2015 Detroit Lions Season Preview
The Detroit Lions had a stellar season in 2014, winning 11 games and reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Quarterback Matthew Stafford had one of the best seasons of his career and the Lions were one of the best teams in the NFL from week 1. The season ended with a controversial and disappointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card round. In the offseason the Lions said goodbye to talented, but controversial defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but were able to bring in veteran Haloti Ngata to try and fill the gap. The Lions also added to their ultra-talented offense by drafting Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah in the 2nd round. The addition of Abdullah should help solidify a hit or miss running game from last season and help open up the passing lanes for Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. The big question for the Lions in 2015 will be how much the team will miss the production of Suh. If other members of the Lions defensive line can keep up the same level of play as last year, the Detroit Lions should be an outside Super Bowl contender in 2015.
2014 Detroit Lions Season Preview
The Lions are coming off a tough 7-9 season, and it’s hard to take sometimes when you can see how much talent is on the Detroit roster. The skill positions have some of the best players in the NFL, but even with that the Lions were able to stave off a second-half collapse after starting the year 6-3. Detroit has brought in a few more pieces that should help the Lions challenge Green Bay and Chicago in the NFC North, including WR Golden Tate from the Seahawks in free agency. Another big pick up was first-round pick Eric Ebron out of North Carolina to play TE with Brandon Pettigrew. The Lions are looking to run the ball more, which means Joique Bell and Reggie Bush could be carrying more of the load that is usually placed on Matt Stafford’s shoulders. The Lions season kicks off at home in Ford Field against the NY Giants before a trip to Carolina where they’ll face the tough Panthers defense. The Saints will play in Detroit in October and the Lions will head over to Massachusetts to take on the Patriots in Week 12. The Lions will finish the season against all three division opponents in Weeks 15-17.
2013 Detroit Lions Season Preview
After a disappointing 2012 season that saw the Lions finish just 4-12, Detroit was active in free agency and through the NFL Draft to improve the quality of play fans will see on the field in 2013. The Lions added dynamic running back Reggie Bush to an offense that already includes stars Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Defensively, Detroit added starters in defensive end Jason Jones and safety Glover Quin. Through the NFL Draft, the Lions continued to restock their defense, taking BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah with the fifth overall pick in the draft, and Mississippi State corner back Darius Slay in the second round. This year's Detroit team will once again boast one of the premiere quarterback/wide receiver combinations in the league with Stafford and Johnson, and with the addition of many new faces to a defense that already included star Ndamukong Suh, the Lions are poised for a much better season in 2013.
2011 Detroit Lions Season Preview
Just two years after going 0-16, the 2010 Detroit Lions exceed some experts expectations by going 6-10. Head coach Jim Schwartz is back to lead a Lions team that is replete with young talent and is looking to build on last year's successes. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has somewhat lived up to the hype after he was drafted as the top pick out of the University of Georgia. It certainly doesn't hurt that he is surrounded by top-tier talent including wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Jahvid Best. If Stafford can stay healthy, there's no reason why the Lions can't be among the most prolific offenses in the league this year. As for the Lions' defense, the squad was ranked toward the middle of the pack last season, but that should be a bit different this year. Second year defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh will be joined on the defensive line by rookie Nick Fairley, who was one of the most fearsome defenders in the NCAA last season. The pressure created by Fairley and Suh should take some of the pressure off an inexperienced secondary and a thin linebacking corps.
2010 Detroit Lions Season Preview
The Detroit Lions made history two years ago by becoming the first team to go 0-16, and they slightly improved last year, riding rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford to two wins. They may win a few more games this year, but a playoff berth is still a long shot.
Stafford played in 10 of the team's games last year and would sometimes show flashes of brilliance, such as his five touchdown performance in a 38-37 win over the Cleveland Browns. He certainly has the tools to be successful, as wide receiver Calvin Johnson is one of the most talented at his position in the NFL. The offensive line could be a problem, however, and make life difficult for the Georgia grad. The running game is suspect too, as it puts a lot of pressure on Stafford's right arm.
Detroit needs even more work on defense than on offense. The squad ranked last in passing defense last year, and 25th against the run. The Lions drafted defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the second overall pick, and are hoping they can apply the same pressure that he did when he tore through the Big 12 as a junior at Nebraska last year.
While the Lions have a lot of young talent, there are too many holes in their offensive line and defensive backfield for them to make a push to relevancy.
2009 Detroit Lions Season Preview
The Detroit Lions enter the 2009 NFL season with a lot less baggage then previous years. Gone is their former GM Matt Millen and players like Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers and Mike Williams. Instead the Lions will field a team built around playmaking wide out Calvin Johnson and veteran quarterback Daunte Culpepper. Two great things for Lions fans is the number of young, talented players the team has acquired in recent years and the new regime giving them a fresh breath of air. And Lions need to look no further than the NFC for inspiration, because the Arizona Cardinals proved that any team in football has a shot at the Super Bowl.
2008 Detroit Lions Season Preview
The Detroit Lions are one of the most exciting up-and-coming teams in the NFL today. When you attend a Lions game, you'll have the chance to watch perhaps the most talented receiving core in all the NFL in one of the league's newest state-of-the-art venues. Fans have been filling the stands at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan to watch the Lions' offense led by quarterback John Kitna and wide receivers Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson. Go to a Lions game and you'll see how Detroit fans have rallied to support their team.