Are the Detroit Lions for real?

After a controversial loss in last season’s divisional playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Detroit Lions look to prove that they are no one-trick pony and they can be a perennial playoff team. When you look up and down their roster, it is easy to see why the Detroit Lions were able to have the kind of season they did in 2014, and if healthy they have a right to feel that...
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NFL.com expects Ravens' Jernigan to make big leap

Ravens defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan showed enough promise in his rookie season that general manager Ozzie Newsome was comfortable parting with Haloti Ngata. Now primed to start in his second season, Jernigan is expected to take a big step forward in 2015. As long as he can handle the added workload, NFL.com believes Jernigan can be a Pro Bowl player.  Jernigan recorded four...
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Three reasons the Baltimore Ravens did above-average work in the offseason

I give the Baltimore Ravens a B+ grade for what they were able to accomplish this offseason and they have general manager Ozzie Newsome to thank for that. This offseason Ozzie proved once again why it’s ‘in Ozzie we trust.’ At the beginning of the offseason, the Ravens were a mess. Their secondary had just underwent a debacle; they had just loss Torrey Smith, Owen Daniels and...
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Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata: Ndamukong Suh and I are 'totally different players'

All offseason, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has been talked about as the team's replacement for Ndamukong Suh, who signed with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent this spring. Although Ngata and Suh both play the same position—defensive tackle—it's not as simple as plug-and-play, Ngata told Jenny Vrentas of the MMQB in a recent interview."That’s what people are...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens 2015 Schedule: Game-by-Game Predictions

The Baltimore Ravens tend to be a team that makes the playoffs every season, no matter what. They may not be as much of a lock as New England, but the Ravens seem to find a way every season (whether by locking up an AFC North crown or nabbing a wild card spot) to be a perennial playoff contender. In 2014, the Ravens finished the regular season 10-6 and grabbed a six seed, and then...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Power Rankings: How Good are the Lions?

Once a month, TopSportsReport releases an NFL power rankings article.  Our power rankings serve as a way to measure where each NFL team’s talent level is in relation to the others.  We have just released the June edition of our NFL power rankings article. To find out where Devereaux Frazier ranks Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Haloti Ngata and the Detroit Lions, click the...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata chose family time over voluntary OTAs

Haloti Ngata's absence was noticeable at Detroit Lions OTA workouts. He was a huge trade acquisition and projects to play an integral role in Detroit's attempt to replace Ndamukong Suh's impact at defensive tackle this year. However, Ngata chose to spend time with his family over voluntary team workouts, according to Justin Rogers of MLive.com. "We haven't been able to get much quality...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit's Darryl Tapp hypes Lions defensive line despite losses

Don't tell defensive end Darryl Tapp that the Detroit Lions will miss Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in 2015. In an interview with Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, Tapp sounded plenty confident in replacements Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker, plus the depth Detroit has behind them."Haloti's a massive man, an All-Pro guy," Tapp told the Free Press. "He makes things happen...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Lions, Packers, Redskins, & Vikings

Lions According to Michael Rothstein, the top battle worth keeping an eye on for the Lions this summer is at right tackle between LaAdrian Waddle and Cornelius Lucas. Another position battle of note is the defensive tackle job next to Haloti Ngata between Tyrunn Walker, Caraun Reid, and Gabe Wright. Rothstein says to watch out ... The post NFL Notes: Lions, Packers, Redskins, &...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy This Detroit Lions Tailgate Bus — $5,500

It’s been a big offseason for the Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are out, Haloti Ngata’s in, and of course, Matthew Stafford and Kelly Hall had an epic wedding. But what about you, Lions fan? Have you made any big moves? If the answer is no, your chance has arisen with this newly available 1972 F300 Lions tailgate bus. More information from the seller: Tailgate...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Ravens' DT Jernigan loses weight to help fill Ngata's shoes

Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is more than 50 pounds lighter than Haloti Ngata, but he feels ready to fill the large gap created by Ngata's departure.  Jernigan showed he was up to the task down the stretch last season when Ngata served a four-game PED suspension. Knowing that more snaps were in his future, he trained hard this offseason with former Florida State teammate...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Ravens' Jernigan Gearing Up For Big Season in 2015

The Baltimore Ravens are facing life after Haloti Ngata, as the perennial Pro Bowler was traded to the Detroit Lions in the offseason. It may be a blessing in disguise however, as the Ravens have a solid core of young and talented defensive linemen to step up. One man who may benefit the most is 2nd-year player Timmy Jernigan, who will see more time on the field and, in his rookie...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The Key to the Detroit Lions' Defense

The Detroit Lions lost defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Suh, a dominant force up the middle, will leave a gaping hole for Detroit to fill. The Lions traded for defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who is expected to be a solid solution. Ngata is a relentless run-stopper, and he has the mass to plug the middle.Still, losing Suh isn't exactly an easy pill to swallow. The...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Lions Players Listed in the "NFL Top 100" Thus Far

At number 88 we have safety Glover Quin. Coming off of a season where he was selected to All-NFL second team and his first career Pro Bowl, it is no surprise to see him make the top 100. He had an impressive career high seven interceptions in his second year with the Lions last year, making him a big contributor to their great defensive play.At number 85 is wide receiver Golden Tate...
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May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

DL Haloti Ngata on Detroit Lions defense: 'I love it'

Haloti Ngata is being asked to play a new style of defense with the Detroit Lions, and the big D-lineman is embracing the change. "I love it," Ngata told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. "Just the defense that (Teryl Austin is) running here, it's awesome. It's a change for me. A lot of the attack, penetrate, aggressive defense, it's awesome. I still got to get used to it,...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Two Detroit Lions Revealed In NFL’s Top 100 Players Rankings

NFL Network has slowly been releasing their top 100 players rankings, and two Detroit Lions cracked the top 90. Safety Glover Quin is at No. 88 and recently acquired DT Haloti Ngata at No. 82. #Lions defensive player on list of @NFLNetwork's top 100 players ranked 61-70 at 9 p.m. Wed. Revealed earlier Quin 88, […] The post Two Detroit Lions Revealed In NFL’s Top 100 Players Rankings...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Post-Draft Power Rankings: How Good is the Lions Defense?

View image | gettyimages.com The NFL Draft is now in the past.  Teams are finished assembling their 90-man rosters. Also, teams are beginning to get to work and are getting primed for serious offseason programs. As the draft has now concluded and NFL teams are now moving to a period of actual season preparation, we at TopSportsReport thought it’d be a good time to evaluate...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Will 2015 Be The Year The Loss Of Baltimore’s Defensive Stalwarts Is Finally Felt?

With many of their recent defensive stalwarts moving on in recent years, whether it be Ray Lewis, Ed Reed or Haloti Ngata, the bottom line remains in that the NFL is a business and the writing was on the wall for the aforementioned Baltimore Ravens. But with several key pieces on the defensive side of the ball creeping up […] Will 2015 Be The Year The Loss Of Baltimore’s...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

A Note On Numbers: Lions Jersey Numbers Announced

View image | gettyimages.com On the Lions website, Tim Twentyman wrote an article today on some of the jersey number switches and some of the numbers that the rookies selected.  Here, I will highlight just a few of those changes and why I find them interesting. 4th-round pick Gabe Wright will wear number 90, which was the number Ndamukong Suh donned during his Detroit days before...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Detroit Lions could be trade destination for unhappy defensive tackle

The Detroit Lions already made a trade for a defensive tackle this offseason. Haloti Ngata will attempt to fill the void left by the departures of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Could Ngata get some help through yet another trade by the Lions? Maybe. Hearing that Rams DT Michael Brockers wants a long-term deal, could get moved. Multiple teams possibly involved, Lions, Cowboys,...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the Detroit Lions going to travel down this draft path for the fourth time in six years?

The Detroit Lions have had a lot of moving parts on their defensive line this offseason. Out were Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley and in came Haloti Ngata from the Ravens. Still, with the major losses of Suh and Fairley many think the Lions will go defensive line with the No. 23 overall pick Thursday night. It’d continue a recent trend. The @Lions, who pick 23rd, have taken a DL...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Lions Haven’t Spoken To DL Haloti Ngata Regarding An Extension, But Plan To Do So

Lions GM Martin Mayhew told reporters on Friday that while there appears to be mutual interest between the team and DL Haloti Ngata regarding a contract extension, the two sides have yet to sit down and discuss anything. “I think they know that we have an interest in doing something and I think that we know ... The post Lions Haven’t Spoken To DL Haloti Ngata Regarding An Extension...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Draft: Detroit Lions Second Round Options

The Detroit Lions are a solid defensive team, but they still have some defensive needs. Of course, Suh left for the Dolphins and was replaced with Haloti Ngata, so there is a bit of a hole in the defensive line. The Lions secondary seems to always have needs as well, so let's put some names to these needs.Jordan Phillips is a massive nose tackle from Oklahoma has been all over the...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Who Should the Lions Draft in Round One?

View image | gettyimages.com The NFL Draft is a little over a week away.  This period of time is incredibly important as teams are assembling their final big boards and figuring out who their primary targets are. During this time, we at Topsportsreport decided that it would be a good idea for us to do a first round mock draft with analysis. Find out which prospect John Miceli...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Sam Koch jokingly disagrees with the notion that punters don’t matter

Baltimore Ravens punter Sam Koch and former Raven Haloti Ngata were reunited yesterday for some racing at Autobahn. Koch might have been sending a subtle message given his fashion choice, wearing purple, but no sign of a Ravens logo. As you can see in the photo, Koch’s shirt reads “punters are people too.” Besides the fact that it’s a pretty cool and humorous slogan, it...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss
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