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BREAKING: DSN Week 10 NFL Power Rankings

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With a win over the Los Angeles Rams, the New Orleans Saints have now claimed the #1 spot in Week 10’s NFL Power Rankings. Where does your team fit in?

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#1 New Orleans Saints (7-1)

Weekly Results: W, 45-35 vs. Los Angeles Rams

Ranking Points: 159.92

Last Week:  2   Change: +1

Note: The Saints claim their spot at the top for going into Week 10 after a big win at home. If they go into the playoffs with Home-Field and healthy, they may be unbeatable.

#2 Kansas City Chiefs (8-1)

Weekly Results: W, 37-21 @ Cleveland Browns

Ranking Points: 154.6

Last Week: 1     Change: -1

Note: Offense is firing on all cylinders, but will fall due to N.O. dominating win at LA.

#3 New England Patriots (7-2)

Weekly Results: W, 31-17 vs. Green Bay Packers

Ranking Points: 137.05

Last Week: 4   Change: +1

Note: Dominating win against a Green Bay team that is not as good as a lot of people think. If health concerns fade, this N.E. team is going to be facing off with K.C.

#4 Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1)

Weekly Results: W, 23-16 @ Baltimore Ravens

Ranking Points: 126.23

Last Week: 5    Change: +1

Note: Another team that just finds a way to win. Definitely the #3 team in the AFC.

#5 Los Angeles Rams (8-1)

Weekly Results: L, 35-45 @ New Orleans Saints

Ranking Points: 123.4

Last Week: 3   Change: -2

Note: Not able to keep the win streak alive in New Orleans. A 13-3 season, as predicted, would still be a great accomplishment. The defensive backfield is a big weakness.

#6 Carolina Panthers (6-2)

Weekly Results: W, 42-28 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ranking Points: 111.05

Last Week: 6    Change: —

Note: Carolina is going to get their points and their D will do what’s necessary to win. Can they hold their spot? They have 2 tilts vs. N.O. remaining and a tough one next week vs. Pitt.

#7 Los Angeles Chargers (6-2)

Weekly Results: W, 25-17 @ Seattle Seahawks

Ranking Points: 111

Last Week: 7    Change: —

Note: Big win on the road vs. a tough Seattle team shows that this team has some grit. They’ll need in the 2nd half.

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#8 Chicago Bears (5-3)

Weekly Results: W, 41-9 @ Buffalo Bills

Ranking Points: 105.65

Last Week: 13 (tie)    Change: +5

Note: Another big, dominating win for the Bears. The offense, when clicking on all cylinders is hard to stop. The defense will knock you on your ass. But, it was the Bills.

#9 Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) 

Weekly Results: W, 24-9 vs. Detroit Lions

Ranking Points: 104.92

Last Week: 8    Change: -1

Note: Not a dominating offensive performance by any means, but that D, that defense is capable of big things!

#10 Houston Texans (6-3)

Weekly Results: W, 19-17 @ Denver Broncos

Ranking Points: 94.2

Last Week: 9    Change: -1

Note: The trade for Demaryius Thomas looks like a brilliant move. It will help to replace Fuller and keep double teams off DHop. 6 in a row looks good on this team with a standout D.

#11 Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)

Weekly Results: Bye Week

Ranking Points: 91.15

Last Week: 10    Change: -1

Note: A week off and the addition of WR Tate, what will it do for them? We are about to find out.

#12 Atlanta Falcons (4-4)

Weekly Results: W, 38-14 @ Washington Redskins

Ranking Points: 90.35

Last Week: 20    Change: +8

Note: The Defense showed up big time and it could be the start of a great run in the 2nd half. This team is capable.

#13 Tennessee Titans (4-4)

Weekly Results: W, 28-14 @ Dallas Cowboys

Ranking Points: 87.02

Last Week: 18    Change: +5

Note: Mariota showed some growth, if that continues, this team could make some noise.

#14 Baltimore Ravens (4-5)

Weekly Results: L, 16-23 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Ranking Points: 86.84

Last Week: 11    Change: -3

Note: Two losses in a row for this team. This is still the best under .500 team in the NFL. Need to figure some things out in the Bye Week.

#15 Seattle Seahawks (4-4)

Weekly Results: L, 17-25 vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Ranking Points: 82.4

Last Week: 12    Change: -3

Note: A loss at home when the Rams lose too hurts the chances for this team. The offense is the issue and they need to get to 24 points a game to have a chance to have a big 2nd half

#16 Denver Broncos (3-6)

Weekly Results:  L, 17-19 vs. Houston Texans

Ranking Points: 76.4

Last Week: 16    Change: 

Note: So, there go the playoff hopes for this team.  A 7-game run is not likely as QB Keenum is not coming anywhere close to earning his mega paycheck.

#17 Green Bay Packers (3-4-1)

Weekly Results:  L, 17-31 @ New England Patriots

Ranking Points: 66.2

Last Week: 17   Change: —

Note: Well, they are better than the Lions, but losing when the Bears and Vikings pull off victories, solidifies this team as the 3rd best in the division.

#18 Dallas Cowboys (3-5)

Weekly Results: L, 14-28 vs. Tennessee Titans

Ranking Points: 65.75

Last Week: 13 (tie)    Change: -5

Note: The addition of WR Cooper doesn’t help a bad defense.

#19 Indianapolis Colts (3-5)

Weekly Results: Bye Week

Ranking Points: 63.3

Last Week: 19    Change: —

Note: Resting up this week, the 2nd half will have to be stellar.

#20 Cincinnati Bengals (5-3)

Weekly Results: Bye Week

Ranking Points: 53.75

Last Week: 22    Change: +2

Note: Bye week bad news as WR Green may be lost for several weeks with a foot injury.

#21 Washington Redskins (5-3)

Weekly Results: L, 14-38 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Ranking Points: 45.85

Last Week: 15    Change: -6

Note:  An absolutely devastating beatdown at home. Can’t score against a bad Atlanta D. Well, with Alex Smith running the offense, they will have their bad weeks.

#22 Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5)

Weekly Results: Bye Week

Ranking Points: 39.55

Last Week: 23    Change: +1

Note:  QB Bortles will be looking over his shoulder as Landry Jones was signed this week. Problem is, without Fournette, this team is going nowhere fast.

#23 Detroit Lions (3-5)

Weekly Results: L, 9-24 @ Minnesota Vikings

Ranking Points: 44.35

Last Week: 21    Change: -2

Note: Losing Tate may have lost the locker room.  A huge divisional loss in a game in which the team looked lost and uninterested.

#24 Miami Dolphins (5-4)

Weekly Results: W, 13-6 vs. New York Jets

Ranking Points: 32.3

Last Week: 27    Change: +3

Note: Here’s the good thing about this team, their schedule has been very kind. Outside N.E., their division is weak sauce. The worst 5-4 team in a long time.

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#25 San Francisco 49ers (2-7)

Weekly Results: W, 34-3 vs. Oakland Raiders

Ranking Points: 27.6

Last Week: 29    Change: +4

Note: QB Mullens could be a really nice story if he gets a chance to keep starting.

#26 New York Giants (1-7)

Weekly Results: Bye Week

Ranking Points: 26.1

Last Week: 25    Change: –1

Note: Maybe the bye week will help this team get things turned around. (I even laughed while typing that.) No chance this team gets any better until they get a new QB.

#27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5)

Weekly Results: L, 28-42 @ Carolina Panthers

Ranking Points: 26

Last Week: 26    Change: –1

Note: Fitzmagick is the QB, no doubts. They just can’t stop anybody.

#28 Cleveland Browns (2-6-1)

Weekly Results: L, 21-37 vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Ranking Points: 22.8

Last Week: 28    Change: 

Note: Cleaning house seems to be a good thing for this team. Although they lost by 16, it was to a dominating team and they actually held their own.

#29 New York Jets (3-6)

Weekly Results: L, 6-13 @ Miami Dolphins

Ranking Points: 17.65

Last Week: 24    Change: -5

Note: Snoozer game between two snoozer teams. QB Darnold will get things figured out, but this team is at least two years and 10 starters away from competing.

#30 Arizona Cardinals (2-6)

Weekly Results: By Week

Ranking Points: -19.15

Last Week: 31   Change: +1

Note: Here’s the good news…they’ll move up by not playing

#31 Buffalo Bills (2-7)

Weekly Results: L, 9-41 vs. Chicago Bears

Ranking Points: -36.92

Last Week: 30    Change: –1

Note: Absolutely annihilated. It will happen a lot with QB Peterman at the helm. When will QB Allen get back?

#32 Oakland Raiders (1-7)

Weekly Results: L, 3-34 @ San Francisco 49ers

Ranking Points: -54.55

Last Week: 32    Change: —

Note:  The trades, the injuries…not much good about this team right now. What’s Gruden thinking? It keeps getting worse too.

Warning! These are not your usual Power Rankings. I’m not your everyday NFL analyst who throws his bias into how he ranks teams. I use a formula developed over many years and this is all about numbers. Please remember that Power Rankings are reactive and not predictive. This is where the teams stand following the previous weeks’ games. These rankings and the formulas and bonuses used to compile them are even for all teams.

Bottom Line: If you are a top 5 team playing a bottom 5 team and you win by a point or lose straight up, you will be penalized. If you win big, the rewards will boost you in the rankings.

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Detroit Lions ‘All-Local’ 2019 NFL Mock Draft

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This coming Thursday, the 2019 NFL Draft will officially begin.

Over the past few months, if you are anything like me, you have read literally hundreds upon hundreds of Detroit Lions’ mock drafts.

So, I figured it would be fun to think outside the box (but inside the state) to come up with what an ‘All-local’ Lions draft could look like.

Check it out.

Round 1 – Devin Bush Jr. (LB) Michigan or Rashan Gary (DL) Michigan

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Round 2 – Justin Layne (CB) Michigan State or David Long (CB) Michigan

Round 3 – Sean Bunting (CB) Central Michigan or Chase Winovich (DL) Michigan

Round 4 – Maxx Crosby (Edge) Eastern Michigan

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Round 5 – Khari Willis (S) Michigan State

Round 6 – Xavier Crawford (CB) Central Michigan

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Round 6 – Karan Higdon (RB) Michigan

Round 7 – Zach Gentry (TE) Michigan

Round 7 – LJ Scott (RB) Michigan State

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Now, I know there is a .0000001% chance of this actually happening, but those players should be available when the Lions are on the clock in each round.

If you want to read my ‘Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL mock draft’ please click on the link below. It also includes a local player.

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

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JUST IN: Detroit Lions drop 2019 schedule hype video

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The 2019 NFL Draft is less than a week away and on Friday the team dropped a 2019 schedule hype video.

Check it out!

Nation, what will the Lions record be in 2019?

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REPORT: Detroit Lions meet with standout cornerback

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The NFL Draft will be here before we know it and the Detroit Lions are putting their final touches on their preparations.

According to a report from Matt Miller, the Lions have met with former Central Michigan standout CB, Sean Bunting.

Bunting, who is expected to be drafted on Day 2, had 104 tackles and nine interceptions in 35 career games with the Chippewas.

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Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

*Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks…excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills…shot out of a cannon with his first step…forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness…creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills…ball awareness to track through blocks…uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers…better than expected play strength as a run defender…highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines…dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length…needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)…relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college…not a bull rusher…undeveloped approach with his hands…below- average counter measures once locked up…faced inferior competition in the AAC…several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout…missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.

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