Friday, August 14, 2009

NFL Preview Show Extravaganza: Detroit Lions

So what do you do when you go an entire season without winning? How would you feel about it, knowing that you didn't win a single game? Recently I've started using the saying "it could be worse, I could be a Lions fan." It gets laughs, but I'm serious. There can't be a worse thing in this country than to be a fan of the Lions...okay maybe I'm exaggerating, but give me credit.

The last time the Lions went winless in a season was 1942. Those are the only two times in the team's history. So you know, 26 straight losses is the record. If they go 0-10 to start the season, the Lions will break the record.

The Lions last win came on December 23, 2007. The Lions have gone two Christmas' without a win. In 2008, they gave up 532 points on defense, worst in the NFL. The closest the Lions got to a win in 2008 was when they lost by two points to the Minnesota Vikings.

Changes were made in the offseason. Out went Rod Marinelli and in came Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. I expect a lot of Spaceballs references this season.

Also new for the Lions this season is the quarterback. Top overall pick Matthew Stafford, who is already receiving a big paycheck, despite not taking a snap in the NFL. Stafford will be under a lot of pressure to take Detroit out of the cellar.

The last time the Lions went for a quarterback in the first round, it was Joey Harrington. I'm fairly certain Lions fans don't want to be reminded about how that experiment turned out. (FUN FACT: Joey Harrington is fifth in Lions history in passing touchdowns with 60).

The Lions don't need to do very much to have a better season. They don't need to win the Super Bowl or even make it to the playoffs. They don't need to go 8-8 or 7-9. All the Lions need to really do is win one game. They could go 1-15, but it would still beat going 0-16.

Time for those yearbook style questions:

Most Offensive Player (Offense MVP): Calvin Johnson
Most Defensive Player (Defense MVP): Ernie Sims
Best New Guy (Top Rookie): Brandon Pettigrew (Yep, I am not going with Stafford on this one)
Best Twitter Page: Phillip Buchanon
Team Song: Grand Funk Railroad- Locomotion (I went there! They can get Detroit Rock City next year if they win six games)
Coolest Names (Top 3): Larry Foote, Aveion Cason, Stuart Schweigert
Most Likely to Succeed (Team MVP): Calvin Johnson
In 2009, the Lions will go: 5-11

Next week, we'll focus on the NFC East...Oh and we will have a book club interview.

Enjoy your weekend of playing Madden. I know I will...

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