Posts Tagged ‘Xavier Rhodes’

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…)


Know Your Enemy: Vikings Draft Recap

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The Vikings added three first round picks to a playoff team (Photo courtesy USA Today)

Darren Page, DLD Writer

The Vikings are still trying to recover from the depleted roster that the Brad Childress regime left behind.  They took a big step forward on the field last season, but are still in the roster and depth building phase.  It was always a given that Christian Ponder will get another year, so the objectives of GM Rick Spielman going into the draft were to give Ponder another target to help him reach the next level as well as continuing the youth movement on the defensive side of the ball. (more…)


Potential Lions in the Orange Bowl

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

The Florida State defense is stocked with NFL talent


Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Florida State
The upstart Huskies have their work cut out for them against the Seminoles, who could be playing for the national title if not for a flukish bad day against North Carolina State. The Seminoles are loaded with future NFL talent.

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FSU Defense vs. Georgia Tech

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Darren Page, DLD contributor

Florida State has three underclassmen defenders with first round potential


The Georgia Tech offense calls for a defensive game plan unlike anything teams will probably see all season long. For juniors Bjoern Werner, Christian Jones, and Xavier Rhodes, the jobs that the Wreck’s triple-option offense calls for showed some clear strengths and weaknesses.

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