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Lions Notebook: Thinking Out Loud

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

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Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

With the Jim Schwartz era mercifully over, we have entered the season of uncertainty with the Detroit Lions. Here are my takes on a few issues: (more…)


Lions vs. Packers Part II–Six Hidden Matchups

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Kent Lee Platte, DLD Writer

The Lions face a bigger test this week than they’ve had all season.  Coming off two losses that should have been wins, they face a divisional foe on prime time TV in front of a national audience.  They do that against a team they’ve normally lost against on a day they have normally lost.  Despite that, they come into the game pretty heavy favorites to win, largely due to Aaron Rodgers’ continued absence.  Also absent, anything resembling a defense for Green Bay.  The Lions refuse to be outdone, however, and have countered with no pass defense of their own!  Green Bay will likely have to rely on their passing game, which works in their favor considering how bad the Lions have been defending it, since the Lions run defense has allowed a league low 2.4 YPC since week 4.  There are many more match ups on your Turkey Day game that aren’t as glaring, and that’s what we’re here for! (more…)


Lions vs. Steelers: Six Hidden Matchups

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Dick LeBeau’s 1971 football card, courtesy of footballcardgallery.com

Kent Lee Platte, DLD Writer

I’ve been doing these Six Hidden Matchup pieces for most of the season and I’ve gotta say, I don’t think I’ve ever called one as closely as I did against Dallas.  Slay coming off the bench was a disaster, the Bears Safeties actually played well in coverage (But poorly enough in run D for it to matter), the Lions RBs ran up the gut on the Bears putting their LBs in poor situations with regularity, and LaAdrian Waddle looks like a long term solution at RT.

This week is a little bit tricky, since the Steelers are such a weak team in so many areas, as most of the match ups are right there on the surface.  Bare for anyone to see.  Lions terrifying pass rush vs. the Steelers awful pass protection and ball hog QB.  Leveon Bell vs. DeAndre Levy/Stephen Tulloch and co., or  Reggie Bush vs. the Steelers porous run defense.  Calvin Johnson vs. whichever three guys the Steelers try to stop him with.  There are some good under the radar matchups we Lions fans have to look forward to, however, and that’s what I’m here to deliver! (more…)


Six Hidden Matchups for the Lions vs. Bengals

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

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Kent Lee Platte, DLD Writer

Most of the Lions matched up favorably against their first AFC North foe of the season, despite the Browns’ defense coming on strong this season.  The Lions are taking on the AFC North again, only it’s Bengals flavored this time.  (more…)


Five Thoughts From Detroit vs. Arizona

Monday, September 16th, 2013

 

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is reflected in the face mask of Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu during the second half of a NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

Nothing like a tough loss to deflate all the positive vibes from a strong preseason and impressive opening win. The Lions hit the road and the road hit back, as Arizona overcame a lengthy Lions lead and beat Detroit 25-21 on Sunday. (more…)


Six Hidden Matchups in the Lions Opener against Minnesota

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Kent Lee Platte, DLD Writer

You’ve probably already seen the matchups you expected to.  Reggie Bush vs. the Vikings Linebackers.  Suh/Fairley vs. the Vikes Oline.  Hey, we’ve even got the annual smack talk between Jared Allen and whichever Lion is playing LT (Riley Reiff takes Jeff Backus’ old spot).  Those matchups are all good, and will surely be front and center during the Lions’ season opener.  Since you’ve already heard all of those, however, I’m going to point to a few matchups that we will also see in all its football glory, but maybe aren’t what you’d expect to be looking for.  Some of them I am surprised I haven’t seen mentioned more often, but all of them could have game changing implications not only for the outcome of this one game; but also for the outcome of the season if the team continues to win these battles.  They may be a little fringe, but they’re important nonetheless. (more…)



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