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ESPN’s power rankings are out, and the Lions are ranked #26 out of 32 football teams. That’s a 1 spot improvement over last week despite a loss. It’s clear the Lions are a much better team this season than they were last year, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone when they come away with 4 or 5 wins this year. I see several teams ranked better than the Lions who are not nearly as good this year. The Bills, at #25, would lose to the Lions. I guarantee that. The Lions won’t be playoff contenders this season, but they also won’t be contending for one of the top 5 draft picks next year. There are so many terrible teams in football, the Lions are actually in a class above the bottom dwellers.
The Lions game against the Redskins this weekend will not be shown on many local TV stations as the NFL has implemented its blackout rule because the team failed to sellout the game. Over 10,000 tickets remain unsold. The Lions 19 game losing streak is the second longest in NFL history, although I know at least one analyst is picking them to break that streak this week. I don’t see why not, they’d played well for about a half last week against the Vikings, and the Vikings are a much better team than the Redskins. At the very least, we won’t have to stop Adrian Peterson this week.
I thought this was our week. We even jumped out to a quick lead over the Vikings. In the end, it’s just one more week of misery for us Lions fans. Oh well, here’s a video of some drunk women who were at the game and had to be escorted out by police. This was the best action I saw all day.
I’ve got to make one shocking upset pick every week, and I figured the Lions are about due for one. The Lions take on the division rival Minnesota Vikings this week, and I think they will shock the NFL world with an upset victory. There are a few reasons why I think this scenario will happen: the Lions are at home, where they did as well last season as they did on the road (hardy har har), Brett Favre is overrated and so are the Vikings, and the Vikings defense looked terrible in week 1. This game will be close, but for once it will be the Lions that find a way to win in the last minutes. It will be the Lions first regular season win since 2007.
I know some of you like to follow your favorite players on Twitter or their own personal blogs, so I thought I’d give everyone a heads up that running back Kevin Smith is now blogging. I’ve also been following his Tweets, and he’s predicting the Lions make the playoffs this season and saying that Matthew Stafford is already really good (as if we didn’t know that).
The Lions have landed themselves on the dubious list of the NFL’s Worst Franchises, according to famed sports blog The Big Lead. It’s been a decade since the Lions last made the playoffs, and they haven’t even been close to contending in recent years. The last time they won a division title: 1993! Let’s do a Dolphin-esque turnaround this year and shove it down The Big Lead’s throat!
It’s no secret that the Lions could use help at just about every position on defense. Lucky for them, they have an additional pick in the 1st round other than their #1 overall. At #19, Sports Illustrated is predicting the Lions will go with defensive end Everette Brown out of Florida State. Brown will be an instant upgrade at 6′4″ and 250+ pounds, and I think the Lions would be getting good value for their pick if Brown is still around at this point in the 1st round.
Jim Schwartz does not want to be anything like his predecessor, Matt Millen. That’s why Sports Illustrated thinks the Lions will choose offensive tackle Andre Smith from Alabama instead of Matthew Stafford from Georgia with the first pick of the 2009 NFL draft. The Lions could use Stafford, but picking a proven lineman is an almost sure-fire way to build back an organization that won exactly zero games this season. Millen was best-known for picking wide receivers with top picks every year, despite the lack of a decent quarterback to throw to them, or a decent line to protect that not-yet-decent quarterback. You’ve got to build these teams from the foundation up, and Andre Smith is a strong foundation player.
The Lions are obviously looking over all of their options as they search for a head coach that can lead them to a win next season, but as of now the the top candidate is Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. Garrett was unable to get his offense to lead the Cowboys into the playoffs this season, which makes him a great choice for a team that hasn’t won a game since 2007.