Detroit Lions Preview
The Detroit Lions are at it again. They rid themselves of the Mad Scientist Mike Martz so maybe they will have a little more balance in their offense. They still have that Matt Millen fella hanging around. I’m not sure what it would take for him to get canned. I guess at least it gives us something to talk about.
Offensively the Lions are hoping Calvin Johnson can stay healthy and bring his preseason explosiveness into the real games. He was slowed by a back injury for much of last year, but has looked great thus far. He forms a dynamic duo with Roy Williams that should allow Jon Kitna to post solid numbers. They have good complimentary receivers in Mike Furrey and Shaun McDonald. On the ground they drafted Kevin Smith out of UCF. He’ll team with Tatum Bell to give the Lions a decent 1-2 punch.
Defensively this team was a mess last year. They gave up passing yards like the people on the Strip handing out those Call Girl cards. Ernie Sims and Paris Lenon made a solid 1-2 punch at Linebacker. They both tallied over 100 tackles last year. Shaun Rogers moved onto Cleveland so DeWayne White and Jared DeVries will be asked to put pressure on the QB.
I expect another season in the cellar for the Lions. The rest of the division sports solid defenses, one thing that Detroit clearly lacks. If they can claw their way to 7 Wins, I’d be impressed.
Fantasy-wise the Lions have some options. Jon Kitna is a great backup and borderline starter given the pair of dandy wideouts he has in Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams. I expect Calvin Johnson to outperform Roy this year. Kevin Smith could provide them with a weapon out of the backfield, which is something that’s been missing in year’s past. If you’re in a large league, Tatum Bell is worth a flier, but I’d keep him on the waiver wire in smaller leagues. Don’t go anywhere near that Defense except to start everyone that faces them.