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It’s that time of year again Lions fans! While the Super Bowl is right around the corner, our boys have been sent home to enjoy the off-season. The Detroit Lions did see a resurgence under the leadership of Jim Caldwell in his first year as the Lions head coach. Under Caldwell,  Detroit emerged as one of the most dominant defenses in the NFL however, costly penalties dove while team composure rose, and we made the playoffs. There is a bright future ahead of us fans, but this off-season will be the most important of GM Martin Mayhew’s career. Here are the Detroit Lions Top 5 off-season priorities.

 

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A freelance writer from mid-Michigan, Christopher is the Detroit Lions biggest fan. When he's not breaking down tape or making mock drafts you can probably find him on his Xbox One.

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2018 was an interesting season for the University of Michigan. It all started off with a road loss to eventual College Football Playoff semifinalist Notre Dame, followed by 10-straight victories to get back into CFP contention, only to end abruptly with a devastating loss in Columbus against Ohio State. The Wolverines ended up getting selected to play in the Peach Bowl against Florida, where they were once again embarrassed. Overall, Michigan finished the season 10-3, which left many fans questioning the future of the program under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Since then, Harbaugh has brought in a top 10 recruiting class and has poached three of the best assistant coaches in the nation.

So, what does that mean for 2019? Will it be another season without beating their biggest rival or can Harbaugh finally get Michigan over the hump?

Only time will tell but I figured it would be fun to throw out my way to early game-by-game predictions.

How do you think the Wolverines will finish in 2019?


August 31 – vs. Middle Tennessee State

We won’t even have to wait until September to watch Michigan football this year as the Wolverines open up the 2019 campaign at the Big House against Middle Tennessee State. After dropping their final two games, MTSU finished the 2018 season with an 8-6 record, including a 45-13 loss to Appalachian State in the New Orleans Bowl.

Being the first game of the season, there may be a bit of a feeling out period, but expect Michigan to roll.

Michigan 45  Middle Tennessee State 10 


September 7 – vs. Army

Army finished the 2018 season with an 11-2 record with their only losses coming to Duke (34-14) in their first game and to Oklahoma 28-21 on September 22.

This is a game Michigan fans should be a bit scared of but when all is said and done, the team with the higher level of talent will prevail.

Michigan 31  Army 17

 

 


September 21 – @ Wisconsin

Heading into the 2018 season, the thought by most was that Wisconsin would be one of the top teams in the nation. Unfortunately, the Badgers dropped four of their final seven games to drop to finish 5-4 in Big Ten conference play. Though they ended up bouncing back with an impressive 35-3 win over Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl, the season was a disappointment.

Road games in the Big Ten can be difficult and you can bet the Wolverines will not overlook the Badgers.

Michigan 27  Wisconsin 17


September 28 – vs. Rutgers

Poor Rutgers. In 2018, the Scarlett Knights beat Texas State 35-7 in the season opener before dropping their final 11 contests to finish 1-11.

On November 10th, they hosted Michigan and were shellacked 42-7 on their home field. The outcome will not be much different in 2019.

Michigan 50  Rutgers 10 

 

 


October 5 – vs. Iowa

Iowa had an interesting 2018 season as they started off by winning six of their first seven games before losing three-straight. Things ended on a high note as the Hawkeyes won their final three, including a 27-22 win over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl, to finish 9-4.

The Hawkeyes are always a scary team to see on the schedule but I would be more scared about this on if it were being played in Kinnick Stadium.

Michigan 27  Iowa 10


October 12 – @ Illinois

Illinois dropped six of their final seven games of the 2018 season to finish at 4-8.

Michigan did not have the opportunity to play the Fighting Illini this past season but you can bet they are happy to have them back on their schedule in 2019. This one will get ugly.

Michigan 45  Illinois 6

 


October 19 – @ Penn State

After losing to Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State in the regular season, Penn State had the opportunity to grab their 10th win of the season when they squared off against Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl. Unfortunately for the Nittany Lions and their fans, the Wildcats walked away with a 27-24 win.

This could certainly be a trap game for Michigan with Notre Dame coming up the following weekend but my gut is just telling me that Michigan will get the job done!

Michigan 27 Penn State 23


October 26 – vs. Notre Dame

Notre Dame had a magical 2018 season which saw them run the table in the regular season and make it all the way to the College Football Playoff. Unfortunately, for the Irish and their followers, the fun stopped when they were man-handled by the eventual champion, Clemson.

When Notre Dame comes to Ann Arbor in 2019, I believe they will have just one loss (at Georgia). With everything on the line, the Wolverines will rise to the occasion this time around and defeat the Irish in a close game.

Michigan 24  Notre Dame 20


November 2 – @ Maryland

 

When Maryland opened up the 2018 season with a 34-29 win over Texas, they had everyone’s attention. Unfortunately, their magic only lasted so long as the Terrapins dropped their final four games of the season to finish 5-7. One of those losses came at Michigan on October 6th when the Wolverines dropped the hammer in a 42-21 victory.

Similar to the Penn State game (at a lower level) this could be a trap game but the Wolverines will find a way to get the job done.

Michigan 35  Maryland 20


November 16 – vs. Michigan State

With expectations high, Michigan State disappointed for the second time in three seasons by finishing with a 7-6 record, including losses to Michigan and Ohio State. The Spartans offense was horrendous as they scored less than 20 points in more than half their games.

In 2019, I believe the Spartans will have one of the top defenses in America but the question will be, can the offense do enough to win against good teams. This will go down to the fourth quarter with Michigan winning on a late field goal.

Michigan 16  Michigan State 13


November 23 – @ Indiana

After finishing 5-7 in 2018, the Indiana Hoosiers will look to rebound in 2019.

After a tough win over Michigan State, coupled with a matchup against Ohio State a week away, Michigan will have to be focused on the task at hand when they travel to Bloomington. This one will be closer than the experts think but the Wolverines will pull away in the fourth quarter.

Michigan 34  Indiana 20

 

 


November 30 – vs. Ohio State

The Game.

In 2018, Ohio State seemed to play down to their competition in almost every game of the season. That is until Michigan came to town in their final regular season game. As we know, the Buckeyes absolutely dominated the Wolverines in that game, eliminating Michigan from the Big Ten Championship Game and a shot at the College Football Playoff.

You can be sure that Harbaugh and the Wolverines will be ready to get some revenge (not Revenge Tour) in 2019 and that is exactly what they will do.

Michigan 31  Ohio State 27 

 

 

 

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Just In: DSN Week 13 NFL Power Rankings

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At this point, the New Orleans Saints are the class of the NFC and the NFL for that matter. The Los Angeles Rams will threaten them down the stretch. Whichever team ends up with home-field advantage will have the inside track to the Super Bowl. The AFC is all the Kansas City Chiefs for the taking, but the New England Patriots are not far out. For the time being, the Saints are atop the Week 13 NFL Power Rankings.

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#1 New Orleans Saints (10-1)

Weekly Results: W, 31-17 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Ranking Points: 199.27

Last Week:  1   Change: —

Note: After being the first team ever to crack the 200 point mark in these rankings, the Saints still won easily, they just didn’t crack the 40-point mark.

#2 Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)

Weekly Results:  Bye Week

Ranking Points: 140.67

Last Week: 3     Change: +1

Note: KC is the class of the AFC, just lost a great game against the LA Rams. That may have been a preview of the Super Bowl.

#3 Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3-1)

Weekly Results:  L, 17-24 @ Denver Broncos

Ranking Points: 139.43

Last Week: 2    Change: -1

Note: And just like that, the Steelers lose the #2 seed and fall to 4. The division is now really close as BAL is streaking.

#4 Los Angeles Rams (10-1)

Weekly Results:  Bye Week

Ranking Points: 135.15

Last Week: 4   Change: —

Note: It’s LA and NOLA in the NFC. What a great showing on MNF. After a week of rest, they head to Motown.

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#5 Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1) 

Weekly Results: W, 24-17 vs. Green Bay Packers

Ranking Points: 110.97

Last Week: 6    Change: +1

Note: Cousins finally comes out and has a great game, leading the Vikings to a huge Sunday night win. Can they catch the Bears?

#6 Denver Broncos (5-6)

Weekly Results: W, 24-17 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Ranking Points: 110.5

Last Week: 8    Change: +2

Note: This is one of those teams you want to eliminate, but you just can’t. They win big games and they are still in playoff contention.

#7 Chicago Bears (8-3)

Weekly Results: W, 23-16 @ Detroit Lions

Ranking Points: 107.15

Last Week: 5    Change: -2

Note: This Bears team just finds a way to win. The Defense is spectacular for a long enough period to win games. I think if I leave this comment here the rest of the season, it will remain accurate. Stafford helped Chicago out here too.

#8 Houston Texans (8-3)

Weekly Results: W, 34-17 vs. Tennessee Titans

Ranking Points: 106.55

Last Week: 9    Change: +1

Note: 8 in a row! Playing for their now deceased owner. But either way, this team is hot!

#9 Dallas Cowboys (6-5)

Weekly Results: W, 31-23 vs. Washington Redskins

Ranking Points: 100.75

Last Week: 11   Change: +2

Note: The defense had a little bit of a struggle, but WR Cooper had a huge game and is making QB Prescott perform better.

#10 Los Angeles Chargers (8-3)

Weekly Results: W, 45-10 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Ranking Points: 99.25

Last Week: 12    Change: +2

Note: Dominating performance by QB Rivers as he set all kinds of NFL records. Still a top AFC team with a dominating D.

#11 Indianapolis Colts (6-5)

Weekly Results:   W, 27-24 vs. Miami Dolphins

Ranking Points: 91.25

Last Week: 7    Change: -4

Note: 5 Wins in a row, although this was a close victory over Miami. QB Luck has at least 3 TDs in 8 straight games. Who is this TE Ebron?

#12 Seattle Seahawks (6-5)

Weekly Results: W, 30-27 @ Carolina Panthers

Ranking Points: 87.65

Last Week: 15   Change: +3

Note: A really nice road win for a team that is streaking. We know they have the offense, now the defense needs to show up.

#13 New England Patriots (8-3)

Weekly Results: W, 27-13 @ New York Jets

Ranking Points: 86.4

Last Week: 10   Change: -3

Note: They find a way to win and now sit at the #2 seed in the AFC.

#14 Baltimore Ravens (6-5)

Weekly Results: W, 34-17 vs. Oakland Raiders

Ranking Points: 80.74

Last Week: 14    Change: —

Note: Rookie QB Jackson wins his 2nd straight and now has this team in the thick of the playoff picture.

#15 Green Bay Packers (4-6-1)

Weekly Results: L, 17-24 @ Minnesota Vikings

Ranking Points: 76.2

Last Week: 16   Change: +1

Note: The fall continues for a team that is destined to be dismantled and reconstructed in the off-season.

#16 Tennessee Titans (5-6)

Weekly Results:   L, 17-34 @ Houston Texans

Ranking Points: 74.27

Last Week: 13    Change:-3

Note: Played well at the start of this game, however, Houston outplayed them most of the game. A weak schedule over the last 5 games gives this team a chance at the playoffs.

#17 Atlanta Falcons (4-7)

Weekly Results:  L, 17-31 @ New Orleans Saints

Ranking Points: 65.07

Last Week: 22    Change: +5

Note: Atlanta is done and you mark them as officially eliminated from playoff contention. This game was not as close as the score entails, it seems as though N.O. was playing with them.

#18 Cleveland Browns (4-6-1)

Weekly Results: W,  35-20@ Cincinnati Bengals

Ranking Points: 64.35

Last Week: 23    Change: +5

Note: So, this team is not completely eliminated yet. There is a weird scenario where they could get in. Just win and get some help. 4 of their last 5 games are winnable.

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#19 Detroit Lions (4-7)

Weekly Results: L, 16-23 vs. Chicago Bears

Ranking Points: 63.1

Last Week: 21    Change: +2

Note: Detroit played an ugly game but had it in hand late until a Chicago Pick-6.  The Lions offense can move the ball but have trouble putting a game away. The season is officially over and there will be major changes in player personnel next season.

#20 Carolina Panthers (6-5)

Weekly Results: L, 27-30 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Ranking Points: 59.95

Last Week: 17    Change: -3

Note: Two losses in a row puts this team in a precarious position as they are now on the outside looking in and a head-to-head loss against a 6-5 Seattle hurts.

#21 Philadelphia Eagles (5-6)

Weekly Results: W, 25-22 vs. New York Giants

Ranking Points: 58.9

Last Week: 19    Change: -2

Note: Still a game out, they will need a lot of help down the stretch to have any shot of post-season play.

#22 Washington Redskins (6-5)

Weekly Results: L, 23-31 @ Dallas Cowboys

Ranking Points: 52.05

Last Week: 18    Change: -4

Note: QB McCoy wasn’t terrible, although he did toss 3 interceptions. Going forward, this team will struggle and the division is out of their hands.

#23 Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8)

Weekly Results: L, 21-24 @ Buffalo Bills

Ranking Points: 41.85

Last Week: 20    Change: -3

Note: Well, the first ax has fallen, the OC is looking for a job. He won’t be the only one. As a matter of fact, QB Bortles has lost the starting job as well.

#24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)

Weekly Results: W, 27-9 vs. San Francisco 49ers

Ranking Points: 38.7

Last Week: 27    Change: +3

Note: Where was this team all year? Oh yeah, they beat a bad 49ers team, nevermind.

#25 Miami Dolphins (5-6)

Weekly Results: L, 24-27 @ Indianapolis Colts

Ranking Points: 28.3

Last Week: 28    Change: +3

Note: QB Tannehill was back and the offense played much better. Another team that is right there on the brink of the playoffs or being eliminated.

#26 Cincinnati Bengals (5-6)

Weekly Results: L, 20-35 vs. Cleveland Browns

Ranking Points: 19.35

Last Week: 24    Change: -2

Note: So it’s a mucky playoff picture in the AFC, and this team is technically not eliminated. Another team that needs to win out and get help. Not likely.

#27 New York Giants (3-8)

Weekly Results: L, 22-25@ Philadelphia Eagles

Ranking Points: 18.6

Last Week: 26    Change: -1

Note: Let’s look forward to next year Giants’ fans, hopefully, they can add to a decent base of talent.

#28 Buffalo Bills (4-7)

Weekly Results: W, 24-21 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Ranking Points: 11.73

Last Week: 29    Change: +1

Note: Rookie QB Allen comes back and performs well enough to defeat Jacksonville. This team won’t make the playoffs but is improving as the season goes.

#29 San Francisco 49ers (2-9)

Weekly Results: L, 9-27 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ranking Points: -2.1

Last Week: 25    Change: -4

Note: No hope for this season, but they could have a great draft pick to add to their team going forward.

#30 New York Jets (3-8)

Weekly Results: L, 13-27 vs. New England Patriots

Ranking Points: -23.7

Last Week: 31    Change: +1

Note: When will the ax fall on the HC? The only thing saving him is the fact that QB Darnold is hurt.

#31 Arizona Cardinals (2-9)

Weekly Results: L, 10-45 @ Los Angeles Chargers

Ranking Points: -35.75

Last Week: 30   Change: -1

Note: After a terrible performance, players are getting cut. I expect for some coaches to lose their jobs as well.

#32 Oakland Raiders (2-9)

Weekly Results: L, 17-34 @ Baltimore Ravens

Ranking Points: -39.2

Last Week: 32    Change: —

Note: Worst team in the AFC, and it’s not even close.

Warning! These are not your usual Power Rankings. I’m not your everyday NFL analyst who throws his bias into how he ranks teams. I use a formula developed over many years and this is all about numbers. Please remember that Power Rankings are reactive and not predictive. This is where the teams stand following the previous weeks’ games. These rankings and the formulas and bonuses used to compile them are even for all teams.

Bottom Line: If you are a top 5 team playing a bottom 5 team and you win by a point or lose straight up, you will be penalized. If you win big, the rewards will boost you in the rankings.

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Today in Detroit Sports History: In 1951, Joe Louis fights for the last time

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Joseph Louis Barrow. Joe Louis. Mahogany Mauler. The Brown Bomber. Call him what you want, Joe Louis was one of the great boxing champions of all time, and he made Detroit his home.

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The Brown Bomber was born in a rural area of Alabama to a sharecropper and his wife. One of eight children, Louis never really knew his father, who was committed to a mental institution when Joe was only two. The family made their way to Detroit in 1926, after a gang of white men that belonged to the Ku Klux Klan terrorized them. Thus shaped the will in Louis to fight and to be part of the civil rights movement.

Louis was a poor student who had a speech impediment and struggled in school.  He started to hang out at a local youth recreation center where he learned to box. In 1932, at the age of 17, Louis made his amateur debut. Louis, barely literate at the time, wrote his name so large that he couldn’t fit in his last name. He was, from then on, forever known as Joe Louis. In 1933, Joe won the Detroit Area Golden Gloves and in ’34 it was the United States Amateur Championship at the AAU tournament in St. Louis. Joe Louis finished his amateur career with a 50-3 record, tallying 43 knockouts.

As a professional boxer, Louis won 66 of 69 bouts and knocked out 52 fighters. His Heavyweight Championship reign began in 1937 when he knocked out James J. Braddock. It ended in 1949 when he retired at the age of 34. Still the longest reign of any heavyweight champion in the post-bare-knuckle era.

After his first retirement, Louis realized he was broke due to tax issues and decided to fight again. He lost his first match against Ezzard Charles.  After beating a few club level pugilists, Louis signed on to fight Rocky Marciano on October 26, 1951. It would be his final fight. He was pummeled for the better part of the fight and finally knocked through the ropes in the eighth. His career was over.

Joe Louis was a fighter, both in life and the ring. He was a central figure in the Detroit civil rights movement and he was generous to a fault. Even after his professional career ended, he traveled the country fighting in exhibition bouts to delight fans.

In his adopted hometown of Detroit, his name is adorned on the Red Wings’ former home and he has a memorial dedicated to him called ‘The Fist’. His reach was felt all over the world as he was a central figure in breaking the color barrier. He was the first African-American invited to play in a PGA Tour event as an amateur. He was also the first boxer to be honored on a postage stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

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Joe Louis passed away on April 12, 1981, at the age of 66. He will forever be known as one of the greatest boxers of all-time and his influence on the sport and culture will never die.

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