2019 NFL FOOTBALL PREVIEW – NFC NORTH DETROIT LIONS

The Detroit Lions have a deceivingly good roster, the problem is that we all define “good” differently.  In this case “good” simply means better than they were last year, but still likely to underperform as a team, and as they have for the last quarter century.

They are also in the toughest division, most likely in the entire NFL with three other teams that are legit playoff contenders.  The main COGS are in place, and the Lions still boast a flame throwing QB who is great at home and below average on the road – think the NFC version of Andy Dalton, but with a stronger arm.  Could this year be different though?  They have depth at every offensive position, a young o-line and killed it in the draft and free agency.  They have a ton of veteran experience including multiple SB champions, and a lot of playoff experience.  They picked up Danny Amendola in the off-season to compliment Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay, drafted super rookie TE T.J. Hockenson, and have a three-headed dog at RB.

The Lions have also beefed up their defense with the additions of Trey Flowers on the defensive line and Justin Coleman in the secondary.  What will coach Matt Patricia do with all of this talent??  We will see soon enough.

Detroit Lions Season Total Wins Odds

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  • 2019 Win Total: 6.5 (over -150/under +130)
  • 2018 Wins: 6

Detroit Lions 2019 Schedule

  • Sunday 9/8, 4:25 pm at Arizona Cardinals (DET -2.5)
  • Sunday 9/15, 1:00 pm vs. L.A. Chargers
  • Sunday 9/22, 1:00 pm at Philadelphia Eagles
  • Sunday 9/29, 1:00 pm vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Monday 10/14, 8:15 pm at Green Bay Packers
  • Sunday 10/20, 1:00 pm vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Sunday 10/27, 1:00 pm vs. New York Giants
  • Sunday 11/3, 4:05 pm at Oakland Raiders
  • Sunday 11/10, 1:00 pm at Chicago Bears
  • Sunday 11/17, 1:00 pm vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • Sunday 11/24, 1:00 pm at Washington Redskins
  • Thursday 11/28, 12:30 pm vs. Chicago Bears
  • Sunday 12/8, 1:00 pm at Minnesota Vikings
  • Sunday 12/15, 8:20 pm vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Sunday 12/22, TBD pm at Denver Broncos
  • Sunday 12/29, 1:00 pm vs. Green Bay Packers

 

X FACTOR: Matt Stafford – This entire team goes as Stafford goes, and he’s had the most trying of off-seasons, with his wife having cancer.  Stafford is one of the good guys in the league, and everyone is rooting for him, but the Lions aren’t reaching any type of prominence without him leading the way.  Stafford has got to get better on the road, and Detroit has got to get better in close games.  Things will likely come together at some point for this team, as their roster is much improved, but Stafford leading the charge is imperative.

 

PREDICTION: 7-9 – the path to either 6 or 8 wins is also pretty clear as we just don’t know how this team will gel.  There are a bunch of new players, and new play makers so there’s more reason for optimism than pessimism.  Don’t forget this coaching staff is young as well, so don’t be shocked by a slow start.  The schedule is much easier in the 2nd half, so don’t give up on this pride of Lions… they will be competitive in most games this season.

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