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EDITORIAL: State of the Division – Quick look at the NFC North “Black and Blue” Division

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Nation, let’s take a look at where the NFC North is today. Lions, Packers, Bears, and Vikings. OH MY.

You can make a VERY strong case to say that the NFC North is the strongest division in the NFL right now. Only the NFC North and NFC South have no teams with less than three wins. All four teams are in the top 13 in offensive yards per game. If you watch a lot of football, that shouldn’t be a surprise to you.

Minnesota Viking’s Kirk Cousins and the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers are both in the top five of passing yards, with Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford and Chicago Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky still in the top 15. Keep in mind, we’re pretty sure Rodgers has put up most of his numbers with one leg. Yeah, we get it, the guy’s good. If Rodgers was in any OTHER division, I think Lions fans would have a much easier time admitting that.

How’d we get stuck with this guy anyway? Isn’t he from California? Shouldn’t he be on the Raiders? Did Jon Gruden trade him for a six pack of ice cold Corona and some wings? It’s hard to find a good QB, isn’t it Jon? It’s wild, man. Cousins is excelling in a brand new system in Minnesota and he and Adam Thielen definitely have something special this year. Let’s not forget “Minnesota Miracle Man” Stefon Diggs either.

Matthew Stafford probably won’t be breaking any records this season. But let’s be honest, as Lions fans, do we want HIM breaking records, or do we want THEM winning games? With the recent moves Bob Quinn has made, it’s pretty plain to see that this is the most well-rounded and talented squad the Lions have put on the field in a LONG time.

Let’s take a quick look at the defenses. Based on total yards given up per game, all four NFC North Division teams are in the top 15. That’s a VERY promising statistic. Lions and Packers both in the top 10 against the pass, and Bears and Vikings both in the top 5 against the run.

That being said, the Lions are currently ranked 29th against the run. That is before we stocked up on… SNACKS.

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Shopping For Snacks

Yessir! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or in a cave somewhere cold and terrible; (Like say, Minnesota or Wisconsin) you’re well aware of the Lions trading to receive 6’3″ 353lb (yikes) Damon “Snacks” Harrison. The Lions now have a living, breathing, thundering cement truck in the middle of their defensive run to chew up blockers, and swallow up their opponents’ run game. The Lions are ranked 15th in total defense yards per game, seventh in passing, and 29th against the run. With Snacks holding down the middle of the line, you can guarantee that run defense ranking to improve, IMMEDIATELY. I’m not a huge math guy, but I’m pretty sure if the run defense improves, the defense as a whole should see some major improvement.

To sum up all these numbers and bad jokes, the NFC North is legitimate. All four teams have shown significant signs that they’re good, and only getting stronger. Three out of four teams are 3-2 in their last five. It would be all four teams, but somehow ties are actually a thing in the NFL this season.

The Lions have a tough road ahead in this even tougher division. It’s fun and exciting to see the NFC North do so well, but that means that Quinn, Patricia and the boys in Honolulu blue need to put their heads down and grind if they want to win this division.

If Detroit pulls an S.O.L. move and drops a should-win game in this division, just remember, it could always be worse. They could be the Cardinals.

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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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