Detroit Lions 2017 Season Prediction

Detroit Lions 2017 Season Prediction

2017 Detroit Lions Predictions

The Detroit Lions training camp has come and gone and the preseason is underway. Some Lions fans are looking at the season with optimism, while others warn to not get too invested because it’s still the same old Lions.

The team has some strong offensive weapons but many had hoped that Bob Quinn would bring in some additional help this past off-season. They will have opportunities next off-season however as many offensive free agents could be on the market. If the Lions bring in Sammy Watkins or Jimmy Graham as targets for Matthew Stafford, this could be the start of a super-offense forming.

With that being said, today, we’re going to be looking at the current Lions’ team and schedule along with key points for each game, and a prediction.

A few key injuries have already impacted the Lions season, so these predictions are what one writer believes will happen as of August 19, 2017.

Detroit Lions 2017 Season Prediction

Week 1 vs. Arizona Cardinals/September 10th, 2017

The Lions will start off their 2017 season with a doozy of a game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are a quality team and most likely a playoff team, which means that this is no easy game for the Lions. Matthew Stafford will have to continue his play from last year before he injured his thumb. It would be nice for Stafford to get a few pushover games to get back into the feel of things, but unfortunately, that’s not how the season will start.

Prediction: Cardinals 31, Lions 38

Week 2, @ New York Giants/September 18, 2017

The Lions will take on another good team in the New York Giants in Week 2. The Lions offense usually seems to have trouble when they have to take on the Giant defense. Matthew Stafford can’t beat teams by himself; the Lions will have to establish some sort of ground attack against New York. They will have to hold on to the ball and not be sloppy because the Giants can make them pay if they slip up.

Prediction: Lions 20, Giants 24

Week 3, vs. Atlanta Falcons/September 24, 2017

The Lions will have a 3rd straight game that will test the team when they take on the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons. Despite everything that happened in the second half of the Superbowl and the constant joking at their expense, the Atlanta Falcons were a very good team last year. And they are expected to be the same this season; no team reaches the Superbowl by fluke. The Lions defense will take on one of their toughest tests of the season in Week 3. The Lions offense should be able to do relatively well against the Falcons, but it doesn’t matter if the Lions can’t shut down players like Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.

Prediction: Falcons 38, Lions 24

Week 4, @ Minnesota Vikings/October 1st, 2017

The Lions will battle their first NFC North rival of the 2017 season, taking on the Vikings on the first day of October. The Vikings started last season 5-0 and looked like they might cruise to an NFC North Championship. Unfortunately for Minnesota, they ended up losing 8 of their last 11 games and finishing 3rd behind the Packers and the Lions. They have a quality team this year, but most likely just about the same talent level as last year. A big thing that the Vikings need to be successful is consistency, and the Lions job is to disrupt that consistency on both sides of the ball.

Prediction: Lions 31, Vikings 27

Week 5, vs. Carolina Panthers/October 8th, 2017

The Lions will take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 5 of the season. The Panthers season this year is a variable. It depends on the health of Cam Newton and some other key players. Anything could happen for Carolina this year. Almost the same is true for the Lions. The defense will have to loom large and put pressure on Newton. The offensive line will have to hold their own against the Panthers D-Line and Linebackers.

Prediction: Panthers 10, Lions 24

Week 6, @ New Orleans Saints/October 15, 2017

The Lions in Saints will clash in Week 6. Whenever the Lions and Saints meet, the offenses thrive. Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford duel, and it normally comes down to whoever turns the ball over too many times. The defenses will have to do all they can do to try to give the ball back to their offenses, and injuries in the first 5 weeks will have a big effect on this game.

Prediction: Lions 35, Saints 27

Week 8, vs. Pittsburgh Steelers/October 29, 2017

The Lions will play another tough game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the best teams in the AFC. The Lions’ defense will be crucial in this game. The outcome almost completely relies on what kind of a day the Lions’ D is having. The Steelers have 3 dynamic offensive players in Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell that the Lions will have to key in on. It is necessary that the Lions hold at least 2/3 of those guys to a decent or bad game in order to win.

Prediction: Steelers 34, Lions 28

Week 9, @ Green Bay Packers/November 6, 2017

The Lions will travel to tough Lambeau Field to take on their hated NFC North rival, the Green Bay Packers. No matter what kind of season that they’re having, the Packers always seem to have the Lions number. The Lions haven’t beaten the Packers twice in one season since 1991 when the Lions won the North and lost in the NFC Championship. Detroit has lost 3 straight to the Pack, dating back to December 2015. The Lions seemed to have a tight grip on the NFC North last year heading into the last few weeks of the season, before the Packers “ran the table”, beating the Lions in Detroit in Week 17 and winning their 5th division championship in the last 6 years.

The Lions will have to endure the weather conditions and the Packers’ fans bearing down on them as well as the Packers themselves to win this game. It will be tough, and the Lions will need players to step up on both sides of the ball.

Prediction: Lions 24, Packers 31

Week 10, vs. Cleveland Browns/November 12, 2017

The Lions will take on the lowly Browns in Week 10. This is a good game for the Lions to come home to after playing the Packers in Green Bay. The Lions should be able to take this one pretty easily from the Browns, but in the NFL and all sports, you always have to take your opponent seriously. You never know what could happen. The Lions will have to play their game and protect the football while working the clock efficiently. Everything should be fine for Detroit.

Prediction: Browns 10, Lions 38

Week 11, @ Chicago Bears/November 19, 2017

The Lions will take on another NFC North rival when they play the Bears in Chicago in Week 11. The Lions will get a second game in a row that they really should be able to handle quite easily. But, as stated earlier, you can’t afford to underestimate an opponent. The Lions lost a very winnable game to the Bears 17-14 in their first meeting last year. Once again, the Lions will have to play at their own pace and protect the ball, which they should be able to do pretty easily.

Prediction: Lions 35, Bears 7

Week 12, vs. Minnesota Vikings/November 23, 2017

The Lions will meet with the Vikings in the 2nd meeting of the season in Week 12. The Lions will have to replicate their Week 4 effort but later in the season. When you get deeper into the season, however, injuries become a factor. There are other variables that could affect the Lions and Vikings in this game too. Turnovers will be a big factor in this game. Since both teams have seen each other and know what to expect, whoever gets more opportunities to score is going to be pivotal.

Prediction: Vikings 14, Lions 17

Week 13, @ Baltimore Ravens/December 3, 2017

The Lions will take on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13. The Ravens may have been an intimidating team in the recent past, but things have changed. The Ravens have slowly dropped off since their Superbowl title in 2013, which was also the same year that Detroit and Baltimore clashed last. The Lions defense will have to shut down the Ravens’ offense, while the offense will have to give the defense a lead to work with. The Ravens are a beatable team, but they can be dangerous.

Prediction: Lions 34, Ravens 14

Week 14, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers/December 10, 2017

The Lions will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Bucs in a late-season pivotal game. The Lions are going to need to win games late in the season if they want to make the playoffs. Jameis Winston will have to be pressured all the time, and the Lions job is to keep him in the pocket and not let him escape. The Lions will also have to cover Mike Evans well, and not let him effect or take over the game.

Prediction: Lions 24, Buccaneers 28

Week 15, vs. Chicago Bears/December 16, 2017

The Lions will play the Bears at home for their second and final meeting of the year. The Lions should be able to handle the Bears at home, but just like the earlier meeting, you can never underestimate your opponents in the NFL. The Bears may have made some starting lineup changes since Week 11, so the Lions will have to adjust to that. They will also have to stop sophomore running back Jordan Howard, who was the brightest spot on the entire Bears roster last year.

Prediction: Bears 10, Lions 31

Week 16, @ Cincinnati Bengals/December 24, 2017

The Lions will battle the Bengals on Christmas Eve in Week 16. The Bengals are normally a fringe playoff team, but they struggled last year going 6-9-1. The Bengals have potential to be better this season, with Andy Dalton under center and an improved running game. The Lions defensive line will be pivotal in this game in stopping the run and putting pressure a Dalton to not let him get quality passes off.

Prediction: Lions 30, Bengals 21

Week 17, vs. Green Bay Packers/December 31, 2017

The Lions and Packers will meet for the 2nd time in the season on the last day of 2017. This game will most likely be the most important of the Lions’ season and has the possibility to carry an NFC North Championship to the winner. Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford will be very important in this game. Both defenses will be facing a quarterback who can heavily impact a game at any point. Aaron Rodgers seems to give Detroit’s defense fits, so it’s important that they figure out how to shut him down.

Prediction: Packers 31, Lions 35

NFC North Finish:

1st-Detroit Lions(11-5, Make Playoffs)

2nd-Green Bay Packers(10-6, NFC Wildcard)

3rd-Minnesota Vikings(8-8, Miss Playoffs)

4th-Chicago Bears(2-14, Miss Playoffs)

Michigan Football’s Four Most Important Players – #1

Michigan Football’s Four Most Important Players – #1

#1- Wilton Speight

In our countdown of the four most important players for Michigan football this season, Wilton Speight comes in at number one.

When Wilton Speight threw an interception on his first pass of the 2016 season, things didn’t look so great for the first year starter. After sitting behind Iowa transfer, Jake Rudock, Harbaugh didn’t lose faith in Speight.

In 2016, Speight threw for 2,538, 18 TD’s and 7 interceptions.

This season will be a transition period for Speight and the Michigan offense. Michigan loses its top offensive weapons including Jehu Chesson, Amara Darboh and Jake Butt. Michigan will depend heavily on standout WR recruits Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tarik Black and also on running back Chris Evans.

It would have been interesting to see how Speight could’ve ended the 2016 campaign, without an injury to his collarbone.

Speight, a senior, will be relied on heavily to help the young guys learn the offense.

Look for Speight to have a great senior season eclipsing the 3,000 yard marker and the 20 TD plateau.

In conclusion, it is imperative for Speight to stay healthy, in order for Michigan to get where they wanna go. Speight must have an improved season if Michigan has plans to beat Ohio State and make it to the CFP.

Hope everyone is ready for the opener against the Florida Gators on Saturday.

Michigan Football’s Four Most Important Players – #1

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Detroit Pistons 2017 Draft Results

Detroit Pistons 2017 Draft Results

The Detroit Pistons selected Luke Kennard with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Detroit Pistons 2017 Draft Results

Kennard played college basketball at the University of Duke. He played for two years under coach Mike Krzyzewski. Kennard is originally from Franklin, OH where he played high school basketball at Franklin High School.

Freshman Season

During the 2015-2016 season, Kennard averaged just over 11 points a game for the Blue Devils. He shot 42 percent from the field and only 31 percent from three-point range. As a freshman, Kennard averaged 26 minutes a game.

Sophomore Season

The 2016-2017 season for Kennard was much different. He averaged 19.5 points a game and shot nearly 50 percent from the field. His biggest jump in production was his three-point percentage. In his sophomore season, Kennard shot just over 43 percent from three-point range.

Impact

He brings value to the Detroit Pistons. Kennard can shoot from long range, an area where Detroit struggled last season. The Pistons finished 28th in the NBA in three-point percentage. The league has transitioned toward the more three-point shooting and it can define a team’s success offensively. The best teams in the NBA shoot from the long range more often and more successfully.

It’s hard to say what Kennard can do for this team immediately. He’ll be playing off the bench and most likely be backing up Kentavious-Caldwell Pope. Detroit can’t really expect a lot out of him considering he will have a limited role.

Overall, this was the right move by the Detroit Pistons. Considering they didn’t make any moves, Detroit had to improve in their weakest area as a team. Kennard has good size for a guard at 6’5 and is a sharpshooter. Coach Stan Van Gundy will be able to rely on him to come off the bench and give him meaningful minutes. Luke Kennard was the safest pick for the Detroit Pistons in this year’s draft.