Hello, my fellow quarantined friends! I hope this finds you well, or well-ish!
Because it’s Draft week, I was going to go around to the various teams that I cover for OTFB to find out who wants who, what needs were, etc. However, because I’m in grad school, and finishing up the semester, and working at home, and helping my kids with virtual school, oh yeah, and potty training a new puppy, that didn’t quite happen!
But – I was able to talk to Minnesota Vikings fan, John (@MikeZimmersEars), and Detroit Lions fan, Kevin (@4Lawson4) a couple of weeks ago to get their thoughts on what they think their respective team will do, and what they think their team’s biggest need is.
The Super Bowl is officially 2 weeks old. Congratulations to Kansas City, but… the football world has already moved on. As Kate mentioned in her article about quarterbacks last week, the free agency frenzy and the trade block rumors have already started and it is at full steam.
While yes, the draft is just a few months away and we are seeing plenty of articles and mock drafts online, the focus has definitely turned to who is available via trade. We know the free agents traditionally go with who throws them the biggest amount of cash, which I’m all for, but trades are a little different. A surprising trade… now that makes a splash!
Ok ok, you’re right. Trade rumors usually start early and can often be ridiculous. I mean, it’s almost like a game to see who can come up with the most insane trade.
After two pretty awful looking games, the Lions were facing the New England Patriots. Exactly what the doctor did NOT order.
The Patriots were coming off of a loss to Jacksonville on the road and the word was that quarterback Tom Brady was irritated. And that’s never a good sign. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah was ruled out for the game. Cornerback Darius Slay‘s status was unsure going into the game due to an injury from last week.
The Patriots were also dealing with some injuries of their own. Safety Patrick Chung, CB Eric Rowe, and defensive lineman Trey Flowers were all out for the game. So, the Lions actually had a chance. Slim, but still a chance. It was amazing, actually, once the game got started to see what was taking place.
Week 9 found the Lions in Green Bay. In the past 25 years or so, the Lions really haven’t fared well there. Quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers have pretty much had the Lions number. Well, this time it was a little different.
Rodgers went out week 6 with a collarbone injury and has the potential to be out the rest of the year. That means the Lions had a chance. They would have to handle their business though. Handle it they did. The Lions came into Lambeau, took the lead 7-0 in the first and never looked back. And you know what else? The Lions never had to punt. When was the last time that happened? It was 1971, in case you were curious.
The sad thing is, this tweet pretty much sums up this game for the Lions. After coming off the bye week and the Lions getting healthy, it was thought that the Lions could give this Pittsburgh Steeler team a run for its money, and actually win. This team had been trending up, despite losing a close one to the Panthers, and trying to complete the comeback against the Saints. Welllll….not so much.
The Lions went 0-5 in the red zone last night, and as the tweet said, zero touchdowns. Lets be honest. You are literally going nowhere in this league if you’re not scoring touchdowns. Not sure if the Lions got that memo or not. After getting down to the 1 yard line early in the 3rd quarter with Pittsburgh ahead 13-12, the Lions went for it on 4th down, and came away without points.
Coming off of a loss at home to the Carolina Panthers, the Lions get to travel to New Orleans to take on the New Orleans Saints. I decided to chat with an old friend, Greg Barber. Greg is a huge Saints fan. We’ve had him on our podcasts and webcasts before, and it’s always fun getting to talk to Greg! Then at the end, he switched it up and asked me some questions! Continue reading “Previewing Lions vs Saints”→
For this edition of #PrideReport, I decided to try something new. Can’t say that it will happen every game, but I figured I’d try it out and see how you liked it. Hit me up and let me know what you think!
Aaron Freeman (@Falcfans) who is the host of Locked on Falcons Podcast and co-host of the @FalconsPFC podcast, was nice enough to chat with me, and let me ask him some questions about Sunday’s game against the Falcons. It is early, but at the same time, it’s a pretty good test for the Lions to see if they really are who we think they can be!
Me: What one thing do you think the Falcons have to do to get a win??
Aaron: Stick with their identity. Which is being aggressive on both sides of the ball. They have an explosive offense that thrives off pushing the ball down the field with play-action passing. And their defense is as fast and athletic as they come in the NFL, so not being afraid to get physical at the line of scrimmage with the Lions wide recievers and also mixing in a healthy dose of blitzes to help offset the absence of [linebacker] Vic Beasley are good ways to continue that aggression on defense.
Me: Yeah, good ol [Falcon’s Head Coach Dan Quinn] DQ is really turning your defense into a machine out there. The Lions defense really came around Monday night against the Giants. We know that the Falcons are a little but better, but…Do you see the Lions defense taking [quarterback] Matt Ryan off his game and maybe losing some of that identity???
Aaron: It’s possible given some of the question marks the Falcons have on the right side of their O-line. [Right tackle] Ryan Schraeder might miss the game with a concussion and the Falcons already were trying to overcome new starting [right guard] Wes Schweitzer after a rough performance in Wk 1 vs. the Bears. If Schraeder misses the game, his replacement (either right tackle Ty Sambrailo or right tackle Austin Pasztor) could cause the right side of the OL to be an area where the Lions choose to exploit with stunts and blitzes to catch the two least experienced starters on the team unaware, pressure Ryan and slow down this Falcons offense.