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DSN’s 2017 Detroit Lions final record predictions

Welcome to our yearly tradition of making predictions for the Detroit Lions regular season. You know why you're here so I won't keep you waiting with an intro you're going to skip. On to the predictions! Detroit Lions 2017 Season as told by DSN Paul Rochon - Media...

Jim Caldwell’s Coach of the Year odds released by Bovada

NFL: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Bovada sportsbook, one of the most well-known online bookmakers, believes in Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell about as much as I do. https://twitter.com/mlivesports/status/897907894221492225 Not. At. All. Calwell is locked in a seven-way tie for the worst odds league-wide to bring home Coach of the Year honors....

Taylor Decker may miss most of Detroit Lions 2017 season

Earlier this week, we learned Taylor Decker underwent shoulder surgery after suffering an injury during practice. At the time, coach Jim Caldwell said the team didn't have a timetable for his return and they would address it at the start of the season. We now...

Grading the Detroit Lions 2017 offseason

Memorial Day has passed and Summer is unofficially upon us. Baseball is in full swing, The NBA Has No Parity: Part III is about to start, and the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins just took the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals from the...

Journey to the Majors: Trying out for the USPBL

I don't play baseball. At least, I haven't in many years. Aside from some short Little League stints a decade ago and a little church softball, my not-so-chiseled arms have swung a bat about as many times as K-Rod has pitched a clean inning...

Grading Detroit Lions mock drafts: Who has it right?

Super Bowl week is here! Err... draft week I mean. As a Detroit Lions fan, it's hard to separate the two. It's the most optimistic time of the year, full of hope and a momentarily unblemished record. The NFL Draft makes it seem like...

Why Jabrill Peppers is the Detroit Lions dream pick at No. 21

I'll take "Most polarizing NFL prospects" for 500, Alex. What's that? Over-trodden cliches is not an actual category? "Take that for data" - Jabrill Peppers probably. Hey, cliches are cliches for a reason and polarizing is basically just a synonym for most misunderstood. Flipping on...

REACTION: Detroit Lions Reveal New Jerseys

The Detroit Lions had their big reveal yesterday (yay, new jerseys) and reactions were... mixed. There's been plenty of internet chatter with opinions ranging from to . Division rivals had their say. https://twitter.com/haha_cd6/status/852684201832984576 Former players chimed in. https://twitter.com/KVN_03/status/852700163579682816 And current players made it hard to tell the difference between...

Mike Mayock: Jabrill Peppers is a top-10 pick

If nothing else, Jabrill Peppers is certainly the most polarizing NFL prospect in recent memory. From second-ranked recruit overall coming out of high school to a top-5 draft projection early in the season, Peppers has always seemed destined for greatness at the next level....

Re-seeding the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament: Where does Michigan fall?

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round
"DOWN GOES DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKE!" *vivacious cheering* "WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" *sudden realization that your bracket is now more useful for kindling* Well, that was fun. The worst seeded March Madness tournament in memory was sure to deliver some crazy results even if we had to wait till the second...

Detroit Lions expected to sign top RT Ricky Wagner

Sep 25, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws a pass as Baltimore Ravens tackle Ricky Wagner (71) holds back defensive end Dante Fowler (56) during the first quarter of a football game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
With the entire right side of the Detroit Lions starting offensive line entering free agency, Bob Quinn has made a run at Ricky Wagner, arguably the best right tackle on the market. The Lions are expected to sign him Thursday, the first official day...

5 free agents the Detroit Lions MUST consider

The Detroit Lions have a major need for talent at every position with the exception of kicker, punter, and quarterback (debatable depending on your belief in Jake Ruddock as a backup). After fielding a historically awful defense in 2016, it's no surprise there isn't...

WATCH: Michigan’s D.J. Wilson hits game-tying 3-pointer from the moon

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Minnesota
Down by three and frantic, sometimes prayers are answered. D.J. Wilson flushed an incredible game-tying three at the end of regulation to momentarily save Michigan, who would later fall in overtime to Minnesota. https://twitter.com/DSNProchon/status/833502518588145664

WATCH: Georgia fan loses it when Aubrey Solomon picks Michigan

Aubrey Solomon ended his roller coaster of a recruiting ride by choosing to attend the University of Michigan, which of course upset some SEC fans. The 5-star Georgia product was largely thought of as down to two schools, Michigan and Alabama, but that didn't...

BREAKING: 5-star DT Aubrey Solomon chooses Michigan on National Signing Day

One of the strangest recruitments of the year has come to end. Aubrey Solomon's roller coaster of a recruiting journey epitomizes the crazy up and downs that come with wining and dining high school athletes. In the end, the 2nd ranked defensive tackle and...

DSN: 2016 Detroit Lions Player Awards

The Detroit Lions season is over and players have been notably absent from postseason awards lists, Pro Bowl ballots, and All-Pro selections. Despite a disappointing end to the season, many Lions had a standout year and we're here to recognize them. From the obvious...

Lions drop the ball in Seattle, turn towards off-season

The Detroit Lions playoff opportunity slipped through their grasp just like so many passes did in Seattle tonight. The Seahawks were far from unbeatable but the Lions couldn't overcome their own mistakes in a 26-6 loss. It was an all too familiar sight for...

Top 100 OT Chuck Filiaga commits to Michigan

Michigan received a big commitment during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl today. During the showcase of the best high school talent in the country, Chuck Filiaga announced he'll be attending college at the University of Michigan, who beat out late charges from Nebraska and...

3 keys to a Detroit Lions playoff win in Seattle

Detroit has been waiting a long time to host a playoff game and that wait will continue after the Lions loss to the Packers on New Year's Day. The last time the Lions hosted a playoff game is also the last time they won...

Ranking the 2016 NFL Playoff Field

The regular season came to a close with a colossal collapse disappointing effort by the Detroit Lions, but they managed to backdoor sneak into the playoffs as a wild card. Thanks a lot, Washington. The field has been set so we sorted the contenders from...

3 Reasons why Michigan will humiliate the Seminoles

For the second year in a row, Michigan's bowl game takes them to Florida to face an in-state school in their backyard. This time it's Florida State that has the honors of getting embarrassed while the entire country watches Michigan cap the season with...

Is Stan Van Gundy wearing out his welcome in Detroit?

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. Of...

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 13

To say 'The Game' delivered on its hype would be quite the understatement -- Double-overtime instant classic with a full-blown officiating controversy that puts the College Football Playoff committee under enormous pressure because nobody can agree on anything? Sign me up. The Big Ten was...

Michigan fined, Harbaugh reprimanded by Big Ten after admonishing officials

Jim Harbaugh was "bitterly disappointed with the officiating" during Michigan's game against Ohio State and he was plenty willing to express his feelings. The Big Ten has officially made their feelings clear on the matter as well. https://twitter.com/BigTenNetwork/status/803352172201201665 The school had little to say with athletic director...

AP Poll: Michigan falls out of top 4, Western Michigan up to No. 13

After a bitter and disappointing loss to Ohio State in Columbus, Michigan slipped two spots to number five in the latest AP rankings. It was a controversial loss that had head coach Jim Harbaugh furious over the officiating. While the AP is one of the...

Jabrill Peppers first career interception is a big one against Ohio State

Jabrill Peppers has waited a long time to get his hands on a ball while on defense and it came in the biggest game of his career. https://twitter.com/ChatSports/status/802590970667597824 That's Peppers' first interception of his storied career at Michigan and he's making the most of one of...

Why college football is rooting for Michigan – and the Big Ten isn’t

Michigan and Ohio State are about to play the highest stakes rendition of The Game in a decade. The last time their annual meeting had this much national relevance, Jim Harbaugh was at the University of San Diego - his first job as a...

Western Michigan’s Corey Davis sets FBS receiving record

It's been a storybook season for Corey Davis and the Western Michigan Broncos and it's only getting better. Davis caught a 7-yard pass in the second quarter giving him 5007 career receiving yards, a new FBS record. https://twitter.com/jessepalmer/status/802295027653365761 The record of 5006 yards was previously held...

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 12

Now that felt like classic Big Ten football. With snowfall scattered throughout Saturday's slate and less than optimal conditions, teams were forced to slug it out and protect the ball like the games of yesteryear. Buckeye fans were experiencing panicked Deja Vu at the hands...

Urban Meyer recalls the Buckeye’s victory after Jim Harbaugh’s Guarantee… Wait, What?

Everyone familiar with college football's biggest rivalry has heard about Jim Harbaugh's famous guarantee. In 1986, then the starting quarterback for Michigan, Harbaugh guaranteed a victory over the Buckeyes in Columbus to win the Big Ten and go to the Rose Bowl. Harbaugh and...

Why it’s hard to properly enjoy this season as a Lions fan

The Detroit Lions are positioned to win the NFC North for the first time in 23 years; before it was the NFC North. The last time the Lions won their own division, it was called the NFC Central and had a fifth team -...

Detroit Lions Game Preview: Week 11 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7) @ Detroit Lions (5-4) WHERE: Ford Field - Detroit, MI KICKOFF: 1:00 P.M. EST WEATHER: Dome TV/RADIO: WWJ-TV CBS 62/News Talk 760 | WJR-AM LINE: Lions -6.5, Over/Under 47.5 Injury Report Detroit Lions PLAYER POS INJURY GAME STATUS Ansah, Ezekiel DE Ankle Questionable Riddick, Theo RB Ankle Questionable Levy, DeAndre LB Knee Doubtful Rotheram, Matt G Biceps Questionable Kirby, Raphael LB Undisclosed Questionable Smith, D'Joun CB Ankle Questionable Caldwell, Andre WR Hand Questionable Gibson, Deonte DE Knee Questionable Pettigrew, Brandon TE Knee - ACL PUP List Jacksonville Jaguars PLAYER POS INJURY GAME STATUS Skuta, Dan LB Back Questionable Sterling, Neal TE Foot Questionable Smith, Chris DE Eye Out Walters, Bryan WR Concussion Out Linkenbach, Jeff T Concussion Questionable Wolff, Earl S Hamstring Questionable Gray,...

Batman: The kicker we deserve, but not the one we need right now

When things aren't looking so great on the scoreboard and you desperately want to protect your home, sometimes only a true hero can answer the call. https://twitter.com/CBSSportsNet/status/799804177874554880 That, folks, is the one and only Dark Knight coming through in the clutch with a picture perfect 30-yard...

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 11

Down goes Michigan! CHAOS. CHAOS EVERYWHERE. The day of upsets that was in college football left no team or conference safe and Iowa's stunner over the Wolverines has created a major shakeup in the Big Ten and the playoff race. After last week, there are...

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 10

Last week didn't deliver a thrilling slate of games but what it lacked in nail-biters, it delivered a much clearer picture of the conference as a whole. Michigan continued their dominant ways as the front runner while Ohio State's flogging of Nebraska was reminiscent...

ESPN’s John Clayton insults Lions fans with midseason NFL All-Pro Team

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. Long-time...

Lions play Houdini with miraculous overtime escape in Minneapolis, 22-16

Nothing the Lions do this season is pretty. Success is not easy for this team and every game comes down to plays made or left on the field in the fourth quarter. An impactful divisional road game against the Vikings wasn't going to be...

PHOTO: Eric Ebron honoring late grandfather with cleats during Vikings game

Detroit Lions tight end, Eric Ebron, wears a different pair of custom cleats every week while trying to remain within NFL rules. The different cleats are nothing new, but this week's pair are a little more special to Ebron than most. https://twitter.com/Ebron85/status/794515931158429696 Ebron's grandfather, Oling Jackson, served in...

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 9

WHOAAAAA, HE HAS TROUBLE WITH THE PITCH! And just like that, Jabrill Peppers' dash to the end zone both boosted his Heisman case and simultaneously exorcised many past demons as he put an exclamation point on Michigan's victory in East Lansing. Though the result was...

Lions defense, Caldwell lay down for Texans in 20-13 loss

Brock Osweiler has struggled to live up to his new contract but against the Lions, he found plenty of success throwing to his tight ends. Of course, that's no surprise given Detroit's abysmal track record of covering anybody in the middle of the field....

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 8

It's rivalry week in the Mitten State but the Wolverines and Spartans appear headed in opposite directions. With an assist from the Nittany Lions, Michigan has ascended to the top of our power rankings for the first time this year and as the first...

Skip Bayless tweets about Redskins win over Lions, wait… what?

Skip Bayless is a big mouth known for his hot takes. He's an incredibly divisive figure with passionate fans and haters alike but sometimes things are pretty black and white. This is one of those times. https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless/status/790278410450767872 Clearly, Skip hasn't watched Matthew Stafford's career very closely,...

Washington’s streak SPUD-ders in Lions 20-17 win

The Redskins entered Detroit on a four-game winning streak while the Lions hadn't lost in three weeks themselves. Neither team looked the part as much of the game was full of miscues, drops, and penalties. Matt Prater shanked a kick about a hundred feet from...

Game Preview: Michigan State Spartans @ Maryland Terrapins

MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) @ MARYLAND TERRAPINS (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten)  WHERE: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium - College Park, Maryland KICKOFF: Saturday, October 22nd  @ 7:30 p.m. ET TV/RADIO: BTN/BTN2; Spartan Sports Network (Check local listings) GAMEDAY FORECAST: Clear skies & 51 degrees at kickoff...

Game Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini @ No. 3 Michigan Wolverines

ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (2-4, 1-2 Big Ten) @ (3) MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) WHERE: Michigan Stadium - Ann Arbor, Michigan KICKOFF: Saturday, October 22 @ 3:30 p.m. ET TV/RADIO: BTN/BTN2; Michigan IMG Sports Network (Check local listings) GAMETIME FORECAST: Sunny and 50 degrees at kickoff w/ winds at...

DSN NFL Power Rankings Week 5

Well, it happened. Bill Belichick ran out of third-string magic. The Patriots might not have gone undefeated in Tom Brady's stead but as capable as they've looked without him, they are the clear favorites with him. Let's have a moment of silence for the...

2016 DSN Big Ten Football Power Rankings, Week 7

Last week I told Spartan fans it could always be worse. Then they gave up 54 points to Northwestern. See? It can always be worse! Unless you're talking about the poor Badger's ridiculous schedule. They probably couldn't have had a more difficult path. But...

Lions offense overcomes sinking defense in 31-28 win over Rams

Jim Caldwell recently admitted that the Lions don't really do much in the way of adjustments. It was quite clear the way Case Keenum picked them apart with little resistance. Keenum set a franchise record with 19 straight completions en route to throwing 3...

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