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Jim Caldwell: How He Can Succeed

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Photo courtesy Detroit Free Press

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

It took a little longer than anticipated, but the Detroit Lions landed their presumptive second choice for successor to Jim Schwartz. The announcement that Jim Caldwell will lead the Lions caught many by surprise. (more…)


Lions Cook the Packers

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

Never in my tryptophan-induced dreams did I envision the complete devastation of the Packers on Thanksgiving. Detroit walloped the NFC North rivals 40-10 to take control of the division.

Here are my leftovers from a second helping that I watched on Black Friday morning instead of shopping. You can check out my initial takeaways over at Bleacher Report here. (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 Vs. the Redskins

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

 

Kent Lee Platte, DLD Writer

The Lions are hoping to end one of the worst streaks in football, travelling to Washington where they have never come away with a win.  Although the Lions were unable to come out of Arizona with a win, sitting at 1-1 puts them on par with roughly half of the league.  The season is still very much in play (It’s week 4, have hope!), and leaving Washington with a win would mark the second 2012 playoff team the Lions would have won against in 2013.  Reggie Bush and Nick Fairley’s availability are both in question and the Lions will be without speedy receiver Patrick Edwards (Ankle) and starting RT Jason Fox (Whatever injury it is this week).

Still, there’s plenty to be excited about given the Redskins verging-on-historically-terrible defense they’ve fielded so far this season.  Rather than go with the obvious, I’m once again delving into the hidden matchups to look for in the Lions Week 3 matchup with the Washington Redskins. (more…)


Five Quick Thoughts on the Lions/Vikings game

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Darius Slay wasn’t good, but he wasn’t all that bad either (Photo G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

I’ve now watched the triumphant opening performance three times. Here are some thoughts that I probably tweeted or touched on in some other venues that I think need further exploration.
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