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  • Best and worst of the 2018 NFL Week 1

    Best and worst of the 2018 NFL Week 1

     The Tampa Bay Buccaneers provided the most surprising outcome with a 48-40 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Saints were heavy favorites at home as the projected NFC South winners while the Buccaneers entered the season as overwhelming favorites to finish last in the division. In...
  • Detroit Lions best players and predictions for the 2018 season

    Detroit Lions best players and predictions for the 2018 season

    The Detroit Lions are in a bit of a precarious situation with their roster. They are good enough to compete for a playoff spot, but not really good enough to win the Super Bowl. The teams in that middle group tend to be stuck there for a while. The Lions have been there for several seasons. Here are...
  • Detroit Lions 2018 team preview

    Detroit Lions 2018 team preview

    The Detroit Lions went 9-7, but it was a streaky season. They started 3-1, then dropped and won three straight games, lost two more and finished winning three of the last four. After a second straight 9-7 season and second place finish in the division, the Lions made a big coaching change but didn’t...
  • Free agent preview: 2018 defensive linemen

    Free agent preview: 2018 defensive linemen

    The defensive line is one of the most important position groups in the NFL. Teams that control the line of scrimmage usually win the game. The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl with the best offensive line and one of the best defensive lines. On the defensive line, they have multiple pass...
  • Free agent preview: 2018 offensive linemen

    Free agent preview: 2018 offensive linemen

    The offensive line is the most underappreciated and undervalued position group on the football team. Every team needs to add offensive linemen. Even the league’s best need to add depth. Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles had the best unit in the league. They may not need to add a starter, but...
  • Free agent preview: 2018 running backs

    Free agent preview: 2018 running backs

    The running back is being valued a lot less in today’s NFL. While running backs are still important to an NFL offense, they are viewed as almost “a dime-a-dozen” group. There isn’t a lot of separation from the elite to great to good running backs. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the most intriguing team...
  • The NFL’s best Thanksgiving moments

    The NFL’s best Thanksgiving moments

    The modern tradition of football on Thanksgiving day goes back to 1934 when Detroit Lions owner George A. “Dick” Richards wanted to get more people in the seats and improve the popularity of his team. Richards bought the team that year and moved the team from Portsmouth, Ohio to its current location...
  • Gary Clark Jr.'s 'Come Together' will be part of Lions-Vikings Thanksgiving Day opening ceremonies

    Gary Clark Jr.'s 'Come Together' will be part of Lions-Vikings Thanksgiving Day opening ceremonies

    Blues artist Gary Clark Jr. recently released his smash rendition of The Beatles' "Come Together," and the hit single is the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season. Clark Jr.'s version has already reached No. 13 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, and the singer will bring the hit song to...
  • Three predictions for the Detroit Lions in 2017

    Three predictions for the Detroit Lions in 2017

    The Detroit Lions are a week away from their regular season opener against the Arizona Cardinals. The Lions made the playoffs last season as a wild card participant with a 9-7 record. Here are three predictions for the Lions this season. #3. The Lions will not trail in the fourth quarter of every...
  • Ranking the NFC North safeties in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North safeties in 2017

    The NFC North has very good safeties. Seven of the eight starters on the four teams in the division ranked among the top 30 in the league, according to Pro Football Focus’ grading system. The eight starters have a diverse skill set. Some are better ballhawks in coverage while others are hitters that...
  • Ranking the NFC North cornerbacks in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North cornerbacks in 2017

    Cornerback has become one of the most important positions on the defense. The best defenses have at least one very good cornerback. Those cornerbacks will either be physical, shutdown that take receivers completely out of their routes and others are rely on their athleticism and speed to make plays...
  • Ranking the NFC North linebackers in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North linebackers in 2017

    The linebacker position has evolved and changed more than any other over the last few seasons. They used to be big, downhill thumpers that stuffed the run as well as big, athletic guys that can cover running backs. Now, they are almost exclusively the latter. With growing use of the spread offense...
  • Ranking the NFC North edge defenders in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North edge defenders in 2017

    Edge defenders have become on the two or three most important positions on the football field. They are generally pass rushers listed as defensive ends in a 4-3 base scheme or an outside linebacker in a 3-4 base scheme. Teams have to be able to stop the pass on defense and having a very good pass...
  • Ranking the NFC North interior defensive linemen in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North interior defensive linemen in 2017

    The defensive tackle position is one of the most underrated spots in sports. Defensive tackles control the play and can separate good or average defenses from great ones. Just like every other position, there are players that excel at different aspects of the position. At defensive tackle, they are...
  • Ranking the NFC North tight ends in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North tight ends in 2017

    No position in the NFL has become more specialized than the tight end spot. They are labeled as receivers, blockers or balanced. Receivers make plays with the ball in their hands, but do not block very well. Blockers make room for others to make plays, but don’t have the skills to get open as a...
  • Ranking the NFC North wide receivers in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North wide receivers in 2017

    The wide receiver position has gained importance as throwing the football has become more popular. Wide receivers are becoming more specialized to certain spots on the field within each offensive formation and package. The team with the best collection of receivers has a blend of players that...
  • Ranking the NFC North running backs in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North running backs in 2017

    Rather suddenly, running back has become one of the least valued positions on the football field. Though many of the NFL's most iconic players played running back, these days teams don’t want to spend much of their salary cap on the running backs for several reasons. First off, the rise of passing...
  • Ranking the NFC North quarterbacks in 2017

    Ranking the NFC North quarterbacks in 2017

    There is no more important position on the football field than the quarterback position. It may even be the most important position in all of sports. Those that have an elite quarterback, have a very good team. Those that don’t, are a no better than a mediocre team. The NFC North proves it. The...
  • Detroit Lions 2017 draft preview

    Detroit Lions 2017 draft preview

    The Detroit Lions took a step forward in 2017. They went to playoffs and were leading the division down the stretch before seeing the Green Bay Packers pass them in Week 17. The Lions were the best team in the league at finding ways to win despite trailing in the fourth quarter. That is the good...
  • Matthew Stafford wants 'long term' future with Lions

    Matthew Stafford wants 'long term' future with Lions

    The Detroit Lions made a lot of noise in the NFC last season. Matthew Stafford and company rebounded from the sudden retirement of Calvin Johnson by finishing the year with a 9-7 record, a playoff berth, and the distinction as a team that should never be counted out in the fourth quarter. With the...
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