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Detroit Lions: 2016 Preview, Offseason Recap, Status Report, Schedule, Outlook

Detroit Lions 2016 Preview

July 23, 2016

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The Detroit Lions are coming off a 7-9 season where nothing good go right and they lost countless heartbreakers. The Lions have now missed the playoffs in 12 of the last 14 seasons and coach Jim Caldwell may be on the hot seat as he enters his third year with the franchise.

Are the Lions good enough to compete in the NFC North?

Detroit Lions: 2016 Preview, Offseason Recap, Status Report, Schedule, Outlook

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Here is your Detroit Lions 2016 NFL preview.

Key Player Losses: The biggest loss for the Lions was the sudden retirement of wide receiver Calvin Johnson. He’s the all-time leading receiver in Lions history and isn’t even 31 years old yet. Feels like a Barry Sanders situation all over again in Detroit. The Lions also lost experienced running back Joique Bell. Defensively, Detroit lost its fourth best tackler in safety James Ihedigbo and possibly its best defensive player overall in linebacker Stephen Tulloch. The Linebacker out of NC State played five seasons with the Lions and was consistent.

Key Player Additions: The Lions helped out Matthew Stafford by signing wide receiver Marvin Jones, a big young target who has 116 receptions the last two seasons. The Lions also signed wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who spent five seasons with the Jets and caught 182 passes for nine touchdowns. Both signings not only help replace johnson, but give Detroit more options besides Golden Tate, who can’t do everything by himself.

Draft: The Lions had a brutal offensive line and the addition of offensive tackle Taylor Decker should help fix those issues. Decker is known for his run blocking ability and will likely start from day one. Defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson has the ability to be the next great Detroit lineman, as we’ve seen Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley over the years. Graham Glasgow is a tough nosed offensive lineman who again fills a need, while safety Miles Killebrew plays well in the box and helps big time in run support.

Outlook: The Detroit Lions are better than what a lot of people give them credit for, but we have yet to see a consistent season from Stafford and that offensive line was downright brutal last season. Also, the Lions showed last season just how creative they can get when it comes to losing. In a division with the Packers and Vikings, it’s tough seeing the Lions do anything different than what they’ve done over the last decade. Give me six wins for the Detroit Lions in 2016.

Detroit Lions 2016 Schedule:

Sept. 11, at Indianapolis Colts, 4:25

Sept. 18, Tennessee Titans, 1

Sept. 25, at Green Bay Packers, 1

Oct. 2, at Chicago Bears, 1

Oct. 9, Philadelphia Eagles, 1

Oct. 16, Los Angeles Rams, 1

Oct. 23, Washington Redskins, 1

Oct. 30, at Houston Texans, 1

Nov. 6, at Minnesota Vikings, 1

BYE

Nov. 20, Jacksonville Jaguars, 1

Nov. 24, Minnesota Vikings (Thu), 12:30

Dec. 4, at New Orleans Saints, 1

Dec. 11, Chicago Bears, 1

Dec. 18, at New York Giants, 1

Dec. 26, at Dallas Cowboys (Mon), 8:30

Jan. 1, Green Bay Packers, 1

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