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|Colours:||Honolulu blue & silver|
|Hall of Famers:||Joe Schmidt, Dick LeBeau, Alex Karras, Lem Barney, Yale Lary, Lou Creekmur, Barry Sanders, Charlie Sanders, Bobby Layne, Alex Wojciechowicz, Dutch Clark, Jack Christiansen, Dick “Night Train” Lane, Doak Walker, Dick Stanfel, Bill Dudley & Frank Gatski|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||None|
|Rivals:||Green Bay Packers|
|Legends:||Barry Sanders, Joe Schmidt, Bobby Layne, Calvin Johnson, Lem Barney, Doak Walker, Jack Christiansen, Alex Karras, Herman Moore, Dick “Night Train” Lane, Jason Hanson, Yale Lary,Dick LeBeau, Lou Creekmur & Dutch Clark|
|Retired Numbers:||7, 20, 22, 37, 56 & 85|
|Super Bowl Championships:||0|
|1st 2021 Draft Pick:||#7 – Penei Sewell|
|2021 Power Ranking:||28|
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If the Lions faithful could go back in time they would, as the most recent seasons for Lions fans are ones to forget as they have made the playoffs just three times since 2010, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom for Detroit.
The Lions began their journey as the Portsmouth Spartans (playing under the name from 1930-1933) after a Detroit businessman acquired the franchise from Portsmouth and relocated them to Detroit, so the city could have a football team, after years of failure previously.
The Lions had their most successful years throughout the 1930s and 1950s, as they won four NFL championships (before the Super Bowl) winning their first one in 1935 in their second season under the Lion’s name as well as winning three in the 50s (1952 and 1953) with their last taste of being champions in 1957. During that time frame they also claimed four division titles.
Despite only making the playoffs once throughout the 60s and 70s (they made the playoffs in 1970, losing in the divisional round to the Dallas Cowboys) the Lions couldn’t capitalise on their ‘golden generation’ which included Hall of Famers, Yale Lary (who had two stints his first from 1952-53 and his second from 1956-1964), Joe Smchimdt (1967-1972), Lem Barney (1967-1977) and Dick “Night Train” Lane (1960-1965), as majority of them couldn’t help the Lions reach the playoffs multiple times.
Fast forward to the 80s and they started to give hope as they made the playoffs in 1982 and 1983, but it was the 1983 season that finally ended a long drought. The Lions finally ended a 26 year drought in 1983, when they claimed the NFC Central division, their first title of any note since their NFL championship in 1957, earning them a shot in the divisional round of the playoffs, but went down to San Francisco by one point.
The Lions didn’t see any playoff action for the rest of the 80s, although it may have seemed like it was a dark period, things started to look slightly better when they picked up future Hall of Famer running back Barry Sanders in the 1989 draft with pick No. 3. Sanders had an illustrious career with the Lions throughout his nine year stint, as he played 153 games, rushed 15,269, and scored 99 touchdowns.
Sanders proved to be the spark the Lions needed as they entered the new decade. The 90s could be seen as one of the most successful seasons the franchise has had since the 1950s, as they made the playoffs in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1999.
However, it was the 1991 season, led by Sanders, that was special in the hearts of Lions fans. The Lions ended the 1991 season with a 14-2 record, as they claimed the division title.
But it was in the playoffs that ended a 34 year drought when they won their first playoff match since 1957, against the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round, as they made it to their maiden championship game for the first time in their history, but fell to Washington.
Sanders led the team to the division title again in 1993, after a 10-6 win loss record, but only managed to make it to a wild card playoff in which they lost to Green Bay Packers. The rest of the decade saw the side stumble out in the wildcard playoffs.
There was not much to cheer about in the 2000s as they missed the playoffs each year, but it was in 2008 that the Lions suffered a disastrous season going winless as they finished with a 0-16 record. Since 2010 the Lions have appeared in the wildcard playoffs in 2011, 2014 and 2016, with their most recent a 26-6 defeat to Seattle.
The Lions faithful have been waiting 63 years and counting for their team to be crowned NFL champions since they last had that tag in 1957, which is also the second longest drought in NFL history (the Arizona Cardinals have the longest drought as their last championship was in 1947, as they have waited 73 years and counting).
After four straight years of missing the playoffs and a combined 8-23-1 record over the 2019 and 2020 seasons, Detroit decided to trade disgruntled star QB, Matt Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in the 2021 offseason. In return they received LA’s QB Jared Goff along with two first round picks and a third round pick.
The Lions finally let Matt Stafford move on and appear to be a young, transitioning team behind tough new coach Dan Campbell. After a season that saw them go 5-11, most of the front office was fired with former head coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn out in week 12.
With a new coach and new sense of optimism, the Lions look to start their rebuild once again in 2021. The question with this team is whether or not they will show enough promise to give the Lions fans hope going into the future.
The Lions have continuously made bad moves in the front office firing good coaches and hiring bad coaches, as well as poor personnel decisions. The Matt Patricia experiment didn’t work in Detroit as the Lions tried their best to replicate the Patriots’ success. Now they find themselves with new coach Dan Campbell and new GM Brad Holmes.
Dan Campbell is a fiery former player who has gained a lot of respect around the league both as a player and a coach. Campbell started his NFL career as a tight end before retiring and becoming the Dolphins tight end coach. From there he found himself as the interim head coach after Adam Gase was fired. After a 4 year stint in New Orleans, Campbell was offered the head coaching job at the Lions.
GM Brad Holmes has been tasked with putting the right pieces around Campbell to win now and more importantly build for the future. This offseason, the front office have made a huge number of changes.The first involves getting rid of long tenured Lion Matt Stafford and bringing in young Jared Goff. The Lions also got rid of a lot of their other aging veterans, like Darius Slay, Damon Harrison and Mike Daniels.
To replace them they added Halapoulivaati Vaitai, and Michael Brockers among many other pieces. These additions will not take the Lions to the Super Bowl, and the team is now filled with young, developing players who will have growing pains this season. Don’t expect too much from this rebuilding Lions team.
The offense doesn’t look great this year. The Lions got rid of their franchise quarterback who carried their offense for years, meaning that this year we will likely see a Lions offense significantly worse than previous Lions offenses. Although Jared Goff has shown the ability to lead a high powered offense, as he did with the Rams, this required an elite supporting cast and genius offensive mind. He has neither in Detroit.
The wide receiver group is one of the worst, if not the worst in the league. Their number 1 receiver is Tyrell Williams, who last played in 2019 with the Raiders. They also have Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond. At tight end, they have the hyper talented TJ Hockenson, who is a top 10 tight end in the NFL and should provide Goff with a good safety blanket target, as well as the underrated Darren Fells.
Overall, despite the strength at the tight end position, the lack of real talent at the receiver position is worrying to say the least. Without a potent passing attack, the run game may have to take the lead. With D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams, the backs might actually be able to carry the load.
The top 10 offensive line that the Lions have will also help this run attack flourish. If Goff can somehow elevate his play and the running game can play to its full potential, this offense may not be that bad. But if Goff can’t elevate himself, look for teams to stack the box and give this offense an extremely difficult time.
The Lions were bad last year allowing the most yards and most points in the league. Usually defenses struggle with just the run or just the pass, but this Lions team couldn’t defend either. Most people blame the incompetence of Matt Patricia who provided some awful coaching despite his reputation as a defensive mastermind.
With better coaching this year, this Lions defense should hypothetically be better. However, the unit is filled with a lot of young and inexperienced players who may have growing pains. They will be forced to play some of the most potent and lethal offenses in the league as part of the NFC North.
The secondary looks to be extremely young, with their oldest player, Amani Oruwariye, being just 25 years old. The coaching staff will be throwing this unit in the fire to see who sticks, so this will likely be a unit that struggles as a whole. The secondary will have a slightly easier time covering than last year due to the improved defensive scheme.
There were many times last year where the secondary had to cover opposing players for 5 seconds or more due to the poor pass rush. This would be a hard task even for the best secondaries in the league, So an improved pass rush, led by new defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, should help. The front 7 is the strength of the defense with good veterans in Jamie Collins, Michael Brockers and Trey Flowers.
This group should cause problems in Glenn’s more pressure heavy defensive scheme. This defense will definitely be better than they were last year, but how much better is determined by the play of their young secondary. Overall this Lions team has some hope but a lot of this relies on Goff and their young defense. If those two pieces can’t elevate their play, it will be a long season ahead for the Lions.
The Detroit Lions marginally outplayed their 5-11 record, going 7-9 against the spread in 2020. The Lions won just one of their eight home games but covered in three of them, going 3-5 at home, 4-4 on the road.
Detroit finished with the equal best total points record in the league, 10-6. They were an incredible 6-2 at home and just 4-4 on the road.
The rebuild has been fully embraced and sportsbooks are reflecting that, giving Detroit the equal worst Super Bowl LVI odds of +12500.
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Where do the Detroit Lions play?
The Detroit Lions play their home games at Ford Field.
Who owns the Detroit Lions?
Sheila Ford Hamp will own the Detroit Lions after her mother Martha Firestone Ford stepped down from the role.
Has the Detroit Lions won an NFL Super Bowl?
The Detroit Lions have never won a Super Bowl.
Who is the Detroit Lions coach?
Dan Campbell is head coach of the Detroit Lions. He was hired in the 2021 offseason.
Do the Detroit Lions play tonight?
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What is the Detroit Lions record?
The Detroit Lions finished the 2020 season with a 5-11 record.
Did the Detroit Lions win last night?
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How much is the Detroit Lions worth?
According to Forbes magazine, the Detroit Lions are worth $1.95 billion.
Who do the Detroit Lions play tonight?
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How to watch the Detroit Lions?
You can watch the Detroit Lions on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, DIRECTTV NFL Sunday Ticket and on DetroitLions.com. You can also stream Detroit Lions games on the Lions App, Yahoo sports app,CBS All Access, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, DIRECTTV Sunday Ticket, NFL Sunday ticket, NFL GamePass and NFL Mobile app. You can also listen to coverage on NFL GamePass, Westwood One, TuneIn and Sirius XM.
Will the Detroit Lions make the playoffs this year?
The Detroit Lions did not make the playoffs in the 2020 NFL season after finishing with a 5-11 record.
When do the Detroit Lions play?
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When is the next Detroit Lions game?
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Where did the Detroit Lions finish the season?
The Detroit Lions finished last in the NFC North standings and 14th in the NFC.
How many games did the Detroit Lions win?
The Detroit Lions won five games in the 2020 NFL season.
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