Detroit Lions 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – When you’re coming off of a season in which you go 0-16, any amount of wins that you can get is a marked improvement. No, Year #1 in the Motor City for Matthew Stafford with the Detroit Lions wasn’t as much of a success as it should have been, but plenty of steps were taken in the right direction to try to bolster a team that hit as low of a point as there was to hit in the league just two seasons ago.

Key Addition – RB Jahvid Best – Give Detroit a ton of credit for trading into the first round for a second draft selection this year to take Best. Save for WR Calvin Johnson, there really aren’t a ton of weapons on this team that can stretch the field. Best can do just that, as he will immediately come into the NFL as one of the fastest running backs in the game, just like Chris Johnson did with the Tennessee Titans.

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Key Loss – LB Ernie Sims – Can we really consider taking away a guy from a defense that conceded 30.9 points and 392.1 yards per game a real loss? Sims very well might prove to just be part of the problem of the defense as opposed to its only potential high point. One thing is for certain though, and that’s that the Detroit defense is most certainly less athletic now than it was before. Sims can fly from sideline to sideline in a hurry, and his motor, if nothing else, will be missed.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – This youthful offense starts to gel. The talent level on this team could be through the roof. Stafford will be hooking up with WR Calvin Johnson and TE Brandon Pettigrew, while RB Jahvid Best is an agile back that can break 70 yard runs every single time he gets his mitts on the pigskin. The team only averaged 299.0 yards and 16.4 points per game last year, and watching those numbers get better could be the meal ticket to success at some point in the Motor City.

The Crucial Game – This may be a bit of a pipe dream, but if the Lions could beat the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving Day, it would be an incredible boost for the organization as a whole. Detroit has taken plenty of heat for the miserable performances that it puts out year after year on one of the best football days on the calendar, but an upset of the Pats this November could erase all those horrid memories.

Predictions – The key in 2010 isn’t going to be to make the playoffs. It is simply going to be to continue showing signs of improvement. Stafford will get better as the schedule moves along, and with the plethora of offensive weapons at his disposal, better times should be on the horizon. We predict plenty of high scoring games yet again for the Lions, as this defense is still subpar at best, but baby steps in the right direction are critical for the franchise; five to six wins would be fantastic!

2010 Detroit Lions Regular Season Schedule

9/12 @ CHI (-7)
9/19 vs. PHI
9/26 @ MIN
10/3 @ GB
10/10 vs. STL
10/17 @ NYG
10/31 vs. WAS
11/7 vs. NYJ
11/14 @ BUF
11/21 @ DAL
11/25 vs. NE
12/5 vs. CHI
12/12 vs. GB
12/19 @ TB
12/26 @ MIA
1/2 vs. MIN

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