NFL Update: The Detroit Lions 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft
The Detroit Lions look to keep making strides in 2014
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2013 Recap: The Detroit Lions improved from their 2012 season, finishing 7-9, but it was still a disappointing season and marked the 13th time this franchise has missed the playoffs since 1999. The Lions just couldn’t play with any consistency and lost six of their final seven games of the season. The main issue for the Lions was a secondary that ranked 23rd in the league in passing yards allowed. The good news is that Matthew Stafford stayed healthy all year, but he threw 19 interceptions, his most picks since his rookie season.
Key Losses: The Lions released wide receiver Nate Burleson, who started 38 games in four years for Detroit and has over 5,500 career receiving yards and 39 touchdowns. The main loss for the Lions defensively comes with losing defensive back Louis Delmas. Delmas, who is now a Miami Dolphin, had three interceptions last year and has 245 tackles in his five-year career.
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Key Additions: The Lions didn’t make any game-changing pickups this offseason, but they did add Darryl Tapp and James Ihedigbo to a struggling defense. Tapp has 25 career sacks and nine forced fumbles, while Ihedigbo is coming off his best season last year with the Baltimore Ravens.
Draft: The Lions wanted to help out Calvin Johnson, so they drafted the best tight end prospect we’ve seen in a while in Eric Ebron. He’ll be able to stretch the field and gives Stafford another weapon to share the ball with in this loaded offense. Defensively, the Lions got a steal in playmaker Kyle Van Noy. Those two picks will pay off big time for the Lions as soon as this season.
2014 Outlook, So Far: It’s no secret that the Lions have their work cut out for them in a division that includes the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. However, the Lions have one of the more talented offenses in the league and a quarterback who’s capable of getting the job done. The concerns come on the defensive side where the secondary is terrifying and not in a good way. If the Lions can somehow make strides in defending the pass, there’s no reason they can’t sneak into a wild card spot.
Sept. 8 New York Giants (Mon), 7:10
Sept. 14 at Carolina Panthers, 1
Sept. 21 Green Bay Packers, 1
Sept. 28 at New York Jets, 1
Oct. 5 Buffalo Bills, 1
Oct. 12 at Minnesota Vikings, 1
Oct. 19 New Orleans Saints, 1
Oct. 26 at Atlanta Falcons (London), 9:30 a.m.
Nov. 2 BYE
Nov. 9 Miami Dolphins, 1
Nov. 16 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25
Nov. 23 at New England Patriots, 1
Nov. 27 Chicago Bears (Thu), 12:30
Dec. 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1
Dec. 14 Minnesota Vikings, 1
Dec. 21 at Chicago Bears, 1
Dec. 28 at Green Bay Packers, 1