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Six Hidden Match ups between the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints

Sunday, October 19th, 2014


By Kent Lee Platte

Despite an identical record to this point last season, the feelings of déjà vu aren’t really there for the Detroit Lions in 2014.  Instead of building a 4-2 record on the back of their offense, with their defense trailing along, the team has their record almost entirely due to their number one ranked defense and it would be even more impressive if the team had a solid kicker to start the season.  Way back in 2011, the Lions lost their only playoff game under this new regime against Drew Brees and the Saints.  Head coach Jim Caldwell, then with the Colts, famously lost to the Saints in the Super Bowl in 2010.  You’ve heard the bigger storylines for the game, but how about the under the radar match ups that will happen on the field? (more…)

Six Hidden Match Ups between the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills

Sunday, October 5th, 2014


By Kent Lee Platte

Sitting alone atop the NFCN is new ground for the Detroit Lions.  Their only loss has come against a playoff contender and two of their three wins were against super bowl winning quarterbacks that the Lions ultimately shut down. It has been 52 years since the Detroit Lions defense was the best in the league, and yet here it is as the top defense in yards allowed, 2nd in passing yards allowed, and actually top 5 in every meaningful category.  With the Packers seemingly finding their offensive groove, it’s imperative that the Lions maintain their lead in the North. They’ll be attempting to do so against an old friend in the Jim Schwartz-led Buffalo Bills defense.  There are plenty of storylines, but here are some flying below the radar. (more…)

Lions vs. Bills: A Buffalo Perspective

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

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For this week’s guest, I called upon Ryan Talbot, the Editor-in-Chief of He’s been writing about the Buffalo Bills for a few years and has been a fan of the team for his entire life. He lives in the WNY area and is an educator by day. He can be found on Twitter @RyanTalbotBills.
What does the quarterback change from E.J. Manuel to Kyle Orton mean in the short term? How does it impact the offense against Detroit?
Short term, it hopefully means that Buffalo’s wide open receivers get passes that they can catch. If EJ Manuel was somewhat consistent, the Bills would absolutely be 3-1 right now, and possibly 4-0. Manuel faced a lot of pressure against the Texans last week, but even when he had time to pass many of his throws were too low, too high, behind the receiver or thrown to someone in the wrong uniform. Manuel needs some time on the sidelines and I think this change will benefit him.
Against Detroit, the Bills game plan should be rather simple. Rely on the run and pass when you need to. That being said, Detroit has been outstanding defensively, so running may not work. If you need someone to pass the ball 30-40 times, I prefer Orton over Manuel. Orton will certainly make his fair share of mistakes, but he’s also not gun shy. He’ll try to make passes that Manuel would pass over every time for his check down option. This week’s match-up is going to be difficult for the Bills.


Lions vs. Jets: A New York Perspective on #DETvsNYJ

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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Jeff Risdon

To preview this week’s matchup in New York, I called upon Jeff Lloyd to provide a Jets perspective. Jeff is the host of the RSE Network radio show on Monday nights, a show on which I am a regular. He also writes for The Draft Report. In addition, Jeff is one of the most interactive personalities on Twitter, where you can follow him at @Jeff_LJ_Lloyd.  (more…)

Six Hidden Matchups between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers

Sunday, September 21st, 2014


Kent Lee Platte

The NFCN is wrapped up in a four way 1-1 tie and due to the divisional matchup between the Lions and Packers, which will soon change.  The Green Bay Packers are coming off a close victory over the Jets after being blown out by the Seahawks, while the Detroit Lions are coming off back to back blowouts (They blew out the Giants and were then blown out by the Panthers in Carolina).  Aaron Rodgers has a commanding record against the Lions, but the Lions are easily the better team on paper this season.  There are plenty of strong matchups in what is likely to be a high scoring game, but here are some of the more under the radar battles in the first NFCN matchup for the Lions. (more…)

Green Bay vs. Detroit: A Packer Perspective

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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In order to provide some balance and divergent viewpoints, I invited my friend Cody Bauer to answer a few questions. Cody is a Packers fan as well as an ardent student of the NFL; we spent time together at the 2013 Senior Bowl practices and I trust his level-headed opinion. He has written for several places, including RealGM where I also write. You can follow Cody on Twitter @CBauerNFLDraft.


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