October 12th, 2014
Kent Lee Platte, DLD Writer
Coming off a disappointing loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Detroit Lions are still sitting atop the NFC North but lack any sort of separation from the resurgent Packers, Bears, and even the Vikings. Only a single win separates the top and the bottom of the division, so a divisional match up like the Lions have this week against the Minnesota Vikings becomes even more important. Unlike their previous few games, most of the match ups against Minnesota are pretty straightforward. With Calvin Johnson likely sitting, Reggie Bush uncertain, and the Lions offense struggling as much as their defense is dominating, there are few below the surface match ups to look out for. Read the rest of this entry »
October 10th, 2014
Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor
Another strong slate of college games is on tap. Here are a few players who should pique Detroit’s interest in the 2015 NFL Draft. Read the rest of this entry »
October 6th, 2014
Darren Page, DLD Lead Scout
Wild and wacky week six of the college football weekend featured upsets and unpredictable outcomes across the board. These notes come from two Big Ten games in Ohio State vs. Maryland and Nebraska vs. Michigan State. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
October 4th, 2014
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For this week’s guest, I called upon Ryan Talbot, the Editor-in-Chief of BillsMafia.com. 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.
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October 3rd, 2014
Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor
This is one of the tastiest weekends on the entire college season slate. Several intriguing conference matchups will go down, and the days of the SEC eating cupcakes are over for a while.
Andrus Peat, T, Stanford vs. Notre Dame
I’ll be in South Bend to capitalize on the rare chance to see a PAC-12 team visit the Midwest. One of my primary foci will be the Cardinal’s giant left tackle, who projects as a top-15 talent in next spring’s draft. Read the rest of this entry »