Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions entering their 89th season in the NFL with completely new coaching staff with Matt Patricia as head coach, Paul Pasqualoni as Defensive Coordinator and Jeff Davidson at the Offensive Line coach slot. Given the positive record in three seasons out of the last four, the Detroit Lions can use it as advantage when they will be facing tough opponents in the NFC North division like Seahawks, Rams, Panters and Patriots. To that they can have on their side the fact that they have had a winning record at home consecutively since 2012 and haven’t finished in last place of the NFC North since the same year. Looking at 2018 schedule there is across the board notion that the Detroit Lions will face a very tough schedule. In light of this, if they manage to pull off and become one of those teams to highly notice and look for, that will be a remarkable achievement. Statistically speaking, the Detroit Lions’ schedule is extremely challenging in any way. Given the top teams they will face it is considered the second hardest schedule in the NFL this coming season. Based on their 2017 season final rank of 2nd place in the NFC North they will face top opponents, some of them the best in the league. If they manage to pass this challenge they will be considered a big success while on the other hand, other result won’t be a big surprise. People predict they will have 8 wins without clinching to the playoffs, an assumption that adds up with the numbers. New coach Patricia’s can make the difference and taking the Detroit Lions all the way to the top and this is what their fans hope and aim for. Having said that , the record of 18 wins and one postseason clinch over the course of the last two seasons while not finishing as the division winner in either one, is not statistics to be played in their favor. Not much of movement has been taken place during the offseason as far as players’ trade-ins and acquisitions. The biggest move is the appointment of Matt Patricia as the head coach. GM Quinn signed in several back-ups players for various positions while keeping the core intact, a conduct that will have positive and responsible financial impact in near future. The majority opinion of the Detroit Lions’ fans and others surrounding the franchise, is that not enough was done by Quinn during the offseason and in the 2018 NFL draft to strengthen the team and resolve fill out the main needs on the roster, specifically on the defensive end of it rather than its running game end. Time will tell if that concern and feeling were in place and right. At age 30 years old and his 11th in the league, QB Matthew Stafford is still keeping a stable and robust core around him. During training camp Kenny Golladay stood out while Marvin Jones and Golden Tate are still his anchor go to guys. TJ Jones also showed flashes periodically, something to be positive about. Noticeable weak link can be found at the running back position for some time now. The Detroit Lions signed LeGarrette Blount while all eyes will be on rookie Kerryon Johnson who shows big potential. These two players are expected to be the leading running backs, while joining them on the passing down situations will be Theo Riddick. On the wide receiver position, Eric Ebron moved to Indianapolis which still leaves Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo to do the job. In light of the above, it seems like this season the Detroit Lions will finally have their long time running game problem addressed, a missing piece which can have big impact on the down-the-stretch results.

Detroit Lions is one of the most beloved football team in the country. This team was established back in 1930 and has been followed by Detroit fans for 85 years. They are part of the NFC North Division and the NFL. From the Universal Stadium they moved to the University of Detroit Stadium in 1934. Then they transferred to Tiger Stadium in 1938 up to 1974, except in 1940 when they had to temporarily move back to the University of Detroit Stadium. By 1975, they moved to Pontiac Silverdome and stayed there until 2001. Their current home field is now located in Downtown Detroit’s Ford Field. The team officially became a part of the NFL on the 12th day of July, 1930. They were part of the Western Division up until 1950 when they joined the National Conference. In 1953, they became part of the Western Conference until 1969. They have been part of the NFC since 1970 up to the present but already moved to NFC North from NFC Central. Everyone knows them as Detroit Lions but they started out as the Portsmouth Spartans from 1930 up to 1933. To date, they have won 4 league championships in 1935, 1952, 1953 and 1957. They have also bagged 4 conference championships in 1952 – 1954 and 1957. To date, they have yet to win another conference but they have consistently brought down the home attendance tally since 2006 with the highest attendance at 510,369 fans in 2013. This just proves how bankable they are as a team with thousands of adoring fans. You can catch Detroit Lions games on www.istreamsport.com during the regular season. The Lions dominated the preseason with just one loss against the Redskins. The regular season will be starting in a few days. You can check out their first game against the Chargers on September 13 on www.istreamsport.com.
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