predicting big things for the Detroit Lions in 2018, we haven’t seen many predicting a big drop off, either. However, USA TODAY’s Nate Davis doesn’t appear to be much of a believer in Detroit. He has them finishing last in the NFC North this season with a 6-10 record. That’s also good for third-worst in the entire NFC. Of course, if you look at the history of USA TODAY, this won’t come as a surprise. Look at what they have predicted for Detroit over the past four years: Lions USA TODAY...
12 hours ago
Top Detroit Lions players of 2018: 50-41

Top Detroit Lions players of 2018: 50-41

A look at players just above the roster bubble. Our Detroit Lions countdown continues today with the players we ranked from 41 to 50. While these players are technically above the roster bubble, I wouldn’t call many of them roster locks. These are players that, if they aren’t playing for a roster spot, they will certainly be competing for playing time in 2018. As a reminder, these rankings are based on averages from seven different staff members who ranked all 90 players on the Lions current roster. To catch up on players 51-90, click below: 90-81 80-71 70-61 60-51 50. DE Jeremiah...
14 hours ago
The Detroit Lions are still the second-least valuable NFL franchise, per Forbes

The Detroit Lions are still the second-least valuable NFL franchise, per Forbes

The Lions are one of three NFL teams not to be listed among the 50 most-valuable sports franchises. The Detroit Lions may be turning the proverbial corner as a competitive NFL team, but that hasn’t done much to improve the value of the franchise. Forbes came out with their 2018 list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises this week, and the Lions were just one of three NFL teams that didn’t make the list. The Lions, valued at $1.7 billion, just missed the list, as the Browns came in at 50 valued at $1.95. The Bengals ($1.8 million) and Bills ($1.6 million) also missed the top 50...
15 hours ago
Open thread: If you could change one outcome from the Lions’ 2017 season, what would it be?

Open thread: If you could change one outcome from the Lions’ 2017 season, what would it be?

Which Detroit Lions game from last season would you change? The 2017 season was the definition of a roller coaster of emotions. After the first quarter of the year, the Detroit Lions were sitting at 3-1 and were just inches away from being undefeated. At the time, some media outlets had the Lions as high as second in their power rankings. Week 5 power rankings: HOLY CRAP, THE #LIONS ARE A TOP 2 TEAM: https://t.co/BgDgkEHbQf— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) October 3, 2017 It turns out that, no, the Lions were not really a top two team. They would go on to lose the next three...
Jul 18, 2018
Notes: GMF host predicts Kerryon Johnson to win OROY award

Notes: GMF host predicts Kerryon Johnson to win OROY award

The Lions rookie running back got some love from NFL Network this week. As of right now, you couldn’t even place a bet on Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. That didn’t stop “Good Morning Football” co-host Kay Adams from predicting Johnson to win the award by the season’s end. Listen to her reasoning below: Which team has a Rookie of the Year on their squad? @Nate13Burleson @MiamiDolphins @KyleBrandt @Ravens @heykayadams @Lions : @gmfb pic.twitter.com/wlZFNGxo3A— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) July 18, 2018 Bryce...
Jul 18, 2018
Ranking the 5 Detroit Lions uniforms from the 2017 season

Ranking the 5 Detroit Lions uniforms from the 2017 season

We’ve had a year to digest the Lions new uniforms. Now let’s rank them. This week, the SB Nation sites are discussing uniforms and mascots. The mothership previously ranked the best and worst NFL uniforms, two lists that did not include the Detroit Lions. The Lions are in a bit of a unique position because they just made drastic changes to their uniform last season, and fans are still getting accustomed to the new look. Though the Lions unveiled four different uniforms during last offseason, they actually wore five combinations last season, pulling out the all-blue uniforms for a...
Jul 18, 2018
Projecting the Detroit Lions’ running back workload distribution

Projecting the Detroit Lions’ running back workload distribution

With four mouths to feed, the Lions have a choice to make in the backfield. For the first time in many years, the Detroit Lions may have too many options at running back. With the additions of Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount to a backfield already home to Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah, there will be no shortage of resources for offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter in 2018. By looking at the past few years of Lions running backs, we can see how Cooter prefers to split up his offense. A change in personnel may mean a change in strategy, but there are some patterns to uncover from...
Jul 18, 2018
NFL future power rankings: ESPN doesn’t have much faith in the Lions

NFL future power rankings: ESPN doesn’t have much faith in the Lions

The Lions future looks bleak, according to ESPN. As if power rankings weren’t futile enough, this week ESPN unveiled what they are calling NFL Future Power Rankings. Because we’re all so perfect at predicting the upcoming season, ESPN attempted to rank all 32 teams based on how they’re currently set up to succeed over the next three years. Based on the current rosters, quarterbacks, coaches, front offices and draft success, a panel of three ESPN analysts (Louis Riddick, Mike Sando and Field Yates) power ranked each NFL franchise. The trio apparently isn’t much of a fan of the...
Jul 18, 2018
PODcast discusses Ezekiel Ansah’s future, reacts to Jim Brandstatter firing

PODcast discusses Ezekiel Ansah’s future, reacts to Jim Brandstatter firing

The PODcast crew is back and ready to tackle a loaded week of news and analysis. The full PODcast crew is back and ready to take on a week that actually had some news for the Detroit Lions. Jim Brandstatter is out as the Lions radio color commentator. Lomas Brown is in. Ezekiel Ansah did not reach a long-term agreement with the Lions, and it didn’t appear the two sides were ever even close. Jeremy, Chris and Ryan take on those stories this week, and continue the LISTCAST and Way Back Machine series. This week, the gang counts down their top 10 tight ends and revisits the ugly...
Jul 18, 2018
Open thread: What is the biggest misconception about being a Lions fan?

Open thread: What is the biggest misconception about being a Lions fan?

What does everyone get wrong about being a fan of the Lions? Talking football with someone who isn’t a Detroit Lions fan is always a trip. When you reveal that you’re a Lions fan, the reaction is almost always the same. “Why?’ is the first word out of their mouth almost 90 percent of the time, followed by some half-hearted attempt to recruit you to their favorite team. It’s a minor annoyance, but one that every Lions fan has probably gotten used to at this point. So, today, let’s try an educate the football fans out there that have no idea what it’s actually like to be a...
Jul 17, 2018
Lions notes: Darius Slay already adhering to The Patriot Way

Lions notes: Darius Slay already adhering to The Patriot Way

Don’t expect to hear a lot of in-depth quotes having anything to do with strategy from the team this year. We know, we know. It’s an entirely overused phrase, but the Detroit Lions are already adhering to one of the main things that defined “The Patriot Way”: Secrecy. Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko tried to get the inside scoop about Matt Patricia from Darius Slay, and this is how Slay responded: “Lawd Jesus, not the Lions. I ain’t fin to have Patricia calling me. He already done warned us man! They’re strict.” (h/t @ChrisBurkeNFL) A few Lions players wished Barry...
Jul 17, 2018
2018 NFC North preview: Power ranking each team’s roster

2018 NFC North preview: Power ranking each team’s roster

The results will surprise you. Over the past few weeks, we’ve gone position by position and ranked the NFC North by their personnel. It’s been an interesting look at each team’s roster, as it’s now clear each team has clear strengths and weaknesses. Even a team like the Chicago Bears, who are pretty much considered the consensus worst team in the division, ranked atop the NFC North in two different positional rankings. So to conclude this series, we’re going to put it all together. We’ve averaged the rankings of each position to determine the best roster in the North....
Jul 17, 2018
A Perfect Season: Looking back on 0-16, 10 years later

A Perfect Season: Looking back on 0-16, 10 years later

The Detroit Lions sure have come a long way. It truly is inevitable. A Lions fan engages with fans of other teams, either in friendly banter or good old fashioned smack talk. The Lions fan hits with a stinging jab, perhaps dropping the always relevant #WeOwnTheBears hashtag, only to be met with the stand by insult for Lions fans. 0-16. Known cynically as “The Perfect Season,” the 2008 Detroit Lions season is one of loss, embarrassment, and, ultimately, the rebirth of one of the oldest and most storied franchises in NFL history. It is nearing a decade from the start of that fateful...
Jul 17, 2018
Open thread: Will Ezekiel Ansah be on the Detroit Lions roster in 2019?

Open thread: Will Ezekiel Ansah be on the Detroit Lions roster in 2019?

Ansah will be on the franchise tag in 2018, but what does his future hold? The Detroit Lions made an important, albeit expected, decision on Monday. After giving defensive end Ezekiel Ansah the franchise tag earlier in the offseason, they allowed Monday’s deadline to pass without coming to a multi-year agreement with Ansah. That means the Lions’ best pass rusher will play out the 2018 season on his one-year, franchise tag deal worth $17.1 million. So while we now know what Ziggy’s fate is for this season, his future starting in 2019 is now up for grabs. The Lions won’t be able to...
Jul 16, 2018
Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions don’t come to long-term agreement

Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions don’t come to long-term agreement

Ziggy will play in 2018 on his one-year franchise tag deal. As expected, the Monday 4 p.m. ET deadline passed without the Detroit Lions and Ezekiel Ansah coming to multi-year agreement. The two sides had until today’s deadline to prevent Ansah from playing on a one-year, $17.1 million franchise tag deal and, instead, play on a negotiated multi-year contract. But it appeared the two sides were never really close to coming to an agreement. On Saturday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said barring a significant change in circumstance, no deal would get done. By Sunday evening, ESPN’s Adam...