NFL Preview Series: Detroit Lions

Byron Dixon| BKD TV

The Detroit Lions were a penalty away from possibly making it to the NFC Divisional and winning a playoff game for the first time since 1991 and the years of the great Barry Sanders. All in all the hiring of Jim Caldwell was the right choice as he bought a calming presence to this team and locker room and helped bring a culture of discipline and focus. This division still runs through Green Bay and the Lions will look to stop that this season.

While We We Were Away: The Detroit Lions lost a few guys on that vaunted defensive line in Ndamukong Suh who signed in Miami and Nick Fairley who is in St. Louis. In that though they traded for Haloti Ngata from the Ravens and still have Ezekiel Ansah who is slowly developing onto a solid pass rusher. The drafting of Ameer Abdullah gives this offense another weapon to play with and on that turf he will be electric.

2015 Season Outlook: The Lions have their QB in Matthew Stafford, still have Megatron aka Calvin Johnson who will be healthy this season and dominate as usual and with the emergence e of Golden Tate this offense should be explosive. Defense is the question, with no more Suh will the Lions get enough of a pass rush? Will the secondary led by Glover Quinn who plays well at safety have enough depth and consistency at the corner -back position? These are the question we will have to wait for the answer on but will define their season.

2015 Record: 8-8

With a tough early road schedule and some tough road divisional test this team could start slow especially if the defense is not getting a pass rush these corners could be in trouble. Overall, I see a .500 season that could be swung by two or three games that cause this record to be true due to an even tougher NFC North.

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