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Rob Otto is a former broadcaster on Sportsradio 1130 WDFN, WWJ Newsradio 950, 97.1 The Ticket, Fox Sports Detroit and Comcast SportsNet. He is a lifelong Michigander, a graduate of Central Michigan University, and has an opinion on everything.

Next 5 Notes Week 10: Look ahead to the Detroit Lions’ next five opponents

The Detroit Lions earned their way back above the .500 mark with their 38-24 win over the Browns this past Sunday. They are still two games back in the NFC North, so every game is increasingly important if they are going to make a...

LIONS LEFTOVERS: Plenty of anxiety in Detroit Lions victory over Cleveland Browns

Lions Leftovers is the weekly post-game commentary from Detroit Sports Nation contributor Rob Otto. The opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of Detroit Sports Nation. The end of the day is all that counts, and by 4:30 on Sunday, the Lions beat the...

BREAKING: Former Michigan man Brady Hoke is a head coach again

Brady Hoke, who spent four mostly unsuccessful years as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, is getting another shot at running things for a college football team. The news came out Sunday morning that Tennessee has fired head coach Butch Jones, and Hoke will...

Next 5 Notes, Week 9: Look ahead to the Detroit Lions’ next five opponents

The Lions are riding high after their dominating 30-17 win at Green Bay on Monday night, finishing the first half of their schedule 4-4. In terms of overall record, the second half opponents for Detroit look much easier. Here are the next five teams...

BREAKING: Detroit Lions guard T.J. Lang in concussion protocol, status for Sunday uncertain

According to NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport the Detroit Lions may lose offensive lineman T.J. Lang for this Sunday’s game against Cleveland. Here is the news directly from Rappaport: https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/928651203961065472 Lang, the Lions’ prize off-season signing, already missed one full game and part of others this season...

LIONS LEFTOVERS: Matthew Stafford practically perfect in 30-17 pounding of Packers

Lions Leftovers is the weekly post-game commentary from Detroit Sports Nation contributor Rob Otto. The opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of Detroit Sports Nation. Monday’s game in Green Bay is among the best in Matthew Stafford’s career, and arguably the best road...

3 Biggest takeaways from Michigan’s 33-10 win over Minnesota

NCAA Football: Penn State at Michigan
The Michigan Wolverines welcomed in the Minnesota Golden Gophers for another tilt under the lights at the Big House and controlled the game almost the entire way in their 33-10 victory. Minnesota had an impressive touchdown drive in the first quarter, but then didn’t...

JUST IN: Lions receiver Kenny Golladay returns to practice

The Lions do not play until Monday night when they face the Packers. The extra day might be just what the doctor ordered for Kenny Golladay. The rookie receiver, who has not played since the week 3 loss to Atlanta, was back on the...

Next 5 Notes Week 8: Look ahead to the Detroit Lions’ next five opponents

The Lions' 3-1 start is fading in the rear-view mirror after dropping their third straight game on Sunday in that odd 20-15 loss to the Steelers. Now the team will try to get back to the break-even mark against these teams over the next...

LIONS LEFTOVERS: Plenty of blame to go around in Lions nightmare loss to Pittsburgh Steelers

Lions Leftovers is the weekly post-game commentary from Detroit Sports Nation contributor Rob Otto. The opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of Detroit Sports Nation. Well, that was quite a debacle, huh? The Lions had a chance to beat a team that many...

LOOK: NBC releases Sunday Night Football promo video for Lions vs. Steelers

It is always odd when the Detroit Lions don’t play at their traditional time at 1:00 on Sundays. Detroiters have to wait until 8:30 Sunday night to see their hometown team take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ford Field. However, that does create an opportunity to...

Jim Harbaugh plans on “moving ahead” with Brandon Peters as Michigan’s starting QB

Brandon Peters made a big splash when he came into the Michigan game versus Rutgers in the second quarter. Peters did play sparingly near the end of the Purdue game earlier this season, completing his only pass for one yard, but this was his...

3 biggest takeaways from Michigan Wolverines’ 35-14 win over Rutgers

NCAA Football: Penn State at Michigan
It was Homecoming in Ann Arbor as Michigan welcomed in Rutgers on Saturday, but they were not very good hosts, topping the Scarlet Knights 35-14. The Wolverines bounced back from the Penn State debacle to improve to 6-2 on the season. Here are the top...

BREAKING: Michigan QB Brandon Peters enters game in second quarter vs. Rutgers

In the second quarter of a 7-7 tie between the Michigan Wolverines and Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Jim Harbaugh inserted redshirt freshman Brandon Peters into the game to take over the offense. Peters replaced John O’Korn, who was 3-for-6 for 13 yards in the game. Peters...

Next 5 Notes Week 7: Look ahead to the Detroit Lions’ next five opponents

How did you spend your bye week? The Detroit Lions spent it trying to figure out how to right the ship after losing back-to-back games for the first time this season and falling to 3-3. The bye came at a good time in terms...

3 Keys to a Michigan victory at Penn State

The Michigan Wolverines have a huge task in front of them this weekend, hitting the road to take on undefeated and second-ranked Penn State. Of course, there are a lot of questions about the legitimacy of PSU’s record based on the easy schedule they have...

MUST SEE: Eminem gets Pistons fans hyped for first game back in Detroit

Deeeeetroit Basketbaaaaaall is back! And back in the city of Detroit for the first time since 1977! With the Detroit Pistons tipping off the season tonight at their new home, Little Caesars Arena, the team pulled out all the stops and had Detroit music icon...

Lions re-sign former quarterback, bringing questions about Matthew Stafford’s health

The Lions re-signed quarterback Brad Kaaya on Wednesday, bringing their 2017 sixth-round draft pick back to Detroit. Kaaya was one of Detroit’s final cuts this preseason, and they hoped he would go unclaimed so they could add him to their practice squad. However, the Panthers...

LIONS LEFTOVERS: Out of frying pan, into fire in loss to New Orleans Saints

Lions Leftovers is the weekly post-game commentary from Detroit Sports Nation contributor Rob Otto. The opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of Detroit Sports Nation. If you think things were bad for the Lions last week, things got exponentially worse on Sunday. I...

MUST SEE: Golden Tate catch and run TD vs. Saints, with a flip

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate reminded the NFL again why he is the King of the YAC, showing his running skills while the Saints pretended to try to tackle him. And to add insult to injury, Tate finished in style! Enjoy! https://twitter.com/DetroitVideos/status/919614564592963589

JUST IN: Detroit Lions sign linebacker, cut offensive lineman

The Detroit Lions continue to shuffle their roster, something general manager Bob Quinn has done just about every week this season. On Saturday, Quinn brought in some depth for the dinged-up linebacker corps, while releasing an offensive lineman. The Lions announced Saturday that they have...

Next 5 Notes Week 5: Look ahead to the Detroit Lions’ next five opponents

The Lions are coming off a tough home loss to Carolina on Sunday, where the defense and offense both had bad performances. They will try to correct their issues, and here are the next five teams they will attempt to do that against, as...

Lions Leftovers: Same Old Lions reappear in Sunday’s loss to Carolina Panthers

They had you fooled, didn’t they? A 3-1 start (and should have been 4-0 according to most of you) with the defense outperforming all predictions. Just wait until Matthew Stafford and this offense get rolling! This team can play with the big boys! They...

REPORT: Matthew Stafford may miss Sunday’s game against New Orleans

Things may be going from bad to worse for the Detroit Lions. According to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein (with information from Insider Dan Graziano), Detroit Lions franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford might miss some time: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered a hamstring injury and a sprained ankle...

3 Keys to Michigan victory over Michigan State

It is Michigan-Michigan State week! The Wolverines are ramping up to host the Spartans on Saturday night. U-M is 4-0 as suspected, and got an extra week of rest because of their bye week. MSU comes in 3-1 after a home win over Iowa to...

Hey Sparty! Here’s WHY you’re going to LOSE to Michigan!

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Rob Otto graduated from Central Michigan University, so he is TOTALLY a Wal-Mart Wolverine!) - Read the MSU fan's Response to this article LEWERKE’S FIRST ROAD START I am sure Michigan State quarterback Brendan Lewerke is a fine young man. What? His name is...

Next 5 Notes Week 4: Look ahead to the Lions next five opponents

The Lions finished the first quarter of the season with a 14-7 win over Minnesota and are now 3-1 and tied for first place in the NFC North. Here is a look at what the next quarter (plus one game) of the season holds...

Lions Leftovers: Combination of great, good, and ugly in win over Minnesota

The Detroit Lions are 3-1, certainly a surprise to me and a lot of other folks across the NFL. They achieved that with a gutsy 14-7 win in Minnesota, which is never an easy place to win. Here are my observations as I take...

BREAKING: Legendary Red Wings announcer Dave Strader loses battle with cancer

The Detroit Red Wings family lost a legend today. A little over a year ago, Dave Strader announced that he was battling a rare form of bile duct cancer. He lost that fight on Sunday. Strader, known as “The Voice,” was the play-by-play announcer for the...

RUMOR: Former AL Manager of the Year reportedly interested in Detroit Tigers job

With just days remaining in the Detroit managerial career of Brad Ausmus, who the team will not retain, there has been plenty of speculation as to who his replacement will be. Mostly it has been people throwing the usual former managers’ names against the...

Next 5 Notes Week 3: Look ahead to the Lions next five opponents

Now that we have looked back to hash and rehash why the Lions lost to the Falcons (it was a self-inflicted loss, by the way), let’s look forward at the next five opponents the Lions will face. All but one of them is 2-1...

Lions Leftovers: Blame loss to Falcons on Lions themselves

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. I...

3 Biggest takeaways from the Detroit Lions’ 30-26 loss to Atlanta Falcons

The Lions beat the Falcons 33-30 on Sunday on a last-minute TD pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden…wait…what? They reviewed what? A 10-second WHAT?!? So, I stand corrected. The Lions fell to the Falcons 30-26 to fall to 2-1 on the season. Here are the...

MUST SEE: Lions players and coaches react to controversial ending against Atlanta

Well, Detroit Lions fans have seen this all too many times in the past: a loss snatched from the jaws of victory. It could be a crazy play, a mental mistake, or a little-known rule. Despite it being ingrained in the team’s lore, every...

3 Biggest takeaways from the Michigan Wolverines’ 28-10 win over Purdue

Michigan went on the road to begin Big Ten play and topped Purdue 28-10 on Saturday. As has been the case all season, they started slow and finished strong. Michigan remains perfect, improving to 4-0 on the season. Here are the top three takeaways from...

What loss of Jarrad Davis would mean for Detroit Lions against Atlanta Falcons

Lions rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis has had a pretty impressive debut. Through two games, he leads Detroit’s defense with 15 tackles, has a fumble recovery, got his first career sack in the Monday Night game against Eli Manning and the Giants, and even received...

Lions Leftovers: Detroit dominates NY Giants in every phase but one

The Lions had the national spotlight Monday night and used it to dismantle the New York Giants 24-10. At first blush, it appears that Detroit dominated in all three phases of the game. I agree with two of the three. The special teams were top-notch....

Next 5 Notes Week 2: Look ahead to the Detroit Lions’ next five opponents

Now that the Lions have improved to 2-0 after their 24-10 win over the Giants on Monday Night Football, let’s take our weekly look at Detroit’s next five opponents and the top storylines to come out of their most recent game. WEEK 3 – vs....

EDITORIAL: Why Michigan fans should be concerned despite a 3-0 start

NCAA Football: Michigan at Ohio State
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. I...

3 Biggest Takeaways from the Michigan Wolverines’ 29-13 win over Air Force

Michigan beat the Air Force Academy 29-13 on Saturday. The win keeps the Wolverines perfect on the season, improving to 3-0 heading into the start of the Big Ten portion of their schedule next week at Purdue. Here are the top three takeaways from the...

Next 5 Notes: Look ahead to the Detroit Lions next 5 opponents

NFL: Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions
Every week we will take a quick look at the next five opponents for the Detroit Lions and the top storylines to come out of their most recent game. WEEK 2 – at New York Giants (0-1), Monday Night Football, MetLife Stadium The Giants offense was...

Lions Leftovers: Ugly start, beautiful finish as Detroit Lions beat Arizona Cardinals

Welcome to Lions Leftovers, my weekly post-game commentary of the team that gives fans both heart attacks and outright elation, often on back-to-back plays. The Lions started the season Sunday with a 35-23 win over the Cardinals at Ford Field. That final score, though, is...

MUST SEE: NFL analyst surprising prediction for the Detroit Lions

NFL: Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts
You have to see it to believe it, but Fox's Peter Schrager has picked the Detroit Lions to be the surprise team in the NFC this year. His big reasons why? Schrager believes the only reason the Lions didn’t win the NFC North last season...

Top 5 takeaways from Michigan’s 36-14 win over Cincinnati

This is an odd day to be a Michigan fan. On one hand, the team is 2-0 and the defense has looked impressive two weeks in a row. However, Saturday’s 36-14 victory over Cincinnati hardly seems like something to celebrate. This game was supposed...

How Matthew Stafford’s contract details affect Lions future

It seems like a lot longer than this, but Matthew Stafford only signed his contract extension a week ago today. The new deal is a five-year, $135-million extension which likely locks Stafford in as the Detroit Lions quarterback through the 2022 season. I say...

WATCH: Cincinnati RB believes they can “shock the world” against Michigan

The Michigan Wolverines have everything going for them. They topped then-No. 17 Florida in their season opener 33-17 at AT & T Stadium in Arlington, TX, then were moved up to No. 8 in the Associated Press Poll as of today. The Wolverines, who are...

JUST IN: Jim Harbaugh names starting QB for Cincinnati game

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
In his weekly press conference, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Wilton Speight will start in Saturday’s home opener against Cincinnati, but he won’t be the only quarterbacks to take the field against the Bearcats: https://twitter.com/247Wolverines/status/904748277895135232 In the season-opening 33-17 win over Florida, Speight had a pedestrian...

JUST IN: Michigan’s Quinn Nordin earns Big Ten honor

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
The Big Ten announced their Players of the Week for the opening weekend of the college football season, and anyone that watched Michigan’s 33-17 win over Florida likely has a good idea which Wolverine made the list. Freshman kicker Quinn Nordin was named the Big...

Lions announce practice squad

The Detroit Lions filled out their practice squad today, signing the maximum 10 players. Here is the list: OLB Thurston Armbrister CB Adairius Barnes WR Jace Billingsley WR Dontez Ford C Leo Koloamatangi DE Derrick Lott FS Rolan Milligan T Storm Norton DE Pat...

Detroit Lions claim two, lose two to NFL waivers

NFL: Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts
NFL teams were required to cut their rosters to 53 players yesterday, making today at 1:00 the deadline to claim any players that were waived. The Detroit Lions picked up a pair of players, but also saw other teams claim two of theirs, including...

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