Found September 07, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Its such a fine line between bad and good in the NFL. The Detroit Lions went from a winless, pathetic team in 2008 to 10 victories and the playoffs three years later. You would think that theyd be a popular choice to take the next step and seriously contend for the Super Bowl, especially with the star power of quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson. Thats not the case. Many analysts are picking the Lions to finish third in the NFC North and not make the playoffs. Division rival Chicago -- with the return of quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte from injuries, and the addition of receiver Brandon Marshall -- has become the fashionable choice to surge past the Lions. Thats fine, receiver Nate Burleson said. I hope people keep overlooking us and telling us to our face. Thats not going to do anything but make us that much more thirsty for going out there and winning. Although the Lions return their core group from a year ago, ma...

Detroit Lions 2012 Positional Preview: Offensive Line

Quietly, the Detroit Lions have improved a porous offensive line over the past four seasons. The group has come together nicely and was a huge reason for the success and health of Matthew Stafford in 2011. The group is constantly improving, and if they're able to take another step forward during 2012, that will lend Detroit's offense an even bigger helping hand. The big...

Kyle Vanden Bosch restructures deal, gives Lions some cap relief

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch agreed to restructure his contract giving the team some cap relief. Vanden Bosch reportedly had his $5 million base salary reduced to the league minimum ($925,000) and took the remaining $4.075 million as a signing bonus. Brian McIntyre of notes that the simple restructure lowers...

Will new-look Lions secondary be any better?

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- You wanted a new secondary. You got it. The consensus opinion was that the Detroit Lions had to do something after getting torched for a combined 90 points and 928 passing yards during their final two games last season. The changes might not be exactly what many had in mind, but it's a totally revamped unit entering Sundays regular-season opener against...

Detroit Lions 2012 Positional Preview: Special Teams

In football, if defense wins championships and offense wins games, where exactly does that leave special teams? Though they'll never generate the same praise as glamor positions, the play of the punters, kickers and return units is no less important to the success of a team as every other spot. For years, stability has dominated in Detroit with Jason Hanson. In 2012, that won...

Lions fan gets probation for phoning in threat

A federal judge in Detroit has sentenced a 35-year-old Detroit Lions fan to three years' probation for phoning in a bomb threat to the Louisiana Superdome during the New Orleans Saints' playoff win over the Lions in January. Shawn H. Payton of Jackson pleaded guilty in June transmitting threats to injure in interstate communications. Prosecutors say Payton twice called...

Lions' Stafford Among League's Elite

When the Lions acquired Matthew Stafford with the first overall selection in the 2009 draft, the selection was met with cynicism from many in a fan base that had developed a callus to optimism. Since that time, Stafford has been special.

The Detroit Sports Site’s 2012 NFL Season Preview, Part II: What’s in Store for the Lions?

Hopes are high in the Motor City as the Detroit Lions attempt to build on their successful 2011 and compete for another playoff berth in 2012. Continue reading →

St. Louis at Detroit Week 1 NFL Game Preview

Everybody should feel bad for Sam Bradford in this matchup because that boy named Suh and company will unleash the hounds on the Sooner legend. Speaking of quarterbacks, how about the career season that Matthew Stafford had? Calvin Johnson is arguably the best player in the entire NFL when you take away a few of those franchise quarterbacks, but Stafford has an absolute rifle. The...

'Predict the Madden Curse' Contest

As I mentioned in the Madden Curse History post and on Friday's podcast, we here at Boris Diaw Time are going to be holding a special contest in honor of The Madden Curse. The contest goal will be to predict the Madden Curse as accurately as possible. Here is some backstory as to why I would ever have such an idea... In the fall of 2006, I was a junior at Grace College in...

Breaking: Bounty suspensions overturned

Just when you think bountygate is over, it comes back kicking and screaming. According to SI's Jim Trotter, a 3 member panel has overturned Roger Goodell's bountygate suspensions. BREAKING: A 3-member appeals panel has overturned the player suspensions in the Saints bounty case, says a source. Details coming. — Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) September 7, 2012...
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