1. The 5 Games That Will Determine the Detroit Lions' Fate in 2013

    The beauty of the 16-game NFL season is that virtually every game is a must-win. Of course, that's not absolutely true. Not every team that makes the playoffs goes 16-0, of course...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 6,513 reads 33 comments

  2. 5 Lions Whose Stats Must Decline for the Team to Improve

    In 2012, the Lions were a statistically impressive team. They broken some records and led the league in some key areas. They also finished 4-12, largely due to injuries and a lack of balance...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 5,683 reads 26 comments

  3. 5 Still Unsigned Free Agents Detroit Lions Should Contact

    Free agency never truly ends. Though it certainly goes through ups and downs—and is never more notable than when the new offseason period begins in March—it continues on, even now...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 15,116 reads 30 comments

  4. 6 Things We Learned from the Detroit Lions OTAs

    The Detroit Lions are not exactly what you would call back "in the thick" of football activities, but they've started to rev the engine, and trends are starting to emerge...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 10,323 reads 54 comments

  5. Offseason Power Rankings for Every Player on the Detroit Lions Roster

    When it comes to player power rankings in the offseason, most players only care about the top 22 (starters) and the top 53 (on the roster). The order within that isn't important, as long as they're getting their respective jobs done...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 9,882 reads 87 comments

  6. Detroit Lions OTAs: Latest Player Reports and Analysis

    The Detroit Lions have finally begun offseason OTAs , and while it's not exactly training camp, we are slowly approaching those long-awaited words: "back to football...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 11,920 reads 49 comments

  7. The 50 Greatest Players in Detroit Lions History

    For a team with such a well-documented history of losing, the Detroit Lions have fielded a huge amount of talent since the organization was founded in Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1929...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 13,402 reads 28 comments

  8. Missing Pieces the Detroit Lions Could Still Land

    Even though the peak of free agency has ended and the draft is over, the free-agent market is still littered with treasures here and there. The Detroit Lions still have some holes to fill despite the roster coming along rather nicely after the draft..

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 16,831 reads 55 comments

  9. Projecting the Detroit Lions' Most Heated Roster Battles This Offseason

    A lackluster season plus lots of roster turnover plus a deep draft class equals lots of competition. This is what the Detroit Lions are looking at this offseason, with the departure ...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 7,036 reads 39 comments

  10. Early Projections for Detroit Lions' Final 53-Man Roster

    With the NFL draft in the books, the only major shakeup left for the Lions roster between now and Week 1 is cutting it down to 53 players...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 11,992 reads 79 comments

  11. Report Card Grades for the Detroit Lions' Undrafted Free-Agent Signings

    Everybody wants to grade the draft, but some of the best players in NFL history never had their names called on draft day...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 15,955 reads 59 comments

  12. Setting Career Expectations for Each Member of Detroit Lions' 2013 Draft Class

    Pictured here is an NFL legend. Barry Sanders was such an incredible player and likeable figure, that he won the Madden cover vote over Adrian Peterson , and still brings rousing cheers at the NFL draft in New York...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 5,926 reads 16 comments

  13. Detroit Lions 2013 Draft: Aggregating Report Card Grades from Around the Web

    Draft grades are like mock drafts. They're premature, rarely accurate and only really relevant after several iterations and a whole lot of time...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 12,835 reads 41 comments

  14. 5 Players the Detroit Lions Should Target on Day 2

    Well, the first round of the NFL draft is complete. How are everyone's mocks? Did that go as expected? Of course it didn't. The draft is always chaotic, and this one was even more so with the distribution of talent being as even as it is...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 115 reads 75 comments

  15. Detroit Lions Big Board: Final Pre-Draft Update

    A little over a month ago, I put together a big board for what the Detroit Lions would likely be looking at in the draft, and in what order. Looking back on it now, it is undeniably flawed...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 2,630 reads 10 comments

  16. Breaking Down Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay's Detroit Lions Draft Projections

    Over at ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr . and Todd McShay are the draft experts, and they'll tell you as much anytime you ask. These guys carry the authority at the "worldwide leader in sports," and that makes them pretty much beyond reproach, right? Nope...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 8,222 reads 44 comments

  17. Power Ranking the Detroit Lions' 2013 Schedule from Easiest to Hardest Games

    Whenever we talk about whose schedules are the "easiest" or the "toughest," it tends to be inaccurate at best. Last year, I was trying to determine whether the Falcons or Eagles would be a tougher matchup for the Lions ...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 6,748 reads 18 comments

  18. Lions 2013 Mock Draft: Full 7 Round Predictions, 1 Week Ahead of the Draft

    After all the hype, we're finally just a week away. One week before fans of every NFL team splits into equal parts optimism and doomsaying...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 12,431 reads 67 comments

  19. Detroit Lions Draft: The Best Fit for the Lions at Every Position

    The Detroit Lions have almost no positions on the roster that don't need either an upgrade or an improvement in depth. Therefore, there are almost no positions that couldn't be targeted in next week's (!!!) NFL draft...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 10,231 reads 51 comments

  20. 5 Late-Round Prospects That Would Be a Perfect Match for the Detroit Lions

    When people talk about the draft and all of the fanfare that surrounds it, they mostly mean the first round...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 9,244 reads 14 comments

  21. Who Do Detroit Lions Fans Want in the First Round of the 2013 NFL Draft?

    I've spent an awful lot of time telling all of you who the Detroit Lions should draft this year, and you've spent an awful lot of time arguing or agreeing with me...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about 1 year ago 9,166 reads 88 comments

  22. Assigning Odds to Every Potential Detroit Lions First-Round Pick

    To say mock drafts are an imprecise science is to give entirely too much credit to mock drafters (Science? Really?)...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about over 1 year ago 9,463 reads 61 comments

  23. Why the Detroit Lions Absolutely Must Draft Eric Fisher

    It was April 26, 2012 and t he NFL had once again invited way too many prospects to Radio City Music Hall in New York City, leaving Stanford guard David DeCastro to sit patiently as he slipped further and further in the draft...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about over 1 year ago 12,030 reads 78 comments

  24. Detroit Lions Mock Draft: Post-Free Agency Predictions for Every Round

    It's finally April and that means two things: Baseball is back, and NFL mock drafts are at their most consistent...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about over 1 year ago 9,346 reads 98 comments

  25. The Biggest Questions for the Detroit Lions Heading into the 2013 NFL Draft

    Generally speaking, the NFL draft creates a lot of questions. Will new draft picks become superstars or busts? Will they be starters from day one? What position(s) will they play? ...

    Dean Holden Written by Dean Holden about over 1 year ago 7,225 reads 50 comments