Ryan’s Lions Betting Preview-Week 5 Edition

A light edition of Ryan’s Lion’s Betting Preview this week. I finally got off the schneid–correctly picking the Lions to cover the spread against the Cowboys. Unfortunately, the cover came at the expense of losing the total, as the Lions touchdown with 2:17 left in the fourth quarter pushed the game total over 44. So, … Read more

Ryan’s Lions Betting Preview-Week 4 Edition

The 1972 Miami Dolphins. The 2018 Cleveland Browns. The 2008 Detroit Lions. All three teams had an “unblemished” record, with a zero on one side of the win/loss column. I’m well on my way to a “perfect record” of sorts here as I’m now 0-3 in my predictions of the Lions games in respect to … Read more

Ryan’s Lions Betting Preview Week 3 Edition

After being blown out by the Jets on Monday Night Football at home in the season opener, the Lions rebounded (sort of) when they only just barely lost on the road to the 49ers in week 2. Sitting at 0-2 on the season, the Lions are 1-1 against the spread after a late “back door … Read more

Have some fun with the Lions vs Packers broadcast

Nearly every Lions fan knows that Detroit hasn’t won in Wisconsin since December 15, 1991. You can be sure that Fox play-by-play man Joe Buck and color commentator Troy Aikman will mention it–early and often. And you know the inevitable graphic will be displayed showing how much a gallon of gas went for in 1991, … Read more

Lions players speak about the coaching change

The Detroit Lions players aren’t expecting their offense to be vastly different this week from last. After a bit of house cleaning, where offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi was fired  along with two offensive line coaches, quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter was named as his replacement. The Lions then traveled to London for this week’s game against … Read more

DSN College Football Picks: Week 5

Week 4 was a tough one for the DSN writers as Alex Muller and Dylan Bair posted the top marks with a 5-4-1 record against the spread. After four weeks, Don Drysdale holds a 1-game lead over fellow writer Ryan Dickey as they continue to battle for bragging rights! Week 5 has some very intriguing … Read more

Lions/Broncos Sunday Night Football preview

Broncos at Lions preview Denver Broncos (2-0) at Detroit Lions Sunday, 8:30 pm ET (NBC) Broncos -3/Total: 44-½ Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has only been sacked twice this season but has been hit many times behind Detroit’s suspect offensive line. When the Lions have the ball Surprisingly, the 0-2 Lions average more yards per game in … Read more

Lions special teams report card: Week 2

Lions special teams report card vs Minnesota Vikings, Week 2 OVERALL: B- For the second week in a row, the special teams units did nothing to directly contribute to the Lions loss but failed to provide any type of spark that is needed when an offense is sputtering. It was interesting to see Lance Moore back … Read more

5 “Non-highlight reel” key plays: Lions vs Vikings

[tps_header] For every NFL game, there are key plays that become turning points of the contest. Some of those plays make the highlight reel–touchdowns, turnovers, long runs, big hits, incredible catches. Other plays, while not so visually pleasing to the casual fan, are the plays that usually help determine who wins, and who loses football … Read more

Detroit Lions special teams report card, Week 1

Detroit Lions special teams report card vs San Diego Chargers, Week 1   OVERALL: A- TJ Jones was “named” the kickoff and punt returner earlier in the week, but was inactive for the game. Ameer Abdullah was sent back to return the opening kickoff, which went as a touchback. He had three above average returns. … Read more

T.J. Jones named starting return man for Lions

The Detroit Lions have named T.J. Jones as the starting kickoff and punt returner. Although the designation is not startling, it doesn’t exactly carry too much weight at this point. Jim Caldwell has said that the return duties are a fluid situation, and that would not change once the regular season gets underway. Also listed as … Read more

Lions final preseason special teams report

Now that the preseason is over, it’s time to evaluate the Detroit Lions special teams play throughout the four contests. Overall, the special teams units were not overly impressive. Punter Sam Martin may be poised for a Pro Bowl season, as he had a fine preseason, as both a punter who can pin opponents back … Read more

Lions get pass-catching tight end for undrafted rookie kicker

Lions fans should give their general manager Martin Mayhew a round of applause today. Pending both players passing their respective physicals, Detroit traded undrafted rookie kicker Kyle Brindza to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Timothy Wright. Brindza had a very good preseason in his three appearances for the Lions, as a placekicker, kickoff … Read more

Caldwell: “Returner by committee, even into regular season”

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell stated in yesterday’s post-practice press conference what I’ve been speculating all pre-season: there is no clear-cut grasp by any player of kick or punt return duties. When asked if the Lions had sorted out the return man competition, Caldwell stated: “No. You probably won’t see a change in that. You’ll … Read more

Lions vs Redskins preseason special teams report

Jeremy Ross’ death-grip on the number one spot on the depth chart at kickoff and punt returner is loosening by the day. It’s a good thing for him that he caught a touchdown pass as a receiver in the Detroit Lions 21-17 loss to the Washington Redskins in the second preseason game for both teams. … Read more