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The NFL regular season is here and there’s something we need to air. The Detroit Lions are going to be for real this year. And I mean it this time dang it!
Lifelong Detroit Lions fans have experienced many disappointing seasons through the years, but each and every season starts out full of excitement and hope. This season is no different for me as a Lions fan and blogger. Since you are reading this article, chances are it is no different for you, either.
Our Detroit Lions are hosting the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on Sunday, September 8, 2013. The game will be aired on the Fox Network at 1:00pm EDT.
This will be the 104th meeting in the Lions and Vikings rivalry dating back to 1961 in Minnesota when the Vikings first entered the NFL. The Vikings have dominated the series 68-33-2 overall, but the series is tied 3-3 through the early part of the 2010’s. What an extra perfect time for the Lions to pounce and take a bite out of Viking Pride!
The Vikings boast arguably the NFL’s best RB in the ultra-explosive Adrian Peterson. Peterson rumbled off 171 yards on 27 carries and a TD in their last meeting and the Lions defensive line will have to step up to the challenge and do a better job of stopping the run if they want to give themselves a legitimate chance to win the game. Not only can Peterson hit the edges with speed and agility, but he can burst straight up the field with the power and awareness most NFL RBs only dream of. Disciplined DE play is going to be essential to stopping the run and with Cliff Avril (Seattle) and Kyle Vanden Bosch (FA) no longer manning the DE positions the Lions are better suited to make plays in the Vikings backfield.
It is still unclear what the injury situation is with Lions rookie DE Ezekiel Ansah or if he will even play in the week 1 match-up. There is light at the end of the tunnel, though. The Lions are very deep and talented along the defensive line and have as good a chance, or better, as any other team in the NFL at minimizing Adrian Peterson’s rushing damage.
Detroit’s defensive offseason additions of rookie DE Ezekiel Ansah, DE Jason Jones, DE Israel Idonije, rookie DE Devin Taylor, DT Justin Bannan, DT C.J. Mosley, rookie CB Darius Slay, SS Glover Quin, SS DeJon Gomes, and DB Rashean Mathis have given the Lions much needed talent and provided upgrades to the starting and depth positions alike. Add returning players DT Ndamukong Suh, DT Nick Fairley, DE Willie Young, CB Chris Houston, CB Bill Bentley, LB Stephen Tulloch, and LB DeAndre Levy to the mix and the Lions defensive unit becomes very stout and poised for a huge season.
On offense the Lions have an ultra-explosive player of their own in the mega-dominant, mega-superstar, MEGATRON, @Bigplaycj, a.k.a. WR Calvin Johnson. In 2012, Johnson set an NFL record for receiving yards surpassing Jerry Rice in the history books while catching 122 passes for 1,964 yards and five TDs. In the last meeting between the Lions and Vikings, the colossal Lions WR put up 207 yards receiving on 12 receptions with a TD. If QB Matthew Stafford finds his favorite target as often in this week’s game Lions fans will be extra excited about the start of the new season.
The big offensive offseason acquisition in 2013 was coveted free agent RB Reggie Bush. It is the hopes of the Lions and fans alike that Bush can fill the void left in the offense after former Lions RB Jahvid Best was lost for good due to concussions. Bush is a multidimensional RB that can go the distance on any given play – rushing or receiving. He will bring excitement to the offense, but more importantly, he should also create better match-ups for stud WR Calvin Johnson and his merry band of complimentary WRs and TEs. The days of opposing defenses spying the QB and rolling coverages to MEGATRON every down are gone. A legitimate running game with Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Mikel Leshoure, and Theo Riddick should make the potentially quick strike offense become Ford Field Furious.
The reconstructed offensive line unit would be the major concern going into the new season. The Lions will be fielding three new starters in LT Riley Reiff, rookie RG Larry Warford, RT Jason Fox and all three of them are first year starters. Going up against the likes of hated Lions nemesis DE Jared Allen is going to be a huge test and lesson session for LT Reiley Reiff, but RT Jason Fox as well. Containing Allen immediately will ease Matthew Stafford’s mind and help him settle in and read the defenses and make the throws that he is capable of. Stafford struggled in the preseason and can use a big confidence builder game.
Sunday’s game will be here before we know it and we will have a better idea of what to expect out of our boys in Honolulu Blue for the 2013-2014 season. If there is going to be real hope of another playoff appearance and a possible Super Bowl run we must expect the Lions to win the games they should – and beat the Vikings at Ford Field they should. Go Lions!
I am primed and ready for the season to begin and I can feel a W coming for the Lions against the Vikings! What are you going to be looking for in the game and what is your predicted outcome? Leave your comments and thoughts below.
- Ezekiel Ansah (head injury) jogs with trainers during Detroit Lions’ practice (mlive.com)
- Detroit Lions rookie Larry Warford closes in on winning right guard job thanks to better balance (mlive.com)
- Detroit Lions claim safety DeJon Gomes off waivers (mlive.com)
- Vikings v. Detroit: Things to Look For (dailynorseman.com)
- Analysis: Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh is ready to be a captain (mlive.com)
- Lions vs Vikings – Week 1 (thesilverdomeblues.com)