Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
One of the finer things of a new NFL season is that all 32 teams have hope. The Oakland Raiders have hope. The Buffalo Bills have hope. The Jacksonville Jaguars may or may not have hope. Linebacker Stephen Tulloch’s hope in his Detroit Lions may never be higher.
Tulloch suffered from chronic knee tendinitis in 2012, but is feeling healthy and ready to go. He’s excited about the defense, which improved with the additions of safety Glover Quin and defensive linemen Jason Jones and Israel Idonije and the return and maturation of safety Louis Delmas and linebacker DeAndre Levy. Just how pumped up is the eight-year veteran about the 2013 Lions. They’re going to the playoffs.
“This team is a playoff team. You guys come out here every day, you see what’s going on. We just got to put it together.”
Aside from the additions, Tulloch went on to say that some of the subtractions have also added value to the team. And he didn’t mince words in doing so.
“We got rid of some players that were kind of dragging us down and we got players here that want to win and understands what it takes to win.”
The three biggest names that the Lions lost from last season are offensive tackle Jeff Backus (who retired), defensive end Cliff Avril (who signed with Seattle) and Gosder Cherilus (who signed with Indianapolis). Nobody, except Tulloch, knows if he was referring to any of those three, but odds are he was.
Tulloch is certain that the Lions will see the playoffs. As for the betting world (beyondthebets,com), you would win $220 if you bet $100 on the Lions making the playoffs.