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2012 Preview: Detroit Lions

Can you really talk about the 2012 Detroit Lions without mentioning Nick Fairly?  It may not be *fair to this team or the fans, but I’m left with no choice.  After being arrested 2 times in less than 60 days, Fairly has gotten himself in a world of trouble.  There is a little over a month before the Lions report to training camp on July 26th.  Hopefully he is busy enough with his pending court dates and off season work outs to stay out of any additional trouble.  Dude needs to hire a driver.  The Lions has a great season in 2011-especially in the beginning, winning their first 5 games.  Then came the post game handshake replayed round the world–still makes me chuckle a bit.   What was NOT funny was the Suh incident on Thanksgiving Day on National TV… Still they clenched a playoff spot for the first time in over a decade.  This team will make noise in the 2012 season also.  Here is more from the 2012 Detroit Lions:

Fantasy Football Studs:  Let’s start with the obvious: Calvin Johnson.  He is the best receiver in the game today.  The thing about this guy is he just keeps getting better.  Over the years, he had always shown that he was an elite receiver.  He just didn’t have anyone that could consistently get him the ball.  You throw it anywhere in his vicinity, and he will come down with it.  Which brings me to the next Fantasy stud:  Matthew Stafford.  Since he shook off the injury bug, Stafford has shown that he is worth the number one pick the Lions used to draft him.  His performance on the field catapulted him to an Elite QB.  TE Brandon Pettigrew should also be given consideration on Draft Day.  Last season he had over 83 catches.  He’s no Gronk or Graham, but he is definitely serviceable.  The Lions Defense is formidable, but they have not quite reached stud status.  

Area of Strength:   The obvious strength for Detroit is the passing of Matthew Stafford and the receiving of Calvin Johnson.  Stafford clocked 5038 yards and 41  passing TDs last season.  It was the first year that he played in all 16 games since coming into the league 3 years ago.  Going into his fourth season, he has the right stuff to continue to lead the Lions.  Calvin Johnson:  6’5″, 236 lbs, with a 2011 campaign of 96 catches, 1681 yards, and 16 TDs.  I predict that he will also be injury free this upcoming year:  the Madden curse will be broken!

Area of Weakness:  This team has improved in so many areas and should compete for the division title with the Packers and the Bears.  However, it will not compete if the Lions don’t do something about their running game.  Right now, Jahvid Best is number 1 on the depth chart.  Dont get me wrong, Best is a decent back, but he is one good hit away from having a metallic taste in his mouth for the rest of his life.  He says that he is ready to play, but that remains to be seen.  Number 2 on the depth chart is 2nd year man Mikel Leshoure, who spent his entire rookie season in injured reserve with a torn ACL.  On top of that, Leshoure will miss the first two games of the season for getting arrested TWICE for Mary Jane possession.  Oh, it gets better folks:  the police witnessed Leshoure EATING the weed on the second arrest.  Clearly this guy is not too bright.  The Lions running game is in trouble.

2012 Marquee Matchups:  This season they face the 49ers early Week 2 and I’m sure we will see that infamous post game handshake replayed many times over.  It would be cool if the coaches made a joke of it this year.  Weeks 6 and 7 the Lions face the Eagles then da Bears.  While you’re eating turkey and enjoying a day with the fam, the Lions will host the Texans.  I’m sure this year everyone will be well-behaved.

All Things Detroit Lions:  There a several great ways to keep up with the 2012 Detroit Lions.  Here are a few:

Blogs:  Pride of Detroit http://www.prideofdetroit.com/ ;  The Side Lion Report http://sidelionreport.com/ ; The Wayne Fontes Experience  http://waynefontes.com/

Apps:    There are no really great apps to keep up with the Lions…sorry everyone.

Fan Clubs:   The official Detroit Lions Fan Club can be found on www.detroitlions.com under fanzone.

Sunday in the Skybox: NFC North

The NFC North consists of the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings.  Last season, the Packers were the odds on favorite to repeat as the Super Bowl champs, the Vikings put their hopes in Donavan McNabb as their QB, the Bears were the reigning division champs, and the Lions were just looking for a seat at the table desperate not to be last in the division.  Green Bay went 15-1, but failed to return to the Super Bowl after fielding one of the leagues worst defenses, the Bears  failed to make the playoffs after a mediocre 8-8, Minnesota struggled to go 3-13, benching McNabb and promoting rookie QB Christian Ponder as the starter, and Detroit made it’s first playoff appearance since Barry Sanders was running the pill.  In the upcoming season, i really don’t anticipate it being any different in the outcome.  The Pack made some necessary improvements on defense, and even though the Lions have had a tumultuous off-season with many arrests and unrest in the locker room, they still will make the playoffs, barring any major injury.  Chicago should improve, especially with the acquisition of Brandon Marshall,which finally gives Jay Cutler a target that he can rely on, but they still have a ways to go to get back to the playoffs.  The Vikes, however, will continue to struggle.  It’s hard to say if Adrian Peterson will return to elite status after a crushing ACL injury last season.  There are a lot of unanswered questions about the NFC North.

Division Superstars: This division is stacked with Superstars!  Superbowl winning QB Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Probowl RB Adrian Peterson of the Vikings have been wonders for fans and fantasy footballers.  Monster LBs: Clay Matthews of the Packers, Jared Allen of the Vikings, Ndomk Suh of the Lions all wreak havoc in this divison.  Let’s not forget about rockstar return man Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears.  Speaking of WR, Calvin “Megatron” Johnson holds down this division in Detroit.

Bad Blood in this Divison:   Ok, does everyone remember the game on Thanksgiving last season when the Packers played the Lions?  Do you remember the Stomp Heard Around the League?  It was brutal, just in case you forgot.  The game, itself was very competitive.  It was nice to see that the Lions play like actual lions instead of years of gobbling like a turkey on Thanksgiving.  There is definite bad blood between the two teams, but I really don’t think it stems solely from the Stomp.  The Lions are a really good team with great weapons on offense and a very good defense.  They are a challenge to the Pack for the division title.  There’s your bad blood right there.

Ranking Last Season: Green Bay Packers (15-1); Detroit Lions (10-6); Chicago Bears (8-8); and Minnesota Vikings (3-13)

2012 Divison Showdowns:  Week Two, Bears at Packers, Week Four, Vikings at Lions, Week Seven, Monday Night, Lions at Bears, Week Ten, Lions at Vikings, Week Eleven, Packers at Lions, Week Twelve, Viking at Bears, Week Thirteen, Viking at Packers, Week Fourteen, Lions at Packers and Bears at Vikings, Week Fifteen, Packers at Bears, Week Seventeen, Packers at Vikings and Bears at Lions

Packers Lions Post Game-by Jeremy Wiebe

**Jeremy Wiebe is a writes for www.jsportsblogger.wordpress.com.  He is a bonafide Lions fan.  Jeremy also writes about hockey.  Check out his blog and follow him on Twitter: @jstar1973.  Jeremy is a proud member of Sports Blog Movement.

Another disappointing Thanksgiving in Detroit. 8 straight losses for the LIons on Turkey Day. The thing is, this year was supposed to be different. A 7-3 start and in playoff position, the Lions were expected to challenge the Green Bay Packers and give the defending Super Bowl Champions a stiff challenge. Alas it was not to be.

The Packers bested the Lions 27-15 to run their record to 11-0 and retain total control of the NFC North. The Lions showed they’re not ready for the big time yet by committing numerous dumb penalties and making poor decisions. The worst being DT Ndamukong Suh being ejected in the third quarter after stomping on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Suh claimed in the post game news conference that he was stepping away from Dietrich-Smith and did not intentionally stomp on him. I don’t believe him. I love Ndamukong Suh but he needs to learn to control his emotions. His lack of discipline is hurting the Lions. Suh should be suspended for his actions and don’t be surprised if the league punishes him for this. Continue reading

Big Wins in Week 10

Let’s start with the first match up of the year between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.  Andy Dalton has only faced one really top notch defense this year in the San Francisco 49ers. I was extremely interested to see how the young guy would fair.  It was good to see he still had chemistry and could rely on fellow rookie AJ Green.  The real issue is that Dalton did not receive the benefit of a Cincy running game at all. Down 17-24 in the start of the 4th quarter…the poor guy throws 2 INTs instead of orchestrating the big come back.  The Steelers on the other hand had a HUGE day on the road.  After the big loss to Baltimore at home at Heinz field last week, many (not I) doubted the Steelers ability to bounce back.  That defense that everyone thinks is too old to get the job done closed out Sunday’s game.  After the pitiful loss handed to Baltimore fromSeattle…the Steelers are back on top of the division. 

 The next team that had the opportunity to stand up to their bully was the Detroit Lions.  Week 5, the Lions travelled to Chicago for MNF and they got a win!  Javhid Best “ran on their head” (163 rushing yards) that game.  Yesterday, the Lions host Chicago and they let Devin Hester RUN!  Let’s keep it real-at some point or another, teams make that mistake.  What made the difference in the Lions getting smacked down yesterday was the 4 INTs throw by Stafford…then a fight breaks out…but it was too late…I think we are witnessing the beginning of the end for the Lions’ playoff hopes.  They got off to a hot start.  However, they have Green Bay in  their division (who they still have to play twice, starting on Thanksgiving Day), Chicago with who they split games, and then the Saints coming up too…It’s going to be difficult. Continue reading

My View Of Sunday’s San Francisco/ Detroit Game-by Mike Patton

**Mike Patton blogs for “The Everyday Man’s Sports Blog” and is a member of Sports Blog Movement.

The 49ers came into Detroit with most thinking they would lose. Everyone was drinking the silver and blue Kool-Aid and ready to anoint this team. Well, somebody forgot to tell the 49ers. Arguably the most physical football team in the NFL, San Francisco came in and imposed their will on the Lions. Continue reading

The Week of the Comeback: Week 4!

We had SO much fun Monday night, that this week we decided we wanted to go where the people are again!  A couple years ago, we watched a Monday night football game at BlackFinn when the New Orleans Saints played the Atlanta Falcons. (the year the Saints wind up winning beating Atlanta and winning the Super Bowl later).  We had such a great time that we decided to go back!

We were NOT disappointed!  If you know about me, you know I love talking trash and being around proud fans of their team.  While I went primarily to check out my Redskins (and the official ESPN 980 post game show was being taped there), there were fans for just about every 1 o clock game on!  Steelers, Texans, Cowboys, Philly, 49ers…and of course Redskins fans!  Everyone was cheering (or jeering) at different games.  They had the sports bar MUST HAVES: lots of huge tvs, lots of beer options, and delicious food!   Check it out:

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