Next 5 Notes, Week 9: Look ahead to the Detroit Lions’ next five opponents

The Lions are riding high after their dominating 30-17 win at Green Bay on Monday night, finishing the first half of their schedule 4-4. In terms of overall record, the second half opponents for Detroit look much easier. Here are the next five teams the Lions will face and the biggest stories coming out of … Read more

LOOK: Lions Golden Tate trolls Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston for worst pre-game speech ever

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions

Since coming into the NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has earned the respect of his teammates. He is clearly the leader of their team and most believe he will be for the foreseeable future. Embed from Getty Images But on Sunday, Winston may have lost a couple of supporters when he gave the … Read more

REPORT: Detroit Lions to sign former Buccaneers defensive end

In case you have not heard, following their Week 6 loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Detroit Lions look more like a MASH unit than a professional football team. In fact, on Tuesday, 12 players (10 of which are starters) were forced to miss practice. Two of those players were starting defensive ends, Ezekiel Ansah and … Read more

5 most improved teams in the NFL after first wave of free agency

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL free agency is well underway and teams around the league have begun signing players they think can improve their roster the most prior to the draft. One team that has made a big splash is our Detroit Lions, who managed to improve the right side of their offensive line, all while spending less money … Read more

Mapping out a path through the NFC for the Lions to make the playoffs

With two games remaining in the regular season for all teams in the NFL, the Detroit Lions have a number of different ways to clinch a position in the playoffs. For Detroit, the focus (outside of their own games) will be on the Green Bay Packers (a Lions win in Week 16 against the Dallas Cowboys paired with a … Read more

How the Detroit Lions can clinch a playoff berth in Week 16

With two regular season games remaining on the docket for the Detroit Lions, playoff scenarios are starting to take shape. While we of course don’t want to imagine that Detroit would have to back their way into the postseason on a three game losing streak, it’s not impossible. Detroit travels to take on the Dallas Cowboys … Read more

Lions sign RB Mike James to practice squad, release RB George Winn

With more questions regarding the depth at the running back position, the Lions have brought a new piece into the fold. #Lions signed former #Buccaneers RB Mike James to their practice squad. — Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) October 3, 2016 Mike James, who played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 and 2014, has run for 332 … Read more

5 recently cut players the Detroit Lions should sign

As the old saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, as is the case in the NFL when a player gets cut from one team and ends up making an impact elsewhere. Certain players work well in other systems or perhaps different teammates. For whatever reason, the Detroit Lions could improve their roster … Read more

LB Bruce Carter to visit Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are visiting with former Dallas Cowboy and Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker, Bruce Carter. Carter was in New York visiting the Jets just a day ago, but left without a contract. Bruce Carter visited the #Jets yesterday, but left deal-less. He's on to Detroit — Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 31, 2016 The … Read more

Illinois to hire former Bears, Bucs head coach Lovie Smith

According to a report from Chicago sportscaster Ryan Baker the Illinois Fighting Illini are set to hire former Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith to the same position. Some credible sources are telling me Lovie Smith will be the next #Illini head football coach. @cbschicago — Ryan Baker (@RyanBakerMedia) March 5, … Read more

2016 DSN NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Combine Edition

As we get closer and closer to the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, which will take place in Indianapolis on Feb. 26-29, the NFL Draft is starting to take shape and we at Detroit Sports Nation are going to give our best shot at predicting the first round selections. Without further ado here is the DSN … Read more

Top 10 unexpected heroes in Super Bowl history

[tps_header] When thinking about the history of the Super Bowl, one can’t reminisce without thinking of names like Montana, Elway, Rice and now even Brady. But the big game has also been where lesser known players have had the biggest impact. With Super Bowl week upon us, here is my list of the top 10 unexpected … Read more

Firings in Cleveland and Tampa Bay make Caldwell’s return more essential

If there is one clear message throughout pro sports it is this; you better get winning or you better get packing. This message couldn’t be more clear than on “Black Monday” and the subsequent week after in the NFL; a period where NFL teams purge both their coaching staffs and their front offices of individuals … Read more

NFL 2016 salary cap to increase, Lions in good shape

The Detroit Lions will not have salary cap troubles in 2016. Owners were informed by the NFL that the cap is expected to increase a sizeable amount this offseason. At this moment, the cap sits at $143.3 million and could ascend all the way to $153.4 million for next year. With the ten million dollar … Read more

Fantasy Football: Top 5 Add/Drops after Week 7

After seven weeks, don’t be surprised if some owners decide to just give up on their team. Teams sitting at 0-7 or 1-6 are without hope and an inactive owner may soon follow. For those of you who are still alive and well, that’s good news for you because it will start to become easier … Read more

Fantasy Football: Top 5 Add/Drops after Week 5

There’s no question that the waiver wire isn’t quite what it was after Week 1. At this point in the season, most players who have been producing are on somebody’s roster. But with bye weeks and injuries continuing to pile up, there are still players out there that can help your fantasy team, even if … Read more