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Minnesota Vikings open as favorites over Detroit Lions at home

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Well, we’ve made it to Week 16 and the suffering brought on by another disappointing Detroit Lions season is almost over.

After losing to the Buffalo Bills 14-13 last week, the Detroit Lions fell to 5-9 and have officially been eliminated from the playoffs. With the loss, the Lions now hold the No. 7 spot in the 2019 NFL draft so at least there is that Honolulu blue and silver lining.

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The Lions are headed home to host the Minnesota Vikings for the final home game of the 2018 season. According to Vegas Insider, the Vikings are 5.5 point favorites over the Lions. It’s interesting that the spread currently sits at less than a touchdown after the Vikings 41-17 blowout win against the Miami Dolphins last week.

The Vikings already bested the Lions when the two teams met earlier this season in Week 9. The 24-9 final score made the game look like a blowout, but the Lions managed to hang around for most of the game before falling victim to a few key mistakes.

Obviously, this season has been a bit of a disappointment for the Detroit Lions, but if the underdog Lions found some way to win this game they’d be playing the role of spoiler for their division rival’s playoff hopes.

While sharing some misery with the Vikings may be an attractive idea to some, winning would also impact the Lions’ draft position.

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Top 25 players in 2019 NFL free agency | Part Two

Last week we kicked off a preview of the top 25 players potentially available in the impending 2019 NFL free agency and today we’re back with part two of the five-part series.

In this post, we’ll be going over players 20-16 on the list.

20. CB Bradley Roby

Every team is looking for cornerbacks because there is no such thing as having too many good cover men. As such, young defensive backs who can start on the outside are more valuable than ever. Bradley Roby is exactly that and should draw a lot of attention during free agency.

During his first four seasons in the NFL, Roby showed nice progression as the Broncos’ third corner and helped make Denver’s defense one of the best defenses in football. The trade of Aqib Talib this offseason didn’t help Roby’s stock, as he’s struggled in the first half of 2018 in his first action as a starter.

Despite the early season struggles, Roby has rebounded and will likely cash in on the high demand.

19. DE Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah

After signing his $17.143M franchise tag this offseason, the Detroit Lions hoped that Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah would continue to be a leader on the defensive line and thrive under new head coach Matt Patricia. Unfortunately, Ziggy spent much of his 2018 season being featured on the injury report until he was placed on injured reserve back on December 11th. While a solid 2018 campaign could have landed Ansah a huge contract with the Lions, it’s now likely that he’ll have to test the waters in the 2019 NFL free agency.

Originally drafted by the Lions in the 1st Round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Ansah will be 30 by the time the 2019 NFL season starts. During his five seasons in Detroit, Ziggy has tallied up 48 sacks and 219 tackles in 80 games/73 starts.

With the 2019 draft setting up to be a great year for the defensive line and pass-rushers galore set to hit the market, defensive coordinators around the league should be licking their lips.

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Former Detroit Lions’ CB Nevin Lawson tweets message for Kelly Stafford and her family

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Earlier this week, Kelly Stafford‘s brother posted a photo on Instagram which showed Kelly in the hospital preparing for brain surgery.

Since that post, there have not been any updates on Kelly and all we can do is keep her in our thoughts and prayers that all went well and she has a speedy and successful recovery.

On Saturday night, former Detroit Lions‘ cornerback Nevin Lawson took to Twitter to send his prayers out for Kelly the Stafford family.

Please continue to pray for Kelly Stafford and her family as they go through this difficult time.

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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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