NFL.com ranks every backfield in the National Football League

On Monday, Around the NFL’s Marc Sessler of NFL.com ranked all the backfields in the NFL, from 1-32. Topping the list were the Philadelphia Eagles (No. 1) and the Seattle Seahawks (No. 2). Stuck at the bottom were the two worst teams in the NFL last year, the Tennessee Titans (No. 31) and the Tampa … Read more

Sad but true: The Detroit Lions still need help at tight end

  Heading into the 2014 season, it appeared that there were at least two positions groups that could prove dominant. One was the defensive line, a unit led by the now departed Ndamukong Suh and ranked as the NFL’s stingiest rush defense. The other unit with the potential to terrify opposing coordinators was the tight … Read more

Golden Tate: What can’t he do?

It didn’t take long for Golden Tate to begin looking for ways to improve both himself and his teammates for the upcoming season. In fact, within minutes of the completion of the season, he had already begun the process. He issued a challenge to every member of the Detroit Lions, asking them to find ways to … Read more

Lions’ OT LaAdrian Waddle progressing in rehab, might play in opener

Detroit Lions offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle, who tore his ACL in Week 15 last season, says he is ahead of schedule while rehabbing his right knee. He even went so far as to say that he might be able to play in the season opener on September 13. “I think there’s a chance,” he told mlive.com. “It … Read more

Flashback Friday: Official pleads with Silverdome crowd to quiet down

After Tyler Fernengel’s BMX jaunt through a post-apocalyptic Silverdome went viral earlier this week, we quickly found ourselves falling down the YouTube rabbit hole, seeking out vintage Silverdome clips and basking in the glory of the dome’s heyday.

When Detroiters think of December 21, 1997, aka the date of the Lions’ regular season finale against the New York Jets, a number of memories undoubtedly spring to the forefront.

Most prominently, it’s likely best known as the Barry Sanders Game, as he dashed his way toward becoming just the third player in NFL history to garner at least 2,000 rushing yards in a single season. And no doubt, it was a glorious moment:

On the other hand, one of the beautiful things about YouTube is the power of magnifying the under-the-radar moments; the clips that otherwise would have been silently swept under the rug of history.

With the Silverdome on our mind this week, we thought no other clip may better summarize the polarizing dome’s stance within the Detroit sporting community. At it’s worst, the Silverdome was imperfect, flawed, and literally deflated. At it’s best, it offered one of the greatest home field advantages in American sports.

On this particularly night, it was Jets quarterback Neil O’Donnell feeling the wrath. With 13 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and a playoff spot reserved for the winner, the dome unleashed its fury. With the Lions protecting a three-point lead, a full house eager to witness history induced one of the stranger moments in NFL history.

After O’Donnell pulled himself from the line of scrimmage, unable to communicate a playcall over the raucous audience, NFL officials were forced to gather and plead with the hometown crowd to piper down for the benefit of the Jets. At the time, NFL rules dictated that a home team may be at risk of incurring a delay of game penalty for an overly boisterous crowd (we’re not kidding). The threat of such punishment led to a bizarre scene in which the Lions’ defensive front was forced to wave the crowd down in hopes of somewhat tempering their hometown fans.

The resulting admonishment from the lead official resembled an elementary school teacher trying in vain to retain control of their classroom during the fifth consecutive day of inside recess.

“We’ve asked for the coach’s assistance in getting quiet so that we can get a play in.”

Only in the Silverdome.

Lions’ Eric Ebron improving as OTAs continue

Golden Tate has dealt with media critics ever since the moment he was drafted out of Notre Dame. For Tate, it wasn’t always easy avoiding the criticism and focusing on the important things, but he’s learned how to remain focused and push forward no matter what people say or think. Tate hopes that his experiences … Read more

Jim Caldwell likes what he’s seeing from Matthew Stafford

It’s not exactly top secret information that the Detroit Lions offense took a step back in 2014. Led by Matthew Stafford, the Lions finished the season ranked 19th in total offense and 22nd in total points scored. Luckily, the defense was dominant and the Lions ended up winning 11 games and making the playoffs. Not … Read more

Detroit Lions sign first round pick Laken Tomlinson

The Detroit Lions have announced they have signed their first-round draft pick, Laken Tomlinson. The deal is for four years with a team option for a fifth year. Specifics on the monetary value of the contract were not announced. The #Lions have signed first-round pick Laken Tomlinson. That puts their entire rookie class under contract. — … Read more

Former Lion Drew Stanton talks about his faith and more at Kensington Church

This past Sunday, Drew Stanton took the time out of his schedule to visit Kensington Church in Birmingham, Michigan to share his faith. Stanton, of course, played quarterback for Michigan State University before being drafted in the second round by the Detroit Lions. During the visit, Stanton sat down next to pastor Clint Dupin and talked about … Read more

Calvin Johnson: “I’m out to have fun and bring this city a championship”

When the 2015 NFL season kicks off, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will be entering his ninth year in the league, he will be going on 30-years-old, and he will still be a beast on the football field. During his first eight seasons with the Lions, Johnson (known by many fans as Megatron) has … Read more

Lions’ Tahir Whitehead thrilled with new role, still working to improve against run

It was the fourth and final preseason game last year when Detroit Lions fans got a bit of a taste of what Tahir Whitehead can do in the defensive aspect of the game. When he posted 10 solo tackles, and 3 sacks, the idea of seeing him play linebacker became much more than just a possibility. … Read more

What a Detroit Lions Super Bowl victory would feel like

Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus  These hallowed latin words written by Father Richard Gabriel translates to: “We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.” The official motto of the city of Detroit. Everywhere I turn, family, friends and strangers alike tend to always ask me one peculiar question; who is your favorite Detroit sports … Read more

MUST SEE: Pontiac Silverdome: A BMX Paradise

A hat tip right off the bat to the trusty folks at Down with Detroit. We caught this video on their feed and couldn’t resist sending it along. It features Wyandotte native Tyler Fernengel embarking on an urban exploration tour of the dilapidated Pontiac Silverdome, once the home of the Detroit Lions. A professional BMX rider, … Read more