Here’s a look at the NFL team preview for the Detroit Lions:

Detroit Lions

Coaching Staff: 

  • Head Coach– Matt Patricia (1st season)
  • Offensive Coordinator– Jim Bob Cooter (5th year)
  • Defensive Coordinator– Paul Pasqualoni (1st year)
  • Special Teams– Joe Marciano (4th year)

ODDS TO WIN:

  • NFC Championship- 15/1
  • Super Bowl- 60/1
  • Over/Under Win Totals- 8

Last 4 Season Win Totals:

  • 2014- 11
  • 2015- 7
  • 2016- 9
  • 2017- 9

The Offense

Quarterbacks:

Matthew Stafford’s quarterback career took off about the same time offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter showed up. He became the second-rated passer on tosses that traveled 20 yards or further. Also, he was sacked the second highest in the league. One item that Stafford must improve upon is taking care of the football. 14-yr veteran Matt Cassel is the backup QB.

Running Backs:

Free agent signing of LeGarrette Blount and the trading up to get Kerryon Johnson out of Auburn will be a big help to a team that struggled last year in running the ball. Ameer Abdullah has been the primary running target and the Lions were last in the NFL in rushing. It has been 68 games since the Lions have had a 100-yd rusher.

Receivers:

Golden Tate was impressive. He gained more yards after the catch than any receiver in pro football. There was no other receiver that averaged more yards per catch than Marvin Jones Jr. Kenny Golladay led all rookies with more 40-yard receptions than any other. This is a good receiving corps.

Offensive Linemen:

Last year in the draft the Lions added a left tackle and a left guard and the entire unit of linemen didn’t do very well/ Several players had injuries such as Taylor Decker and Bob Quinn. Detroit selected Frank Ragnow from Arkansas to help the offensive line.

The Defense

Defensive Linemen:

The entire Detroit defense ended the season as the 27th best in the NFL. They have to do better. They lacked the ability to pressure the quarterback. In fact, they only did it 25% of the time. Sylvester Williams was signed as a free agent and Da’Shawn Hand was selected in the fourth round of the draft.

Linebackers:

Coach Patricia has stated publicly he will change the scheme to a four linebacker look. Jarrad Davis returns to cement this squad and Devon Kennard was picked up to help the pass rush.

Secondary:

This may be a strength. Darius Slay became a Pro Bowler as he led the NFL in interceptions. Teez Tabor, Nevin Lawson, and Jamal Agnew all return along with safety Glover Quinn.

Special Teams

The punt returning is in the hands of Jamal Agnew and the kicker hob is solid with Matt Prater. When healthy, Sam Martin is the punter as he returns from health issues. Don Muhlbach is the long snapper and he hasn’t had a bad snap in 15 years.

The Schedule

Preseason Schedule:

August 10-  Raiders   AWAY   10:30 PM

August 17- NY Giants  AWAY   7 PM

August 24-  Buccaneers   AWAY  8 PM

August 30-   Browns   HOME   7 PM

Regular Season Schedule:

(all games Eastern time)

September 10-   NY Jets   HOME   7:10 PM

September 16-   49’ers     AWAY      4:05 PM

September 23-   Patriots   HOME   8:20 PM

September 30-    Cowboys  AWAY  1 PM

October 7-    Packers   HOME   1 PM

October 14-    BYE WEEK

October 21-    Dolphins   AWAY  1 PM

October 28-    Seahawks   HOME  1 PM

November 4-    Vikings    AWAY   1 PM

November 11- Bears        AWAY   1 PM

November 18-   Panthers  HOME   1 PM

November 22-  Bears     HOME   1 PM

December 2-   LA Rams   HOME  1 PM

December 9-   Cardinals   AWAY   4:25 PM

December 16-   Bills    AWAY    1 PM

December 23-   Vikings   HOME   1 PM

December 30-  Packers   AWAY   1 PM

Other Information

Owner- Martha Firestone Ford

General Manager- Rod Wood

Phone-313-216-4000

Website- www.detroitlions.com

Stadium- Ford Field (DOME)

Capacity-b64,500

Surface- Field Turf

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