Detroit Lions' cornerback Darius Slay is a beast in the secondary, constantly taking on opponents best receivers, and constantly denying them the ball.
Coming into the 2017 season, “Big Play” Slay snagged two interceptions per year from 2014-16 while averaging over 13 pass breakups. But despite all the big plays, Slay has never found his way to the Pro Bowl.
That should change this year as Slay leads the NFC with four interceptions and 17 pass breakups and we're only halfway through the year. Not surprisingly with those numbers already surpassing what Slay has done in any year of his 5-year career, the hype train is out.
Get @_bigplayslay23 to the ProBowl! The man is unstoppable!
— Detroit Vs Everybody (@vs_everybody) November 15, 2017
An extra bonus for Lions fans, Slay's opposite-side teammate, Glover Quin is right behind No. 23 with three interceptions, as well as two forced fumbles and one trip to the endzone.
It could very well be a double dip for the Detroit Lion secondary when the Pro Bowl comes calling.
— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) October 30, 2017
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NFL Playoffs? The Detroit Lions will not be able to back their way in this time
In 2016, the Detroit Lions qualified for the NFL Playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Not a bad accomplishment for a franchise that has become accustomed to playing out the 16-game regular season schedule and then watching the playoffs from home.
But as we know, last season’s playoff appearance was a bit tainted. Some would even say it was a fraud or a joke. Those people would certainly have a legit argument.
After winning 8 of 9 games to move to 9-4 on the season, the Lions lost their final three regular-season games, including a 31-24 Week 17 matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Had the Lions won that game, which was played at Ford Field, they would have clinched an NFC North title, and a home playoff game. Instead, by losing, they finished tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the last NFC playoff spot. Luckily, the Lions won the tiebreaker over the Bucs due to their record against common opponents, and despite dropping their final three games, they backed into the playoffs, where they were destroyed by the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round.
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