The Green Bay Packers are the ruling oligarchs of the NFC North. The Pack have won it four years straight and appear to be the favorites once again this season. Not just in the division, but quite possibly the conference. We spoke with NFL on CBS Analyst Bart Scott and he believes the Packers are still a Super Bowl contender even despite the loss of Jordy Nelson to injury.Follow paulmbanks
Ameer Abdullah is looking like the third or fourth running back on the NFL Draft board. Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, who very likely could land in Seattle (here’s a whole separate article on this idea and how it could happen) tops the positional rankings. Georgia’s Todd Gurley is number two.
#FearAmeer is right there with another Big Ten back, Indiana’s Tevin Coleman, for the third and fourth slots.Follow paulmbanks
In the NFL, top players rarely hit the market. It’s even rarer that they hit the market in their prime. Following the 2014 season, Ndamukong Suh may be hitting the free agent market. The mammoth defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions is slated to become a free agent if he doesn’t come to an extension agreement with the team. In just four seasons, Suh has been dominant.
He is the focal point of the Lions defense and has made the Pro Bowl three years. It hasn’t all been good for Suh though. He has been fined over $200,000 in his career for a variety of dirty moves on the field.
Here are five reasons why he will be back with the Lions in 2015 though:Follow paulmbanks
Only the Detroit Lions can lose when their defense gives up just six field goals. Only the Detroit Lions can turn the ball over 3+ times in 5 straight games. Only the Detroit Lions could lose the NFC North title and a playoff berth on a 61-yard field goal. Remember, the all time NFL record is 64. Yes, “Lionsing” is indeed a real phenomenon. And your Detroit Lions are truly the LOLions.
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Yes, this is the exact idea railed against by Michigan State Spartans Coach Tom Izzo a couple night ago. He just gave a speech against the participation ribbon generation, where even 23rd place get a trophy. Here’s an excerpt: (full speech here)
“It is a little harder to motivate kids I guess because they’ve been pampered so much. We’re in the trophy generation, give ‘em a trophy for 23rd place, make ‘em feel good. Make mom and dad feel good, you know.”
The Detroit Lions have lost their last 8 games in the months of December and January. To quote Yoda “that is why you fail.”
As I wrote on November 25 in “Detroit Lions own stupidity keeps them from controlling the NFC North:”
They’re like the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA; very talented, but playing dumb. Very dumb. They make dirty plays, commit dumb penalties, and get stupid penalties for playing dirty.
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Jim Caldwell supposedly watched every single pass that Matthew Stafford threw this season in order o prepare for his interview with the Detroit Lions. It paid off as the Detroit Lions have hired Jim Caldwell to be their 26th head coach. The Detroit Free Press, ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today all reporting that the Detroit Lions have ended their search.
Yes, it’s the same Jim Caldwell that went 26-22 (2-2 in the postseason) as head man with the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11. He was the fallback option as the Lions missed out on Ken Whisenhunt.Follow paulmbanks
This comes to us from football as football.com. It’s every NFL team reimagined as a European football crest. Or “soccer” as we call it here in the United States. And it is AWESOME! That’s why it’s called “football as football” Every team more than one to choose from. I’ll lead with the hometown team the Chicago Bears of course, but we’ll include everyone here from the NFC North division in the NFL.
At the end, you’ll find the link to see the rest of the NFL football as football.Follow paulmbanks
Is LeSean McCoy this generation’s Barry Sanders? The Philadelphia Eagles runner is easily the 2nd best running back in the NFC, and probably the NFL. Bob Costas of NBC had an exclusive with McCoy that aired during Sunday Night Football. The topic of Barry Sanders came up.Follow paulmbanks
Only the Detroit Lions can lose when their defense gives up just six field goals. Only the Detroit Lions can turn the ball over 3+ times in 5 straight games. Only the Detroit Lions could lose a Monday Night Football game, and possibly the NFC North title and a playoff berth on a 61-yard field goal. Remember the all time NFL record is 64. Yes, Lionsing is indeed a real phenomenon. And your Detroit Lions are truly the LOLions.
We’ve covered how Clemson engages in Clemsoning, and how Northwestern often performs Northwesterning. Consult UrbanDictionary.com for a quick refresher on both of those. Now we have Lionsing.Follow paulmbanks
From this morning, on the Fox Sports NFL pregame show, FOX NFL Sunday
Jimmie Johnson on the NFC playoff picture:
“Seattle is going to have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. New Orleans is going to be the No. 2 seed – all they need to do is split the two games with Carolina. The third seed is going to be the Detroit Lions – they’ve got the best team and could win it all. Dallas is going to take the fourth seed. If they stumble, Philadelphia could take it over by winning that last ball game then San Francisco and Carolina will be the two wild cards.”Follow paulmbanks
It feels like it’s been an eternity since the Green Bay Packers’ 22-9 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 5.
Interestingly enough, the Lions were without superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson back then and now the Packers are without their superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers in part two of the series.
Will the Packers look as lost as the Lions did without Calvin or will they finally rise to the challenge? Does anyone want to win the NFC North?
These are the questions that fans want answered on Thanksgiving 2013.Follow paulmbanks