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NFC North 2015 Preview – Detroit Lions

This week is my NFC North preview of the Detroit Lions.

I’m not sure what to think of the Lions.

Lots of teams build off of what they did the season before. However, when I think of the Lions, I really just feel like they missed their opportunity.

I really hope I’m not jinxing the Packers with that statement.

Here is how their last season turned out.

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They went 11-5 finishing in second place in the NFC North division and earned themselves a 6th seed in the NFC playoff picture. They ended up losing to Dallas.

I missed this man of many expressions

The coaching staff is the same, at least for the big 3. This will be Jim Caldwell‘s second year as head coach. The offensive coordinator remains Joe Lombardi (last year was his first year as an offensive coordinator, previously a QB’s coach for the Saints) and the defensive coordinator remains Teryl Austin (previously a secondary coach for the Ravens from 2011-2013).

Matt Stafford is back again. Eh.

Weapons on offense at wide receiver are still Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. As for a third receiver, there really isn’t much of a choice. There is Fuller and then there is Jeremy Ross, whom I hate because he screwed up so many kick returns for the Packers, then goes to the Lions and does a bang up job. Screw you Jeremy Ross, screw you.

Really, the next best weapon for the Lions is at their tight end position. Pettigrew is someone on paper that you want to love, but having had him on my fantasy team I can tell you he is not what he is all cracked up to be. Fan favorite Fauria could emerge as a threat as well. Last season he was severely limited with an ankle injury. The other possibility is Eric Ebron.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000248117/Fauria-5-yard-touchdown-catch

As for running back, thank God the Lions finally released Reggie Bush. Why give him the ball? He made matters worse every time he handled the ball last year. It looks like this year Riddick and Bell will again be sharing the carries.

The biggest offseason change is a tremendous one. Ndamukong Suh is no longer a Lion. I do not see how you let him go. It’s insane. He, like many others, has found his way to the Dolphins. I know Suh’s contract was huge, he got 60 million guaranteed and 114 million 6-year contract, but still … how do you let him go? In his place they now have Ngata from the Baltimore Ravens. That is so not the same thing, let’s all be honest. The biggest play makers for this team are Suh and Johnson.

Suh will be sorely missed.

Also gone is Fairley. Here is a great article about both their departures from ESPN.

Here is the Lions current project depth chart:

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I’m not sure what my prediction for the Lions upcoming season will be. I always worry about the Lions. A few plays here, a few plays there and things could have been very different in the playoff picture last year. I still maintain that if Green Bay could have finished the game again Seattle, we would have won the Super Bowl. However, I didn’t see the Lions advancing past the Seahawks or the Patriots.

Here is the Lions schedule for next year:

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 12.53.27 PMLet’s see how they do this year with the coaching staff perhaps more together as a unit and some of the Lions old habits of dirty play out the door with Suh. Perhaps 2015 will be the year for the Lions to shine.

As always, Go Pack Go.

 

 

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NFL Preview: NFC North

Last season was interesting for the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers was hurt in week 9. Oh joy for the Lions and the Bears! Still, no benefit to the Vikings, they are just shit.

The 2013 Lions were 7-5, having just beat the Packers in week 13. Their future looked bright. I mean, seriously. Rodgers is out, and with 4 games left, and one against the Vikings, they had the NFC North in the bag, right?

Wrong.

The Lions lost all four of their last games.

What will 2014 bring?

Let’s start with my favorite team.

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Go For Two: NFL Preview NFC West

First of all, wow has this division pulled itself out of the gutter in the last few years. Want to know what I think about that?

Who gives a shit.

San Francisco Niners

I live in San Francisco. There could not be worse fans here. That’s why it’s so hard to get behind this team. When I moved here in 2004, I was excited. What a storied history between the Green Bay Packers and the Niners. I thought, how great. When my team isn’t playing, I’ll go down to the local sports bar and watch with some Niners fans. Nope. There were none there. I asked some doctor friends of mine if there were a lot of Niners fans. They said no, pretty universally. The Niners sucked, so no need to watch. Wow. What faithful fans.

McTeagues on NFL Sunday  in 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, they come out of the wood-works.

Stupid new fans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Francisco in general has gotten pretty douchey. I’m sure you have read all the articles about the Google buses, and the protests, and of 88 year old people being kicked out of their apartments because they have rent control at $800 a month for a 600sq ft apartment and the owners want to charge $3-4K. Yes, this is true. So a bunch of pimple-faced, too good to say hi to you on the street kids come into the city from San Jose and create all kinds of annoyances.

I say this because our football stadium just moved to Santa Clara, which is smack dab in the heart of Silicone Valley.

First of all, lets be realistic. The old stadium sucked. I went in October 2005 to save my beloved Peyton Manning when the Colts played the Niners. My seats sucked. There was a huge pillar in the way so that I couldn’t see anything. Thank God I didn’t wear my Colts hat, because someone would have killed me.

The fans were annoying, the stadium wasn’t accessible, my seats sucked, and it took forever to get there. Public transport was a joke.

The new stadium? Nothing has changed. Well, I think the seats are good.

Apparently, there was a soccer game there and people sat on the freeway or whatever the heck people call them here in San Francisco for hours. My friends left for the stadium 4 hours before a preseason game because of the rumors about the soccer game. Four hours!

Now there will be more Silicone Valley annoying fans, my friends seats, for a preseason game cost $170 a piece! He said some gaIMG_3679mes were upwards of $400! What the F!

New stadium pics:

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So all I have to say about the NFC West San Francisco 49ers is that when you see the game on tv, you are watching from a much, MUCH better seat.

What do I think about their year? They will be great, but people will be figuring out Kaepernick. Plus, they will have one less win this season since they don’t have to play my Green Bay Packers.

Seattle Seahawks:

What can I say about this team? They have a great QB in Russel Wilson. They secured their stars on defense, Sherman and Thomas. The offense still has running back Marshawn Lynch. I’m never clear if there are any star receivers for Seattle, but who am I to say anything? Seattle dominated Denver in the Super Bowl and I really don’t see much changing.

The NFC North pulled the NFC West rotational schedule, or whatever the hell they call it. All I know is the best team in the NFC North has to play the best team in the NFC West, and down the ratings chart. That’s why Green Bay pulled Seattle to play this year. Fine. Whatever. We have opened our season each year with a beyond difficult team, or last years Super Bowl winner. So yay us.

I don’t put much stock in the Fail Mary being a repeat issue for the opening game of the season. I’m pretty sure no one on the Green Bay team cares anymore. However, to note, it’s very hard to win in Seattle, due to the outstanding fans — lovingly called the 12th man.

The Fail Mary was played in Seattle, and we should have won. So I’m not as concerned for Green Bay when it comes to playing in Seattle against the 12th man. Our defense, save for our Julius Peppers acquisition, is pretty much the same. We still have Don Capers. So, forget about the 12th man. I’m worried about one man, Dom Capers and his distinct inability to manage a defense.

Here is the Seattle Seahawks depth chart.

Arizona Cardinals:

This is a good football team, lest people forget, they went 10-6 in a division with Seattle and San Francisco. I would not overlook this team this year. If I had to play them, and, do I? Wait, let me check … I don’t. I would count this game as a 50-50 chance. You don’t know what you are going to get.  Preparation for a game against the Cardinals is a necessity.

They have a skilled quarterback with Carson Palmer. I know, he’s old, but I’d rather have him than say Andy Dalton. They have a fantastic coach in Bruce Arians. That is no small thing. Larry Fitzgerald is still on the team, so that is a huge weapon. Newcomers in their second year now will be making the leap, like Mathieu.

I would keep my eye on this team if I were you. Poor Lions pulled the Cardinals. I wouldn’t want to play them.

St. Louis Rams:

Who?

Just kidding.

Every year we hear how this is their year. How they win a game or two in the beginning, and everyone gets fired up. Then they fizzle out. Last year was no different. However, a lot of the misery of the season can be bestowed on Sam Bradford and that horrific injury he sustained. I’m a nurse, and man, that looked ugly. It’s been a long road to recovery on his ACL.

Honestly, I don’t even know who else is on the Rams.

Here is a Rams depth chart, for all of us.

They went 7-9, 1-5 in the conference. Yikes. They were 3-3 for their first 6 games before losing Sam Bradford against the Panthers. So, having Sam Bradford back is not like getting Aaron Rodgers back from a collarbone injury. No miraculous season just by having him back.

The Vikings got the Rams. That may be an equally matched game.

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Go For Two: Week 5 games of the week

Welcome back Burnett

There are two games of the week that are worth highlighting.

First off, the Lions at Green Bay 1:00pm EST.

This is huge for GB. They are 1-2 right now. According to me, it was okay for us to lose to the Niners. We played a really good game, and, hey, everyone loses one every once in awhile, right?

The Bengals sting. Bad. Real bad. We went down 0-14 in the first quarter. Second and third quarters we came back and put up 30 points to their 7.  Then GB lose by having 13 unanswered points scored against us. Yikes. How did that happen? Outside of the obvious Ross muff, their was bad passing on the part of Rodgers. Once Clay Matthews went out, guess what? That’s when the Bengals started scoring again. I actually am not too concerned that Franklin fumbled the ball. He was our third string running back, and, actually, before that, I was pretty impressed. The call on that play was what was awful. Finally, the fact that we had to put Ross in, a wide receiver, in place of running back because we were clear out of them …. ugh.

The Packers desperately need to get someone else going besides Matthews to pass rush. You can’t lose a a game defensively because one person goes out. Not acceptable. I’m tired of letting teams put up sick points against us. Cause Even my beloved Rodgers has a bad game, and he deserves to have a break every once in awhile. Our offensive line needs to get their shit together. He can’t keep getting sacked, tipped balls, and no time to throw the ball.

I fear for Rodgers life against the Lions.

That brings me to the point of the long winded rant about why this is the game of the week, or at least, very crucial to the NFC North.

The Lions showed the world the ugly truth about the Bears — the Bears aren’t a 3-0 team. They got to 3-0 against some very, very bad teams. This week the Bears go against the Saints. It’s going to be so ugly. So very ugly for the Bears.

That leaves the fact that if the Lions can beat the Packers, they are in very good shape in the division. That means Green Bay would go (gulp) 1-3, with the Lions achieving a 4-1 record. No one really wants to play the Lions. They are a mean, violent team. The coach, Schwartz, is clearly an asshole. Really? You throw your headset to the ground! Yeah, and people wonder where the bad behavior of the players comes from.

I really don’t even want to watch this game. I very well may wear every single article of Green Bay gear I have to see if that will help us win.

The second game is Houston at San Francisco 8:30PM EST

Both teams are 2-2. Houston was supposed to be amazing this year. Eh. They don’t look so good. As for San Francisco, they were the front runner of the NFC, until they lost to Seattle and the Colts. Teams have figured out the read-option and have limited Kaepernick.

The most interesting thing is, both teams lost to Seattle.

So what will this game tell us? It will tell us whether Houston or SF merely got defeated by a great team, or if they may not be that great after all.

My money is on San Francisco. Kaepernick is an explosive quarterback, and that is where the Houston Texans will realize that Schaub didn’t just have an off game against Seattle, but has bigger issues at being quarterback.

On a side note, I always loved Matt Flynn. Poor Matt Flynn just got demoted to 3rd string at the Raiders. Ugh. Can’t we just take him back in GB?

Good luck, and as always, Go Green Bay.

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