1. Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers: The Battle of the Best in the NFC North

    There isn’t a team in the NFL that is put together better than the Detroit Lions . That isn’t hometown pride speaking; it’s a fact. The Lions have managed to assemble one of the best balanced rosters in the NFL...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about 2 years ago 1,549 reads 17 comments

  2. Detroit Lions Fans: Sick of the Sermonizing Yet?

    If the low point of 2012 for the Lions turns out to be preseason misbehavior by four of the five young men drafted by Detroit the previous year, there will be a lot of happy fans in the Motor City...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about 2 years ago 1,909 reads 17 comments

  3. Detroit Lions: Predicting How Their 2012 Schedule Should Play Out

    Last year the Lions lost three games at home, three on the road, and still managed to earn a wild-card slot in the playoffs. This year a 10-6 record might not be good enough to guarantee a return trip...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about 2 years ago 2,991 reads 56 comments

  4. An Open Letter to Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz

    Dear Coach Schwartz, We’ve never met. But after three years of reading about you, seeing you on television, and watching from the stands at Ford Field as you went to war on ...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 2 years ago 1,221 reads 28 comments

  5. Mini-Recap of the Detroit Lions 2011 Season: A Two-Minute Read

    The Lions had the second-most penalized offense in the NFL during the 2011 regular season. They drew flags on 128 plays that cost them 1,075 penalty yards and the forfeiture of whatever gains occurred before some of those flags were tossed...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 2 years ago 1,394 reads 20 comments

  6. Best, Leshoure and Smith: Playing Rushing Roulette in Detroit

    The Detroit Lions are facing a serious dilemma going into the 2012 season. On paper they have a dynamite trio of complementary running backs capable of providing near-ideal backfield ...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 2 years ago 1,451 reads 7 comments

  7. Lions Fans Can Expect an Improved Detroit Defense in 2012

    There are more than a few Lions fans who were hoping that Detroit would sign a big name free-agent cornerback before the draft...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 2 years ago 4,949 reads 37 comments

  8. Detroit Lions: Steady and Ready for the Playoffs

    Four victorious preseason games? Well, we saw that a few years ago, just before the most awful regular season in NFL history. Lots of skill guys back, healthy and raring to go? That’s actually kinda new...

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  9. Detroit Lions: The Plan

    Since the very beginning of the Martin Mayhew/Jim Schwartz era, the entire Detroit Lions organization has focused like a laser on winning as many games as possible on the way to establishing an enduring football dynasty...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about 3 years ago 581 reads 3 comments

  10. 2011 NFL Lockout: Detroit Lions Staff Pay Cuts Unwarranted and Unwise

    Just when many Lions fans have finally begun to allow themselves to feel proud of their team once again after it has been AWOL from the playoffs for over a decade, the owner of our franchise decides to throw ice water on our enthusiasm...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about 3 years ago 1,020 reads 17 comments

  11. Detroit's March to the 2011 NFL Playoffs: Little Things Count the Most

    Every football fan in America is thrilled when their team creates big plays, especially game-changers. That’s how excitement is built and thunderous cheers are born...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about 3 years ago 355 reads 4 comments

  12. Detroit Lions 2011 Playoff Trajectory

    Last season the Lions played nine games against teams with a total defense ranked among the top 10 in the league. The result was six losses for Detroit against three wins...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about 3 years ago 2,828 reads 52 comments

  13. Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions Will Make 2011 NFL Playoffs

    The Detroit Lions ' 2011 season may well mark one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history. Only one other NFL team has ever gone from zero wins to the playoffs in three short years...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 3 years ago 2,724 reads 40 comments

  14. Detroit Lions: The 2011 NFL Draft Is Over, Trade Talks Are the Only Game in Town

    Many people are under the impression that since the 2011 draft is over and a decision by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to grant a full stay of Judge Susan Nelson's decision to ...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 3 years ago 2,181 reads 10 comments

  15. 2011 Hammer Time for Detroit: Can't Touch This Team in the NFC North

    With the Detroit Lions ' first three picks in 2011, the team “drafted to its strengths” and selected some of the finest players available at defensive tackle, wide receiver and running back...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 3 years ago 1,307 reads 37 comments

  16. 2011 NFL Draft Results: Not the Finish Line for Detroit Lions

    Stay tuned. The 2011 NFL year hasn’t even begun and already the Detroit Lions have acquired three starting impact players in the draft, four if you count special teams...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 3 years ago 457 reads 8 comments

  17. NFL Draft 2011: Nick Fairley and Suh; Detroit Lions, Back-to-Back and Side-by-Side

    Yesterday, the Detroit Lions used the 13th overall pick in the draft to gather their second consecutive Lombardi Award winner in two years...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 3 years ago 4,888 reads 15 comments

  18. NFL Draft 2011: Detroit Lions Biggest Challenges Are Before the First Kickoff

    Normally, a team on the rise, like the Detroit Lions , will have an uninterrupted opportunity to improve from one season to the next. Not so this year...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 3 years ago 614 reads 6 comments

  19. Martin Mayhew: Master of the Art of Silence and Draft-Related Misdirection?

    You can be certain that Lions GM Martin Mayhew is not deceiving anyone when he says that it’s his intention to build a Detroit franchise that will consistently reach the playoffs, contend in and win Super Bowls...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 3 years ago 2,372 reads 53 comments

  20. The 2011 NFL Draft Won't Boost the Standings of These Five Teams

    The NFL has two primary mechanisms (at least for the moment) to promote parity among its 32 franchises. The first is the salary cap, which prevents big market teams from buying up all of the best talent in the league...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 3 years ago 266 reads 0 comments

  21. Brady Vs. NFL: The End of Professional Football as Detroit Lions Fans Know It?

    Who's Got The Fans' Backs? The most under-reported storyline in the current NFL labor battle is the impact that this dispute has on fans of the game...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 3 years ago 1,075 reads 17 comments

  22. NFL Labor Agreement: A Detroit Lions Fan's Perspective and Prediction

    Background NFL Football is the most popular professional sport in America. Football is a fast-moving contact sport that involves all 22 players mixing it up on the field on every play...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 3 years ago 1,140 reads 5 comments

  23. Detroit Lions: The Benefit of Being Better Than Your Record

    The bottom line benchmark for success in the NFL will always be a team’s win-loss record. Record books are written in black, not shades of grey...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 3 years ago 2,766 reads 49 comments

  24. Detroit Lions Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: One for the Road

    It felt pretty good for a change to be a Lions fan last Sunday after a ragtag gang of second and third string players joined the remnants of Detroit ’s original starting lineup and beat Green Bay ...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 3 years ago 865 reads 25 comments

  25. Detroit Lions: An NFL Franchise Nearing a Tipping Point

    What happens between now and the first regular season game next year could very well determine the fate of the Detroit Lions for the next decade...

    Pancho Smith Written by Pancho Smith about over 3 years ago 1,890 reads 45 comments