An In Depth Look At The Detroit Lions 2013 Schedule

Sun, Sept. 8  VS Minnesota Vikings

Vikings Head Coach Leslie Fraizer record 16-22

2012 record 10-6 NFC Wild Card berth

Key Losses- LB Jasper Brinkley OG Geoff Schwartz WR Percy Harvin

Key Additions- QB Matt Cassel WR Greg Jennings

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 23(23) S. Floyd DT Florida
1 25(25) X. Rhodes Florida State
1 29(29) C. Patterson WR Tennessee
4 23(120) G. Hodges Penn State
5 22(155) J. Locke UCLA
6 28(196) J. Baca OG UCLA
7 7(213) M. Mauti Penn State
7 8(214) T. Bond OG North Carolina
7 23(229) E. Dawkins DT Florida State

 

 

 

Sun, Sept. 15 AT Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians 9-3 as Interim for Indianapolis Colts in 2o12 technically a rookie

2012 record 5-11

Key Losses- RB Beanie Wells WR Early Doucet

Key Additions- QB Carson Palmer RB Rashard Mendenhall

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 7(7) J. Cooper OG North Carolina
2 13(45) K. Minter LSU
3 7(69) T. Mathieu LSU
4 6(103) A. Okafor DE Texas
4 19(116) E. Watford OG James Madison
5 7(140) S. Taylor RB Stanford
6 6(174) R. Swope WR Texas A&M
6 19(187) A. Ellington RB Clemson
7 13(219) D. Jefferson TE Rutgers

 

 

Sun Sept. 22 AT Washington Redskins

Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan record 21-27

2012 record 10-6 NFC East Division Winner

Key Losses- OT Jammal Brown

Key Additions- WR Devery Henderson WR Donte’ Stallworth

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
2 19(51) D. Amerson North Carolina State
3 23(85) J. Reed TE Florida
4 22(119) P. Thomas Fresno State
5 21(154) C. Thompson RB Florida State
5 29(162) B. Jenkins Florida State
6 23(191) B. Rambo Georgia
7 22(228) J. Jamison RB Rutgers

 

 

Sun, Sept. 29 VS Chicago Bears

Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman Rookie no record

2012 record 10-6

Key Losses- LB Brian Urlacher WR Johnny Knox QB Jason Campbell

Key Additions- TE Martellus Bennett OT Jermon Bushrod

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 20(20) K. Long OG Oregon
2 18(50) J. Bostic Florida
4 20(117) K. Greene Rutgers
5 30(163) J. Mills OT Louisiana Tech
6 20(188) C. Washington DE Georgia
7 30(236) M. Wilson WR Washington State

 

 

 

Sun, Oct. 6 AT Green Bay Packers

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy record 74-38

2012 record 11-5 NFC North Division Winner

Key Losses- WR Donal Driver WR Greg Jennings RB Cedric Benson

Key Additions- None

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 26(26) D. Jones DE UCLA
2 29(61) E. Lacy RB Alabama
4 12(109) D. Bakhtiari OT Colorado
4 25(122) J. Tretter OG Cornell
4 28(125) J. Franklin RB UCLA
5 26(159) M. Hyde Iowa
5 34(167) J. Boyd DT Mississippi State
6 25(193) N. Palmer Illinois State
7 10(216) C. Johnson WR Grand Valley State
7 18(224) K. Dorsey WR Maryland
7 26(232) S. Barrington South Florida

 

 

Sun, Oct. 13 AT Cleveland Browns

Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski Rookie No record

2012 record 5-11

Key Losses- WR Josh Cribbs TE Ben Watson

Key Additions- DE/LB Paul Kruger LB Quentin Groves WR David Nelson

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 6(6) B. Mingo DE LSU
3 6(68) L. McFadden San Diego State
6 7(175) J. Slaughter Notre Dame
7 11(217) A. Bryant DE East Central Oklahoma
7 21(227) G. Gilkey OG Chadron State

 

 

Sun, Oct. 20 VS Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis record 79-80-1

2012 record 10-6 AFC Wild Card

Key Losses- None

Key Additions- None

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 21(21) T. Eifert TE Notre Dame
2 5(37) G. Bernard RB North Carolina
2 21(53) M. Hunt DE Southern Methodist
3 22(84) S. Williams Georgia
4 21(118) S. Porter Texas A&M
5 23(156) T. Hawkinson OT Kansas
6 22(190) R. Burkhead RB Nebraska
6 29(197) C. Hamilton WR Arkansas
7 34(240) R. Fragel OT Ohio State
7 45(251) T. Johnson South Carolina

 

 

Sun, Oct. 27 VS Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett record 21-19

2012 record 8-8

Key Losses- RB Felix Jones

Key Additions- None

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 31(31) T. Frederick Wisconsin
2 15(47) G. Escobar TE San Diego State
3 12(74) T. Williams WR Baylor
3 18(80) J. Wilcox Georgia Southern
4 17(114) B. Webb William & Mary
5 18(151) J. Randle RB Oklahoma State
6 17(185) D. Holloman South Carolina

 

 

 

BYE WEEK

 

 

 

Sun, Nov.10 AT Chicago Bears

 

 

 

Sun, Nov. 17 AT Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin record 63-33

2012 record 8-8

Key Losses- WR Mike Wallace RB Rashard Medenhall

Key Additions- None

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 17(17) J. Jones Georgia
2 16(48) L. Bell RB Michigan State
3 17(79) M. Wheaton WR Oregon State
4 14(111) S. Thomas Syracuse
4 18(115) L. Jones QB Oklahoma
5 17(150) T. Hawthorne Illinois
6 18(186) J. Brown WR Penn State
6 38(206) V. Williams Florida State
7 17(223) N. Williams DT Samford

 

 

Sun, Nov. 24 VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers Head Coach Greag Schiano record 7-9

2012 record 7-9

Key Losses- RB LeGarrete Blount TE Dallas Clark WR Arrelious Benn

Key Additions- S Dashon Goldson CB Darrelle Revis

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
2 11(43) J. Banks Mississippi State
3 11(73) M. Glennon QB North Carolina State
4 3(100) A. Spence DT Illinois
4 29(126) W. Gholston DE Michigan State
5 14(147) S. Means Buffalo
6 21(189) M. James RB Miami (FL)

 

 

Thu, Nov. 28 VS Green Bay Packers

 

 

 

Sun, Dec. 8 AT Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly rookie no record

2012 record 4-12

Key Losses- CB Nnamdi Asomugha DT Cullen Jenkins

Key Additions- CB Cary Williams S Kenny Phillips

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 4(4) L. Johnson OT Oklahoma
2 3(35) Z. Ertz TE Stanford
3 5(67) B. Logan DT LSU
4 1(98) M. Barkley QB USC
5 3(136) E. Wolff North Carolina State
7 6(212) J. Kruger DE Utah
7 12(218) J. Poyer Oregon State
7 33(239) D. King DE Oklahoma

 

 

 

Mon, Dec. 16 VS Baltimore Ravens

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh record 52-26

2012 record 10-6 AFC North Winners

Key Losses- WR Anquan Boldin LB Ray Lewis S Ed Reed C Matt Birk FB Vonte Leach S Bernard Pollard

Key Additions- DL Chris Canty DE Elvis Dummervil S Michael Huff

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 32(32) M. Elam Florida
2 24(56) A. Brown Kansas State
3 32(94) B. Williams DT Missouri Southern State
4 32(129) J. Simon DE Ohio State
4 33(130) K. Juszczyk FB Harvard
5 35(168) R. Wagner OT Wisconsin
6 32(200) K. Lewis-Moore DE Notre Dame
6 35(203) R. Jensen OG Colorado State-Pueblo
7 32(238) A. Mellette WR Elon
7 41(247) M. Anthony California

 

 

Sun, Dec.22 VS New York Giants

Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin record 151-121

2012 record 9-7

Key Losses- RB Ahmad Bradshaw WR Domenik Hixon TE Martellus Bennett

Key Additions- TE Brandon Myers LB Dan Connor

Draft-

RD PK(OVR) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 19(19) J. Pugh OT Syracuse
2 17(49) J. Hankins DT Ohio State
3 19(81) D. Moore DE Texas A&M
4 13(110) R. Nassib QB Syracuse
5 19(152) C. Taylor Richmond
7 19(225) E. Herman OG Ohio
7 47(253) M. Cox RB Massachusetts

 

 

Sun, Dec. 29 AT Minnesota Vikings

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NFL’s 5 Brightest Futures (TEAMS)

 

 

1. Indianapolis Colts – With a Franchise QB in Andrew Luck and basically an offense that really hasn’t missed a beat since Peyton Manning left for the Denver Broncos.

Brightest Players– T.Y. Hilton a complete steal in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft. Small in size, big in plays. Colby Fleener Luck’s college teammate is going to be a very affective TE in this offense. DeWayne Allen maybe an even better TE than Fleener. Colts TE situation is set for some time. On defense the Colts have some nice pieces as well. Vontae Davis was a big upgrade at cornerback. Bjoern Werner is expected to be a quality DE. Veterans Cory Redding and Robert Mathis really fill out the defense nice.

The Biggest Questions– Was last year’s playoff team a product of emotion for coach Chuck Pagano who was fighting cancer? How much of last year’s success was because of Bruce Arians? Will all the free agent additions really improve the team?

 

2. Washington Redskins – Vastly improved team that has a lot of good to very good young core of players.

Brightest PlayersRobert Griffin III showed last season how dynamic he can be. RG3 has a very good arm which because of his elite running speed is often overlooked. Alfred Morris burst onto the scene last year and really tore it up running for 1,613 yards as a rookie. Fred Davis, Pierre Garcon, and Leonard Hankerson all are productive players. All Pro left Tackle Trent Williams is very underrated and is very athletic for his position. Kirk Cousins adds a great dimension to this  team. A backup quarterback who could probably start for at least 10 teams right now. On defense they got younger in their secondary in the draft this year and have the always reliable Fletcher London holding down the middle of that defense.

The Biggest Questions– Can RG3 comeback and be the same player he was? Will Pierre Garcon be healthy? How much longer can Santana Moss be a productive player still? Can Mike Shanahan show the ability to replace Griffin if he isn’t healthy?

 

 

3. Detroit Lions– While last season was a massive step back from their 2011 playoff appearance this team still has all the talent it needs to be good for a long time.

Brightest Players– Calvin Johnson. Without a doubt the best wide receiver in the game, dominant. Matthew Stafford. Stafford’s critics came out in full force last season about his mechanics and every other thing but the truth of the matter is he had no running game and was throwing to receivers by the names of Kris Durham, Brian Robiske, Stefan Logan, ect. Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh, Reggie Bush, and Ezekiel Ansah are all players who should be around to make this team good for some time.

The Biggest Questions– Which Matthew Stafford will we see the 2011 or 2012 version? Is Jim Schwartz really the man to lead this team? Will Reggie Bush be the X-factor the Lions believe he will be? Is Ezekiel Ansah the real deal or a workout wonder? Can Nick Fairley play a full season?

 

4. New York Giants– While they failed to make the post season last year. This team is built for winning and winning long term. Playing in the NFC East is always a hard thing with all the teams in the division pretty even but the Giants experience and Head Coach set them apart from the rest of the division.

Brightest Players- Eli Manning guy just keeps getting better and has an uncanny ability to bond with his receivers pretty fast. Resigning Victor Cruz was a big deal and now they can turn their focus to Hakeem Nicks and get him locked up. With David Wilson, Stevie Brown, Jason Pierre Paul, Justin Tuck are all very key to this team.

The Biggest Questions- Is David Wilson ready to be the premiere running back? Can they get into the playoffs? That’s really their only question. Once this team gets in, they get rolling until their Champions.

5. Seattle Seahawks- While some may argue they didn’t belong after the interception that was called a touchdown. They made the playoffs and showed they belonged in them. This team is young and fun to watch. The future of the Seahawks is at it’s brightest it has ever been. Even the Super Bowl team of 2004 wasn’t as talented as this squad,

Brightest PlayersRussell Wilson is just a winner, from his days at Wisconsin all he does is win. Russell Okung, Percy Harvin, Marshawn Lynch. The defense is like an All Star team the brightest guys here are Bruce Irvin and Earl Thomas are the 2 players that stick out the most to me. Thomas is a special player at his safety position.

The Biggest Questions- Will Russell Wilson take a step back? Can this defense play up to its numbers on paper? Will Percy Harvin be a distraction or a key player?

Honorable Mentions- Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, and Cincinnati Bengals

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